So I’ve recently found this great article by Lisa Charlotte Rost about color usage in data visualization, - It’s a topic I’ve always struggled with by the way - and I wanted to share my thoughts with you
The writer lists common color mistakes and how to avoid them in full detail, and with good examples too.
So here are the main points:
- Broaden your understanding of colors, Colors are far more diverse than your green, yellow, blue and red.
- Don’t dance all over the color wheel, too many hues is a bad thing, Use close & related colors.
- If in doubt, use complementary colors and their neighbors.
- Use saturation and lightness to make your hues work, and avoid very bright & saturated colors at the same time!
- Avoid pure colors.
- Use color combinations that are Known to work; Copy good visualization colors, Use color palette generators!!
- You can actually combine colors with different lightness!!
- Make your colors strong in an equivalent way, by adjusting lightness, saturation, and ‘‘pureness’’.
- Mind your background, have enough contrast against it, but not too much!!
Adding more resources for the sake of completness:
A Great Vid on color maps:
Some Online Color Tools:
The article can be found here: