Watching a video about ‘I like pretty graphs: Best practices for data visualization assignments’ by Designlab (from University of Wahington), I’ve discovered a few programs that can help us to select the best color when we are creating a chart or a map.

1. We have Colorschemedesigner that helps us to select the best complementary, mono, triad, tetrad, anagogic and accented analogies schemes. We can see the best choices and create our own palette (even download it) for photoshop, GIMP, XML…

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2. Another program is kuler.adobe, that allows us to create a palette, see the most popular schemes and create a new one for us.

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3. We also have vischeck, which simulates colorblind vision, and daltonize that corrects images for colorblind viewers.

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4. Finally, my favorite is color brewer 2.0, a very useful website that gives some color advice for cartography: roads, cities and border colors; terrain or solid color, and depending on the nature of our data we might use one or another palette.

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Websites where we can learn a lot about colors and their meanings depending on our data and context.

Here is the video by DesignLab I said before:

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Which is the best colour for a graph?

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