Choosing Colors for Data Visualization

Going through the bookmarks that have accumulated over the last months without further processing on my part, I stumbled upon this article where Maureen Stone summarizes a few key ideas about choosing colors for representing data visually. It’s a year old but the principles it teaches are timeless:-)

This page listing articles by Stephen Few (author of Information Dashboard Design) might also interest you if you’re into this kind of thing.

One thought on “Choosing Colors for Data Visualization

  1. I liked Maureen Stone’s article: practical help for a more professional presentation for people who work with data but are not graphic designers. (My guess is that numeracy and design skills are fairly orthogonal.)

    It’s a shame that Excel, where most charts seem to be produced, offers such a limited range of colours.


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