An online tool for selecting colour schemes for maps

Mark Harrower, Cynthia Ann Brewer

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Choosing effective colour schemes for thematic maps is surprisingly difficult. Color Brewer is an online tool designed to take some of the guesswork out of this process by helping users select appropriate colour schemes for their specific mapping needs by considering: the number of data classes; the nature of their data (matched with sequential, diverging and qualitative schemes): and the end-use environment for the map (e.g., CRT, LCD, printed, projected, photocopied). ColorBrewer contains 'learn more' tutorials to help guide users, prompts them to test-drive colour schemes as both map and legend, and provides output in five colour specification systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-37
Number of pages11
JournalCartographic Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Earth-Surface Processes


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