Guidelines for use of the perceptual dimensions of color for mapping and visualization

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The color scheme typology that I propose in a forthcoming publication matches the organization of the perceptual dimensions of color to the logical orderings in data sets that are displayed graphically. The appropriate use of color in complex data displays, such as thematic maps, allows patterns to be easily observed. In this proceedings paper, ten color scheme types are matched with systematic paths through HVC perceptual color space to provide guidance on color selection for a complete range of data visualization challenges. I also describe errors in the perceptual structuring of HLS, HSV, and HSB color models commonly available for computer graphics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-63
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - May 9 1994
EventColor Hard Copy and Graphic Arts III 1994 - San Jose, United States
Duration: Feb 6 1994Feb 10 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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