Picking the right colors for your viz is one of the most important factors in creating a great viz. Choose wisely and the colors will enhance your viz. A poor selection, on the other hand, can ruin it. There is a bewildering array of color choices available and deciding on the best combination for your viz can be tricky. In this session, we will look at those decisions that you will face when confronted with the question of how to use color in your work. Using examples from Viz of the Day, we will look at how changing a single color can transform the look and feel of the viz. We will look at some of the tools and websites that will help you select the right colors for your viz and techniques to enable you to put your new found color knowledge to use.
The presentation will be a fast-paced mixture of theory and practical advice where you will learn things such as:
The color combinations to use, those to avoid, and why
How changing a color can change the look and feel of a viz
How colors are linked to emotions and how this can help or hinder your viz
How to create a custom color palette How to create a default set of color templates