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Consider this map of Point Reyes and its surrounding area, created by the National Park Service (PDF). Like most well-designed maps, it is an excellent example of functional color. Color is used systematically to label the different regions (water, land, parkland), and to indicate the different types of roads (major highway, secondary highway, surface roads). [...]

Mar 30th, 2010 | Filed under Uncategorized

Functional color is designed for a purpose, color whose aesthetics are linked to its application. Now, it could be argued that all color has a purpose. But here, I will be talking primarily about color used in presenting information, such as a slide presentation, an illustration, or a data-driven visualization. Functional color choices are legible, [...]

Mar 30th, 2010 | Filed under Uncategorized