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On a recent trip, we stopped at Ft. Vancouver in Vancouver, WA, which is a reconstruction of a fort and trading center from the mid-1800′s. In the Counting House was this display of colors indicative of those used in well-to-do homes and important public buildings. Childishly simple and bright by modern standards,  the exhibit text [...]

Sep 7th, 2010 | Filed under Uncategorized

Edward Tufte, in his classic book Envisioning Information, begins his chapter on color with the admonition: “Above all, do not harm.” Color used well can enhance and beautify, but color used poorly can be worse than no color at all. For example, if text is displayed on a background that varies in lightness or color [...]

Apr 1st, 2010 | Filed under Uncategorized

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