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English versus Chinese color descriptors

Color exists on a continuous spectrum, but we bin them with names and descriptions that reflect perception and sometimes culture. We saw this with gender a while back. Wikipedia has…

Cynthia Brewer profile

Wired wrote a short profile for Cynthia Brewer, best known for Color Brewer, a tool that provides visually apt color schemes for maps (and charts). Brewer has been thinking about…

Color signatures for classic novels

Jaz Parkinson made color signatures for classic novels. Basically, mentions of colors were tabulated and the results are shown as stacked bars, so it's fairly basic, but if you know…

Evolution of science fiction covers in color

Arthur Buxton plotted the most common colors of Penguin Publishing science fiction colors and arranged them over time. Also available in print. I wonder if there's a good way to…

International color wheel

Now that you know how color labeling changes by gender, I bet you're wondering how it varies by language. Dave Oleson and Dawn Ho had a look in this simple…

Color names plotted against gender

A couple of years ago, xkcd ran a survey that asked people to name colors. Stephen Von Worley plotted that data by gender in an interactive. That's a dot for…

RGB Colorspace Atlas shows every shade in a cubic book

The 8-inch cube RGB Colorspace Atlas by artist Tauba Auerbach shows every color in said colorspace. Cubic rainbow. What does it mean? [Colossal via @periscopic]…

Paintings as pie charts

Expanding on his Vincent van Gogh pie charts, Arthur Buxton minimalized famous paintings from ten artists into more of everyone's favorite chart type. The color distribution of each pie represents…

Evolution of movie poster colors

We've seen a number of looks at movie poster cliches, but this is the first time I've seen how the color of movie posters have changed over time. Vijay Pandurangan…

Using Color Scales and Palettes in R

Color can drastically change how a chart reads and what you see in your data, so don't leave it up to chance with defaults.

Van Gogh for the colorblind

After a chat with his color deficient friends about how Vincent van Gogh's paintings seem to appeal to all eyes, Kazunori Asada used visual filters to see how the paintings…

Cartoon color wheel

Slate places cartoon characters from past and present within the frame of a color wheel. Why are the Smurfs blue? Why is Doug's Beebe Bluff purple? Our aim is not…