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Title Using Color in Visualization: A Survey
Author Samuel Silva, Beatriz Sousa Santos, Joaquim Madeira
Journal Computers & Graphics
Volume 35
Number 2
Pages 320-333
Month April
Year 2011
DOI 10.1016/j.cag.2010.11.015
Group (before 2015) Information Systems and Telematics Laboratory
Indexed by ISI Yes


Color mapping is an important technique used in visualization to build visual representations of data and information. With output devices such as computer displays providing a large number of colors, developers sometimes tend to build their visualization to be visually appealing, while forgetting the main goal of clear depiction of the underlying data. Visualization researchers have profited from findings in adjoining areas such as human vision and psychophysics which, combined with their own experience, enabled them to establish guidelines that might help practitioners to select appropriate color scales and adjust the associated color maps, for particular applications. This survey presents an overview on the subject of color scales by focusing on important guidelines, experimental research work and tools proposed to help non-expert users.