Tuesday, September 22, 2020

ColorBrewer for map designers

This article is about choosing a friendly colors for your next map design.

Random color ramp

Greens color ramp

Most modern mapping software will give you great color ideas for your map. However, the problem with the software suggested color is that there are only a handful of those colors and in some cases you will like to manually setup your colors since the default color ranges may not fit into your design.

If you find yourself in this situation and you are struggling to combine colors in a color friendly manner, then you are in the right place.

Here I will talk about a tool that help solve this problem and at the end you should be comfortable selecting proper colors for your map.

To tool is called ColorBrewer. It is a web based tool that provides "Color Advice for Maps".

The tool provides different properties to select based on your map. For example number of data class for your map, nature of the data (Sequential, Diverging and Qualitative). And many other properties as seen on the website.

Some other tools to help you combine friendly colors are:-

3) Flat UI Color Picker

Study the tools and choose the perfect friendly color for your next map.

Happy mapping!

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