50 Shades of Data at Welcome Trust Sanger - A Zen Master's Guide to Colour

Picking the right colours for your viz is one of the most important factors in creating a great viz. Choose wisely and the colours will enhance your viz. A poor selection, on the other hand, can ruin it. There is a bewildering array of colour choices available and deciding on the best combination for your viz can be tricky.

In this session, we will look at those decisions that you will face when confronted with the question of how to use colour in your work. Using examples from Viz of the Day, we will look at how changing a single colour can transform the look and feel of the viz. We will look at some of the tools and websites that will help you select the right colours for your viz and techniques to enable you to put your new found colour knowledge to use.

The presentation will be a fast-paced mixture of theory and practical advice where you will learn things such as:

  • The colour combinations to use, those to avoid, and why
  • How changing a colour can change the look and feel of a viz
  • How colours are linked to emotions and how this can help or hinder your viz
  • How to create a custom colour palette
  • How to create a default set of colour templates

Matt's session will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with Andy Cotgreave and all 5 of the Zen Masters about all things data viz and Tableau, so bring your questions.

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