Week 9: discussion: color theory

Kirk (2016) states that the topic of color can be a minefield.  The judgment involved with selecting the right amount of color for a particular application can be daunting.

Using the book companion site only to select the figures, use the list provided below of figures and select two for this discussion.  List the figure number and title and provide the responses to the three items below for each figure separately.

  1.  How suitable are the choices and deployment of these colors? If they are not, what do you think they should have been?
  2. Go through the set of ‘Influencing factors’ from the latter section of the book’s chapter to help shape your assessment and provide how you tackle this design layer differently.
  3. Considering the range of potential applications of color, what would you do differently or additionally?

Page: 250 | Figure: 9.1  “HSL colour cylinder”: Image from Wikimedia Commons published under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

Page: 252 | Figure: 9.5  “What are the Current Electricity Prices in Switzerland” [Translated] by Interactive things for NZZ

Page: 253 | Figure: 9.6  “Obama’s Health Law: Who Was Helped Most” by Kevin Quealy and Margot Sanger-Katz (The New York Times)

Page: 254 | Figure: 9.7  “Native and New Berliners – How the S-Bahn Ring divides the City“ by Julius Tröger, André Pätzold, David Wendler (Berliner Morgenpost) and Moritz Klack (webkid.io)

Page: 255 | Figure: 9.8  Highest max temperatures in Australia, produced by the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Page: 256 | Figure: 9.9  “Executive Pay by the Numbers” by Karl Russell (The New York Times)

Page: 257 | Figure: 9.10  “The Pursuit of Faster” by Andy Kirk and Andrew Witherley

Page: 258 | Figure: 9.11  “Every time Ford and Kavanaugh dodged a question” by Alvin Chang

Page: 259 | Figure: 9.12  “How Long Will We Live – And How Well?” by Bonnie Berkowitz, Emily Chow and Todd Lindeman (The Washington Post)

Page: 260 | Figure: 9.13  “Charting the Beatles: Song Structure” by Michael Deal

Page: 261 | Figure: 9.14  “If Vienna Would be an Apartment” [Translated] by NZZ Visuals

Page: 261 | Figure: 9.15  “Colors of the Rails” by Nicholas Rougeux (www.c82net)

Page: 262 | Figure: 9.16  Contrasting approaches to coloring stacked bar charts displaying ordinal data

Page: 263 | Figure: 9.17  “Rim Fire” – The extent of fire in the Sierra Nevada Range and Yosemite National Park, 2013: NASA Earth Observatory images by Robert Simmon

Page: 263 | Figure: 9.18  “Fewer Women Run Big Companies Than Men Named John” by Justin Wolfers (The New York Times)

Page: 264 | Figure: 9.19  “NYPD, Council Spar Over More Officers” by Graphics Department (Wall Street Journal)

Page: 265 | Figure: 9.20  “Cricketer Alastair Cook plays his 161st and final Test match” by John Burn-Murdoch for Financial Times

Page: 266 | Figure: 9.21  “Wind map” by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg

Page: 267 | Figure: 9.22  “Ring-Necked Parakeet” by Sophie Sparkes and Jonni Walker

Page: 268 | Figure: 9.23 “Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Walter Benjamin” by Stefanie Posavec

Page: 269 | Figure: 9.24  “Lunge Feeding” by Jonathan Corum (The New York Times); whale illustration by Nicholas D. PyensoPage: 271 | Figure: 9.26  “Twitter NYC: A Multilingual Social City” by James Cheshire, Ed Manley, John Barratt, and Oliver O’Brien

Page: 272 | Figure: 9.27  “Casualties” by Stamen, published by CNN

Page: 274 | Figure: 9.28  “Finviz: Standard and Poor’s 500 Index Stocks” (www.finviz.com)