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This site provides a guide to color design for information visualization. It includes
Aerospace graphics get special attention, but much of the information should be useful for other color graphics as well.
The site is intended
to help designers who are not color experts find usable color designs,
a Color Graphics Page:
Step-by-step guidance for effective use of color in information graphics.
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Guidelines, Standards, Requirements:
conventional approaches to control of quality of color usage, problems
presented by technology advances, and opportunities for new approaches.
Interactive Design Tool
Interactive tool gives a preview of user-selected symbol and background
colors. Colors are selected from perceptually organized palettes of the
display's available colors.
Using This Site
Your Equipment. As with other websites, the appearance of the colors on your display may differ from our intent if your equipment is different from our assumptions. Our server is sending your browser graphics from one of two sets, depending on what it thinks your computer is. The sets have been computed to display accurately on our two idealized "standard" displays. The standard displays are typical Macintosh OS systems and typical Windows systems, both with 24-bit (or more) color and 6500K white alignment. If you are using something else and the colors seem too dark or too light, you might want to look at the site on one of these targeted systems.
More detailed information about color accuracy of the displayed graphics and tools for improving it are available here.
Sponsored by: NASA Human Measures and Performance Project