Color Strategies

If you need: 

Discriminative Power:

We recommend a default of BOD – Blue-Orange Divergent inset into the optimal data range (middle image).

Highlighted area:

On the right, yellow 5 is inset into a neutral gray background in oder to focus attention on the areas of highest kinetic energy.  The land is black in order to be clearly differentiated.

Data Distribution:

If the important areas of your data are in the mid-range, sometimes it is helpful to use a “triple-wave”, colormap with three color scales, matching light value ends to light value ends and vis versa.

Simplification:

Conflicting Colors:

Color Scale Properties and Usage

Other Examples