In a chart, color helps to communicate a message by setting the scene and tone. It creates an emotional connection between the data and audience.

We can identify three main components in color:

  • Hue is the dominant color wavelength. Hue identifies color family or color name (such as red, green, purple, etc.).

  • Saturation describes the intensity of a color. Saturation defines how pure a color is.

  • Brightness is a measure of how light or dark a color appears.

Color palettes

Consider the following color palettes:

  • Sequential color palettes organize quantitative data from high to low using a single color in various gradients or saturations. We can use this type of palette to show a progression rather than a contrast.

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