Skills Earth Sciences

Colour use in data visualisation

Using colour in your figures can be a very powerful tool in making your figures clearer for your audience. However, misuse use of colour can lead to an inaccurate representation and manipulation of your data, thereby misleading your audience and yourself20. In this subchapter, you will find some guidelines for using colour in your data visualisation figures (graphs and maps). Although colour use can also play an important role in other figures types, e.g., process visualisation and infographics, the information below is specifically applicable to figures that visualise data.