119  |  Color with Karen Schloss


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In this episode we have Karen Schloss on the show to talk about color. Yes, color! Karen is Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison where she conducts research on the effective uses of color in visualization and everyday tasks.

Karen walks us through the intricacies of color: explaining how it works and why it is so hard to get right. We also discuss the infamous rainbow color map, the association between colors and meaning, the tools developed in her lab, and her fascinating research on coloring trash bins!

Enjoy the show…



1. Welcome to Data Stories (00:00:27)

2. Data Stories is listener-supported; please consider a contribution! (00:00:53)

3. News from Moritz: 123 data, a new data visualization exhibition in Paris (00:01:25)

4. Introducing Karen Schloss and her research on color (00:02:34)

5. What makes working with color so tricky? (00:04:04)

6. Rules of thumb for working with color in data visualization (00:07:34)

7. The main problems with the rainbow color map (00:18:02)

8. On color categories (00:27:56)

9. Karen's color tool Colorgorical (00:34:56)

10. Karen's next questions in her research on color (00:46:45)

11. Get in touch with us and support us on Patreon (00:52:40)

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