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Graph Design for the Eye and Mind$
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Stephen M. Kosslyn

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195311846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311846.001.0001

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Creating Color, Filling, and Optional Components

Creating Color, Filling, and Optional Components

(p.157) 7 Creating Color, Filling, and Optional Components
Graph Design for the Eye and Mind

Stephen M. Kosslyn

Oxford University Press

After selecting the best graph format to use, and properly labeling and titling it, the next step would be putting emphasis on the content elements to make it more distinctive. Hatching, shading, or coloring could be employed to make it more discernable. Color adds interest to graphs visually, as well as helping them to communicate more effectively. Color has three aspects: hue, saturation, and intensity. Recommendations are given on how to color the graphs appropriately. Three-dimensional effects can also help to give graphs a certain depth. This could be done by using a linear perspective, texture gradient, or occlusion. Inner grid lines could also be used in addition to the general framework. Moreover, background elements could be added to make the graph more attractive and interesting. Captions are also important but not generally necessary. Other inclusions are also provided.

Keywords:   color, filling, hatching, shading, 3D, grid lines, background elements, captions

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