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Problems and uses of color in cartography: examples from Michigan State University
Author(s): Judy M. Olson
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Paper Abstract

Students at Michigan State University design postcard-size maps to learn about the nature of design and to gain experience in executing design decisions. Student maps demonstrate the use of color for its various functions. Both students and faculty have also engaged in a variety of color-related cartographic research projects. Research results include a printed approximation of the Munsell Student Charts for use in selecting colors for maps, a better understanding of how to design maps for people with color- vision impairments, an understanding of the effects of color on scale perception, a model for assessing the adequacy of color selections relative to problems caused by surround, and systematization of color schemes for mapping. A current project is attempting to find a set of computer monitor RGB values that approximates the characteristics of the OSA Uniform Color Scales. A review of these works serves to illustrate the role and importance of color in the art and science of mapping and also the interplay of art and science in the area of color in cartography.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 May 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2171, Color Hard Copy and Graphic Arts III, (9 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.175327
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Judy M. Olson, Michigan State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2171:
Color Hard Copy and Graphic Arts III
Jan Bares, Editor(s)

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