Tag Archives: Rainbow

Playing “hunt the discontinuity”

TL;DR Viridis is a betterĀ palette than Rainbow for identifying a subtle feature in data. How does a plot’s colour palette affect our ability to find a subtle feature in data? Friend and colleague of Better FiguresĀ Tim Graham came up with a fun way to find out. Tim sent some Python code to plot a nice […]

Making Better Figures [Video]

Better Figures made a video! The video offers some tips for making better figures. We cover: A brief history of statistical graphics [02:20] Everybody loves a bad figure [08:10] Some principles [11:35] Making better timeseries (applying those principles) [13:13] Projection distortion [18:00] Better Palettes [18:46] We need to talk about “Rainbow” [23:30] Design, and design […]

End of the rainbow

Note: Better Figures is proud to support Ed Hawkins at Climate Lab Book, in calling for an end to the “Rainbow” palette. The text of an open letter to the climate science community, led by Ed, is reproduced below. An open letter to the climate science community Ed Hawkins, Doug McNeall, David Stephenson, Jonny Williams […]