Using Color

Red, Yellow, Green… Save It For The Christmas Tree

Listen up folks… it is time for a red, yellow, green color intervention of the most serious kind. The use of red, yellow, green to indicate performance on your reports and dashboards has reached a crisis level and can no … Continue reading

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What’s Hue?

Recently someone sent me the bar chart below, and asked what I thought of it (as if I needed an invitation to comment!). My immediate reaction was to ask why the author had used different shades – or “hues,” as … Continue reading

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Color Commentary From The Hammock Front In Maine

It’s that time of year again when we make our annual trek to Bustins Island, Maine, and jockey for nap-time in the oh-so-heavenly hammock (you can read more about the island in my September 9, 2011, post). This summer we … Continue reading

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The Sounds of Colors

About four years ago I discovered the “TED” (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Talks, and got so hooked on them that my family staged an intervention. Had you looked up “mesmerized” in the dictionary back then, you would have found a … Continue reading

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The Red Seat

Last Friday we witnessed a spectacular bash here in Boston when fabled Fenway Park celebrated its 100th birthday with a pre-game ceremony for the ages. And as if the festivities weren’t enough, it was also the first match-up of 2012 … Continue reading

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Optimal Colors for Graphs

Did you ever think that someone could make an entire career researching, thinking, writing and advising groups about color? Maureen Stone of StoneSoup Consulting has done just that – and has done it quite brilliantly. Maureen is an expert in … Continue reading

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Holiday Lights

I admit it without any shame, I love this time of year… no “bah humbug” here, and Martha Stewart’s got nothing on me…well, except a few billion dollars. Just like millions of other people around the world I love the … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the season of red and green, which is wonderful for those of us who are able to discern these traditional holiday colors… sadly though, approximately 10% of males and 1% of females who suffer from “colorblindness” don’t share our … Continue reading

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Playing Hide-and-Seek With Your Healthcare Data

Do you remember playing hide-and-seek as a kid? I do. But what I especially remember is the time that I hid and my older brothers didn’t seek. (I cannot make this stuff up, just ask my therapist.) I thought I … Continue reading

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