This is a nascent list of resources related to using color in visualizations. Many of these resources also include lists of references that are also very useful. If you have suggestions/additions to this list, please let me know.
The basics of color perception and how they relate to data visualization. Even though they are old, still very pertinent:
- Rogowitz, B.E.; Treinish, L.A., (1998, December). Data visualization: the end of the rainbow. Spectrum, IEEE , 35, 12, 52-59.
- Rogowitz, B.E.; Treinish, L.A., (1995). How NOT to Lie with Visualization.
How non-experts view data visualization:
- Phipps, M., Rowe, S. (2010, May). Seeing satellite data. Public Understanding of Science, 19, 3, 311-321.
Describes different color tables for sequential, diverging, and qualitative data, along with a selection of appropriate palettes:
- Brewer, Cynthia. (2010). Color Brewer.
- Wijffelaars, M., Vliegen, R., Van Wijk, J. J. and Van Der Linden, E.-J. (2008), Generating Color Palettes using Intuitive Parameters. Computer Graphics Forum, 27: 743–750. [full text]