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THE ROLE OF COLOURS ON MAPS

AUTHOR/S: O. S. KIRTILOGLU, I. B. GUNDOGDU
Sunday 1 August 2010 by Libadmin2007

7th International Scientific Conference - SGEM2007, www.sgem.org, SGEM2007 Conference Proceedings/ ISBN: 954-918181-2, June 11-15, 2007

ABSTRACT

Maps are one of the most successful and most widely utilised forms of graphical
communication. A map is a useful information presenting tool for almost all
engineering branches. The presentation of this information is not only for
engineering services but also for representation of numerous common subjects
to various users. As maps are produced depent on the basis of topographic
standarts, they can be produced as thematic maps, based on topographic maps,
with different representation techniques. In presentation of the information
in addition to symbols, lines and texts, colour is the most important element
of a map. Whereas colours make the representations of maps more easily,
compherensible and detailed, the use of wrong colours may cause misinterprets
and errors. It is agreed that the %90 of stored information in human memory
is perceived by eyes. The maps which would be produced, must prepared with
standardized and correct colours according to subject and considering the
physiological and psychological perceives of human.
This study samples how the errors are appeared by users when the wrong
colours are used and the different interprettings of same images depending on
the colour.

Keywords: Colours, Colourfull Maps, psychological perception

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