Wow, all of these look great.  I think I like Matt's best for painting our bikeshed, but I would be happy with any of them.

On Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 11:10 AM, Kacper Kowalik <xarthisius.kk@gmail.com> wrote:
On 01/18/2016 09:45 AM, Matthew Turk wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> I've experimented a bit and come up with this:
>
> https://images.hub.yt/u/fido/m/9bbe3cf6-png/
>
> The script:
>
> http://paste.yt-project.org/show/6151/
>
> This was designed with the viscm project, which is awfully cool.  What
> do folks think?  I think Kacper and Nathan also experimented with
> viscm and have some ideas too, so maybe we should put it up for an
> eventual vote.

This is my experiment:

https://images.hub.yt/u/fido/m/f180a901-png/

Source:

http://paste.yt-project.org/show/6166/

Cheers,
Kacper

>
> Also, I would campaign for calling whatever our new colormap turns out
> to be one of these three things, in increasing order of my preference:
>
> agar
> kelp
> kanten
>
> -Matt
>
> On Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 10:57 AM, Matthew Turk <matthewturk@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Stuart and everyone else,
>>
>> This is great info.  I appreciate everyone's thoughtful replies.
>>
>> Having both a sequential colormap (which would replace algae) and a
>> diverging colormap, would be awesome.  The Paraview devs shipped the
>> new matplotlib ones (like Inferno) in 5.0.  I think it would be a fun
>> experiment to see if we can come up with something sufficiently
>> "branded" or different.  And then if we can't, fall back on something
>> like Inferno?
>>
>> -Matt
>>
>> On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 12:48 PM, Levy, Stuart A <salevy@illinois.edu> wrote:
>>> There was a fair bit of discussion about colormaps - terrible, useful,
>>> beautiful - at IEEE Vis last October.   The viridis colormap was a featured
>>> one.   So was the traditional rainbow, which lots of info-vis and perceptual
>>> people piled on to criticize.
>>>
>>> Among design criteria for a continuous-valued colormap is whether it's
>>> "sequential" (like the typical yt colormap, or viridis) or "diverging".
>>> You'd want a diverging colormap to show signed deviations from a norm -
>>> where the eye should be caught by places where a value is either much less
>>> than, or much more than, something in the middle.   Is it worth offering a
>>> typical divergent colormap, as well as a new typical sequential one, in yt?
>>>
>>> Note that among the Stefan van der Walt & Nathaniel Smith writeup (
>>> http://bids.github.io/colormap/ ) on their development of better cmaps, they
>>> use Nathan Goldbaum's galaxy evolution as a test case for six (sequential)
>>> examples! => http://vorpus.org/~njs/goldbaum-galaxies-all-colormaps.mkv
>>>
>>> A neat web site with sample colormaps - aimed at mapping discrete values on
>>> geographic maps, so not directly applicable but cool - is this, by Cynthia
>>> Brewer and Mark Harrower at PSU:
>>>     http://colorbrewer2.org/
>>> It has a library of predesigned cmaps, and lets you sift them by being
>>> colorblind-safe, photocopy safe, etc.
>>> ________________________________
>>> From: yt-dev [yt-dev-bounces@lists.spacepope.org] on behalf of B.W. Keller
>>> [kellerbw@mcmaster.ca]
>>> Sent: Wednesday, January 06, 2016 12:13
>>> To: yt-dev@lists.spacepope.org
>>> Subject: Re: [yt-dev] Default colormap
>>>
>>> There is a really excellent paper on designing color maps called "Color
>>> Sequences for Univariate Maps: Theory, Experiments, and Principles" that you
>>> can get here:
>>> http://ccom.unh.edu/sites/default/files/publications/Ware_1988_CGA_Color_sequences_univariate_maps.pdf
>>>
>>> If we design a new colormap, this would be a good reference along with those
>>> scipy resources.  I personally would love to have an accessible, yt-custom
>>> colormap.
>>>
>>> On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 11:50 AM, Erik Schnetter <schnetter@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> I think there are several colourmaps that were created when Viridis
>>>> was invented. I personally like Inferno.
>>>>
>>>> -erik
>>>>
>>>> On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 11:34 AM, Nathan Goldbaum <nathan12343@gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> I would also be for coming up with our own colormap. That said, I think
>>>>> simply modifying algae won't be enough, since it is too perceptually
>>>>> nonlinear.
>>>>>
>>>>> On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 10:32 AM, John ZuHone <jzuhone@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I would go for modifying algae.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On Jan 6, 2016, at 11:30 AM, Matthew Turk <matthewturk@gmail.com>
>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Hi folks,
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> For a long time we've used "algae," which was designed by Britton
>>>>>>> about eight years ago, as the default colormap.  This has been really
>>>>>>> nice for "branding" yt -- if you see an algae plot, it's probably
>>>>>>> (not
>>>>>>> definitely) made with yt.  But it's also not accessible from a
>>>>>>> colorblindness perspective.  Stefan van der Walt has been giving some
>>>>>>> really great talks lately about building a better colormap for
>>>>>>> matplotlib (e.g., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAoljeRJ3lU ) which
>>>>>>> culminated in viridis, which is shipping in recent versions of
>>>>>>> matplotlib and will become the default.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> In support of this, he built a tool called viscm which can generate
>>>>>>> reduced versions of colormaps to show what they would be like with
>>>>>>> varying degrees of insensitivity to color.  I've generated outputs
>>>>>>> from viscm of three of the custom colormaps we ship with yt:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Algae: https://images.hub.yt/u/fido/m/d275d5e1-png/
>>>>>>> Cubehelix: https://images.hub.yt/u/fido/m/8e698928-png/ (I believe
>>>>>>> this is now also shipped with MPL)
>>>>>>> Kamae: https://images.hub.yt/u/fido/m/e0e40efa-png/
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> I love algae, but it's not the best from an accessibility
>>>>>>> perspective.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> I'd like to propose that we use a new default colormap.  If we do
>>>>>>> this, I see two options:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> * Retain a "branding" by developing a new one either by using the
>>>>>>> techniques used by matplotlib (or one of the maps they opted not to
>>>>>>> use) or by modifying algae to be more accessible; looking at the
>>>>>>> response functions, I suspect it would be reasonably possible to
>>>>>>> modify it.  (Modifying algae is my preference.)
>>>>>>> * Use viridis (which we may then have to ship if we have older
>>>>>>> versions of matplotlib to support)
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> -Matt
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