Skittle-themed color schemes for R graphics with RSkittleBrewer!

Thu 06 March 2014 | -- (permalink)

Choosing the perfect set of colors for a plot is hard. But people have thought a lot about this problem, and there are solutions! If you're an R user looking for publication-quality color schemes that are backed by lots of scientific research, check out RColorBrewer, or use the color schemes in ggplot2.

If, on the other hand, you're looking for a color scheme that reminds you of a bag of Skittles, check out RSkittleBrewer. This is a tiny R package I wrote yesterday to generate vectors of valid R color names for certain Skittle flavors. You can also generate a vector of M&M colors, if (like me) you're more into chocolate.

The code is on GitHub. Here's how you use it:

library(devtools)
install_github('RSkittleBrewer', 'alyssafrazee')
original = RSkittleBrewer('original')
tropical = RSkittleBrewer('tropical')
wildberry = RSkittleBrewer('wildberry')
mm = RSkittleBrewer('M&M')

And if you want to see how the colors actually look, you can make a plot:

plotSkittles()

It will look like this:

Image

This work was inspired and supported by my mentors at Simply Statistics.

Enjoy making candy-themed R graphics!

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