Edit: I am looking for resources (articles, books, posts) which study the choice of a single color to highlight text and a sequential color for two and three dimensional plots such that both are harmonic.

Here is an example where I used pgfplots hot colormap for the surface plot and a simple red to highlight text.


\chapter{Data Visualization}
\textsf{remperature \color{red} 37.1}
  \begin{axis}[view={55}{45},width=.7\linewidth,height=6cm,axis lines=none]
    \addplot3[surf, samples=41, domain=0:360] {sin(x)*sin(y)};



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I am looking for studies that say something like "... the highlight color should be 80% of the maximum color in the sequential colormap."

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    you say "two and tree" do you mean "two and three"? Also, though I like the question, others may deem this as opinion-based which is off-topic here. Your terminology of "I am looking for a colormap for two and tree dimensional plots that looks good" would be the hammer to the question. I would encourage you to make an edit, if you can, with a narrow question so that you will receive an answer that isn't biased and would help others. – Mᴏɴᴋᴇʏ Feb 5 '16 at 22:33
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    What are you ultimately trying to communicate with that particular visual? Specific colors will be primarily opinion based, but we could maybe help with contrast/vibrancy and such. Right now, that visual looks quite nice if the goal is to emphasize the difference between the red and blue areas. – DA01 Feb 6 '16 at 0:24
  • I edited my question to make it less opinion based. – Manuel Schmidt Feb 6 '16 at 9:15

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