For those of you who aren’t aware of Kuler, go into InDesign, choose Window > Extensions > Kuler, and start playing around. Kuler is a set of colors and themes designed by an online community. You can view videos here and here, and you can read about Kuler in an InDesign Help topic.
For those of you who’ve already played around with Kuler, you may want to check out the new Community Pulse feature. Community Pulse is a data visualization that displays colors of downloaded Kuler themes on a color wheel. Users can explore the relative popularity of colors by different countries, time periods, and tags.
This screenshot shows the popularity of colors downloaded in the USA (l) and Brazil (r) in Spring 2008. The larger circles and bars indicate more popular colors (i.e., themes with those colors were downloaded more often).
There is a lot of data packed into the feature. To get started:
- Sign in with your Adobe ID to change the menu options
- Mouse over the histogram to see colors by hue on the color wheel
- Try the granularity slider to see more or less color detail
- Select the comparison icon (two circles) to compare/contrast views
You can read more about Community Pulse here.