What?

This is a collection of colour palettes based on classic rock album covers.

Not all of the artists are ‘rock’, but they appeared in lists of classic rock album covers and the internet is never wrong, is it ;)

Other albums were chosen either for their striking covers (in terms of colour), or simply, or because they are bona fide rock classics, or because I like them.

Featuring:

  • Californication ( Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • Blue Train (John Coltrane)
  • Groove is in the Heart (Deee-Lite, submitted by R Wilson)
  • Electric (The Cult) * bona fide rock classic*
  • Beauty and the Beat - The GoGos
  • Appetite for Destruction (Guns ‘n’ Roses)
  • To Bring You My Love - P J Harvey
  • The Magician’s Birthday - Uriah Heep
  • Hell Awaits (Slayer - submission by C Beeley)
  • Warehouse Songs and Stories (Husker Du)
  • Dirty Computer (Janelle Monae)
  • Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (Iron Maiden)
  • Melloncollie and the Infinite Sadness (Smashing Pumpkins, submission by C Mainey)
  • Master of Puppets (Metallica)
  • Bitches Brew (Miles Davis)
  • Simulation Theory (Muse)
  • Nevermind (Nirvana)
  • Tragic Kingdom (No Doubt)
  • Definitely Maybe (Oasis)
  • Peace Sells (Megadeth, submission by C Beeley)
  • Siamese Dream (Smashing Pumpkins, submission by C Mainey)
  • The Real Thing (Faith No More)
  • 1989 (Taylor Swift)
  • Ten out of Ten (10CC)

Why?

Because this repo of Metallica inspired palettes has been received quite well on various social media platforms, and I figured that there were other albums with interesting covers that might provide more scope for data visualisation purposes.

Installation

This will probably not go to CRAN, so please install using the remotes package.

#library(remotes)
#remotes::install_github("johnmackintosh/rockthemes")
library(rockthemes)
library(ggplot2)
library(dplyr)
library(scales)
library(gapminder)

Palettes and Themes

rock_palette("californication")
rock_palette("coltrane")
rock_palette("deelite")

rock_palette("electric")
rock_palette("faithnomore")
rock_palette("gogo")

rock_palette("gunsnroses")
rock_palette("harvey")
rock_palette("heep")

rock_palette("hellawaits")
rock_palette("husker")
rock_palette("janelle")

rock_palette("maiden")
rock_palette("melloncollie")
rock_palette("metallica")

rock_palette("miles")
rock_palette("muse")
rock_palette("nevermind")

rock_palette("nodoubt")
rock_palette("oasis")
rock_palette("peacesells")

rock_palette("siamesedream")
rock_palette("swift")
rock_palette("tencc")

Longer colour palettes, more suited for ggplot2 use

The following palettes share the same inspirations, but there are more colours, which hopefully increases their utility for data visualisation.

Credit

Thanks to Ryo for the tvthemes package which helped me get this off the ground quickly

Code of Conduct

Please note that the rockthemes project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By contributing to this project you agree to abide by its terms.

Contributing

See the Contribution guide