How Movie Posters Have Changed Colors


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Software engineer Vijay Pandurangan surveyed the color trends of movie posters from the past ninety-eight years and found that they have become steadily more blue.

Movie Poster Colors

Each row in the graphic above represents a year and the distribution of colors across all of that year’s posters. Read more here.



  1. Need more information on how this data set was compiled. Either way, surprising omission of greens, purple and pink. I guess hippies and little girls don’t watch many movies : )

  2. Here is the answer on the data set:

    “Vijay Pandurangan downloaded 35,000 poster thumbnails from a movie site, counted the color pixels in each image, and then grouped them by year and sorted by hue.”

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