I do not like the default stata figure schemes and many of my colleagues do not like them either. So far I handled this problem by typing exhausting syntaxes in order to work around the issues involved in stata’s default figure schemes. Now I decided to solve the issue by coding my own stata figure scheme. I produced two schemes: blind & colorblind. Both are essentially the same, but colorblind uses colors which are distinguishable for colorblind people (for more info why this matters see here & here) while blind uses shades of gray. This is essentially how your figures will look like if you use colorblind (figures on the left are plotted using the s2color scheme; figures on the right use colorblind):
The newest version of the schemes can now be downloaded within Stata. In Stata type:
ssc install blindschemes, replace all
set scheme plotplainblind, permanently
to find a short summary of what the schemes do, type: h plotplainblind
I also wrote a paper on what the schemes essentially do, which you can find here. Please let me know whether you encounter any problems with the schemes. They are still in a sort of test phase before they will be submitted to the stata ssc archive. I hope you enjoy the schemes!
Notice: Code comes free, but programmers put a lot of work into it. Thus, please cite programmers’ papers/publications introducing code.