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**Winner of 2013 Best Interactive Product in the Tablet/Handheld category, from Communication Arts

**Winner of 2013 Spark Award for Best App

First published in 1963, Josef Albers’s Interaction of Color is one of the most influential books on color ever written. The classic text achieves its full, interactive potential in this stunning new application for iPad. The full app is free to download, and allows you to sample Chapter 10, including accompanying text, video commentary, two interactive plates, and the palette tool. The complete app--featuring the full text, 125 plates, 60 interactive studies, and over two hours of video commentary—can be unlocked through an in-app purchase, and features the following:

• Full text and plate commentary, describing Albers’s renowned principles on how to see and understand color.

• Over 125 original color studies, including flaps and moving pieces.

• Over 60 interactive plates that reproduce the experience of working with paper, a captivating feature inspired by Albers’s teaching methodologies.

• A beautiful new palette tool, in which colors are manipulated like paper.

• The ability to create, save, and export your final designs and palettes into any vector-based design software.

• Over two hours of video commentary, including archival video of Albers and interviews with experts explaining key principles, making even the most challenging problems easy to understand.

• Interviews with leading designers and artists explaining how they use color in their professional practices.

This revolutionary new digital edition will transform the way color is taught and understood among teachers, students, designers, artists, and anyone interested in learning how to perceive and use color.

“Amazing. Beyond groundbreaking. . . . This is the example the world has been waiting for. An extraordinary piece of education and inspiration.”—Debbie Millman, Design Matters

“Mesmerizing….A fresh way to engage with Albers’s lessons.”
—Pilar Viladas, T: The New York Times Style Magazine

“Enlighten yourself with one of the most important books on color ever written. It's called Interaction of Color, and now you can experience it on your iPad. . . . Released by Yale University Press [the app] adds layers of interactivity to bring the experience closer to what Albers had envisioned.”—Gizmodo.com

“A modernized, interactive presentation of Albers’s teachings. With fingers instead of paintbrushes and a touch screen instead of paper, users can move and manipulate over 125 color plates in 60 interactive studies. Concepts like color relativity and vibrating boundaries come to life. . . . This new and different iteration of [Albers’s] theories adds dimension and interactivity for the digital age, sparking just the kind of discoveries that fueled his life’s work.”—fastcompany.com

NOTE: If you are having trouble hearing the audio on the video segments included in the app, please make sure your Side Switch settings are adjusted from “Mute” to “Lock Screen” to ensure that the app’s audio will play properly. You can consult Apple's description of the iPad's side switch tool at
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4085 for more information.

What's New

Version 1.5.2

* Updated for iOS 11
* Implemented updated “Share Sheet”
* Adjustments to user interface to allow for iPad Pro display

Ratings and Reviews

My own name is not allowed

Where is all my work?

My iPad updated and deleted the app as it wanted the space for itself. I paid the ransom for more storage but now I only get one page not the full thing app I had before. Where are all the exercises I completed? This version just seems to give access to one page of the book and so is useless. The whole thing ( which I had) is very good

Since day one!

In balance

Having just read the previous review I feel I have to add some balance here. It is not my intention to attack Bella Jxxx, only to point out some misconceptions. Josef Albers' work is very highly regarded, and many of his ideas are the backbone of day-to-day activity in the creative industry.
When Albers' book was released in 1963 it was difficult and overly expensive to relate pictorially all of his ideas. The text, as Bella has realised, is technical and somewhat dry. What the publisher has attempted to do here is to add the element of creativity and interaction that was obviously impossible in the original work. It is a worthy and intelligent use of technology that bridges the gap between Alber's necessarily technical text and the creatives desire for visual and tactile input. It is not a game.
In opposition to Bella's beliefs I hope this is widely downloaded and that it may help a new audience rediscover a strong, formal approach to a very difficult subject.


good book but app a little confusing

I think this is an interesting book, although the app is rather confusingly put together. The colour wheels etc are hard to use and fiddly, and act somewhat counter to how you might expect them to work. A lot of the interface doesn't respond well or quickly to touch, and it's never too clear which parts of the interface are likely to respond to touch.

I'm also confused by a lot of the examples because when I'm supposed to be seeing some kind of optical illusion, or one colour appearing to be something else, I'm not. And shades which are apparently impossible to distinguish are really easy to distinguish. I don't think my eyes go against the laws of nature so surely this means the colours don't work quite right on an ipad?

Anyway that said, at a theoretical level the book has some interesting points to make.


Yale University
397.3 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Yale University
In-App Purchases
  1. Complete English Edition £13.99


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