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Interaction of Color by Josef Albers

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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.”—

“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.”—

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 for more information.

What's New in Version 1.5

* Added a video icon, similar to the current “interactive” square icon, that displays below plate thumbnails to show users that a video is available in the commentary section.
* User can now select chapter locations from roman numerals in sidebar of App.
* Added a "trash can" button to allow users to clean up the workspace when creating studies.

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Customer Reviews


I had high expectations but was still blown away by this book/app.

Doesn't work

I'm assuming this was made for something besides a Mac. I downloaded this successfully, but it won't even open. I've tried using the finder, redownloading it, copying the link, everything. It won't open in my downloads. What a waste of space.


Brilliant. Deeply educational, interactive. This is not a quick app to play with. It teaches you something. Appreciate it.

Interaction of Color by Josef Albers
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  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 1.5
  • Size: 386 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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