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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 1.5.3

Fixed video player crashing unexpectedly.
Fixed introductory video not scaling properly on different devices.

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

emnark ,


Currently enjoying reading the text from start to finish. It’s cheaper than the actual book, and also you can create and export your own color studies so it seems worth the money to me. I really wish there was a way to highlight the text for later reference, though. Also, while the color picker is cute I wish the method for color selection was more precise. Thanks!

Eli 098 ,

Excellent. Love it!

I am a certified color geek. I took a version of the actual Albers course when I was a student at Cooper Union and I teach color theory now at a major university.

I always keep a copy of the original (super expensive) Albers book in my office, and while students are always interested it can be very hard to convey exactly how the exercises are done and why they are important unless you have a pack of coloraid paper handy so you can swap out colors in front of them. The key to understanding the interaction of color is all about seeing the effects happen in front of you in real time.

This app can be a little glitchy but it's a fantastic instructional aid for me. In fact it's a pretty addictive video game if you are color geek and great tool for fine tuning your color vision

P.mousse Esq. ,

Invaluable for students of color

Nothing substitutes for hands-on color experimentation, and (once you’ve paid for the IAP) this app provides that in abundance! The level of interaction brings the text alive beyond the capacity of the printed book.

My wishlist for improvements: (1) landscape orientation (holding a 12.9 iPad Pro in portrait is tiring); (2) ability to mark up/highlight the text; (3) movable color wheel; (4) ability to move more than one segment of the study examples at a time (5) side-by-side viewing of original plates with user creations.

All in all, it is a beautiful app, both fun and deeply instructional. Wish more such books were translated into apps. Well worth the cost if you have a serious interest in the use of color.

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