Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Josef Alber's "Interaction of Color" Becomes an Ipad App

A modern-day Bible of color theory, Josef Alber's 1963 "The Interaction of Color" has stepped down off the bookshelf and found new life as an app for the Ipad.  The original tome was a coffee table book that encouraged readers to touch, manipulate and appreciate the way the colored geometric shapes react to each other, vibrating receding and popping out as the colors react.  All this complemented the lessons of Alber's text, and was a missing element in recent edtions of the book that were released as a paperback.  Now as a tablet application, viewers can once more interact with the title's subject.

Hunter Communications Original News Source:
Gizmodo

Link to article:
Excerpt: "If you are at all interested in design or art, enlighten yourself with one of the most important books on color ever written. It's called The Interaction of Color, and now you can experience it on your iPad.

The book was created by painter and Bauhaus teacher Josef Albers in 1963. Albers spent his life obsessing over how we perceive and manipulate color. You've probably seen one or two of his dozens of studies made up of vibrant geometric forms.

Albers' masterwork was originally intended to be a visual experience, with folios of swatches and shapes to be manipulated by students in concert with the text.

Paperback versions of the book lacked this original dynamism. But the iPad app, released by Yale University Press, adds layers of interactivity to bring the experience closer to what Albers had envisioned. Download it here."


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