Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Especially For Illustrators! A Digital - and Interactive - Edition of Josef Alber's Landmark "Interaction of Color"

Yale University Press is releasing this digital 50th Anniversary edition of "Interaction of Color."   It's of the most influential books on color ever written, and as described in SCBWI's "THE BOOK," covers
"Color studies demonstrating the principles of color relativity, intensity, and temperature, vibrating and vanishing boundaries, and the illusions of transparency and reversed grounds."

From the publisher's description of this interactive edition:

 • Full text and plate commentary.
• Over 125 of the original color studies, including the “flaps” and moving pieces that have made the studies so captivating to generations of students.
• Over 60 interactive plates and studies that allow you to experiment with color and find your own solutions to Albers’s famous problems.
• Detailed discussion of key principles, including the relativity of color; light intensity and brightness; how to make one color look like two or two colors look like one; transparency; after-image; film and volume colors; color temperature and humidity; and vibrating and disappearing boundaries.
• The ability to create, save, and export your final designs and palettes into your favorite design software.
• A beautiful new color palette tool.
• Archival video of Albers in the classroom, and audio of the renowned teacher talking you through special exercises.
• Original video commentary by experts explaining Albers’s 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.

The Interaction of Color app is available FREE from the App Store on iPad at www.AppStore.com/InteractionofColor, and the complete version is available as an in-app purchase for $9.99. The free version allows users to view a full chapter, including text, commentary, and two interactive plates, and to experiment with all the features, including the color palette tool. The full version includes the complete text, over 125 color plates, over 60 interactive studies, and a wide range of video commentaries, interviews, and additional features.

Created by Yale in partnership with the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and developed by Potion Design.

It sounds very cool, and appears to be a great use of technology. Here's the app trailer:


Illustrate and Write On,

1 comment:

Simon Beck said...

Just downloaded this. I am really looking forward to reading and interacting with it!