Interaction of Color appOne of my absolute favorite aspects of aesthetic theory is color -- their "meanings", their composition and pairing, and how their aesthetic energy effects a human brain. Josef Albers basically rewrote the book on color theory with his 1963 Interaction of Colorand now Yale University Press has made his invaluable teachings available in an iPad app. Full of Albers' texts, color studies, as well as 125 color plates, videos, interviews, and studies for users to complete, this free interactive app offers an engaging way to learn Albers essential color theories not only for filmmakers, but all creatives whose understanding of color is integral to their work.

The free version of the Interaction of Color iPad app allows you to access Chapter 10 of Albers' book, as well as text, video commentary, two interactive plates, and the palette tool. The full version, which is available as an in-app purchase for $9.99, offers the full text, 125 plates, 60 interactive studies, and over two hours of video commentary.

Users can conduct their own color studies with a palette of over 250 swatches, and once completed, the studies and color pairings can be exported to software like Illustrator or Photoshop.

Check out the videos below to get an idea of what you can do with the app. 

Here's a walk-thru of the Interaction of Color app:

And finally, a video with commentaries from several creative professionals:

For filmmakers, this app can not only be a supremely important teaching tool, but also a way to really flesh out the theories being taught. Working with the color plates and swatches could help built your knowledge of color aesthetics, while at the same time helping you determine the color pallet of your next project.

Interaction of Color is available here on iTunes. If you're like me and don't own an iPad, there's always the printed version of Josef Albers' book.


[via Creativity Online]