Interaction of Color by Josef Albers

 
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Learning(i)

Outstanding interactive lessons help teens explore color.
  • Device: iPad
  • Price: Free ($9.99 full version)
  • Category: Education

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The right age group (teens and adults) will find this easy to use, with well-organized features, an indexed book, and simple sharing. The reading level is for more advanced students, whereas the interactive parts are simple enough that younger students can use them as color play. There are no verbal instructions or less-difficult levels to make lessons more kid-friendly.

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Consumerism

The free version is really just a sample. Full use of the app requires buying the full version for $9.99.

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Privacy & safety

No personal information is collected. The app's Privacy Policy, posted on the developer's website, is easy to understand. Users can share their work via email from the app.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Interaction of Color by Josef Albers is a digital version of the famous 1963 color-education book of the same name with interactive elements and video commentaries. The free, sample-only version contains a chapter, an interactive color "plate," and other features such as a brief video of an expert giving color commentary. The full $9.99 version includes 125 images of color interactions and 60 interactive color plates. Some of the content can be fun for any age, but the formal lessons and book content require teen- or adult-level reading and patience. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • part-whole relationships

Creativity

  • combining knowledge

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Gorgeous color plates, interesting video commentaries, in-depth book chapters, and the ability to play with color mean one highly engaging interactive app. 

Learning Approach

Albers' original book explained color theory in such detail that readers could see and understand color in an in-depth way. But this app adds videos, interactive plates, and a design tool for a masterful learning approach.

Support

Brief "How to Use the App" section acts as a written and visual tutorial. Audio instructions would be a useful addition, as would a beginners section that included preliminary content and instructions more suitable for younger users.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • part-whole relationships

Creativity

  • combining knowledge

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Teens can learn how to see and understand color according to the celebrated color theories of artist Josef Albers. Color-specific vocabulary, such as color intervals, is highlighted. Users also can learn how colors interact, and they can experiment on more than 60 interactive plates. Interaction of Color is color appreciation with an interactive twist.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

INTERACTION OF COLOR BY JOSEF ALBERS provides extraordinarily beautiful interactivity for color enthusiasts. Kids can read each lesson, complete the corresponding color study (answering, for example, "Why do two colors look the same when each is surrounded by a different color, but look different when placed next to each other without any other colors present?"), watch video commentary, use the color plates to design, and share finished work.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Interaction of Color by Josef Albers not only lives up to the quality of the influential book on which it's based but builds upon it to create something even more valuable to today's budding artists and designers. The full $9.99 version is worth every penny. The beautiful palette tool; the ability to create, save, and export designs; brief video commentaries from experts; and archival videos of Josef Albers introduce high school-age art enthusiasts to in-depth color education in an amazingly interactive and affecting way. Younger users may enjoy simply looking at the gorgeous 125 color studies and experimenting with the interactive ones, but teens and adults will get into the full experience. 

Families can talk about...

  • If your young child is fascinated by color, explore this app together, skipping the parts that are too esoteric for kids.

  • Talk about color in everyday life: How does it affect the mood in a room, the look of someone's style, or the feel of an evening sky?

App details

Device:iPad
Price:Free ($9.99 full version)
Pricing structure:Free, Paid
Release date:July 25, 2013
Category:Education
Topics:Arts and dance
Size:380.00 MB
Publisher:Yale
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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