Interaction of Color by Josef Albers

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Outstanding interactive lessons help teens explore color.

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Educational Value

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.

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.


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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What 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. 

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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?

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. 

Talk to your kids 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
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: vocabulary
  • Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation
    Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, part-whole relationships
    Creativity: combining knowledge
  • Price: Free ($9.99 full version)
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free
  • 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
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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