Interaction of Color (review: 4.5/5)

The Yale University Press recently reprinted an expanded version of Josef Albers‘ classic book Interaction of Color. Unlike many books about color, this one eschews most discussion of optics and wavelengths and the physics of light. It’s not about theory and systems.
Instead, this one is meant to be a very hands-on book—experiment and observation. Each small chapter is dedicated to a particular color concept, a sort of visual consciousness-raising, if you will. Though it only takes an hour or two to read the book and ponder the examples, actually following through with the projects takes hours and hours of cutting out paper samples and ceaselessly arranging and rearranging.

To offer one tiny quibble, the layout of the text
really threw me for a loop.
The sentences are arranged in such a way
that they don’t continue to the true margin
on the side of the page,
neither making a justified block of text
or a comfortable right-ragged edge.
I’m not sure of the reasoning
for this decision.
But it really made the whole thing harder to read.

That aside, it’s a fantastic book.

2 thoughts on “Interaction of Color (review: 4.5/5)

  1. ah! one of tufte’s suggestions…supposedly, somewhere out there is a version that actually came with the cut-out strips…if only one could get one’s hands on that…

  2. Oh, cool. I didn’t know there was an edition with strips. I love it when books have bonus parts. A lot of the fun, though, is just flipping through magazines and stuff looking for big swatches of color to add to your collection.

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