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Special Designers & Books Podcast Series with Debbie Millman: Interaction of Color App for iPad

By Steve Kroeter July 22, 2013

The third episode of Design Matters’ special five-episode summer series on the theme of “designers and books,” hosted by Design Observer’s Debbie Millman, is now available for listening. The series has been developed in collaboration with Designers & Books.

Interaction of Color app for Ipad, available July 25, 2013 (Yale University Press)

This episode features an interview with two specialists involved in the development of the app for iPad version of Josef Albers’s classic book Interaction of Color (Yale University Press), celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. This interactive edition of one of the most influential books on color ever written offers users an entirely new way to experience Albers’s original masterwork, including experimenting with and sharing the designs. Brenda Danilowitz, Chief Curator at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and Philip Tiongson, a principal at Potion, a design and technology firm in interactive experiences, talk about the process of producing the app as well as artist and educator Josef Albers’s ideas on teaching and learning about how to use color creatively, and present archival audio (included in the app) of Albers in the classroom.

Future episodes will include product designer Hartmut Esslinger, author of Design Forward: Creativity and Sustainable Change and Léon Krier, author of Albert Speer: Architecture 1932-1942.

The first episode of this special series, aired on July 8 and features graphic designer Michael Rock of the studio 2x4, whose book, Multiple Signatures: On Designers, Authors, Readers and Users, has just been released by Rizzoli. The second episode aired on July 15 and features Le Corbusier scholar Jean-Louis Cohen, author of the catalogue accompanying the MoMA exhibition “Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes.”

In October 2011, Design Matters was the proud recipient of the People’s National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the award chosen by public voting for a National Design Award. The shows take place in a recording studio at the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts.

Support for this series is generously provided by Shutterstock and

You can listen to these special episodes on Designers & Books, Design Observer, iTunes, and SoundCloud.

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