Most helpful positive review
Life is Colorful
on January 6, 2004
As I began to read, I got excited. All other reviews here are *correct* in their subjective observations of why they did and didn't like it; however, the reasons why they liked and/or disliked it is why *I liked it* too.
For example, the prose reads very poetically and therefore the text flows like a river. The text isn't clumped into large paragraphs but rather usually in stanzas of 2 to five lines each; this helps digest the information.
Albers speaks of: philosophy, music, psychology, and everyday living and at times seems a bit of a philosopher himself. This book helps you see that what is today, was of tomorrow and that a lot of concepts and visual tricks originate from his experiments. In my mind, he is one of the Master teachers.
Also, I felt there were *just* enough examples in color at the back - keep in mind this book was written in the 60's/70's and "plates" were very expensive to produce - to gain and understanding of what Albers is getting at. This book is *not* updated or revised (other than the second plates that Albers choose) and yet is still VERY relevant to today and the understanding of color. Even without all the fancy coloring and graphical treatments, the black text and diagrams are easy and pleasant to the eye.
I also thought I would be reading *something else* about color, such as the psychology of color and what color means and I got a bit of that but also so much more. In addition, I learned the ability to *think for myself* in regards to the color I see around me and I understand the *logic* of color now.
Well, I won't spoil the book for you and it's certainly a treat to read for those of us who are bored with mediocre writing and thinking.
This is a highly praised book in my library collection.