Interaction of Color
Think you might receive a few book store gift cards this year? Here's a beautiful tome that, according to Yale University Press, will be released just after Hanukkah and Christmas 2009: the new edition of artist-educator Josef Albers' seminal Interaction of Color, first published in 1963.
The foundation of the book (actually two volumes in a slipcase) is Albers' series of exercises intended to challenge the reader to really explore color. This encompasses color memory, the ever-changing nature of color, and of course the myriad ways in which colors vibrate and interact when layered or placed side by side. It's an expensively produced edition ($200) with new studies from the Albers archive but Selvedge describes the set as "essential" for anyone inspired by color and relevant to textile designers, architects, artists and other design professionals.