App Addict: Alders


( screen shots by yours truly in the interaction of color app)

A lot of people are taking about this app.  And yes, the idea that it is free on the outset doesn’t help, but darlings, this app is not free.  Although it is worth every penny!!

Yale University Press has basically condensed my entire Art 201: Color course into a sophisticated and comprehensive app called the Interaction of Color.  Josef Albers, the modern father of art education shines bright in this beautifully crafted app. You can read a fabulous review at Design Sponge.


But lets talk not about the amazingness of the topic, but the app format itself.

I am a bit of a snob when it comes to apps. I read about tons of “must have” apps that are “totally life changing” but unless they are well designed, I generally pass over them.

NOT.THiS.APP. (FAIR WARNING: I’m about to go all Steve Jobs on you now)

This app is the future of books.  Seriously! (Dude, seriously!)

It combines, so beautifully, the traditional book with short video clips in the chapters along with visual studies that were just as large as the page itself.  The videos being short was also helpful because I have a very short attention span these days. Interactive digital versions of textbooks could help those learners who, like me, are a lot more visual, but need to not get lost in the visual aspects.


I remember seeing some of my textbooks included cd’s with additional content, but let’s be realistic and honestly say how often we looked at that thing?  This could help get children closer to their interests by not only engaging them with the topics that interest them in a controlled manner.


Think about it. My little nieces in the midwest, could read a interactive digital textbook about marine life, while watching short clips about the ocean, the beaches, turtles and then do coloring or matching activities (depending on the age level) about marine life ALL IN THE APP.

And if they included the ability to highlight and bookmark BOOM. Magic in learning.  They don’t have to be free, as Jobs had expressed; but they could be a way to open our children to worlds they don’t know about.

xoxo a hui hou


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