In the Studio: Johannes Itten
[In the Studio, September 8, 2011 /Image & Artwork: designslinger studio]
I've rediscovered someone from my past, those early college years to be exact. Johannes Itten has been dead for almost 45 years, but his insights into color, design and form are as inspiring and insightful today as they were when he developed them just as the First World War was getting underway.
Itten was one of the original teachers, or "masters" at Walter Gropius' original incarnation of the world famous Bauhaus in 1919. The Master of form and color taught the Basic Course, probably one of the best foundation courses ever offered to students. Itten not only had an incredible grasp on the shape of things, but he tried to make color less intimidating and much more approachable.
Luckily, Master Itten wrote two volumes that formed the nucleus of his ideas and theories which are still in print believe it or not. Design & Form: the Basic Course at the Bauhaus; along with his masterful: The Art of Color; should be read, studied and practiced by anyone interested in the visual world. They are available at most libraries, or you can try to find them at your local bookstore, otherwise online. If there is such a thing as the bible of design, Itten produced the first two books.