The Rotation System

A snapshot of ACT’s VLW Archive includes Cooper’s description of the rotation system, an efficiency method for offset press, and a color sample in four hues demonstrating how a singular image can be manipulated in a manner that enhances experimentation while simplifying the process. In Cooper’s words, “the re-establishment of a complete relationship between process and product and person is perhaps the most valuable aspect of… the [Visible Language] Workshop.”

 

Complete with Cooper’s handwritten edits, these documents from the VLW Archive reveal the thinking behind the processes developed at MIT that would spark experiments in art, technology, and design. The VLW Archive is one of five ACT Archives and Special Collections).

 

Note: materials may not be reproduced without first contacting ACT.

 

 

 

Muriel Cooper, "The Rotation System." Visible Language Workshop binder, VLW Archive. Muriel Cooper, "The Rotation System," Visible Language Workshop binder, VLW Archive. Four-color sample on mylar for offset press, prepared for rotation system. VLW Archive. Print using rotation system for offset press. VLW Archive.
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Four-color sample on mylar for offset press, prepared for rotation system. VLW Archive.