Plain China

Hacking Dreyfuss

by Grayling Bauer · Bard College, Ben Denzer · Princeton University

This excerpt, which first appeared in Bard Papers, is adapted from the work of Henry Dreyfuss, an American industrial and graphic designer. Before his death in 1972, Dreyfuss compiled a source of internationally known graphic symbols, which “dictionary” of the universal graphic language was published as the Symbol Sourcebook. The poems in Bauer’s longer work, Hacking Dreyfuss, are attempts at decontextualizing the symbols and appropriating them for his own understanding as a member of the wider universe to which they belong.

About the Author

Grayling Bauer · Bard College

Recent graduate Grayling Bauer is an artist, designer, and creative consultant who lives and works in New York City. This excerpt first appeared in Bard Papers.

About the Artist

Ben Denzer · Princeton University

Ben Denzer studies architecture and visual arts. was first published in Nassau Literary Review. See more of Ben's work here.