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Hacking Dreyfuss

Grayling Bauer  • 
Bard College

From "Hacking Dreyfuss"


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.