Joel Pirela of Miami-based Blue Ant Studio has whipped up a great little poster that tests two favorite talking points of designers (and the people who write about them): their crappy vision from spending way too much time in front of a computer and their impeccable eye for mid-century design.
The 11-by-17 poster, available for $39, is a designeriffic take on standard ophthalmology exams, replacing the shrinking letters of a traditional Snellen chart with silhouettes of mid-century chairs. A slew of the 20th-century icons are represented: the Eames's Molded Plywood chair, Arne Jacobsen's Egg Chair, the Emeco Navy chair (which was reportedly modeled off of Betty Grable's hiney, can ya' tell?) -- the list goes on.[Click to enlarge, four-eyes]
It's a fun way for smarty-pants designers to prove that they know more about chairs than their friends do. (Their doctor pals will be so impressed!) Though as a snapshot of design history, the poster is by no means comprehensive. Verner Panton's game-changing S Chair, for one, is notably absent.
Or maybe our vision is so lousy, we just can't see it?
Buy the poster here.