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  • 07.29.11

Wanted: An Eyesight Chart That’s Also A Mid-Century Design Quiz

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Wanted: An Eyesight Chart That’s Also A Mid-Century Design Quiz

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.

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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.

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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?

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Buy the poster here.

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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