Alfred Barr and Philip Johnson—MoMA’s energetic ambassadors—spread the gospel of Good Design far and wide. In 1948, the Industrial Design Department at the National Gallery of Canada published the popular Design Quiz: A Chance to Test Your Taste, complete with answer key, which was intended to educate the public about Good Design: for a variety of familiar products, the public was invited to pick the object representing Good Design. It stated, “The principles of Good Design in articles for everyday living are the same today as they have always been.”
Inspired by the original quiz, here are several pairs of everyday objects—some from midcentury, some from present day. Test your skills and choose the one that you believe is Good Design.
Which one is Good Design?
Congratulations, your result is
To learn more about good design, check the Design principles section.