Originally designed in 1966 by Massimo Vignelli (1931-2014) and produced on heavy (sixty pound) stock paper, the Stendig is notable not only for its size (3' x 4') but also for its inherent design elements. It has eyelets for hanging and the sheets are perforated for easy tearing. It is printed in the USA and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NYC.
A major concept of Vignelli design philosophy concerns the overuse of fonts and the identification of a small, necessary number of fonts for use. The Stendig Calendar uses Helvetica typeface. Helvetica was designed by Swiss Max Miedinger (hence the name, Latin for Switzerland "Confœderatio Helvetica"). The font is a san serif font, or one that does not include additional features at the beginning and ends of letters. San serif fonts are generally easier to read as signage, as well as on computer screens (although for different reasons).
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An architect by training, Vignelli (along with partner and wife Lella) produced an incredible range of product from package design, graphic design, interior design, furniture design, etc. Some designs that you might have rubbed shoulders with include the ‘Brown Bag’ of Bloomingdales and the stylized New York Subway Map.