I’ve been doing research at work for a film on UFOs/Aliens. This means combing through tons old government documents, some legit, some hoaxes.
One set of documents is know as the Majestic Documents, purportedly leaked to the UFO research community. There’s often much debate over the authenticity of these documents. One such document is the SOM1-01 Majestic Document.
As a graphic designer, the first time I saw it, I knew something was wrong. I could “feel” the hoax before I knew why.
Why? Because the typefaces are all wrong. In fact, we only need to look at one of the typefaces: Helvetica.
The SOM1-01 document has a purported publish date of 1954, but to the best of my knowledge, the secondary title font, Helvetica, was not invented until 1957. And it didn’t even break out of European usage until later (except perhaps in some hipster art scenes).
Also, government agencies are usually at least 10 or 20 years behind popular typographic trends, so this alone makes it very unlikely.
Compare the style between SOM1-1 and other authentic 1950’s documents. Very different.
I guess SOM1-01 was created sometime after 1975. The general design vibe feels very late 80s or even 90s. That big SOM1-1 title feels almost computer generated.