Michael Bierut and other designers spot the typographical inaccuracies of “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “Titanic,” and other period films in The New York Times. Of GN&GL, Peter Edidin writes, “It appears that the CBS News sign, prominently displayed in the film’s carefully reconstructed New York newsroom, uses the typeface Helvetica. But Helvetica was not designed until 1957, the year McCarthy died. The movie takes place in the early 1950’s. ‘I thought it was a bit jarring,’ said Michael Bierut, a graphic designer at Pentagram Studio in New York. ‘After all, even in 1957, Helvetica was an exotica Swiss import.’”
Lorraine Wild continues the discussion in a post on DesignObserver.