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Great Bear Roman

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:51 am
by William
I have this morning uploaded the Great Bear Roman font to the web.

The font is incomplete; yet as I have not done anything to it for a long time I thought that I would upload it to the web as it is. It is version 0.13 of 9 November 2006.

An earlier version of the font was used in the following publication. ... nglass.PDF

It was the third in a collection of three pdfs. ... lebags.PDF

William Overington

21 January 2008

Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 4:48 pm
by William
Yesterday I produced an experimental version of the font as Great Bear Roman Expt version 0.13 in GRTBEARE.TTF, as a copy of Great Bear Roman version 0.13 with the change of using autometrics with left of 145 and right of 34. This is not a perfect solution yet I wish to try the two fonts in comparison. The 145 was chosen so that the lowercase o would have the same space to the left in both fonts and the 34 was chosen during experiments so that the h would have a width of 1024 font units.

I have just uploaded the GRTBEARE.TTF file to the web.

I am wondering how is the best way to decide on the spacing between the characters in a serifed Roman font. Does anyone have any advice to offer please?

William Overington

22 January 2008

Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 9:40 pm
by Erwin Denissen
Although not specific for serif Roman fonts, I think this Spacing method might help.

I've read this book has some great letter spacing techniques explained:
Letters of Credit: A View of Type Design by Walter Tracy

Although no longer in print you could try to buy a used copy of:
Fontographer: Type by Design by Stephen Moye

Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:44 pm
by Bhikkhu Pesala
I found some text at Kern King, which I use in the Font Test window. That tends to show up some letters that are not well-spaced.

We're waiting for Erwin to develop a wizard to adjust bearings automatically. Something like optical kerning. Now that would save a lot of time. I always finish my font with all the composites, and then decide that the spacing is not quite right.

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:40 am
by William
Thank you both for your help.


Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:50 am
by metalfoot
For what it's worth, William, this font has a lot of promise. It reminds me vaguely of the old serif font included with Borland Turbo Pascal, but has a unique flavour. Keep working at it and be sure to extend the character set!

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 7:20 am
by William
Thank you for your review.


Re: Great Bear Roman

Posted: Sat May 03, 2014 12:47 pm
by William
Great Bear Roman in use.
William Overington

3 May 2014

Re: Great Bear Roman

Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:48 am
by William
There is an image about three-quarters of the way down the following web page where I used the capital A of the Great Bear Roman font.

William Overington

Monday 20 February 2017