Beorcana is finally released!

crossgrove's picture

Hi Typophiles,

I'm very pleased to announce that Beorcana is finished and released: all 28 fonts. Tal Leming did the final mastering, and there were many helpful people who critiqued the shapes, diacritics and performance. It's been a ponderous undertaking. My intention was to produce a workhorse book typeface without serifs, with display variants, for general use. I think it's successful, but I'll be very interested to see how people use it; a typeface comes to life with use.

Font will be posted for sale on in mid-January. I'll be updating with more information and a better specimen PDF when I come back from vacation in January.

William Berkson's picture

Congratulations, Carl. It's a wonderful achievement.

ps. What is 'mastering'?

dezcom's picture

Bravo Carl!


Linda Cunningham's picture

It's gorgeous, Carl: I think I'll look around for a project to use it in as a good excuse to buy it. ;-)


TBiddy's picture

Congratulations, Carl! The hardwork has finally paid off! I also can't wait for a good excuse to buy it!

Alessandro Segalini's picture

Super, Carl Crossgrove, what a fantastic way to welcome a new year of works and passions.
Have a good rest and vacation.

Goran Soderstrom's picture

Wow — that is in my opinion one of the best typefaces released the last couple of years. I also love that it’s something that even can’t be compared with all the "look-a-likes" of the somewhat "trendy" typefaces that are released from different foundries all of the time.

This is far more unique and it’s letterforms will definately live a long life far beyond all of these trends.

I will definately remember Beorcana, and eventually buy it, as soon as I find a project to use it for.

Salutes from Sweden! Great work!

blank's picture

Congratulations on finishing your undertaking! It's a gorgeous typeface, hopefully once I'm out of school I'll be able to buy it and put it to use!

ebensorkin's picture

For those wanting a really good look NOW - try here:

I hope to be reading text in this soon. It's soooo comfortable.

brampitoyo's picture

Congratulations, Carl! Printing the specimen right now :)

Could "mastering" mean making sure that the font naming convention, kerning table, etc. adhere to the established standard – like its term equivalent in audio recording?

rs_donsata's picture

Great work, a masterpiece.


Miss Tiffany's picture

Beorcana is a gorgeous typeface family and it will be very interesting to see how it gets used in the coming years. Can't wait!

dezcom's picture

I just got my printed sample in the mail. The very small text is incredibly readable!


paul d hunt's picture

how'd you get a printed sample, dez?

crossgrove's picture

Hello, all,

Thanks for the effusive congrats. The mastering I refer to is final testing and generation of OpenType fonts. I can do all that, but not easily or with as much confidence as Tal.

Paul, e-mail me your postal address and I'll send you a specimen poster too.

Bald Condensed's picture

Got mine in the mail and it's one of the best looking stressed sans faces ever. :^)

BruceS63's picture

Looks good, Carl. Congratulations!

Nick Shinn's picture

Nice work Carl.
Size-specific fonts in a non-serif typeface, implemented this thoroughly, is a great service to typography.

david h's picture

Congratulations, Carl!!!

lazyeye88's picture


I also enjoyed the story behind the name of your new achievement. Very clever!

Continue doing what you do best. Congratulations for revitalizing the display variants too!

matthew_desmond's picture

It's typefaces like this that keep me going. Spectacular!

Nick Cooke's picture

At last the epic is finished, well done Carl!

A fantastic alternative to Optima, both in personality and weights/styles. This one's going to run and run..


Nick Cooke

rob_luciani's picture

It looks great


paul d hunt's picture

In an email yesterday, Carl also informed me that Mundo Sans Pro is available as well.

Matthew Treder's picture

Beautiful. Seeing a hard copy at many weights is even more impressive than seeing it onscreen. It scales amazingly well. And, as others have noted, it really shines in very small captions...legible yet still very much itself.

Somehow, someday, I want to work with this font.

Matthew Treder's picture

I also can't say I've seen another full-family font quite like it. It immediately makes Optima and others of that persuasion seem dated.

ebensorkin's picture

I got my hard copy today too. Superb! I can see I will be looking & learning for years to come. :-) Thank you!

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