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Grad (2004) was designed in the early ’90s by Phil Martin, creator of over 400 typefaces back in the ’60s and ’70s, and founder of Alphabet Innovations and Typespectra. Phil conceived of Grad as a redesign of Century Schoolbook. Editing bitmapped fonts on a DOS PC, he made design changes, some subtle and some obvious. He also added features like small caps, old style figures, ligatures, and swash capitals. Working with Phil, I brought Grad into the 21st century as a family of three feature-rich OpenType fonts.

Weights & Styles

  • Grad Feature1
  • Grad Feature2
  • Grad Feature3
  • Grad Feature4


  • Three styles: Regular, Italic, and Bold.
  • Ligatures (fi, fl, ff, ffi, ffl).
  • Discretionary Ligatures (Th, ct, st).*
  • Small caps.*
  • Lining and old style figures.*
  • Swash characters.*
  • Ornaments (four).*
  • Extended language support for most Latin-based Western and Central European languages.

* Requires an application or operating system with support for OpenType advanced typography, such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Affinity Designer/Photo/Publisher, or QuarkXPress. Check your application’s user guide. OpenType advanced typography is also supported by most modern web browsers through the use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).


Grad Specimen. The story of Grad, a complete showing of all the the fonts, and usage examples. 8 pages. 227 KB PDF.

Additional Information

  • Phil Martin Interview

    Interview with the designer of Grad and founder of Alphabet Innovations and TypeSpectra, Phil Martin.

  • Grad on “Fonts In Use”

    “Fonts In Use” is a collaborative website where interesting or notable examples of fonts in use are shared.