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What is the Grad font?

Phil Martin, creator of over 400 typefaces from the late ’60s through the ’80s, designed Grad as a redesign of the classic Century Schoolbook for his personal use in the early ’90s.
Changes both subtle and obvious have been made and many new features have been added such as small caps, old style figures, ligatures, and swash capitals. More…
For ten years, Grad was trapped inside Phil’s old DOS computer in an obsolete format. Working from laserprints provided by Phil and specimens of the original ATF Century Schoolbook, Mark Simonson has brought it into the 21st century as a family of three feature-rich OpenType fonts.
All characters, including the swashes, small caps, and alternate characters are included in the basic Grad, Grad Italic, and Grad Bold fonts. The supplementary fonts (Grad Alternate, Grad Sc Osf, etc.) are included for use with programs that do not yet support OpenType features. The supplementary fonts are not needed at all with OpenType-savvy programs such as Adobe Creative Suite, QuarkXPress 7, and so forth.

Grad Font families

The Grad includes the following font families:

  • Grad
  • Grad Alternate
  • Grad SC OSF
  • Grad Italic
  • Grad Alternate Italic
  • Grad SC OSF Italic
  • Grad Bold
  • Grad Alternate Bold
  • Grad SC OSF Bold

Grad Preview

Here is a preview of how Grad will look. For more previews using your own text as an example, click here.

You're probably thinking - Is Grad available to Download for free?

The short answer is no. Grad is definitely not available as a free download font. This is a premium font which mean that you will have to pay to download and use it in your project. We showcase fonts on SharedFonts that are almost all premium fonts. Feel free to waste valuable hours of your time searching for a free download of Grad, but take it from me, you will not be successful in your quest. Just think how much time and effort you will save if you just pay for Grad and be done with it.

It is always best to pay for a premium font rather than trying to find an illegal download. The benefits of paying for Grad is that you get the license to use it leagally. If you're using an illegal version of Grad and you get caught, you or your client could get into some trouble legally with the publisher of Grad. Also it is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Grad for free. Doing various searches on Google such as "Free Grad Download" you will see a lot of websites that will say "Free Download" but these are just attempts to get you to click on a link which will either take you to an ad landing page or you risk getting viruses on your computer. In the rare occasion that you do find a free download for Grad remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Grad and you want to truly own it the legal and safe way, then click here to visit the download and purchase page on Here you will be able to obtain the proper license. The designer and publisher deserves to be paid for their work, as they have put in the hours and the creativity to produce such an amazing font. Good luck with your purchase and future use of this font. :)