Grad is a serif typeface originally designed by Phil Martin and later updated by Mark Simonson. Phil Martin based the design off of Century Schoolbook but set out to give it a more contemporary look. Grad was originally created as a bitmap font which didn’t make it very usable for modern typesetting purposes. In 2004, Mark Simonson recreated the typeface from the ground up in a digital version with a few new added flourishes. Grad isn’t nearly as popular as other typefaces by Mark Simonson such as Proxima Nova, however I think it’s a wonderful typeface and I would love to see it used more on the web.

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Grad Specimen

Grad Type Specimen

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Grad Font Pairings

Binary Cargo
Aug 15, 2016
Fonts — Grad, Apercu Mono, Apercu
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Fonts — Grad, FF Good Headline
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Fonts — Avenir, Grad, Manus
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Fonts — Grad, Proxima Nova
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Jun 10, 2013
Fonts — Proxima Nova, Grad

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