James Walker Puckett
Letters, art, and design run in James Puckett’s family. James’ great-grandmother was a librarian and a painter. Her collection of old books instilled James with a love of nineteenth and early-twentieth century American typography. His grandfather was an engineer and an engraver; James still uses his grandfather’s drafting tools.
James first significant experience with lettering was being assigned to detention in first grade when he insisted on writing the letter a with two-stories. Such incidents continued when his tendency to write cursive in an old French style annoyed his almost illiterate public schoolteachers who could not recognize a Civilité d. He was granted a brief respite when he was introduced to beziér drawing and Leroy lettering in high-school drafting classes.
James studied graphic design at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. He developed a love of typography at the Corcoran and wrote a thesis about the development of versatile typefaces as branding devices. James’ thesis was accompanied by James’ second type design project. After graduating with honors James decided to pursue type design full-time. In 2009 he moved to New York City and started Dunwich Type Founders.
In addition to his type design James teaches typography and graphic design at Fordham University and Noble Desktop. He also reviews books about graphic design and design history for ILoveTypography.com