Letters, art, and design run in James Puckett’s family. James’ great-grandmother was a librarian and a painter. Her old books instilled James with a love of nineteenth and early-twentieth century American typography. His grandfather and great-grandfather were an engineers and stationery engravers. James still uses his grandfather’s drafting calipers to measure letters.
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 started Dunwich Type Founders in New York City.