Over the course of the past two decades, James has made clothes, type, identities, music, musical instruments, albums, websites, car parts, furniture, and (re)built cars. He spent several years apprenticing as a bespoke tailor. After which he ran an auto upholstery shop. In 2009, he became actively involved in both graphic and type design. He graduated with honors from The State University of New York Fredonia with a BFA in Graphic Design. James is also co-administrator of TypeDrawers and teaches Typeface Design at Tyler School of Art at Temple University.
★Typeface Development (Opentype Coding, Hinting, Spacing, Kerning)
Along with designing and releasing retail type JTD has designed custom type for Airtime, Facebook, Hamilton Wood Type Foundry, Ian Lynam Design/Wordshape, Innit, Ookla, P22 Type Foundry, Samarskaya & Partners, Sudtipos, Valve Software, Vans, Vassar College and many others. JTD is available for both graphic and type design and would be more than happy to work with you.
★Chapman made it on Fontspring’s Best of 2018 list.
★Steven Heller wrote about Stack for Print Magazine.
★Gastromond named as a 2016 notable release by Typographica.
★An AIGA Central PA Interview.
★2015 Print Magazine Merit for Essonnes
★Type Thursday Interview in which James spoke about Essonnes and tailoring.
★I Love Typography article in which James wrote about the creation of Essonnes.
★Typographica’s Favorite Typefaces of 2012 Chosen and reviewed by Dan Reynolds.