Dunwich Type Founders announces Armitage by James Puckett

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Dunwich Type Founders is proud to announce our latest release, Armitage.

Sturdy and humane, Armitage renders type with vintage American warmth. Even with a subtle sparkle Armitage stays humble to let words work.

Rather than build on recent trends, Armitage starts over, derived from designs of the late nineteenth century. Designer James Puckett cast a wide net for source material. Letters from sign manuals, inscriptions, period posters, and architecture inspired Armitage as they inspired the designers of the nineteenth century.

Armitage’s asymmetrical strokes and subtle flares prevent monotony by rolling with the cadence of language. Six weights and italics make Armitage suitable for a wide range of tasks. Sturdy features stand up to adversity. With a strong jaw clenched in a grin, Armitage is always ready to work.

Armitage is dedicated to Punchcut!, who do us the favor of hosting Typophile, and to the current and former board members of the Society of Typographic Aficionados, who make Typecon happen. I must also acknowledge the scholarship of James Mosely. James’ essay The Nymph and the Grot, and the accompanying illustrations had a powerful influence on the design of Armitage.

Web use licenses are available from Fontspring. Students, teachers, and individuals can purchase discounted personal use licenses from MyFonts.

Click here to download a PDF specimen of Armitage
Armitage can be purchased at FontSpring.
Armitage can also be purchased at MyFonts.

eliason's picture

Congrats, James!

FYI something looks a little off at MyFonts on the Armitage page - like the fonts are on some kind of anti-sale:


(On the "buying choices" page the prices look normal.)

marcox's picture

Nice. Love the hints of Monotype/Akzidenz grotesques.

muzzer's picture

haha looks like yhe specimen suits the type perfetctly mate!!

Why did you draw the s upside down???

Höfe's picture

I HAVE NOTICED THIS TYPE, HOWEVER I THINK ITS A PITY THE CARACTERS ANRE'T "NORMAL" I SEE WHY YOU DRAW FUNNY LETTERS NOT RIGHT AS THERE ARE HEAPS OF THEM ON THE MARKET ALREADY. SAD. BUT I'M SURE, YOU COME UP WITH AN OTHER GREAT DRAWN TYPE IN THE FUTURE.

THE CARTACTERS ARE NOT REALLY SHARP. MAYBE NOT A GOOD AMOUNT OF TIME SPEANT ON TALENT. LOOK AT FRUTIGER OR SYNTAX, BEST FONTS MATE, WELL DRAWN. ARMYTAG GENERALLY NEEDS MORE WORK, ITALICS ARE NOT NECESSARY. MANY CRY WHEN DISCOVERED THEY WORK ON FONTS FOR LONG TIME AND TURN OUT TOO BE SH*T. HOPE YOU NOT ONE OF THOSE.

THERE A SO MANY SANS SERIF THIS DAYS, A NEW ONE HAVE TO BE VERY SPEACIAL.
YOU MIGHT SAY YOURS IS SPEACIAL, BUT PEOPLE LAUGH BECAUSE THEY THINK SPEACIAL NEEDS FONT.

GOOD ON YOU MATE AND GETTIN' BEHIND.

H.

aluminum's picture

Congrats, James! Looks great.

blank's picture

Why did you draw the s upside down???
LOOK AT FRUTIGER OR SYNTAX, BEST FONTS MATE, WELL DRAWN

Not much point at chasing the things that make the great fonts perfect when I could just buy them, is there?

muzzer's picture

>>>>>>>>>Not much point at chasing the things that make the great fonts perfect when I could just buy them, is there?

whaty do you mean mate? you made it look wonky on purpose!?!

blank's picture

Exactly.

hrant's picture

What James said.

(And Franz, please don't yell. :-)

hhp

Nick Shinn's picture

Nice work James. Now you're really in business.

muzzer's picture

suit yourself mate!! there is probabl a good reason that the old goodones sell so well..

>>>>>>>>>Nice work James. Now you're really in business.

Hahahahaha! yeah mate nice one!! Maybe you two can get totgether and ruin some more classic sans!! Nicks buggerde the english ones, youve had a stab at the yank ones maybe a joint attack on the good old german ones!!

Frode Bo Helland's picture

Murray: Why don’t you go draw your own fonts, instead of picking on those who do?

hrant's picture

Yes, boring old stuff certainly does sell better.
But trying to mark cultural progress isn't "ruining".

hhp

muzzer's picture

>>>>>>>>>Murray: Why don’t you go draw your own fonts, instead of picking on those who do?
Get a grip mate!! im just wsaying that i dont Like it. arewe not allowed to do that round here??? anyway some of know our weaknessess and play to our strengths..

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>But trying to mark cultural progress isn't "ruining".
hahahah what does that mean!!?

Jos Buivenga's picture

James, congrats on this release. Great stuff!

Frode Bo Helland's picture

M: Please stop acting like an asshole! You’re a grown man, judging by your mustache.

Congratulations, James!

scottsullivan's picture

Rockin' James! looks awesome-

From the grammar and comments, looks like muzzer does a lot of day-drinking hah

muzzer's picture

HAHAH Scott!! youve outed my alcohollism !! but by the looks og your work, so do you?? its ok mate there a ways of gettting help.

http://www.scottis.me/posterbook/

YOu are so right about taht mate!!

Tomi from Suomi's picture

Murray is out of line. But after a quick look, I would take a look at 'a', and italics need a lot of work still; there seems to be no optical compensation in some forms. Stresses seemed fine.

Overall feel of this font is very positive. Good work.

ncaleffi's picture

It looks like a great font, a contemporary, functional alternative to F. H. Pierpont's Monotype Grotesque. I'd be interested in some more insights about your inspiration.

blank's picture

I'd be interested in some more insights about your inspiration.

Armitage started as a design based on wonky Victorian square capitals that appear on apartment buildings from the late nineteenth century. When that went nowhere I used the proportions as the basis for a font based on letters from an 1812 lettering manual that James Mosley showed in The Nymph and the Grot. Other bits and pieces came from Victorian posters and random old letters scattered around the USA. I’m working on an essay about it that will appear on ILT.

Chris Keegan's picture

Congratulations. I really like the graphics/specimens as well, especially the first one.

Thomas Phinney's picture

Nice piece of work. Also the first typeface to return to the H.P. Lovecraft theme of your foundry name, which I appreciate. :)

Cheers,

T

Nick Shinn's picture

No worries James, if a hoser-poseur like "Murray" finds fault with your work, you must be doing something right.

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While loth to critique the typeface, I do have a reservation about the metadata: you claim to be above trends, but there are already quite a few steampunk faces in play. Sounds like a topic for a Coles list...

blank's picture

No worry about Murray. His opinion is not one of the ones I worry about. As for the Steampunk notion, I never thought of it that way, but I can certainly see the connection.

muzzer's picture

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>No worry about Murray. His opinion is not one of the ones I worry about.

OH no you should really take the advice and Praises of someone who wriets like this:

Recontextualizing the 10-point type of a scientific report published in 1870, Shinn has produced sleekly refined, micro-detailed vector drawings by eye, without the usual assistance of scans for tracing, thus presenting an ironic critique of the way in which mechanical imagery beguiles us with the trite veracity of simulacra, corrupting the authenticity of human experience.

hoser-poseur? hoser-poseur? hoser-poseur?!! HAHAHAH yeah your MUST be doing something right! !

anywya james it would be nice to have apdf specimen gthat didnt ;look like shit printed from a Normal laser printer. maybe you are thus presenting an ironic critique on what a useful specimen actally really is!!

blank's picture

apdf specimen gthat didnt ;look like shit printed from a Normal laser printer

The image layers are non-printing. Acrobat 6+ should print it just fine.

Nick Shinn's picture

"Murray", I'm pretty sure a degree in Fine Art qualifies me to hype my work in artspeak.
You, on the other hand, are a person of some intelligence and taste pretending to be a dimwit.
No doubt you find anonymously belittling other people's work while satirically posing as an Aussie oaf is amusing and empowering. But what would Chopper say to someone who only dares fling his barbs from behind a thug mask?

Tell's picture

James, congrats on the release.

Nick, you're a class act.

dave nalle's picture

It's a good looking font, but given your allusions to Lovecraft in the name of your foundry and the name of the font I was kind of expecting something a bit more outre and influenced by the unspeakable, perhaps something more like Unaussprechlichen.

Dave

Charles_borges_de_oliveira's picture

Fantastic work James. I think you nailed it perfectly. I like it alot!!
-Charles

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