After training as a graphic designer, during which he focused on type design, Jean François Porchez (born 1964) worked as a type director at Dragon Rouge. By 1994, he had created the new typeface for Le Monde newspapers. Founder of Typofonderie, type director of ZeCraft, his expertise enables him to propose bespoke typefaces for Arjowiggins, Baltimore Sun, Beyoncé Knowles, Costa Crocieres, France Télécom, Louis Vuitton, RATP (Public Transport in Paris), Yves Saint Laurent Beauty. His retail typefaces are distributed through typofonderie.com. He is honorary President of the Association Typographique Internationale (was ATypI President in 2004–2007). Introduced to French Who’s who in 2009. He was awarded the Prix Charles Peignot in 1998 and numerous prizes for his typefaces.
Since 2012, he teaches at Type@Cooper, Cooper Union (United States) and he is the programme director for typographic & type design at ECV (France). He taught type design at the MA typefaces design at the Reading University (United Kingdom) and at Ensad and conduct regularly type design workshops all over the world. He also contributes regularly to conferences and international publications. Founded the french community Le Typographe in 2003. He published Lettres Françaises, a book (in French & English) that shows all contemporary French, digital typefaces. For the Linotype Library Platinum collection, he has created a revival of the Sabon, a Jan Tschichold revival of Garamond in 2002. He was the President of a jury set up by the Ministère de l’Éducation Nationale to select the new handwriting model and system for France and was a jury member of the 3rd Linotype Type design Contest (Germany), of the of the 1st Biennial of Slovene Visual Communications (Slovenia), of the Typeface design competition TDC2 (United States), of the Design category at the Club des directeurs artistiques. He launched with Guillaume Chifflot, the new category Typography at the Club des directeurs artistiques for which he was president of the jury.