Biography

jean francois porchez - zecraft - typofonderie

Founder of Typofonderie, type director of ZeCraft, Jean François Porchez’s expertise covers both the design of bespoke typefaces, logotypes and typographic consultancy for Arjowiggins, Baltimore Sun, Beyoncé Knowles, Costa Crocieres, France Télécom, Le Monde, Louis Vuitton, Nespresso, RATP (Public Transport in Paris), Yves Saint Laurent Beauty. His retail typefaces are distributed through typofonderie.com. He launched Type@Paris in 2015. He is honorary President of the Association Typographique Internationale (was ATypI President in 2004–2007) and frequent speaker at conferences all over the world. He was awarded the Prix Charles Peignot in 1998 and numerous prizes for his typefaces. Introduced to French Who’s Who in 2009. In 2014, Perrousseaux publishes his monograph. Knight in the order of Arts and Letters in 2015.

After training as a graphic designer, during which he focused on type design, Jean François Porchez (1964) worked as a type director at Dragon Rouge, then at Le Monde newspaper. Since 2012, he is the programme director for typographic design master at ECV (France). He taught type design at Type@Cooper, Cooper Union (United States), at the MA typeface design at the Reading University (United Kingdom), at Ensad, (France) and conduct regularly type design workshops all over the world. 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 serve as board member. He is the godfather of the French event TypoCamp.