Jean François Porchez was born in 1964. After training as a graphic artist, leading to a fascination with type design, Jean François Porchez became a creative artist and typographic adviser at the Dragon Rouge agency. In 1994, he created the new typeface for Le Monde and founded Typofonderie, his own studio and digital type foundry, which distributes his creations globally. He offers contemporary typefaces, either new creations or reinterpretations of classic faces, such as Sabon Next, a digital recreation of Jan Tschichold's Sabon, which was itself inspired by Garamond. He has created original alphabets for Arjowiggins, the Baltimore Sun, Beyoncé Knowles, Costa Cruises, France Télécom, Louis Vuitton, the RATP and Yves Saint Laurent Beauté.
"For me, Garamond is more of an ambiance, a style."
Porchez is honorary chair of the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI). He was awarded the Charles Peignot Prize in 1998. Among his creations, FF Angie and Apolline have been the subject of Morisawa Awards (in 1990 and 1993, respectively). Ambroise, Anisette, Anisette Petite, Charente, Le Monde Journal, Le Monde Courrier were all been finalists in the international competition Bukva:raz!, in 2001. Deréon and Mencken were awarded prizes during the Creative Review Type Awards (2006). Parisine Office was given a star at the 2007 Observeur du Design. Costa and Retiro were awarded a Certificate of Typographic Excellence from the New York Type Directors Club, in 2000 and 2010 respectively – and Retiro won the Prix du Club des Directeurs Artistiques in 2009, and was honoured during the Creative Review Type Annual 2011. AW Conqueror won the Prix du Club des Directeurs Artistiques in 2010, as well as a silver medal during the Ed-Awards 2011.