After training as a graphic designer Jean François Porchez (born 1964) worked as a type director. By 1994, he had created the new typeface for Le Monde newspapers. Founder of Typofonderie, his expertise enables him to propose bespoke typefaces as well as distributing his fonts via his typofonderie.com website. He is honorary President of the Association Typographique Internationale, taught type design in various schools and conducts regularly type design workshops all over the world. He also contributes regularly to conferences and international publications. He founded the French community Le Typographe in 2003. He was awarded the Prix Charles Peignot in 1998 and won numerous prizes for his typefaces.
FF Angie (1990) & Apolline (1993) were prize-winning entries in the Morisawa typeface competition. Costa received a Certificate of Excellence in Type Design at the TDC2 2000. Ambroise, Anisette, Anisette Petite, Charente, Le Monde Journal & Le Monde Courrier were all prize-winning entries in the Bukva:raz international competition (2001). Deréon and Mencken won a Creative Review Type Awards (2006). Parisine Office won a star at the Observeur du design 07. Vuitton Persona was selected by the Club des directeurs artistiques for their annual “Palmarès” 2009. Retiro received a Certificate of Excellence in Type Design at the TDC2 2010 and won the Prix 2009 of the Club des directeurs artistiques, design category.