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Lecture by Jean Francois Porchez

Lecture by Jean Francois Porchez

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February 16, 2012 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A free public lecture for scholars of French/European/International Studies, including members of Alliance Française Seattle and the French-American Chamber of Commerce Pacific Northwest. This 40 minute lecture will be in English, followed by a 20-minute bilingual (French and English) question and answer session. (Thursday, Feburary 16, 2012, 7pm, Good Shepard Center Chapel in Wallingford). Free tickets can be reserved via Brown Paper Tickets.

Jean-Francois Porchez has received the Morisawa international type design award twice, for Angie in 1990 and Apolline in 1994. In 1995, he became the designer responsible for the new typeface for Le Monde, a leading French national newspaper. He has recently completed Parisine, for the signage of the Paris metro system, and Anisette, an all caps face created in the spirit of Cassandre and French poster designers of the 1930s. In 1997, he finished Le Monde, a large family of four styles: Le Monde Journal, Le Monde Sans, Le Monde Livre, Le Monde Courrier and he established his own foundry to distribute it exclusively, the Porchez Typofonderie. Porchez, born in 1964, received his graduate education at the Atelier National de Création Typographique in 1991. After receiving his degree he worked for three years as type director at the Paris based Dragon Rouge, a large corporate identity and packaging firm. He now works at home in the Paris suburb of Malakoff. He teaches typography and writes as a journalist. He is a member of Rencontres Internationales de Lure, Association Typographique Internationale (national chairperson) and Typographic Circle.