Franck Jalleau was born in 1962, and studied first at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Toulouse and then at the Atelier national de Création typographique (ANCT), where he subsequently worked as an instructor until 1990. A type designer, he works primarily in the publishing field and on French administrative documents (the General Tax Code, passports, identity cards, car registration documents, etc.). For the Imprimerie Nationale, he oversees the adaptation of the typographic holdings for digital typesetting. For this effort, the Imprimerie's Garamond was one of the first typefaces he rehabilitated, along with the grecs du Roi, which was used for the first time in a re-issue of Pindar's Olympian Odes, which was published on the occasion of the 2004 Summer Olympic in Athens.
"Garamond is part of our world heritage."
He works as an independent designer, developing several typefaces for Agfa, Editions Magnard and for the NGO ATD Fourth World Movement. In 1987, he engraved the Movement's message in stone, which was installed first at the Place de Trocadéro in Paris, and then at the United Nations in New York, the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the Basilica of St. John Lateran and in Reims Cathedral. In 2002, he created a set of characters for the city of Brive-la-Galliarde as part of the Foire du Livre. Franck Jalleau won the Prix des Graphistes in 1988 and has received several international awards, includingthe Morisawa Award (Japan) in 1987 and 1996. He has taught type design at the École Estienne since 1991, and he offers training courses in character design in art schools both in France (Toulouse, Caen, Amiens) and abroad.