François Chastanet is an architect and graphic designer working in Bordeaux, France. Teaches graphic design and typography since 2002 in the Graphic Design department of the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Toulouse / Isdat, and jointly from 2010 to 2012 in the Design department of the École Supérieure d’Art et de Design de Saint Étienne / Esadse.
Writes on contemporary epigraphy, with a special interest in the visual communication of urban cultures. Published in 2007 a work of reference entitled «Pixação: São Paulo Signature», a photographic survey in São Paulo, Brazil, documenting the relation between urban signature, body and architecture. Published fall 2009 at Dokument Press a second work entitled «Cholo Writing: Latino Gang Graffiti in Los Angeles».
Laureate in 2011 of the «Hors Les Murs» international program of the Institut Français, he develops actually a documentary project entitled «Di Shu» about contemporary calligraphic practices in Chinese public spaces.