The Ilisarniq typeface family was designed for the Kativik School Board, the only school board of Nunavik, which was created in 1975 under the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. The education programs developed by the school board are offered in all schools of the 14 Nunavik communities, in Inuktitut as first language and in French and English as second languages. The school board operates 17 primary and secondary schools as well as 5 adult education centers all over Nunavik.
The goal was to create a modern and clean-looking typeface that incorporates both the Latin alphabet and the Inuktitut Syllabics characters. The typeface family has been developed with the help of the board and the community to make sure its readability was optimal. The design has also been optimized to make sure that the color of the text was similar between the two scripts, as they are often used side by side.
The result is this typeface family in 10 styles and two distinct scripts that offers a distinct flavor to the school board’s communication and identity. The family is freely available to make access to quality Inuktitut Syllabics typefaces easier than ever before.