Inria Sans and Inria Serif are the two members of a type family designed for the communication of Inria, a French national institut dedicated to computer science and research in automation.
The institut needed a typographic system to go along with the new brand identity. The previous typeface did not fit anymore their brand because it looked too dated and connoted technology in a too obvious manner. Black[Foundry] had to create a bespoke design that would not only evoke the digital aspect, but also a sense of humanity, technology, excellence and creativity.
The Black[Foundry] team created a type system in two related styles, Serif and Sans-Serif, that can both be used in body-copy and at display sizes. The result is a contemporary design in the Sans, while the Serif calls for more literary and romantic feel. Both members come in 3 weights with matching italics.