Tropic Bound is a biennial artists’ book fair led by Cristina Favretto, Sarah Michelle Rupert, and Ingrid Schindall. The inaugural 2023 fair featured book-centric tours through Miami, panel discussions, artist talks, and over 60 art book exhibitors.
With an energetic blend of colors, type, and textures, the brand kit for Tropic Bound created a perfect background for this joyous weekend event.
Tropic Bound’s identity represents the book arts. Their priorities are not just to showcase this artistic outcome, though. Rather, they want to illuminate it as an interactive, intimate, and provocative art experience. The brand is all about craft and materiality; its foundation is inspired by different techniques related to book arts: woodcuts, marbling, and watermarks.
The process began in 2020, and Tropic Bound’s inaugural Fair took place February 2023.
And a bit more about the typography:
Tropic Bound’s identity uses two font families: Luzi Type’s Koper, combined with XYZ Type’s Escalator. Koper, used as an expressive display typeface, was inspired by rough woodcuts, as seen in its edges and angular features. Escalator serves as a geometric compliment—an approachable, friendly sans serif used for subheads and body copy.
With the help of Jesse Ragan of XYZ Type, our logotype design [based on Koper] utilizes angular shapes, exhibiting sharp, woodcut-like cuts.