Tropic Bound

Miami’s First International Artists’ Book Fair

Tropic Bound is a biennial artists’ book fair led by Cristina Favretto, Sarah Michelle Rupert, and Ingrid Schindall. Coming to the Miami Design District in 2023, the fair will be both an exhibition and an educational space for artists, publishers, students, and academics.


The Tropic Bound brand is inspired by three different image-making techniques related to book arts: woodcuts, marbling, and watermarks. The display font, Koper (Luzi Type Foundry), was selected for its angularity and raw, sharp, woodcut-like cuts. With the help of Jesse Ragan (XYZ Type), we took inspiration from the display but customized the lettering, removing the thin serif elements and adjusting angles for better compositional fit. The resulting effect is a logotype that looks hand-tooled, carved from material, woodcut-like. The watery paper marbling reflects the fair’s seaside location. The icons are also a reference to antique watermarks and are drawn as if created with a traditional, one-piece wire.


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