As a letterpress printer, I am interested in type, paper, book forms, and text, not necessarily in that order.
Type is increasingly difficult to obtain. I have a fair amount of type, but only a few fonts that I like to use for text. Type is idiosyncratic, usually somewhat worn or damaged (especially the wooden type) and beautiful for all of that.
As I cannot buy the paper I can see in my mind, I usually make or alter paper to suit the book in process. I am not a binder, but do my own binding. The bindings I use are, therefore, usually simple and easy. Bindings are an integral part of any book and must be suitable for the text and format of the book.
Text must be original, that is, not previously published, original writings. Often I collaborate with writers and sometimes I write my own texts. It is becoming apparent to me that I need to do more writing, to satisfy my ideas with writings rather than seeking out texts that appeal to me.
My books are text driven, that is, they begin with a text. The type, papers, binding, and containers all must complement and add to the understanding of the text.
Statement courtesy of Caren Heft