What are your favourite kinds of project to work on?
I enjoy working on books involving more than one kind of paper, and more than one printing technique — I like it when a book has a challenge. I enjoy the process of working out how I can translate the look and feel of the idea into a real book.
Has your job changed much in the last few years, and what direction do you think the print industry as a whole is moving in?
It hasn’t really changed for me. I think, looking to the future, that more and more books will be special in some way – using a wider range of different kinds of paper, for example. That feeling of different kind of papers in one book, and getting inspired by books using great photography, is what people want to do.
That said, changes are afoot within the industry. The flexibility of the printers is less constant, because of the amount of work they have to take on to keep afloat. There are fewer specialist book printers operating nowadays, and the book printers who are still running have become bigger, and more focussed on numbers. That makes it harder to find the right printer for the books I want to create.