Location: Sisters, Oregon, and www.thedesignworksgroup.com.
Duration: Six years.
Staff: Principal/creative director: David Uttley; art directors: Charles Brock, John Hamilton; designers: Robin Black, Tim Green, Jason Gabbert; vice president: Torrey Sharp; and studio manager: Cheryl Hendrick.
Education: David Uttley, Syracuse University; Charles Brock, Oklahoma State University; John Hamilton, California State University, Long Beach; Robin Black, Parsons School of Design; Jason Gabbert, Oregon State University; Tim Green, Northern Arizona University; Torrey Sharp, Wheaton College.
Cultural Influences: Ben Shahn, Frederick Hundertwasser, Joseph Cornell, David Gray, Bela Fleck, Why Man Creates by Saul Bass, Walker Evans, Mr. Pollard's twelfth-grade marine biology class, the "Happy Hands" Group, the Cascades mountains, Joe's Shanghai, The Marx Brothers, Happy Squirrel, Blue Note Records, Raymond Chandler, Alphonse Mucha and alas, the Kidd.
Environment: Sisters offers natural beauty, wide-open spaces and a creative culture that's unrestrained and optimistic. Our Craftsman-Style studio at the base of the Cascades is the perfect setting for delivering innovative book design.
Philosophy: Our common passion and strategic focus is to create contemporary, unique and culturally-relevant packaging solutions for the book trade. We believe this focus streamlines our processes, heightens our capacity for problem solving and helps us provide the highest level of service to publishers from San Francisco to New York.