Faceout Studio principal, Torrey Sharp, buys out
partner’s interest in firm, charts course for the future
Bend, OR (February 13, 2019) After 12 years of successful partnership, Torrey Sharp has bought out partner Charles Brock’s interest in Faceout Studio. Torrey and Charles bought the studio from industry icon, David Uttley, in 2007 after David grew the business from it’s inception in 1996. “This transition is about acknowledging there are seasons for everything, embracing change and looking toward the future,” says Torrey. Faceout Studio stands behind it’s original vision of producing consistent, innovative book design for clients — a vision Torrey plans to advance in the coming years.
“I’m grateful to have cultivated something special alongside Charles over a decade of working together. Charles has been a wonderful business partner, but more importantly, a good friend. The team at Faceout fully expects to keep our deep friendship with Charles, celebrating his next season as well. Growth often requires a willingness to embrace change and I’m very excited for the studio’s next chapter. We have a dynamic team and work with incredible clients. Tim Green will step into the role of Creative Director. Tim has been a leader at Faceout for fifteen years and is well prepared to lead this studio’s creative vision forward,” says Torrey.
“I am deeply grateful to Charles, for his friendship and daily example of creative excellence. It has been a privilege to work alongside him these past 14 years (even though he is not a Giants fan). More than that, it has been a lot of fun, and that is a credit to Charles and the creative culture he helped foster. I set out to be a designer because I love it, and I’m still at it for the same reason. That’s the daily motivation of everyone at Faceout. Our best work flows from a sense of delight in the creative work we get to do everyday. I’m very excited to step into the role of Creative Director with this amazing team,” says Tim.
“I’m very proud of what Torrey and I have built over the past 12 years. We have had the privilege to produce some rewarding work for an amazing list of clients. I’m eager to see what the future brings for Faceout Studio. Tim Green is a great talent and a true friend. The studio and all the employees will benefit from his creative leadership. Personally, this is a new season for me as a designer and an artist. What I hope to do with Brock Book Design Co., is to focus my energies on growing as a creative. I’m excited that my best work is yet to come,” says Charles.
Faceout Studio’s principal office will remain in Bend, Oregon. Torrey Sharp, along with the existing staff will continue operations from this West Coast office. All client communication and job related trafficking will continue to be serviced through this location.
Faceout Studio is a market leading book design firm.The studio designs hundreds of books each year working w/ the world’s top media companies, mid size publishers, university presses and individual authors. Over the years their work has been recognized by Communication Arts, the AIGA, Print magazine, Eye magazine, Graphis, CMYK, Graphic Design: USA, ECPA, The Chicago Book Clinic, the New York Book Show, the AUP and the American Advertising Federation. Faceout’s work has also been published in various books, most recently from Rockport, Harper Collins, Springer and Barcelona-based Mao Mao publications. They have been invited to speak at various events hosted by the AIGA, AAUP, the Shanghai Press and Publications Bureau and the Taipei Book Fair Foundation.
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