Does your Volume knob go to 3? Or to 11? We’ll help suss out whether you’re a punk rocker or neo-soul crooner. We’ll provide the needed pitch adjustment. We’re smart, observant, and great dinner company—which means being bluntly honest when the situation calls for it. We like to make beautiful things because, yes, beauty still counts. We'll come off a little weird at times. Like a first date, this experience might be scary. But it also may be the best thing that ever happens to you.
Who are you? What do you stand for? What matters? Why should anyone care in the first place? Paper or plastic? (Reusable bags, actually.) We like to ask a lot of questions. We might even ask too many, but if we do this question thing right, then the rest of the process will be so much easier and the results will be so much better. Don't worry, the work will be engaging and provocative. We just want to make sure it's engaging and provocative to the right people.
Our work is big and small. It’s funny and sad. It’s commercial and cultural. It’s on screen and in your hands. It’s bright orange and slate gray. Not all at one time, though that would be a sight to see. But we do pride ourselves on never doing the same thing twice if we can help ourselves. Sure, we’ve helped birth a plethora of brands, environments, books and websites, but each one has its own fingerprint that is impressed upon the world. Are you ready to make your mark?
No one likes a dilettante. Yes, we do variety of project types. Branding, environments, strategy, publications, interactive media, motion. That’s the what. We don’t specialize in the what. We kick it with the how. Yes, the how. How we look at the world and solve problems. How we evaluate what you do and don’t need. How we engage audiences and get them excited. How we find the best people to collaborate with and produce the best results. How-dy! We’re Volume. Pleased to meet you.
While pasting up mechanicals at Islands magazine in Santa Barbara, Adam decided the only way to afford the excursions featured in the magazine was to learn the lucrative art of graphic design. After clearing the salt water from his ears, Adam attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and eventually rose to the lowest—but tallest, at 6'4"—man on the totem pole at April Greiman's studio.
Adam eventually headed north to San Francisco’s Mauk Design, where he mastered the art of large-scale exhibit design by creating award-winning work for Adobe, Levi Strauss & Co., PG&E, Rock Shox, Intel, Sony PlayStation and Volkswagen before founding Volume with Eric Heiman in 2002. Adam is a graduate of The Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and holds a BA in Communications from UC Santa Barbara.
Starting in the hunter-filled woods of rural Pennsylvania, Eric journeyed through architecture school, late night DJ sessions, record store employment, and yoga classes in the Maui upcountry before ending up in design. Eric started his career at Zimmermann Crowe Design toiling on projects for Levi Strauss & Co., Discovery Channel, and the San Francisco Film Society. He then worked for the Bay Area studios Elixir Design, Eurythmy Studios, and Man Bites Dog before founding Volume with Adam Brodsley in 2002.
Eric’s writing has been published in Eye, Emigre and the AIGA’s online journal, Voice; and he is a contributing writer for the SFMOMA’s culture blog, Open Space. Eric has given many lectures on design and has taught at the California College of the Arts (CCA) since 1999, where he was awarded the college-wide Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003. Eric holds a BFA in Design from CCA and a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.