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Building a Bridge Between Centuries
Jul11

Building a Bridge Between Centuries

When global real estate company Pembroke bought a building that has its roots in the steel industry, their goal was to create an office space that paid homage to the past while appealing to the modern, tech-savvy worker of today. To bridge the gap between old and new, they turned to San Francisco design firm Volume Inc. “Part of our role in rebranding this building was to acknowledge and celebrate its origins, but to also bring it...

Design that Celebrates the Power of the Press
Mar21

Design that Celebrates the Power of the Press

When Volume Inc. was hired by Bloomberg to help the media giant create a work environment that captured and communicated its unique identity, the San Francisco design firm had little idea of how impactful the assignment would ultimately be. Bloomberg has long been a giant in the fields of journalism and technology. For the company’s tech hub in San Francisco, it wanted a workspace that showcased the company as an esteemed player in...

What is VDM (and Why Should You Care?)
Jan27

What is VDM (and Why Should You Care?)

By Shenna Coleman With all the channels at their disposal, marketers are always keeping an eye out for the “next big thing”—and it might be here. For those who aren’t already familiar with VDM (video direct mail), it’s time to investigate this new marketing concept and how it can benefit your organization. VDM is a revolutionary marketing tool that will help your brand stand out amongst the more than 87 billion pieces of direct mail...

Around the World in a Year
Aug05

Around the World in a Year

Smartphones, email, social media, the bottomless rabbit hole that is Google – our lives are one long cabaret of distraction. And pity the poor company that not only seeks to break through that distraction, but to remain top of mind every day of the year. Print Desk Calendar Poster Website When premium stock-image agency Corbis took a serious look at differentiating itself from the competition in 2011, it realized the only way to do so...

Designing a Paradise for Adobe’s Creative Cloud
Jul29

Designing a Paradise for Adobe’s Creative Cloud

Every few years Adobe Systems entices designers around the world with upgrades to Photoshop, InDesign, and their all-in-one package, Creative Suite, among other products. And they’ve illustrated these new innovations using intricate real-world examples of how each and every one can be used. Yet who actually develops and creates those very detailed assets – photography, illustration, magazines, catalogs, websites and other digital...

Taken Wine to the Younger Crowd
Jun17

Taken Wine to the Younger Crowd

From its premium price tag to its ability to inspire a downright nerdy obsession with vintages, regions and organized tastings, wine can be a hard sell for those 28 and younger. When twentysomethings Josh Phelps and Carlo Trinchero formed their own business, Taken Wine, in 2010, it was with the goal of changing all that by introducing their peers to the goodness of the grape. Website Twitter Instagram Facebook Video Though they were...

‘Alphabetilately’: Going Postal in the Capital City
Jun03

‘Alphabetilately’: Going Postal in the Capital City

In today’s chaos of digital stimuli, a passion for stamps might strike some as being as outdated as ration books and decoder rings. But to those in the know, stamps are an art form like no other, connecting us with our shared history through one of the tiniest artistic mediums there is. Logo Invites Exhibit catalog Exhibit Furniture When the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington DC wanted to mark its 15th anniversary in...

Sustainability Drives Boys up a Tree
Mar18

Sustainability Drives Boys up a Tree

Quick – when was the last time you learned anything at all about sustainability…willingly? Exactly. Now try getting a group of boys ages 11 to 17 to put down their iPhones and game consoles long enough to ponder a tree and you can see what the Boys Scouts of America (BSA) was up against. Signs interactive exhibits video photo The solution turned out to be something even more etched into every red-blooded American boy’s DNA than video...

Around the World in a Year
Feb06

Around the World in a Year

Smartphones, email, social media, the bottomless rabbit hole that is Google – our lives are one long cabaret of distraction. And pity the poor company that not only seeks to break through that distraction, but to remain top of mind every day of the year. print website mobile app When premium stock-image agency Corbis took a serious look at differentiating itself from the competition in 2011, it realized the only way to do so was to...