Eric Heiman grew up in the backwoods of western Pennsylvania and attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he completed a Bachelor of Architecture. His winding, post-graduate path finally led him to the Bay Area, where he studied graphic design at the California College of the Arts (CCA) and later co-founded (with Adam Brodsley) the multidisciplinary studio Volume Inc.
Volume has created branding, identity programs, environments, exhibits, interactive media, films, and publishing-related projects for a range of commercial, cultural, and social entities. Their work has been exhibited, honored, and published worldwide, including a solo exhibition of Volume’s work at the Western Gallery in Bellingham, Washington, as part of their ongoing Masters of Design series. In 2020, the University of Kentucky Bolivar Art Gallery hosted another solo exhibition of Volume’s work, Volume Inc: This Will (Not) Be Easy.
Eric also teaches at California College of the Arts (CCA) and was awarded the college-wide Excellence in Teaching award. At CCA, he currently manages TBD*, a student-staffed design studio that does work for local Bay Area nonprofits and civic institutions. His writing on design has been published in Design Observer, Eye, and Emigré, and he was a founding writer for SFMOMA’s Open Space online publication. Eric has judged competitions for AIGA, AIGA San Francisco, Communication Arts, and Mohawk Papers. He has delivered lectures, moderated panels, programmed design conferences, and even curated one film festival.
In 2017, he was made a Fellow of AIGA San Francisco for his contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within the Bay Area design community.
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My vinyl LP collection.
What I love about experience design
Branded Environments, Digital Experiences, Exhibition, Placemaking, Public Installation, Strategy/Research/Planning, Wayfinding
Augmented (AR/VR), Brand, Exhibition, Graphic, Interpretive, Signage, Smart Cities
Corporate, Cultural, Museums, Urban + Civic, Workplace