Volume is a new crowdfunding platform designed to offer an alternative publishing model for creating, financing, producing and selling high-quality illustrated and printed books. And it launches today with Look & See, a new publication by graphic artist Anthony Burrill, featuring Bodoniana binding and a cover silkscreened in three colours.
Through Volume, Burrill will offer much more than just high-quality books to his project backers, including a specially designed print, a signed edition, a numbered limited edition in a clamshell box, and even the chance to spend a day with Burrill at his studio.
Future projects include collaborations with John Maeda and Takenobu Igarashi, a reissue of a bible of Brutalism, a collection of "architectural fictions", and a limited edition on one of videogaming’s iconic releases. "We truly hope that the new models offered by Volume will usher in a wonderful new era for books on the visual arts," say Darren Wall and Lucas Dietrich, founders of Volume, a start-up powered by independent publisher Thames & Hudson.
"Technology has had a major impact on how we experience content, which has in turn irrevocably altered the medium of the traditional book trade," says Dietrich. "Volume steps into this breach by offering an online platform that celebrates the spirit of individual creativity and those who want to take part it in through beautiful books."
Wall adds: "The flexibility and reach Volume will offer authors is unprecedented, from interaction with communities established around single book projects to exciting new production methods that would simply be beyond the capacity of most publishers."