Design for the ears to provide information, to communicate and to experience.
“As we move into an artificially intelligent world whose logics of operation often exceed our own understanding, perhaps we should linger a bit longer on those blips and clicks. Compressed within the beep is a whole symphony of historical resonances, socio-technical rhythms, political timbres, and cultural harmonies. Rather than simply signaling completion, marking a job done right, a beep instead intones the complex nature of our relationships to technology — and the material world more generally.”
Shannon Mattern ~ avant.org ★ courtesy of designobserver
Sound being a great design material, digitally and physically.
“One of the underappreciated repercussions of transitioning from a world more concerned with the movement of electrons than of gears, pistons, and flywheels is the elimination of noise. Sound, after all, is vibration propagated through some kind of medium (usually air), so the fewer moving parts there are disturbing the atmosphere around us, the fewer vibrations there are to reach our ears.”
(Christian Cantrell ~ FastCo Design) ★
Earcons in apps for the 21st century.
“Redefining and disrupting the telephone industry is no small task, and Skype has used UI sounds in an integral way to claim its place as both the heir and future of the telephone.”
(Jordan Kolasinski a.k.a. @jordansthings ~ Beyond the beep)
“While a composer or sound designer’s concerns can seem esoteric to the visually oriented design world, we can engage these team members on some familiar territory when we need to work together. In composing sounds, the basic parameters of good design and process always apply.” (Max Lord – Boxes and Arrows)
“(…) about the role of sound in design” (Christina Nilson-Dag – Swedish Society of Crafts and Design)
Theory and Experiment (Nicolas Schöffer)