Sonification from a Design Perspective

Stephen Barrass

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Most product designers have little or no experience with sonifications. Designers from a range of different domains use a common method called Design Patterns to describe “solutions to problems in context” in a way that can be readily understood and reused. Design Patterns may provide a way to communicate sonification research results with product designers and other design communities. I have written a handful of prototype Sonification Design Patterns from papers in the ICAD 2002 proceedings. The papers I selected had clear statements of hypotheses, results to support them, and repeated examples elsewhere in the proceedings. These Patterns are now on the Sonification Design Patterns site on the WikiWeb and can be edited and added to using any internet browser. The lively development of Sonification Design Patterns by the ICAD community may help build sonification-specific vocabulary, identify sonification hypotheses, and allow product designers to pick up and apply our research
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Auditory Display
EditorsEoin Brazil, Barbara Shinn-Cunningham
Place of PublicationBoston
PublisherBoston University Publications
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780872701336
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Auditory Display - Boston, United States
Duration: 6 Jul 20039 Jul 2003


ConferenceInternational Conference on Auditory Display
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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