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Sketching Sounds – listening, moving and listening again
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics.
Dalarna University.
Semcon AB.
2014 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Industrial design covers design of products taking all senses into account. However, most literature on product design focuses on vision. When designing multisensory human-machine interfaces tools and processes for design of sounds are needed. Sketching is essential in design. Schon and Wiggins discussed designers’ use of sketching and suggested that designers interact with the medium (typically pen and paper) in a seeing – moving – seeing way of working. First, the designer sketch to see a problem, then tries a solution by changing the sketch or suggesting a new sketch, and finally evaluates the solution by visual inspection. We suggest that design of sounds evolves through a similar process requiring the designer to listen, move and listen again. This process is facilitated by considering sounds created throughout the process as sketches. A case was studied where six designers were given the task to design a sound logotype for a car. Their processes were analyzed and compared with actions in visual sketching using pen and paper. The results support the idea of considering sound design as a listening – moving – listening process. Designing of sounds is a conversation with sounding material and crucially dependent on listening. By encouraging sound designers to use sounds as sketches during the design process creativity and efficiency were promoted.

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Engineering Acoustics
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-30935Local ID: 4f2a0737-6fff-49b7-b776-c6874cf898acOAI: diva2:1004164
Forum Acusticum : 07/09/2014 - 14/09/2014
Godkänd; 2014; 20141210 (arny)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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