A Semiotic Approach to the Design of Non-Speech Sounds

Murphy, Emma, Pirhonen, Antti, McAllister, Graham and Yu, Wai (2006) A Semiotic Approach to the Design of Non-Speech Sounds. In: 1st International Workshop on Haptic and Audio Interaction Design, Glasgow, SCOTLAND.

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In the field of auditory display there is currently a lack of theoretical support for the design of non-speech sounds as elements of a user interface. Sound design methods are often based on ad hoc choices or the personal preferences of the designer. A method is proposed in this paper based on a semiotic approach to the design of non-speech sounds. In this approach, the design process is conceptualised by referring to structural semiotics, acknowledging the unique qualities of non-speech sounds, as a mode of conveying information. This method is based on a rich use scenario presented to a design panel. A case study where the design method has been applied is presented and evaluated. Finally recommendations for a practical design method are presented supported by this empirical investigation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Graham McAllister
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:57
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2012 11:31
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23195
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