Semantic models of sound-driven design: Designing with listening in mind

Stefano Delle Monache*, Nicolas Misdariis, Elif Özcan

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Abstract

Sound-driven design is a design practice informed by technology and listening in the multisensory dimension of interaction. An automated content analysis of 20 semi-structured interviews with sound designers, design researchers, engineers and expert users stressed the inherently embodied and situated conceptualisation of sound, and how it relates to their professional activity. The four categories of professionals bring in different designerly orientations towards sound. Listening, as a way of knowing by using sound in interaction, proves to be the red thread between the participants’ semantic models. Overall, the findings contribute to characterise the concept of sound in current design practices, and position the role of nonverbal, yet auditory representations in the design process.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101134
JournalDesign Studies
Volume83
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022

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Acknowledgements:
The work described in this paper is part of the project Participatory Designing with Sound (PaDS, 2020 - 2022), which received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 893622.

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