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Sound design in UX

Episode 012 -

52 minutes

David and Andrew look at the role of sound in usability. From deliberately loud vacuum cleaners to the crunch of a Pringle, sound is an important but often forgotten aspect of user experience. Also, David almost gets punched, and Andrew bum-shuffles on a water slide like a dog with worms.

Other things we talk about:

  • Alarms in hospitals
  • Sound branding of Japanese train stations
  • Unique sounds in technology
  • Faked sounds in cars
  • Jingles that are ear-worms
  • Auto-playing music on websites
  • David comments on the usability of a self-checkout and almost gets punched
  • Andy bum-shuffles on a water slide

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The Unusable podcast is presented by Andrew Waite & David Ball, who discuss the importance of user experience (UX) in technology & the world around us, & talk about great design that just works - or moan about it when it doesn't.

Music is by Gold5472