Design of Sound and Form

2010 Industrial Sound Design

4-week course

The overall aim of the course is to gain an increased understanding, awareness and experience of how sound and tactility can be used to enhance the experience of a products form language and interface design.
Form studies are generally focusing on the appearance of objects where the visual sense is dominant. Less attention has been paid to how we experience products and objects through other sensory channels such as our hearing and touch. However, the use of sound in products has become increasingly important, not only to enhance the impression of quality but also for the exchange of information. Many companies have sound design on their agenda and have brought attention to how sound can be used in a design context. Today this area is known as Industrial Sound Design.
The course encompassed introductions to both hard- and software and creative exercises related to the technical aspects of sound and hands-on experience on how to generate, manipulate and design sounds. The course offers the participants opportunity to experiment with sound and it's relationship to both "2D form and action" and "3D form and tactility".

External lecturers

Stefan Lindberg, sound expert, Interactive Institute, Piteå
Nils-Erik Gustafsson, human factors specialist, Stockholm

Internal tutors:

Rikard Åström, the interaction workshop, Umeå Institute of Design

Course responsible:

Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme

  • UID students

    Ayca Kinik Altuner
    John (Ju Seok) Lee
    José Juan Loredo Rodriguez
    Mansour Ourasanah
    Malin Grummas
    Martin Oberrmayer
    Nicholas Ross
    Cenk Aytekin
    Omer Haciomeroglu
    Philip Nordmand Andersen