Industrial Sound Design

2011 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".

The course was carried out in collaboration with the institutes Masters programmes of Advanced Product Design (APD) and Interaction Design (IxD).

Internal lecturers:

Rikard Åström, the interaction workshop, UID
Guido Hermans, PhD Student, Umeå Institute of Design
Oscar Björk, Programme Assistant for the APD programme

External lecturers:

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

Course responsible:

Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme

  • UID students

    Alastair Warren
    Alexis Morin
    Apurba Pawar
    Carol Ka Lo Tang
    Gosha Galitsky
    Marco Peter
    Melanie Becker
    Salim Dogan Sekercioglu
    Simon Fredriksson
    Linus Persson
    Lynn Bui