Chapter 9: The Future of Designing with Sound
There are so many opportunities to bring great sound into our lives and the lives of others. With additive sound, we can add sounds were there were none before, helping to change mood, increase energy or instill a sense of calm. With subtractive sound, we can remove and reduce the number of situations that produce sounds that detract from being human. We can make quieter cafes, better sounding conversations, and more pleasant products. Sound will play an increasingly exciting role in how we design packaging, human and machine relations, our local environment, and the quality and frequency of our alerts. We can use audio to inform in a way that visuals cannot, and we have many places to apply these new skills.
How can we use peripheral attention to compress information into different senses without taking us out of our primary focus? To this end, we can look to the principles of Calm Technology outlined on calmtech.com. We will need to design for the constraints of our attention, as this will be the scarcest resource of this century.
Second is how we can improve our local environment to feel better through sound design. In some cases, we’ll need to add sound to make our environments feel better, and in some cases we’ll need to reduce the sound in order to improve health. Quiet devices, packaging and products will sell better than noisy ones. Expect to see innovations in recyclable packaging, home appliances such as ...