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Audio-visual interactions in product sound design
Author(s): Elif Özcan; René van Egmond
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Paper Abstract

Consistent product experience requires congruity between product properties such as visual appearance and sound. Therefore, for designing appropriate product sounds by manipulating their spectral-temporal structure, product sounds should preferably not be considered in isolation but as an integral part of the main product concept. Because visual aspects of a product are considered to dominate the communication of the desired product concept, sound is usually expected to fit the visual character of a product. We argue that this can be accomplished successfully only on basis of a thorough understanding of the impact of audio-visual interactions on product sounds. Two experimental studies are reviewed to show audio-visual interactions on both perceptual and cognitive levels influencing the way people encode, recall, and attribute meaning to product sounds. Implications for sound design are discussed defying the natural tendency of product designers to analyze the "sound problem" in isolation from the other product properties.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 February 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7527, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XV, 75270P (17 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856312
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Elif Özcan, Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
René van Egmond, Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7527:
Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XV
Bernice E. Rogowitz; Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, Editor(s)

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