The Journal of Sonic Studies
Journal of Sonic Studies, volume 6, nr. 1 (January 2014)Daniel Hug; Moritz Kemper: FROM FOLEY TO FUNCTION: A PEDAGOGICAL APPROACH TO SOUND DESIGN FOR NOVEL INTERACTIONS

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The Stigma of “Functional” Sound

Sound in interaction design is often understood as design element that has the right to exist if, and only if, it offers a specific functional benefit – otherwise it is superfluous. Usually, sound is used to notify, inform, or warn us, or, as is the case in sonification, to represent some kind of data flow. “Used” is to be taken literally, as the sounds are normally based on existing sounds, be it identifiable everyday sounds (in the case of auditory icons) or tones and musical sounds respectively (as in the case of earcons and most warning sounds).[1]