Non-speech sounds as elements of a use scenario: A semiotic perspective
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At present most sound design methods for non-speech sounds in auditory interfaces are based on empirical knowledge, often resulting in sounds derived from random selection or the personal preferences of the designer. A more theoretical design background is required which will create a framework that can be integrated with a practical approach to create the required results. The design framework selected and presented in this paper is based on a semiotic approach to the design of nonspeech sounds. In this approach, the design process is conceptualised by referring to structural semiotics, taking into account the unique qualities of non-speech sounds, as a mode of conveying information. The central question is how individual non-speech sounds in an auditory interface can be integrated within their overall use context. A sound design method is presented as a synthesis of the theoretical points. This method is based on a rich use scenario presented to a design panel. Finally, a case study where the design method has been applied is presented and evaluated.