Designing musical interfaces

Today we’re featuring the words and wisdom of Pablo Stanley, one of the talented UX designers working on the Product team at Udemy.

Pablo has researched how music can be leveraged to signal activity (rather than the usual beeps and chimes), the role audio plays in our interactive experiences, and how sounds and visuals need to work in harmony when it comes to product design. Pablo’s a good one to explore this topic, given his personal passion for music, and he even shares his own compilation of 200 audio samples of harmonies, sequences, SFX, speech, and chord progressions on eight different instruments that readers can download and experiment with. Bonus: we’re now familiar with the term “earcon,” i.e., the auditory version of an icon — who knew!

You can read Pablo’s full story on Medium.