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Sound implementation: The right sound at the right moment.

It can drastically enhance the user experience.

Sounds specifically designed to enhance the user experience should be intuitive, functional, and easy to understand. They shouldn’t be obtrusive, distracting, and you most certainly don’t want your UX/UI sound design to be perceived as annoying.

Sounds easy right? But most of the time it’s not as simple as it seems because it is rare that the actual sounds irritate us, it’s the implementation of the sounds which causes problems.

Here are three tips to get better at sound implementation right away:

  1. Never accept the feeling that your sound design is significantly slowing down your experience.
  2. Make sure that the sounds are not too frequent: Sound should create a sense of comfort and security – only calling for action when needed.
  3. Test extensively, but focus on a specific target audience. Use a lot of different sounds that authentically represent your Brand’s identity.

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Buy Me Breakfast

I know what I am going to do when I am allowed to go to cafes again. I am going to buy myself a delicious breakfast. And I’ll buy you one as well. I am going to look for 5 people. I’ll ask them to test my work. With simple questions I am going to learn about 85% of the usability problems. Not like this: Did this notification sound give you the information you needed in your experience?

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150 It Is. For now…

“More isn’t always better, Linus. Sometimes it’s just more”. – The Movie Sabrina (1995). Do large communities add more value than smaller ones According to British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, the “magic number” is 150. His theory concludes that we can only really maintain about 150 connections at a time.

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Sometimes More Is Just More

We can hardly remember a time when all of this wasn’t possible. Online communication tools and social platforms enabled us to develop bigger communities more easily. But do we achieve so much more by making everything bigger? Sometimes people tend to focus so hard on making everything bigger that they lose sight of what’s really important.

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