Listen to this - using ethnography to inform the design of auditory interfaces

Graeme W. Coleman, Catriona MacAulay, Alan F. Newell

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    Within the wider Human-Computer Interaction community, many researchers have turned to ethnography to inform systems design. However, such approaches have yet to be fully utilized within auditory interface research, a field hitherto driven by technology-inspired design work and the addressing of specific cognitive issues. It is proposed that the time has come to investigate the role ethnographic methods have to play within auditory interface design. We begin by discussing "traditional" ethnographic methods by presenting our experiences conducting a field study with a major UK-based computer games developer, highlighting issues pertinent to the design of auditory interfaces, before suggesting ways in which such techniques could be expanded to consider the role sound plays in people's lived experiences and thus merit further research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHaptic and Audio Interaction Design
    Subtitle of host publicationFirst International Workshop, HAID 2006, Glasgow, UK, August 31 - September 1, 2006. Proceedings
    EditorsDavid McGookin, Stephen Brewster
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)9783540375968
    ISBN (Print)9783540375951
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    EventHaptic and Audio Interaction Design: First International Workshop - Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Duration: 31 Aug 20061 Sept 2006

    Publication series

    NameLecture notes in computer science


    WorkshopHaptic and Audio Interaction Design: First International Workshop
    Abbreviated titleHAID 2006
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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