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Pictograms for Sound Design: A Language for the Communication of Product Sounds

Elif Özcan , René van Egmond

Sound designers often encounter problems in communicating a newly developed sound concept to other designers, researchers, engineers, and marketeers. To support the communication of product sounds, a pictographic language has been designed to describe product sound events in such a way that it relates the physical properties of sounds to its perceptual properties. This new pictographic language will be presented and it will also be discussed how it facilitates the communication of a product sound.


sound, language, pictograms, communication, tool