Material Sound is Google’s guidelines on how to use sound in UX

Material Sound is Google’s guidelines on how to use sound in UX
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“Design is more important than technology in most consumer applications.” And we can agree. Design defines the success of most software products. Today we would like to pay attention to one of the important aspects of the design projects. Material Sound is Google’s guidelines on how to use sound in UX.

Google’s Material is an adaptable system of guidelines, components, and tools that support the best practices of user interface design. Backed by open-source code, Material streamlines collaboration between designers and developers and helps teams quickly build beautiful products. Its guidelines include:

  • Environment
  • Layout
  • Navigation
  • Color
  • Typography
  • Iconography
  • Shape
  • Motion
  • Interaction
  • Sound

Material Design defines the qualities that can be expressed by UI regions, surfaces, and components. Design and strategize how your app is built using foundations that address design from both a broad and detailed perspective. What about Material Sound?

If you remember ‘The Langoliers’ movie, you would understand how the world without a sound is like. But now your world has a digital part too.

Sound gives helpful feedback in ways that express a product’s personality. That’s what you should remember:

  • The sound should be intuitive, functional, and understandable.
  • It should be an authentic representation of the product’s brand identity and aesthetic.
  • It should create a sense of comfort and security when needed.

There are three types of sound in a UI: sound design, music, and voice. Each type communicates information in different ways. All types create their particular effect, and multiple sounds can exist separately or together in the same UI.

Sound design can be used to: associate a UI element with a specific sound, express emotion or personality, convey hierarchical structure or provide sensory feedback. Voice and text-to-speech both use spoken the language to communicate information in places where sound design and music can’t.

These are the basic sings you should know about Material Sound design. To get deeper, please check this Google’s Material Foundation website.

You can also check the list of eight tools that will help you in your accessible web design process. Keep learning!

Or… Hire Syndicode’s design team! We are ready to craft the next great visual and sound interface for your next product!

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