Introducing Designing with Sound from O’Reilly Books (Oct 2017)

designing-products-with-sound-oreilly-amber-case-aaron-dayI’m excited to announce that sound designer Aaron Day and I have joined forces to produce a book on sound design for products called Designing With Sound. Why write a book about sound? Sound is part of everyday life, but it is often overlooked. Sound can make or break an experience, but we don’t think about it enough. There are many opportunities for brands and makers to consider sound as a crucial part of experience design. In this book, we explore sound from a number of perspectives, from the buzz of a phone, the distraction of an open office, architectural acoustics, sound and health, and the unexplored opportunities of employing more senses in our lives.

I released Calm Technology: Principles and Patterns for Non-Intrusive Design in Fall of 2015. Since then, I was approached by a number of different companies looking for ways for products to fit better into a user’s soundscape. I realized that sound was just one part of the equation for experience design, but it deserved a much closer look.

That’s why I was so excited when my colleague Aaron Day asked me what to do with his 18 years of experience designing sound for brands, retail electronics, films, environments, automobiles, healthcare and museums. I told him that I was running into the same kinds of questions. There were designers, product owners and developers out there that needed answers to questions for a new class of connected products. How can we make products that work alongside us, instead of against us? How can we improve the sonic environment? First, we realized we needed to show people how sound affected them, how they could fix it, and then how they could make it better. The outline of a book quickly formed, and we pitched it to O’Reilly. O’Reilly was excited because it’s difficult to find a book that introduced more advanced sound design concepts without getting too technical. This world doesn’t need perfect sound, it just needs “better” sound, and through case studies, patterns and principles, we aim to show you how!

Designing with Sound will hit the shelves Oct 2017. Until then, you’re free to pro-order them. I’ll be starting to speak about various aspects of sound design starting May 2017 at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam.

Thanks so much for your support and feedback while we work on this book! It’s been great to be able to reach out to so many people already with their stories and relationship with sound. See you in October!

Designing Products with Sound: Principles and Patterns for Mixed Environments

designing-products-with-sound-oreilly-amber-case-aaron-dayOrder from Amazon | Order from O’Reilly

By Amber Case and Aaron Day. O’Reilly Books, September 2017 (est.). 300 pages.

Sound is one of the most commonly overlooked components in product design, even though it’s often the first way people interact with many products. When designers don’t pay enough attention sound elements, customers are frequently left with annoying and interruptive results. This practical book covers several methods that product designers and managers can use to improve everyday interactions through an understanding and application of sound design.

  • Understand the place of sound in design, and how it can make a difference in your product
  • Learn key concepts in sound design, with patterns and principles you can use to improve user experience
  • Learn how to integrate sound design into a project
  • Use exercises to help evaluate sound design

The Calm Technology Video from Thinking Digital Manchester is Up!

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to keynote Thinking Digital’s Conference in Manchester, England! The conference organizers kindly took a video of the talk, and it is now live!

Thanks so much to Sophie Buckle of hedgehog lab for a great blog post about Calm Technology at the conference!

Want more? Check out the rest of the conference videos!

Thanks to everyone who attended, spoke at, and organized this conference! It was a great experience!

August 23rd, 2016: Calm Technology Reading at UX Book Club PDX!

calm-technology-amber-case-oreilly-amazon I’m speaking at Portland, Oregon’s UX Book Club on Calm Tech on Tuesday, August 23rd at Puppet Labs!

This will be my last talk before I leave for Harvard!

If you don’t have a book yet, you can pick one up on Amazon ($19.70) or through O’Reilly books ($24.99). I’ll also have a few early release copies to sign and sell.

There’s still room at Puppet Labs for the talk! RSVP here http://www.meetup.com/UX-Book-Club-PDX/events/232435683/

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Early Release of Calm Technology available through O’Reilly Books!

I’m excited to announce that Calm Technology is part of O’Reilly’s Early Release program! What does this mean? It means that you can download the book right now without waiting for the final copy to be published. And when the final copy does come out, you’ll get that version too!

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Book Details

How can we use technology as tools instead of letting our technology use us? This practical book explores the concept of calm technology, a method for smoothly capturing the user’s attention only when necessary, while calmly remaining in the user’s periphery most of the time. You’ll learn how to design products that work well, launch well, are easy to support, easy to use, and don’t get in the way of a user’s life.

Old systems and bad interfaces will plague us if we don’t learn how to design for the long term. By writing code that’s small instead of large, and making simple systems rather than complex ones, we can begin to design technology that gets out of our way.

  • Discover principles that follow the human lifestyle and environment in mind, allowing technology to amplify humanness instead of taking it away
  • Delve into types of alerts, product launch, “calming” technology, and tech that smoothly enters people’s lives
  • Learn from a trained anthropologist and a technology hobbyist who sits on the edge between technology and how people use it
  • This book is ideal for anyone who actively builds or makes decisions about technology, including user experience designers, product designers, managers, creative directors, and developers.

Get your copy of Calm Technology now! and if you’re in Portland, Oregon this week come see my talk at Delight 2015 at the Portland Art Museum! 

One year ago today I received the first physical copies of An Illustrated Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology! Glad to have most of them sent to everyone who preordered them. A few people changed addresses along the way. The book is now on Kindle, Amazon.com and in PDF format! Anth.ro/store Thanks to everyone who made it happen! #cyborg #anthropology #cyborganthro #book


One year ago today I received the first physical copies of An Illustrated Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology! Glad to have most of them sent to everyone who preordered them. A few people changed addresses along the way.
The book is now on Kindle, Amazon.com and in PDF format! Anth.ro/store Thanks to everyone who made it happen!

#cyborg #anthropology #cyborganthro #book