Aaron Day spent the last 18 years as an experience designer and sound design specialist for products in the automotive, mobile, software, healthcare, web, broadcast, home electronics and architecture fields. Working with designers, engineers and product developers, he applies sound design to solve usability and user interface problems, with the goal of creating more humane, functional experiences. He is the author of Designing with Sound from O'Reilly Books.

Aaron’s work has shaped the way millions of people use everyday products, in different cultures and languages around the world. His clients include Audi, Qoros, Telefònica, Vodafone, Sprint, Bosch, AT&T, Siemens and Wire. He developed the first-ever UI sound strategy for Samsung's mobile products, and led the sound design effort for the launch of Firefox Mobile OS. Originally from the US, Aaron lives and works in Berlin.

You can follow him online at @aarondayrxtx.

Designing Products with Sound

Principles and Patterns for Mixed Environments

By Amber Case, Aaron Day

Publisher: O'Reilly Media

Final Release Date: September 2017 (est.)


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

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