January 2017 Update

Happy New Year to everyone!

As we begin 2017, it's busy times at Oblique Sound. I'm currently working on an array of exciting products and ambitious brands that will come to light later on in the year - includes wearables, IoT products, and non-invasive medical devices. Stay tuned.


UI Sound Design : The Small Sounds That Make A Big Difference Keynote Talk

Last month I gave a keynote talk on UX/UI Sound Design, as part of the The Next Web tech conference in Amsterdam.  It was a fantastic event and I was thrilled to share the stage with such an array of great speakers.  During my talk, I highlighted a clearly defined set of principles for successful UI sound design, whilst championing the case for bringing UI sound design deeper into the design process. I also discussed the delicate relationship between UI sound design and audio branding, and how we, as sound design practitioners and marketers, can embrace the challenges ahead as our world becomes more dependable on UI sound.


Wayfindr Sound Design

I recently worked with the awesome guys at Wayfindr - creating sound assets required for the Standard, participating to the brand development and user testing, and helping to establish a sound strategy going forward (through the Wayfindr Alliance).

Currently I have designed the two notification sounds used within the Wayfindr Demo App (and provided as part of the Standard). As part of the brand refresh by Moving Brands I have also provided an audio logo, to be used for any animation lock-ups.  The sounds (and the story behind them) can be heard from this article I wrote on the Wayfindr blog (https://www.wayfindr.net/creating-sonic-identity-wayfindr/).

There is a lot more to come with this, so please stay tuned and I’d urge you to read up on what Wayfindr is all about. Wayfindr is a fantastic project that supports vision impaired people by creating an Open Standard for indoor navigation. The video below gives a nice and simple overview of Wayfindr.


'Being Smart with Sound' Blog Article

I wrote this article to highlight the importance of sound design within UX and UI - It was written for The Awwwards, who recognise the talent and effort of the best web designers, developers and agencies in the world.

Please follow the link to the article:

http://www.awwwards.com/being-smart-with-sound.html


'What Makes A Successful Audio Brand?' Blog Article

This was an article I wrote for A Sound Effect, highlighting some of the key factors of what makes a successful audio brand. The article was largely based on my experience of working for over a decade at Nokia, one of the most recognised audio brands in the World.

Please follow the link to the article: 

http://www.asoundeffect.com/audio-branding-success/


Sceneskope Sound Design & Music

A short promotional video for Sceneskope in which I created the sound design (including voice over) and background music.


Previous Major work achievements whilst working at Nokia and Microsoft...


Cities Unlocked/Guide Dogs Sound Design & Audio Branding

The inspiring Microsoft Cities Unlocked/Guide Dogs project uses 3D sound as a navigational aid for the blind. I would lead the sound design development; creating the sound design assets needed whilst developing the audio language and identity.

http://www.citiesunlocked.org.uk

http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/cities-unlocked

http://futurecities.catapult.org.uk/project/cities-unlocked

Image owned by Microsoft

Image owned by Microsoft


Sounds of the World" project 2014/15 Project Lead

Music Schools collaboration project in which I led from conception to realisation - the idea was to work with students from the most prestigious music schools around the world to create ringtones - to be pre-loaded into our upcoming Lumia devices. Locations included UK, South Africa, China, India, and Mexico.

https://blogs.windows.com/devices/2014/11/18/lumias-latest-regional-ringtones-born/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vXI82kIqRA

NokiaSoundsOfTheWorld_South Africa-58.jpg

Regional Ringtones - Designed By You" 2012 Project Lead

Worldwide crowdsourcing contest to create ringtones, using the Audiodraft platform.  The project was nominated for an Audio Branding Academy Award 2012 with Nokia's "Branded Globally - Relevant Locally" submission.

https://blogs.windows.com/devices/2012/04/24/sound-of-the-crowd-winners-of-the-regional-ringtone-competition/

http://audio-branding-academy.org/aba/congress/2012-2/case-submissions/nokia/


Nokia Core Sounds refresh 2013 Project Lead, Composition & Sound Design

I led the project in 2013 to refresh the core audio brand assets for Nokia, including the Nokia Tune, default message, calendar reminder, email alert, and clock alarm. The project was featured as Nokia's submission to the Audio Branding Academy Awards 2013.

http://audio-branding-academy.org/aba/congress/award-2013/case-submissions/nokia-core-sounds-2013/

Image owned by Nokia.

Image owned by Nokia.


Link to the Microsoft Phones Design Team official Soundcloud page. Includes large collection of ringtones and music tracks, created and curated by Microsoft Phones Sound Design Team.

https://soundcloud.com/nokia-design-team

Image owned by Microsoft

Image owned by Microsoft

 

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