Introduction to the Special Issue on Sonic Information Design: Theory, Methods, and Practice, Part 1

To refer to design research in sonification, we coined the term sonic information design, which includes auditory displays, sonification, auditory user interfaces, and the like. In this special issue, we aim to investigate how design research approaches can be applied in sonic information design. Scrutinizing approaches, tools, strategies, and design practices will produce a taxonomy and a blueprint of the next generation of sonic information design.

The proposal that sonic information design should be explicitly founded on the design research paradigm assumes that there is no universal or optimal solution and that different designs will be more effective for different users, tasks, and contexts. Drawing on theories of embodied and situated cognition, sonic information design pays particular attention to the phenomenology of user experience, which includes physical, cognitive, emotional, and aesthetic aspects that extend to fun, playfulness, and pleasure.