How to enhance mobile interactions with sound design

Will Littlejohn
Jun 27, 2017 · 7 min read
Photo by Teresa Kluge

1. Keep it simple

Examples of Messenger sounds in a conversation

2. Make it a family affair

3. Remember: Less is more

4. Make your sounds unique — or not…

5. Repetition, repetition, repetition…

6. Focus on utility

7. Implementation is key

8. Testing, 1, 2, 3…

A typical software-based parametric equalizer with an applied curve. The X axis represents frequency in hertz, and the Y axis represents amplitude in decibels. Notice that all of the lower frequencies have been removed, and certain narrow frequency bands have been reduced.

Introducing the Facebook Sound Kit

Wrapping it up

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Will Littlejohn

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Sound Design Director @ Facebook. Sonic troublemaker for 30+ years.

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Stories from designers at Facebook offices around the world.