The Process of Optimizing Mechanical Sound Quality in Product Design

Kaare Eriksen, Thomas Holst

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The research field concerning optimizing product sound quality is a relatively unexplored area, and may become difficult for designers to operate in. To some degree, sound is a highly subjective parameter, which is normally targeted sound specialists. This paper describes the theoretical and practical background for managing a process of optimizing the mechanical sound quality in a product design by using simple tools and workshops systematically. The procedure is illustrated by a case study of a computer navigation tool (computer mouse or mouse). The process is divided into 4 phases, which clarify the importance of product sound, defining perceptive demands identified by users, and, finally, how to suggest mechanical principles for modification of an existing sound design. The optimized mechanical sound design is followed by tests on users of the product in its use context. The result of this article is a systematic process making it possible to enhance the knowledge on sound design in products and its cause and effects.
Translated title of the contributionOptimering af mekanisk lydkvalitet i produktdesign
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED11), Vol. 4 : Impacting Society through Engineering Design / Product and Systems Design
EditorsS.J. Cully, B.J. Hicks, T.C McAloone, T.J.; Howard, U Lindemann
Number of pages7
Place of PublicationLyngby, Copenhagen
PublisherDesign Society
Publication dateAug 2011
ISBN (Print)ISBN 978-1-904670-24-7
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011
Event18th International Conference on Engineering Design: Impacting Society through Engineering Design - Lyngby, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 15 Aug 201118 Aug 2011


Conference18th International Conference on Engineering Design
CityLyngby, Copenhagen

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