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Description

As a designer, your perception of a UI/UX design will not necessarily match the perception of your users. Because of this, it is important to examine established research on how color and sound design can impact the user experience for an application. Even if your impression or awareness of these elements does not perfectly align with what the general research suggests, understanding the way color and sound can be used as tools to serve your users is still valuable for your designs.

While not every user’s encounter with color and sound will be the same either, you will use this assignment to construct a baseline assessment upon which more layers of insight can be developed. For example, you might identify instances where color differentiation is appropriate for a component in a user interface. But if a user is color-blind, then a colored indicator would appear to them differently. As you form your assessments of how color and sound can be used in design, be sure to review the Android and Apple guidelines, as you have done and will continue to do frequently throughout this course. The standards they set take many factors, like accessibility, into consideration. Your assessments should also include some personal thoughts because, although you are taking on the role of designer for this course, there are likely many instances where you have been the user of an application in daily life.

Prompt

Specifically, you must address the following rubric criteria:

Explain the impact that the use of color can have on user experience for an application

. Using the resources provided in this module, discuss how color can be effectively used in UI/UX designs. The conclusions you draw should be based on established research, but you can also consider your own perspective as a user. Think about applications (mobile, computer, or other) that you use often and how color does or does not affect your engagement with those apps’ content. You might consider ways your experience would be different if your phone or computer screen displayed apps only in black and white. What do you think that experience would be like? As you complete your analysis, you may also reference the following questions for guidance:

What are some effective ways color can be used in designs?

How can the level of user engagement or interest be changed with color?

How has the use of color been shown to help users achieve goals within an app?

Discuss how research informs your own approach to designing with color

. Based on the impacts you have explored regarding the use of color in designs, think about ways this knowledge will shape your own creations. What additional considerations or perspectives has this opened for you? How will you effectively serve your users by understanding the best practices outlined by research?

Explain the impact that the use of sound can have on user experience for an application

. Using the resources provided in this module, discuss the ways sound can be effectively used in UI/UX designs. Like your investigation of color, the conclusions you draw should be based on established research, but you can also consider your own perspective as a user. Over the course of a day, think about all the sounds a user might hear while interacting with any type of device. You may consider your own experience, ask a friend or family member to recount theirs, or base your assumptions on indicators given in the Android and Apple guidelines. As you work, think about the following questions to help guide your response:

What are some devices that incorporate sound into their functionality?

How can those sounds help a user to navigate an app?

What sounds are shown to work well?

Where could sound design be improved to better help a user reach their goal?

Discuss how research informs your own approach to designing with sound

. Based on the impacts you have explored regarding the use of sound in design, think about ways this knowledge will shape your own creations. What new perspectives have you gained from the research you found? How will you plan to use sound to effectively serve your users?

Explain the limitations of color and sound in UI/UX design

. After you have finished reading through the resources in this module and have formed your own approach to designing with color and sound, take a moment to assess what limitations there are with these design elements. Color and sound may be overwhelming or not enough on their own to convey meaning, depending on the situation. Outline how you will take these factors into consideration and ways that this shifts your design approach.

Guidelines for Submission

Submit your written work as a 2–3 page, double-spaced Microsoft Word document. Sources should be cited according to APA style.

  
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