Facebook release free sound design kit for apps
Earcoms (audio icons) are an important part of any digital interface. These short sounds can aid user experience and develop a brand's sonic identity. Facebook have expanded their sonic reach with the release of a set of 39 free sounds for app developers.
Will Littlejohn, Sound Design Director at Facebook, describes these as "a starting point for your sound design work." The sounds are classified under four categories: Buttons and navigation, complete and success, errors and cancel, and notifications and alerts.
Some of the sounds are designed for high-repetition actions. "These moments can benefit from very subtle, almost tactile feedback. Attach them to high-use buttons or switches and make sure they’re implemented at low volume. They’ll bring added depth to everyday interactions in your product and help to shape how people feel about it over time," explains Littlejohn.
App sound has become an important sonic touchpoint, with usage increasing steadily year on year. In 2018, US adults are predicted to spent over two and a half hours online on mobile apps every day.
Facebook's sound kit makes it easier for developers to integrate sound into their apps. At the same time, the Facebook-esque characteristics of these sounds will also increase the reach of Facebook's audio brand.