Saturday 28th September, 2013
11:30am to 12:15pm
In public spaces like a coffee bar, elevator or airport lounge you'll often hear music. Among many other factors, music can contribute in these places to a positive user experience. Question is, what is the right music on a given time and place? Is there such a thing as the perfect track for a crowd? And how do you know?
In order to create a good user experience, we focus during design processes on the thoughts, emotions, and sensations of the user. Music, as an emotional component that contributes to this experience, can enhance the user's experience. As long as what you play makes sense to the user.
In the face of the digital evolution, individuals now have access to an endless stream of music. This changes the traditional concept of a collection, and as a side effect, its organizing principles. It raises the question what exactly is being organized when the collection is infinite and how relevant tracks are pulled out. But this is restricted mainly to individual headphone experience. What if we turn this into a loudspeaker situation and the individuals suddenly become a group with a shared context?
As web experiences become more social and personally relevant, the way in which we organize the physical world that surrounds us might change as well. We can use our digital footprint to (re)order that physical world.
Are we be able to track personal preferences and listening habits in real time and use this data to improve the offline experience for a group in order to create a relevant social experience?
This presentation will discuss a conceptual model for streaming music in public spaces, which is in more general a talk about designing a user experience by showing the right stuff to the right group at any given time and space.
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