Designing and Developing User-Centred Systems

McGrath, Sean. 2018. 'Designing and Developing User-Centred Systems'. In: The 4th Workshop on Intelligent Music Production. Huddersfield, United Kingdom 14 September 2018. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Our work explores the implications for the design, development and deployment of interactive music production tools through the lens of user experience design. We offer a toolkit for those interested in building human-centred software within the audio production and performance space. The work is enabled through identification of key concerns and challenges for designing software that is both usable and useful - through the exploration of in the wild engagements. We explore the rich context of music making in-situ, highlighting the roles, features and complexities of making music in a modular, disparate and often non-linear way. The work identifies three key roles within the space and discuss the interplay between said roles. The work relates these roles to key agendas within the music production process, discussing how agendas and tools to support said agendas must change over time, supporting not only stereotypical production practice but fringe cases on the periphery of what we consider to be traditional practice. The culmination of the work proposes an updated set of heuristics, loosely based on those proposed by Jakob Nielsen and Donald Norman. The proposed design implications relate specifically to music making activities and offer a framework to produce more usable, accessible and aesthetically pleasant digital technologies in supporting production and performance.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)


music production, user experience design, human-centred software

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14 September 2018Accepted
14 September 2018Published

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom

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14 September 2018

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07 Jun 2019 14:17

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11 Jun 2021 18:10


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