In Episode 4 of Screen Space: Sound in Web Design; an Interview with Brian Snead

Greetings and welcome to episode 4 of Screen Space. Screen Space is a podcast for everyday people with websites, blogs, and other new media who want to learn more about making these more usable, accessible, effective, and efficient. I, Dr. Jennifer L.
Bowie, am your host (and for this case interviewer). I am an assistant professor at Georgia State University and I teach and research in areas related to this podcast including user-centered design and web design.

This episode is a bit different—it is an interview with Brian Snead about the use of sound online. Brian Snead is a Master’s student at Georgia State University and has presented heuristics for the use of sound in website design at a local conference and a national conference. The interview is very interesting and quite helpful for anyone interested in integrating sound into their websites and for those of us who have to listen to poorly integrated sound in other people’s websites. I have even included a special treat at the very end of the podcast. So, sit back and enjoy.

INTERVIEW [note: I do not currently have a transcript of the interview, but one may be forth coming.]

Thank you for joining us for this episode of Screen Space. Don’t forget to check out the screen space blog for the transcript of this podcast along with all the links to sites Brian mentioned. In fact, I’ll post the links not only in the podcast transcript, but in a separate easy to access post. Do let me know what you thought of the interview format. Is this something you would enjoy more of? The special treat I mentioned before is the closing music today, which is a sample of some of Brian’s own music. So, stay tuned through the rest of this outro.

The next episode of screen space will be Web Writing 101, where I will provide a basic introduction on writing for the web, blogs, and other new media. I’ll also talk more about the idea behind the podcast and introduce the Screen Space New Media Stars System.

I’ve been trying to figure out the best publication cycle for this podcast and have decided on a two week Sunday at 11:59 pm publication cycle. Let me know if this works well for you, or if some other time, say Friday at noon, would be better. However, and not just to make things confusing, I’m going to post episode 5 not in two weeks, but in one week. Since episode 4 took so long, I want to get caught up. In addition, I will be out of town and away from technology, and thus unable to get a podcast up in two weeks. So, instead of making you wait for Web Writing 101, I’ll give it to you early. Then I will employ the two week cycle.

If you have questions, comments, or thoughts on what you want me to cover please send me an email at or check out the Screen Space blog— Have fun and design well!

Screen Space is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. This means you can share this with your friends or that person you know with the awful website or blog, but you can’t make money off it and must give me and Screen Space credit.

Screen Space’s opening music today is “African Dance” by Apa Ya off of Headroom Project, which is available from Magnatune. The closing music is a sample of Brian’s Snead’s music. This piece is from the beginning of a song titled “iii” from the album [theanonymous], which was released in 2005.

Links Brian provides in the interview:

Bad examples of sound use online: (in order from interview)

Good examples of sound use online:

Other sites Brian mentioned:

Links to Brian Snead’s work:

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