Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/exhibitions/1141959691/

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

The growing field of sound design gives an audible voice to products, brands, and interfaces. Through sound, our digital devices and products tell us when we have completed a task, received a message, or achieved a goal. Now imagine this world of products with no sound—no chimes, buzzes, or rings. How does the lack of sound diminish the usefulness of products? How does sound enhance and inform your experience? This hands-on exhibition invites you to become a sound designer for Trash Bot, a street-cleaning machine. A sound designer uses melody, ambient sound, and special effects to communicate. Each sound you create will communicate Trash Bot’s actions and express the machine’s personality and emotions. As you design sounds for Trash Bot, think about how each sound will guide users through their interactions with Trash Bot and—just as importantly—transform an anonymous machine into an appealing, human-like presence.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18734863/

  • Designed by Josef Albers
  • offset lithograph on white wove paper, gate-fold cardboard, black vinyl 33 1/3 rpm record
  • Gift of Mathew Weaver in honor of Lenora J. and Robert J. Weaver
  • pattern
  • dots
  • music
  • monochrome
  • black and white
  • rhythm
  • jazz
  • Bauhaus
  • album

Josef Albers studied and taught at the Bauhaus in Germany and then at Black Mountain College and Yale School of Art in the United States. These abstract album covers were commissioned by Charles E. Murphy, art director at Command Records. Murphy had been a student of Albers at Yale.

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18734865/

  • Designed by Josef Albers
  • offset lithograph on white wove paper, gate-fold cardboard, black vinyl 33 1/3 rpm record
  • Gift of Mathew Weaver in honor of Lenora J. and Robert J. Weaver
  • advertising
  • dots
  • rhythm
  • graphic designers
  • music lovers
  • syncopation

Josef Albers studied and taught at the Bauhaus in Germany and then at Black Mountain College and Yale School of Art in the United States. These abstract album covers were commissioned by Charles E. Murphy, art director at Command Records. Murphy had been a student of Albers at Yale.

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18734867/

  • Designed by Josef Albers
  • offset lithograph on white wove paper, gate-fold cardboard, black vinyl 33 1/3 rpm record
  • Gift of Mathew Weaver in honor of Lenora J. and Robert J. Weaver
  • public
  • graphic design
  • pattern
  • music
  • square
  • clients
  • black and white
  • rhythm
  • geometric
  • music lovers

Josef Albers studied and taught at the Bauhaus in Germany and then at Black Mountain College and Yale School of Art in the United States. These abstract album covers were commissioned by Charles E. Murphy, art director at Command Records. Murphy had been a student of Albers at Yale.

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18734869/

  • Designed by Josef Albers
  • off-set lithograph on white wove paper, gate-fold cardboard, black vinyl 33 1/3 rpm record
  • Gift of Mathew Weaver in honor of Lenora J. and Robert J. Weaver
  • graphic design
  • dots
  • abstraction
  • music
  • repetition
  • rhythm
  • grid
  • listeners
  • music lovers
  • Bauhaus

Josef Albers studied and taught at the Bauhaus in Germany and then at Black Mountain College and Yale School of Art in the United States. These abstract album covers were commissioned by Charles E. Murphy, art director at Command Records. Murphy had been a student of Albers at Yale.

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1126132819/

  • Designed by Annik Troxler
  • screenprint on paper
  • Courtesy of Annik Troxler
  • concert poster
  • jazz
  • women designers
  • swiss typography

Swiss graphic designer Annik Troxler creates posters each year for the Jazz Festival Willisau, held in a small town in Switzerland. She uses fluid concoctions of line, texture, and color to express the improvised character of jazz. Rather than visualizing specific pieces of music, the posters anticipate the range of music presented in the festivals. The Willisau Jazz Festival was founded in 1975 by Niklaus Troxler, Annik’s father, who designed the posters for thirty-five years. Cooper Hewitt acquired a set of Niklaus Troxler’s Willisau posters in 2009, courtesy of the artist.

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1126132823/

  • Designed by Annik Troxler
  • screenprint on paper
  • Courtesy of Annik Troxler
  • music
  • concert poster
  • jazz
  • screenprint
  • women designers
  • swiss typography

Swiss graphic designer Annik Troxler creates posters each year for the Jazz Festival Willisau, held in a small town in Switzerland. She uses fluid concoctions of line, texture, and color to express the improvised character of jazz. Rather than visualizing specific pieces of music, the posters anticipate the range of music presented in the festivals. The Willisau Jazz Festival was founded in 1975 by Niklaus Troxler, Annik’s father, who designed the posters for thirty-five years. Cooper Hewitt acquired a set of Niklaus Troxler’s Willisau posters in 2009, courtesy of the artist.

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1126132825/

  • Designed by Annik Troxler
  • screenprint on paper
  • Courtesy of Annik Troxler
  • music
  • concert poster
  • jazz
  • screenprint
  • women designers
  • swiss typography

Swiss graphic designer Annik Troxler creates posters each year for the Jazz Festival Willisau, held in a small town in Switzerland. She uses fluid concoctions of line, texture, and color to express the improvised character of jazz. Rather than visualizing specific pieces of music, the posters anticipate the range of music presented in the festivals. The Willisau Jazz Festival was founded in 1975 by Niklaus Troxler, Annik’s father, who designed the posters for thirty-five years. Cooper Hewitt acquired a set of Niklaus Troxler’s Willisau posters in 2009, courtesy of the artist.

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1126132827/

  • Designed by Annik Troxler
  • screenprint on paper
  • Courtesy of Annik Troxler
  • music
  • biomorphic
  • concert poster
  • jazz
  • screenprint
  • women designers

Swiss graphic designer Annik Troxler creates posters each year for the Jazz Festival Willisau, held in a small town in Switzerland. She uses fluid concoctions of line, texture, and color to express the improvised character of jazz. Rather than visualizing specific pieces of music, the posters anticipate the range of music presented in the festivals. The Willisau Jazz Festival was founded in 1975 by Niklaus Troxler, Annik’s father, who designed the posters for thirty-five years. Cooper Hewitt acquired a set of Niklaus Troxler’s Willisau posters in 2009, courtesy of the artist.

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1141959639/

  • Designed by Man Made Music
  • interaction
  • sound
  • game

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1141959641/

  • Designed by Alexander Chen
  • software, keyboard, monitors
  • music
  • interaction
  • data visualization
  • piano
  • visualization

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1141959643/

  • Designed by ARO
  • Manufactured by FiltzFelt
  • 100% wool design felt
  • Generous Gift of FilzFelt and Knoll
  • pattern
  • texture
  • felt
  • acoustic

The 100% wool felt panels installed in this gallery absorb sound and prevent echoes. Surfaces that are soft, perforated, or molded with grooves and gaps not only control the overall loudness of a room but also make speech easier to understand. Echoes arrive a tiny bit later than sound waves heading directly to the ear; these late-breaking waves distort the pattern of the earlier ones, blurring the crisp sounds of conversation. Wool felt is a natural material used in many acoustic architectural products; felt is also used in the manufacture of audio equipment. The perforations enhance the product’s acoustic performance as well as producing a beautiful and elegant surface. According to the designers, the grid of rotating slashes in this pattern evokes the rhythm of a rain shower.

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1141959647/

  • Designed by ARO
  • Manufactured by FiltzFelt
  • 100% wool design felt
  • Generous Gift of FilzFelt and Knoll

The 100% wool felt panels installed in this gallery absorb sound and prevent echoes. Surfaces that are soft, perforated, or molded with grooves and gaps not only control the overall loudness of a room but also make speech easier to understand. Echoes arrive a tiny bit later than sound waves heading directly to the ear; these late-breaking waves distort the pattern of the earlier ones, blurring the crisp sounds of conversation. Wool felt is a natural material used in many acoustic architectural products; felt is also used in the manufacture of audio equipment. The perforations enhance the product’s acoustic performance as well as producing a beautiful and elegant surface. According to the designers, the grid of rotating slashes in this pattern evokes the rhythm of a rain shower.

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1141959649/

  • Designed by ARO
  • Manufactured by FiltzFelt
  • 100% wool design felt
  • Generous Gift of FilzFelt and Knoll

The 100% wool felt panels installed in this gallery absorb sound and prevent echoes. Surfaces that are soft, perforated, or molded with grooves and gaps not only control the overall loudness of a room but also make speech easier to understand. Echoes arrive a tiny bit later than sound waves heading directly to the ear; these late-breaking waves distort the pattern of the earlier ones, blurring the crisp sounds of conversation. Wool felt is a natural material used in many acoustic architectural products; felt is also used in the manufacture of audio equipment. The perforations enhance the product’s acoustic performance as well as producing a beautiful and elegant surface. According to the designers, the grid of rotating slashes in this pattern evokes the rhythm of a rain shower.

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1141959651/

  • Designed by ARO
  • Manufactured by FiltzFelt
  • 100% wool design felt
  • Generous Gift of FilzFelt and Knoll

The 100% wool felt panels installed in this gallery absorb sound and prevent echoes. Surfaces that are soft, perforated, or molded with grooves and gaps not only control the overall loudness of a room but also make speech easier to understand. Echoes arrive a tiny bit later than sound waves heading directly to the ear; these late-breaking waves distort the pattern of the earlier ones, blurring the crisp sounds of conversation. Wool felt is a natural material used in many acoustic architectural products; felt is also used in the manufacture of audio equipment. The perforations enhance the product’s acoustic performance as well as producing a beautiful and elegant surface. According to the designers, the grid of rotating slashes in this pattern evokes the rhythm of a rain shower.

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1141959653/

  • Designed by ARO
  • Manufactured by FiltzFelt
  • 100% wool design felt
  • Generous Gift of FilzFelt and Knoll

The 100% wool felt panels installed in this gallery absorb sound and prevent echoes. Surfaces that are soft, perforated, or molded with grooves and gaps not only control the overall loudness of a room but also make speech easier to understand. Echoes arrive a tiny bit later than sound waves heading directly to the ear; these late-breaking waves distort the pattern of the earlier ones, blurring the crisp sounds of conversation. Wool felt is a natural material used in many acoustic architectural products; felt is also used in the manufacture of audio equipment. The perforations enhance the product’s acoustic performance as well as producing a beautiful and elegant surface. According to the designers, the grid of rotating slashes in this pattern evokes the rhythm of a rain shower.

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1141959655/

  • Designed by ARO
  • Manufactured by FiltzFelt
  • 100% wool design felt
  • Generous Gift of FilzFelt and Knoll

The 100% wool felt panels installed in this gallery absorb sound and prevent echoes. Surfaces that are soft, perforated, or molded with grooves and gaps not only control the overall loudness of a room but also make speech easier to understand. Echoes arrive a tiny bit later than sound waves heading directly to the ear; these late-breaking waves distort the pattern of the earlier ones, blurring the crisp sounds of conversation. Wool felt is a natural material used in many acoustic architectural products; felt is also used in the manufacture of audio equipment. The perforations enhance the product’s acoustic performance as well as producing a beautiful and elegant surface. According to the designers, the grid of rotating slashes in this pattern evokes the rhythm of a rain shower.

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1141959657/

  • Designed by ARO
  • Manufactured by FiltzFelt
  • 100% wool design felt
  • Generous Gift of FilzFelt and Knoll

The 100% wool felt panels installed in this gallery absorb sound and prevent echoes. Surfaces that are soft, perforated, or molded with grooves and gaps not only control the overall loudness of a room but also make speech easier to understand. Echoes arrive a tiny bit later than sound waves heading directly to the ear; these late-breaking waves distort the pattern of the earlier ones, blurring the crisp sounds of conversation. Wool felt is a natural material used in many acoustic architectural products; felt is also used in the manufacture of audio equipment. The perforations enhance the product’s acoustic performance as well as producing a beautiful and elegant surface. According to the designers, the grid of rotating slashes in this pattern evokes the rhythm of a rain shower.

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1141959659/

  • Designed by Josef Albers
  • offset lithograph
  • Museum purchase
  • music
  • black and white
  • New York
  • jazz
  • Bauhaus
  • album
  • record cover

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1141959661/

  • Designed by Josef Albers
  • offset lithograph
  • Museum purchase
  • music
  • New York
  • jazz
  • Bauhaus
  • album
  • record cover

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1141959665/

  • Designed by Josef Albers
  • Museum purchase
  • music
  • squares
  • New York
  • jazz
  • Bauhaus
  • album
  • record cover

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1141959667/

  • Designed by Mario Hugo
  • offset lithograph
  • Museum purchase
  • music
  • monochrome
  • black and white
  • typography
  • New York
  • album
  • record cover

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1141959669/

  • Designed by Mario Hugo
  • offfset lithograph
  • Museum purchase
  • music
  • New York
  • Brooklyn
  • album
  • record cover

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1141959671/

  • Designed by Mario Hugo
  • offset llithograph
  • Courtesy of ESP Institute
  • music
  • New York
  • Brooklyn
  • album
  • vinyl
  • record cover

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1141959673/

  • Designed by Mario Hugo
  • Manufactured by ATO Records
  • vinyl
  • Museum purchase
  • music
  • New York
  • vinyl

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1141959675/

  • Designed by Mario Hugo
  • offset lithograph
  • Courtesy of ESP Institute
  • music
  • monochrome
  • typography
  • New York
  • Brooklyn
  • album
  • vinyl
  • record cover

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1141959677/

  • Designed by Mario Hugo
  • Manufactured by ESP Institute
  • offset lithograph
  • Courtesy of ESP Institute
  • music
  • monochrome
  • New York
  • Brooklyn
  • album
  • vinyl
  • record cover

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1141959679/

  • Designed by Mario Hugo
  • offset lithograph
  • Courtesy of ESP Institute
  • music
  • New York
  • Brooklyn
  • album
  • vinyl
  • record cover

This object is currently on display in room 103 in Carnegie Mansion.