Tuesday, February 21, 2006

No More Black and White Music?

Associating color with music ...

"Existing music players have usability issues with the organisation of large music collections. An example of this is how we categorise music into genres. People tend to hold their own opinions about genres, and with the rise of internet downloaded music, more and more people have music on their computers which have been categorised with genres in a way that they don't agree with.

Research showed that people can instinctively associate colours with music. ColourMusic is a music player that is an attempt to increase the usability of music players on the market today by relying on the categorisation of music using colour. These associations are made by the user themselves, so will be personalised to that person. The music library is presented as a 2D "colour map". Users can create playlists by dragging boxes around the colours of music they wish to play."   continued ...   (Via Usability News)

ColorMusic - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics



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