📝 Penn Graphic Design Week 3 – Writing for Sound
👥 Review Ubu Sound Activity
Please upload on Canvas and we’ll do a quick show and tell.
📝 Introduce Soundscape Project
📓 Notes: Writing for Sound
For the Soundscape project, we’ll use audio in addition to text as the contents for our project. Using audio allows us additional tools to consider: tone of voice, music, sound effects, pacing, narration. Let’s look at a few examples on ways to use audio, as well as a few suggestions on writing for it.
Life on the Double Yellow with a Matador of Midtown | WNYC | New York Public Radio, Podcasts, Live Streaming Radio, News
Traffic enforcement agent Angel Diaz has been directing traffic for 11 years and has never once been hit. That doesn't mean no close calls.
Life on the Double Yellow with a Matador of Midtown | WNYC | New York Public Radio, Podcasts, Live Streaming Radio, News • www.wnyc.org
New Yorkers Lunge, Twist And Zumba Their Way Through The Pandemic Together
The pandemic has left many Americans craving safe social interaction. For one group of New Yorkers, outdoor Zumba classes bring a little joy.
New Yorkers Lunge, Twist And Zumba Their Way Through The Pandemic Together • www.npr.org
Alt Text as Poetry
Alt text is an essential part of web accessibility. It is often disregarded altogether or understood through the lens of compliance, as an unwelcome burden to be met with minimum effort. How can we instead approach alt text thoughtfully and creatively?
Alt Text as Poetry • alt-text-as-poetry.net
Writing for Audio
The biggest difference between writing for audio versus for page is that sentences are much shorter and more direct. The following notes are adapted from
1. Who is your audience, and how will they listen?
In the case of news stories and podcasts, you might imagine that listeners are paying attention to big headlines and maybe not listening in for the most nuanced details. If the audience is disabled and we’re talking about writing alt text on a website, you might want to have more details communicated so that they have an equal experience. If it’s a more artistic audience in the case of a poetry reading, you can highlight more of the personality of the reader or the text.
Editing becomes really important. Let’s assume the audience is a news audience. This is an example from a printed article in The Washington Post: