Session Details

What Does the Web Say? Thinking about Sound and the Internet

UAD5 Usability, Accessibility and Design

Location: Broadway

MONDAY, 3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

When you hear the phrase “sound on the web,” do you immediately have flashbacks to mid-90s Geocities sites with auto-playing MIDI files? The profession of web design has suffered a hangover from those early abuses of audio for a long time, but the clouds are beginning to lift. This presentation will look at the past, present, and future of the aural web, and will make the case that responsibly done sound design can actually enhance user's experiences.

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Aaron Rester
Assistant Vice President, Web Development, Roosevelt University

Aaron Rester built his first website in 1996 and has been working in the higher ed web since graduating from Oberlin College in 1999. He held several jack-of-all-trades, code-to-content web positions at the University of Chicago, where he also earned an MA from the Divinity School while studying the effects of emerging media on the transmission of traditional narratives. In 2014 he became Assistant Vice President, Web Development at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He has presented at numerous national and regional conferences and has been published in A List Apart and Link Magazine. Aaron spends his spare time boring friends and strangers to tears with enthusiastic discussions of both alternative-country songwriting and Bollywood film.