Graphic designers' quest for the right music

Alexander Lang*, Masood Masoodian

*Corresponding author for this work

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Graphic designers often need to find suitable pieces of music for their motion graphic designs, animations, etc. Existing music collection search tools and techniques are at best only suitable for ordinary users, and lack powerful mechanisms needed by advanced users such as graphic designers when they are searching for music. To be able to develop such search systems, however, we need to better understand how graphic designers in fact formulate and carry out their search for the right music. Unfortunately very little research has been done in this area. This paper describes a pilot study which was carried out to identify some of the strategies that graphic designers adopt when searching for the music they need. Although the study was rather limited in its scope, nevertheless, it sheds some light on the largely unknown process by which graphic designers search for music.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHINZ 2007
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 7th Annual ACM SIGCHI NZ Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference of the New Zealand Chapter's of the ACM Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction - Hamilton, New Zealand
Duration: 2 Jul 20074 Jul 2007
Conference number: 7

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


ConferenceInternational Conference of the New Zealand Chapter's of the ACM Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction
Abbreviated titleCHINZ
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand


  • Interactive media
  • Motion graphic design
  • Music search
  • User study


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