SounDesign top of the pops 2010

Here we go with the report about what happened in our world during the year 2010. Just have a look at our post for the 2009 so you can make a useful comparison.

It was a revolutionary year because we made the big jump and switched to the all-english version of the blog you are reading now. Our first post in the new language was the exclusive interview with Tim Prebble about the launch of his new project HISS and a ROAR on 15th of April. All the previous articles were written in the italian language, so our statistical data must be read under this double perspective.

The numbers for this year are the following:

  • number of total visits: 57455, which is approximately 32% more than the last year;
  • page views: 89.612;
  • average time on site: 1 minute and 23 seconds;
  • top traffic source: once again the website which caused the most of the traffic is Facebook, especially thanks to the sounDesign official page and our personal profiles (Gianpaolo and Sara);
  • search engines: again, it’s responsible for more than 50% of total users;
  • the keyword for search engines which took the most of visits was sound design again;
  • the most visited posts were: the list of iPhone applications for music (in italian: 4000 pageviews) and the interview with Andrew Spitz (in english: 1100 pageviews);
  • the most commented post: the amazing interview with Miguel Isaza (21 comments);
  • mondo mobile: 2% of visits came from mobile devices (iPhone for first…);
  • mondo real-time: we exceeded more than 900 followers on Twitter.

During the past year we witnessed many interesting events and phenomenons, but according to our opinion two were the most important trends in the world of Sound: the distribution of high quality SFX libraries via the Internet (for example: Haptic Audio, Rabbit Ears Audio, Chuck Russom FX, etc.) and the unexpected rising of many web projects dedicated to the creation of a community of sound professionals (Social Sound Design and Sonic Terrain for first).

I and Sara also worked very hard to spread the word of Sound by partecipating to many events and meetings. We presented the works of some important sound professionals at the Interferenze Festival in Italy; we proposed some experimental methods to design and sketch sounds at the IV Italian Information Architecture Summit; we explained what is sonic interaction design at the festival of Digital User Experience and, last but not least, we went to Germany to describe our work on the sound of electric cars at the Audio Branding Congress.

At the end we want to thank our friends Tim Prebble, Andrew Spitz, Hugo Verweij, Miguel Isaza, Jeremy Goldstein and Patrick Campbell from Haptic Audio, Stefano Delle Monache, David Ummmo, and all the people who worked with us during this year, because we all together are contributing to the creation of this wonderful Sound community. And we’re very excited about that.

Bye bye 2010, welcome 2011.

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Gianpaolo D'Amico

Editor-in-chief at sounDesign
Gianpaolo D'Amico is an independent creative technologist for digital media. He is the founder of sounDesign and a music obsessed since he was 0 years old.