- 2022-04 to 2022-08
- UI/UX design
Mini Synth is a simple web-based synthesizer that empowers Ugandan refugees to create music digitally. The app is part of a larger project that includes educational material and activities.Launch Mini Synth
I visualized the refugees' countries of origin as part of our research process. They speak a variety of languages and come from very different cultural backgrounds.
The refugees would drum and sing in their free time, yet lacked access to resources that would help them compose music.
How might we create an engaging activity that empowers refugees with the knowledge and tools to create music digitally?
Mini Synth uses an iconography-based interface to avoid alienating refugees who speak different languages. Through course activities and general usage, refugees would become familiar with the meaning of these icons.
While designed specifically for a Galaxy S21, Mini Synth is still responsive. The web app works on all devices and has keyboard shortcuts, reduced motion mode, and assistive technology support.
- 122Total visitors
- 1,291Total page views
- 184Songs created
Mini Synth was later featured in a RISD article about the Humanitarian Innovations course that this project was a part of.
Reflecting on the project, Patrick Lumumba, our YSAT instructor, commented: “You guys never make assumptions. You always ask questions. I like this collaboration, this togetherness.”