- Choose one of the objects you selected and describe how your initial understanding of its affordances changed over the course of the exercise?
The three everyday household objects, which I brought to class, were a razor (from bathroom), a peeler (from kitchen) and a table clock (from living room). A razor seems to be used only for shaving human face and body, I never thought that a person would be able to use its handle for levering things or using the razor for fixing carpets or sometimes soft rough surfaces, however, after I had observed it closely, I found even blades could be used separately after being taken off the razor.
Also, I discovered a false affordance in the handle of razor, which had made it hard to hold and difficult to move on skin, in another language it was not user friendly. The producer could design the handle more appropriate for being easier held by fingers, in which each finger could go on its own place. The arrangement of blades and angle of razor’s head looked like reletively hidden and perceptible affordance that would automatically guide the user to hold it in a correct way. These affordances were not supposed to be realised if were not any observations.
- Given that affordances is a relational property between a person and an object, how did the manipulation of the object and the person’s abilities inform your understanding of the concept? Did it give you inspiration or insight for how to work with affordances as a designer? Discuss this through the specific objects you explored in the exercise.
I attached the tips of two chopsticks together and one end to the end of the razor’s handle to make the handle longer in order to be able to use the razor for shaving back or unreachable areas of body, then I asked my friend to use it while he was blindfolded. He was not able to figure out how to hold the handle to have the blades correctly on his skin. There was not any hidden affordance to lead him to hold it in a correct way. Being challenged through it, gave me a very good inspiration to consider an edge or even a finger alignment guide on the handle or chopsticks to make the user find out the correct holding direction.
And my friend’s design: