Choose one of the objects you selected and describe how your initial understanding of its affordances changed over the course of the exercise?
My object is a hanger.
At first I was trying to find out how the hanger will be used in the other situation, like in the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, living room, study room, even in the gym. The results are a little bit exaggerate. Earring, egg whisk, bookmark. But all of these remain the shape of hanger, and use it just in other way.
Then I tried to find other alternative way by using plastic wrap which provide more possibility. It worked. At last, I used wrap to twine the body of hanger, and tied knots to improve firmness of the shape. As a result, it turned out to be a bag thing.
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.
The idea rests in the need of where should the clothes be put after drying. Some of them will be remain hanging until being worn, like dress. But stuffs like socks, tie need to be put at somewhere. What if making a hanger which can store them? The hanger is firm, and can provide skeleton to make space. Then here comes the wrap, can treated as skin.
So affordance rests on the basis of need. Or, every design should base on needs, and then combine different type of sources to make it come true. However, the diversity is kind of being restricted in order to achieve a purpose in this process. And affordance needs the designer to break the initial purpose and find the possibility(material, form..) remains in the object and give a new life to it.