1) Choose one of the objects you selected and describe how your initial understanding of its affordances changed over the course of the exercise?

The object I chose was a toothbrush. By observing, I think the affordance of this object is cleaning which not only limited to clean teeth, but also for shoes or sinks. And then I started thinking about other affordance of this object when I was holding it. I thought it can use as a painting tool because it may be can form some unique shapes.


2) 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.

Through the reforming exercise, we change the shape of the object we chose in order to create new affordance. And it is really surprising of how it changes to have a new function. So I think the creative thinking is very important as a designer when working with affordance. However, the primary thing to consider is the object should be easy to use. In other words, users do not need to take many times to consider what is the object use for, the affordance of the object should be very obvious and users can use them right away.