Choose one of the objects that you selected and describe how your initial understanding of its initial affordances changed over the course of the exercise.

In the first sketching steps I drew a charger, a pair of chopsticks and curtain as the three daily objects, from which I chose the Macbook charger to study its affordances. The charger is simply consisted of two parts: a cubic plastic body with two metallic connectors, and a long thin wire with a plug to connect the computer. Over the exercise, I discard the existed understanding towards the charger and regards it as an object that I have never seen before. As it is small in size and smooth in its appearance, it suits my hand to hold it. the lengthy wire is a good tool to comb things up. The two metallic connectors are hard and bulging that they could be used in digging. The two white “wings” at the back of the charger are like an on-or-off button, or hooks to hang thing up.

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Given that affordances is a relational property between a person and an object, how did the manipulation of the object and person’s abilities inform your understanding of the subject? 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. 

By wearing the gloves, my physical ability changes that the frictions of grabbing things by hands are increased, and my fingers’ cognitive ability of the object’s texture lowers down, which makes me grab slippery things more easily. It inspires me that people with gloves or rough skin will feel things quite different than normal people. So that in designing products like chopsticks, for people wearing rubber gloves, the chopsticks do not need to use good material to make the surface smooth, as hands in gloves cannot feel the differences among various materials. However, the chopsticks may need to extend it length as the gloves are sometimes not suited to the hands, which makes people not easy in grabbing things.

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