1.Choose one of the objects you selected and describe how your initial understanding of its affordances changed over the course of the exercise?
I chose toilet paper to interact and observe. Actually, in the beginning, I just thought I can use it in both bathroom and kitchen, but both for cleaning use. Then I tried to observe it in different angles and I found new affordance. What about I use them separately? There is a hole in the middle of toilet paper, and as for this paper tube, I assume that things can be insert into it. I can fix it to be a pen container, or I can also consider it as a charger wire manager. Meanwhile, the toilet paper can also be used with pen to draw pictures.
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.
I used cling wrap to firm toilet paper and bowl together. When redefine the affordance of objects, I realized that people have a common recognition of objects mainly because shape, texture and other non-visual properties of them. Therefore, if we make some changes on properties, we can endow them new affordance. Depending on the customary thinking pattern and former experience, people can accept new affordance easily. As a designer, I am inspired that we need to explore and better utilize affordance when creating products, so that we can do more to make user think less and operate instinctively. This tutorial also reminds me of a Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa, one of his product series dedicated to fulfill unconscious design for the public. Both in product design and interaction design, we need to provide consumer products that they know how to use as the first glance.