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 am choosing here would be my Bose earphone pouch. The object when taken alone for its purpose serves just as a pouch for my earphones. when looked from different angles, I could understand that it is more than what it can do. It has this little harness on top of it so it can be easily hung somewhere. I can keep some change or little cash in the pouch which can easily slip through my pocket. I can add pictures in it when open and hand it out to make a decorative article in my room.
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.
The kitchen scissors is a wonderful objects which can be utilised as a knife when opened up completely. They even act as a can opener when opened a bit. They can also be cork openers when pierced through a cork wine bottle vertically. So a product which is just used to cut covers in kitchen can be utilised in better ways if seen from other angles.
By looking a product from different angles, it changes their affordances to carry out different activities. This a primary way a designer comes up with new products and hence increases its usability factor. It is a sort of inspiration for the designers as it provokes them to think how an object can be utilised to maximum extent.