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 selected was a highlighter pen from my pen bag.
I used the kitchen wraps and aluminium foil to change its colour and texture. And I removed the cap of the highlighter, and attached a piece of paper onto it.
My initial understanding was that it is a stick that can be hold in my hands. But now the pen has the similar affordance of a spoon. Before the pen was kind of flat but now I can roll it on a desk.
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 highlighter, like other pens, are consist of the main part and it’s cap. But at the same time it’s thicker, much more thicker than a normal pencil. Because it’s in the shape of a 10 cm long stick, we can hold it in one of our hands. And we can also use fingers of both hands to catch the two sides thus unplug the cap. Moreover, we can use other part of our bodies to clip it, in our arms, or between legs. We can even hold it in our tooth or put it on our ears.
Affordance is about how human body can interact with physical objects. Seeing the affordance is part of our intuitions, however todays products are creating mental models in our minds so sometimes we couldn’t see other affordances of an object. As designers we should explore the products affordance as much as we can. And we should lead the users to see the affordance related with the feature of the object, through the shape, texture, or color…