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 used a dishcloth to practice and wrapped it up with tin foil. By folding four corners of the tin foil, it became a soap dish. It also became a vent toy to squeeze when rolled up. One object has various affordances just like it can be used in different ways by various users. I started to consider the question that: If I didn’t know it was a dishcloth, what would I do using it? It helped me to be more creative and sparked my imagination.
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.
Affordance is both subjective and objective. Take the dishcloth as an example, it is a soft and bibulous cloth, which indicates that it is used to wash the dishes or do other cleanings. It seems the affordance of the dishcloth is objective, and this feature will not easily change by the will of people. But on the other side, if there is no people, “to wash” is meaningless and loses its logic of existing. In this case, affordance is subjective.
As a designer, I think that in a certain period of time, a person has the unlimited ability to obtain information from the environment. Based on the concept of affordance, we can set up a new way to observe the world and have a new ability to obtain information from the environment. In this way, we can design something really different or even ahead of the time.