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

One of the objects that I selected was a pair of chopsticks. After the course, I discovered that it could also be used to make some noise, and pick something up not just for food. In addition, it could also be used like a pen with water on it and helped us draw on the 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.

I manipulated my pair of chopsticks with two fingers of my right hand, and I discovered that they can be rotated easily. And then I tried to use them to hit the desk, they started to make unpleasant noise. With this kind of inspiration, I continued to pick up a piece of paper by the chopsticks and even drew on the desk with water on them. It was really an interesting experiment.

Affordances are very important to usability. If a designer wants to make sense of his design products to the users, he has to think about the affordances from different perspectives to make sure of the best user experience.