(1) 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 I chose was an empty plastic bottle. It was intended to hold water, however, after many changes( shape, and etc.), it started to give me more insights about its affordance– after it has been opened, it could work as a pencil box; it could also act as an art work demonstrating the table or somewhere else.
(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 manipulated the fingers of my group member by making them all straight forward and gave him a task of using chopsticks to pick up things. At first, he said it was ridiculous because it seemed to be impossible. He tried many times before he succeeded! After that he seemed have found a way to use it without bending his fingers. What he did is to put one of the chopsticks between his 2nd and his 3rd fingers and put the other chopstick between his 3rd and 4th fingers– by crossing his fingers, he succeeded in crossing the chopsticks which made picking up things to be easier. He indeed picked up many pencils and papers. This attemption inspired me as a designer that multiple affordances should be considered before designing.