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 my objects was a wine stopper. It had properties of metal with a rubber mid-section to effectively block liquid. It had a screwable sphere on top to act as a handle to screw onto a wine bottle. It was cold to touch and heavy for its size. My initial understanding of it was that it could be used as a general purpose plug or a golf tee as it was narrow at the point a user would insert it. It had grooves and a handle so I thought it could also be used as a special key for a vault. As my team viewed it from different angles and interplayed it with other materials such as floss, it was apparent it could be used as a necklace as it was shiny and unique in shape.
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.
As mentioned in the above example, through manipulation with other materials, new affordances were made apparent. It broadened the scope of what an object could afford to do and added additional inspirations for concepts. By simply just adding floss with my wine stopper, an affordance of a necklace was created.