Reflect on your experience of the Affordances exercise by answering the following questions: 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 chose a hanger from the objects I brought to class. In the beginning, only by visual contact, it seemed like it could be used for many things other than hanging clothes like throwing, catching things, hanging on the neck or hand, for example. In the second part, when you could manipulate the object, it broadened the uses of it, you could use it for spinning on your arm, hang on your jeans or on your ponytail, for example. On the third part, when you had your abilities compromised, it was a little more dificult to handle it, as it ca be hard to grab a thin plastic hanger from the table if you don’t have your fingers, but it was not impossible.
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.
The manipulation of the object and the person’s abilities can totaly change the object’s affordance. Understanding that is crucial for a designer, as we have to predict what are the possible reactions a person might have when relating to an object. We need to make user’s life easier and think about a design that could guide the user on how to use the object properly. The object’s affordances need to be instinctively easy, simple and as clear as it could be because people are creative and will always come out with new affordances. The role of the designer is to try to lessen the possibilities in order to restrict them to the intended use. Because we know what is a hanger and for what it is made for, we don’t think about it. But in the affordances’ exercise, with a little thought I could come out with other unusual uses that I had never thought about, what made clear the importance of the affordances’ concept for a designer.