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

The candle. It has a cylindrical shape, it is relatively heavy, and its material is malleable. At first well, it´s just a candle… On its usual orientation, it could also be a paper weight (although it made me doubt because it´s not so heavy and it could stain the paper), then I turned it to its side and could be a wheel to something. Something about its ‘graspability’ with one hand made me think about stamps and if you add a high relief on its bottom could totally work as such… hey, its material is easily transformable, could also do a low relief! Or even re-shape it with my hands’ warmth into something else.


  • Given that affordances are 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.

It made me aware of considering all the possibilities of interaction that a user can have with a particular design, to be able to design the most affordances that a product can hold and make it more efficient and effective, as well as try to predict affordances that may not be in the design scope but could represent possibilitesfor a future version of the design or another reason why a user would want to buy it. Or in my case, in architecture, assess if the space I’m designing will be used as I’m thinking it will or if the user can find other ways to explore the space in a positive way or in a negative way. Such as pathways nobody uses, or corners people cut just because a straight line is easier than the wavy one you designed on paper.

Nail file turned into pencil

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