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 selected was a tape dispenser. My initial understanding of its affordances was pulling the tape and cutting it. During the course of the exercise, I found a tiny design on the side of the dispenser which was ignored and designed to change tapes by pushing.
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.
- Whether affordances of an object exist or not is decided by both the properties of the object and the user’s ability. For example, doors own a functionality of being opened, thus they have an affordance of being opened. Some doors are designed to be opened by sliding, thus those doors have an affordance of being sliding. Some doors are designed to be pushed, thus those doors have an affordance of being pushed. If a door is too heavy for some persons to push, then for those people, this door doesn’t have the affordance of being pushed.
- As a designer, one of my responsibility is to make affordances of my product easy to discover and understand. If affordances are hard to be aware by users, I need to add some signifiers as signals to make them clear.