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?

During the exercises, I developed three items which are water bottle, comb and recharge. And I pay attention to water bottle. For the initial understanding, I found it has the false affordance which I used to turn the wrong direction when I was trying to open it. The perceptible affordance are holding and drinking. Then the hidden affordance are weight, temperature and volume. After the exercises, I changed the appearances of the item then I found the false affordance would not existing anymore.

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.

Because different people has different insights about same objects. Therefore, it is important to explore your personal insights that a single ideas to change with the objects would change lots of affordances. The positive affordances are conflicting with negative affordances. When you changed the negative one, the positive one may be changed as well. For example, when I changed the false affordances of my water bottle to tape the sign of turning direction, I found it would change the appearances affordances. It would not be good looking anymore.

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