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 brought a spoon from kitchen for exercise, the initial function of this object is suppose to used as a tool during meal time, however after further  divergent thinking and discussion with my group mates, i found it could be used as an office tool to draw a hidden line on the paper, which line could help better organise content on a total blank paper.

Moreover, it could also serve as a safety accessories when cycling in a darkness environment. This spoon could be tied to the helmet, the reverse side of the spoon could generate diffuse reflection when a beam of light exposure on the smooth surface of this spoon, allowing drivers from the same direction could see the person who ride in the dark without any lighting objects attached on their body, so that avoid transportation accident.

  1. 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.

In the manipulation of the object, I  wrapped spoon with cling wrap, converting this spoon into a cleansing which could help clean dust. There are so many approached that could be used to extend the affordance of certain object, by simply assemble different objects together, using them from different perpective of their properties.

We could begin extent these affordance from particular group of users’ angle, identify their explicit demands, sense their potential needs and predict their problems, creating an extreme using context first, and then indulge ourselves in exploring the de-familiarisation process to undertake property detection. That is to say, from user perspective to  discover user-centered design.

 

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