1) Choose one of the objects you selected and describe how your initial understanding of its affordances changed over the course of the exercise?
My object was a steel spoon from the kitchen. It is used to scoop or lift morsels of food or liquid. So the main function was to pick something or scoop something. With alterations to it my partner and I used it as a phone stand.
2) 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.
The shape of the spoon is such that it has a slender stick to hold and the bottom part is concave shaped which does the actual job of lifting something. I covered it with cling wrap and it was impaired and couldn’t be used to lift something. This changes the quality of the spoon.
The affordances of the object can be manipulated and the use of the object changes, the user and the objects was of use once manipulated completely changes the affordance of the object. A good design should be such that it makes the use clear and the user doesn’t need an explanation on how to use it and should be able to use it.