Choose one of the objects you selected and describe how your initial understanding of its affordances changed over the course of the exercise?
The common wooden spoon was selected for this exercise. Typically, the wooden spoon is used to mix things or scoop food in the kitchen, however I used a variety of different materials, objects and scenarios to gain a different understanding of the objects affordances. Using cardboard, I was able to gain a new affordance angle. The spoon was able to now scoop more mass, creating a pseudo-selfie stick.
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.
I used a number of methods to manipulate the object and person’s interaction with the wooden spoon. Firstly, I reduced the amount of mobility a person could master, opting to use chopsticks instead of a open hand. This reduced mass made it difficult for a user to control the wooden spoon, as its handle design is suitable for an grabbing object, and not so much a pinching object. I then instructed the user’s to wear rubber gloves. This resulted in better mobility as the friction of the rubber gloves allowed for better handling of the chopsticks and in turn resulting in better handling of the wooden spoon.