IDEA9106 Design Thinking

Design is a state of mind



Blog reflection 9 mhua7493

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 item i choose is a small bottle of eye drops. Initially I didn’t think too much of it as it was pretty obvious how to use it and where the liquid is coming out. However during the cause of exercise i started to  notice the bottle was really smooth and it lack grip as we try to pick it up using a chop sticks. Also when i try to squeeze the liquid out with my hand taped i found i have no way to control the out pour.


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.


Manipulation of the bottle of eye drops by making it less round by tape and my abilities to use my thumb by taping them gave me an understanding of how difficult it really is to get the right amount of drops out of the bottle. It did give me insight for how to work with affordance as a designer as i start to shake the bottle in order to get some liquid out. This intention to shake the bottle is not how the designer would usually intent the user to use however i can see how the roundness of the bottle and tailored shape are made for intention that user will squeeze them with their thumb.  Overall i think affordances are important for the designer as it is the gateway between what you design and how the user is going to use it.

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What kinds of information and insights did it give you about the usability of the prototype?

During observation we notice area user get stuck on and through their facial expression we can link the area and where on the website they got stuck and tell what is their overall frustration level is. Through the thinking aloud we know exactly what is going thought them. Why they are frustrated and how they like to improve it. Therefore gaining insight into what is going through their mind.


What aspects of the technique worked well or were frustrating?

The Thinking aloud works very well as you get a mental walk through with the user. The observation evaluation works well in that it shows you how the user feel especially when they are frustrated. in a sense it can be used as an measuring stick to their thinking aloud. overall both technics works well and complimented each other well. the frustrating thing is i find user gets a little bit tense and start to act slightly more dramatic when they are been filmed therefore it can produce slightly exaggerated outcomes.

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