The Body in Society – Bodies and Affordance: Handles (Week 6)

Today was another complicated lecture which involved thinking about things which I’ve never really given much thought into before.

Affordance is the possibility of an action between an object and a person, for example in a door handle.

The idea that we know to pull the handle down is perception affordance.

Norman (1999) says that “the designer cares more about what actions the user perceives to be possible than what is true”.

I thought a little bit about how this can be manipulated and confused, simply by using this theory that the user will do what they think to be possible, even if it isn’t.


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