Affordance Definition and Examples

Affordance and definition and examples:

Formal definition of affordance:

1. High affordance: “An object with high affordance possesses properties or features which makes it very easy and quick for any user to determine how they can use or interact with it.”

My definition: An object which can be used easily without thinking and hesitation.

2. Low affordance: Low affordance is exactly the opposite of what high affordance is. In other words, objects have low affordance when their properties do not support what intended purpose.

My definition: An object is placed at an unusual position (maybe is not visible), which is cannot be accepted by users at first.

3. Placebo affordance: An object with placebo affordance has no real function and the user is fooled by possibilities for its use which are not existent in the first place.

My definition: An object has a different appearance, which would confuses users the real function of this object.

4. Hidden affordance: A hidden affordance indicates that the object has possibilities for use, but these are not perceived by the actor.

My definition: An object has an another function and the appearance of this function is different with the main function’s exterior, which can be used as an another tool. At the same time, users need to take few minutes so that they can find out the another function.

5. Anti affordances: Anti affordances prevent or reduce interactions with a specific object.

My definition: An object reminds users not to use something which is noticed on the warning notice board. And this object trying to prevent and reduce potential dangers by noticing users.


High Affordance


Anti Affordance

Low Affordance

Low Affordance


High Affordance


High Affordance

Placebo affordance

Hidden affordance

Placebo Affordance

Placebo Affordance I

Placebo Affordance II

Placebo Affordance II


IDC Room Changes

This is the first brief that all classmates are separated into five-people group and take care of different jobs, which is thinking about how to improve our studio and try to make it more like an interaction design studio with full of the sense of design. And my group is in charge of the improvement of storage.

Suggestions for changes

Suggestions for changes

After discussion, we agreed with using paper box to be storage boxes for everyone because there is no storage container for us to keep things in. For design itself, my team wanna change the front surface of the box by using laser cut to make about 100 dots. And then put a white paper with empty circles behind the surface. The last step is that users can design anything what they love and then their designs can be shown on the surface of the box. The flowing image is where the idea comes from.

Pictured: MeBox, 2002

Pictured: MeBox, 2002

Hello Word

Actually, ‘Hello Word’ is an opportunity to get know each other with partner by presenting his or her personality from my own perspective.

My partner is Miyu who is from Japan. For me, the first impression of her is her face because she looks like Hongkong peole. And the first question I asked to her is, ‘Are you from Hongkong?’ Then she said firmly, ‘Nope! I am from Japan, why so many people say that ? lol’…

After a general talking, I know her that she addicts with Japanese washlets and robots which are more about techs. And she also keeps a doggy at home with her bf. What a lovely scene lol

At last, I decided to make a robot sound mix for Miyu which is a humorous and playful short sound mix.