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Summary: Donald Norman’s “Affordance, Conventions, and Design” (Revised).

In “Affordance, Conventions, and Design, Donald Norman argues that the usability of a device’s design boils down to three major concepts: the model, the constraints, and the affordances. Since the appearance of a device should provide clues for its operation, a designer’s job involves knowing how people relate to an object’s functionality. Affordances refer to … Continue reading

DSLR and the Lack of Affordances

I think DSLRs are amazing cameras and afford incredible pictures because of how powerful the lens are, and the visual effects it affords. I do not own a DSLR so it was a new, yet fun experience to be taking pictures with it.  However, I found I was very careful with using the DSLR camera, … Continue reading

Response: Questioning Cobley and Haeffner’s “Digital Cameras and Domestic Photography: Communication, Agency and Structure”

As Cobley and Haeffner point out, the introduction of consumer digital cameras “vastly accelerated process whereby a photographer can now capture a digital image and dispatch it for publication via the internet.” This unquestionably changed the way people take and share images. A quick social media survey easily showcases just how shared amateur photography has … Continue reading

Summary: Gibson’s “The Theory of Affordances”

James J. Gibson analyzes the manner in which “the ‘values’ or ‘meanings’ of things in the environment could be directly perceived” (67). He draws from nature and the environment to postulate his theory of affordances, which is defined as “a specific combination of the properties of its substance and its surfaces taken with reference to … Continue reading