Affordances

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Users: heidirs, sliving5, chelsiemess, bsarafi

We have three examples:

  • The Keurig - The keurig has good affordance via the lever visible with each model. http://www.keurig.com/Keurig-Store. This lever provides affordance by indicating that user needs to lift it to access the loading area for the cups. This can be done without reading the user manual.
  • TV remote - Remotes are good examples of both bad and good affordance. Many buttons are intuitive such as the power or volume buttons. The arrows indicate up and down. And the red button (usually) with a light indicates turning the TV on and off. But other features of the remote might not be so clear, like when there are multiple arrow buttons or strangely labeled buttons. The functions of these buttons are unclear and the user manual is needed to interpret them. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SoDqnspdbTU/T9-oEWNSUtI/AAAAAAAALtA/F0oIS9Dp56...
  • Web navigation - the following website has questionable affordances in regard to web navigation. http://www.shmarketing.co.uk/. Take a look for yourself. Can you figure out how to navigate it at first glance?

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