Abascal, Julio, Barbosa, Simone, Fetter, Mirko, Gross, Tom, Palanque, Philippe, Winckler, Marco
We consider the use of physical and virtual objects having one or more affordances associated to simple interactions with them. Based on Kaptelinin and Nardi’s notion of instrumental affordance, we investigate what it means to break an affordance, and the two ensuing questions we deem most important: how users may (i) achieve their goals in the presence of such broken affordances, and may (ii) repurpose or otherwise interact with artefacts with broken affordances. We argue that (A) thorough analyses of breakdowns of affordances and their associated signifiers and feedbacks have implication for design, particularly so for virtual artefacts, and that (B) there is a largely unexplored design space for designing, and redesigning objects with broken affordances, rather than broken or decayed objects.
Lecture Notes in Computer Science: 15th Ifip Tc 13 International Conference, Bamberg, Germany, September 14-18, 2015, Proceedings, Part Iii, 2015, p. 185-202