Sean Collins – Love/Hate

Love:

An object in my apartment that I love would be my iPod. Its design is almost flawless and can operate in multiple situations. The affordance also helps tolerate a multitude of actions. I can be in my room listening to music or even out on the go with gloves on and still be able to change songs or adjust my volume. The wheel is very accurately positioned creating an almost nonexistent experience. Basically the device is so easy to use, it becomes a second nature, and your mind doesn’t even need to think about it. The affordability also factors in people with hand mobility restraints. Not everyone is right handed so it isn’t fair to assume so. Apple designed the product to be the equal all the way though, everything is in the centre. This allows the iPod to adjust to the users needs, and not the other way around. A possible constraint would be for the visually impaired. In order for the object to function properly the user must be able to view and respond to its display. Apple has now designed ways to accommodate people with sensory impairments; however the model I have would most likely cause an unenjoyable experience for them. An iPod is also very well mapped out. Similar to a car, the first time you use one, it’s slightly confusing, however you become orientated quickly and it becomes a second nature. Visibility, although not completely necessary because of the simplicity of my object, is well mapped out. Each button or control is labeled with a universal symbol. This allows any language orientation to pick it up and understand the function of each individual button from the get go. Overall the iPod is very well designed, and therefore creates a great user experience.

Hate:

An object that I am not so fond of is my showerhead. Generally I am a very passive person, and it takes a lot to make me dislike, or even hate something, however this is getting up there. Basically it is like a jet, and the power from it creates a wind tunnel in my washroom. The pressure is to the point of discomfort, and the knob on it that controls it has seized, making it is impossible to adjust. I believed the affordance of this object is accurate, however the factor that lead to its demise would be age. Also, the showerhead in its current state has poor affordability. If someone with sensitive skin, thinning hair, etc were to use it, they would find it very uncomfortable/annoying. This design also has poor visibility; the directions are very small and hard to read. Making it difficult to understand how to adjust it, even if it functioned properly. It wasn’t until after I removed it from the washroom that I realized how it worked. The visibility also affected the mapping. The knob that you twist to adjust everything was very hard to see. Than the directions explaining how the knob functioned were almost unreadable. Overall the object isn’t one of my favorites in the apartment, and that is directly related to its age and design.