Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Horns of Affordance

After reading Norman's "Design of Everyday Things," I wondered what he would have to say about the doors at my parent's home in Montana. The front door has a very uniqe door knob- it's an elk horn. I've often seen people ponder how to open the door, so it isn't user-friendly for the novice user. However, for the expert user, I think the horn works well. The horn has great affordance, and has a nice solid feel. My hand fits perfectly around one of the points, and there are multiple points you can grab to open the door. And, don't worry, an elk was not harmed in order to make this door, the horn was found in the woods.

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