Cultural Affordances for Design
Affordances are lingua franca for designers. I recently contributed an article to UX Magazine on affordances, and our opportunity to expand their definition to encompass cultural meaning and value.
Since the introduction of iOS 7, the blogosphere has been alive with debate on Apple’s departure from skeuomorphism—the yellow lined legal pad of Notes, the leather bound folio of Calendar. We are now deeply mired in a flat vs. skeuomorphic debate that reduces skeuomorphism to coddling kitsch and equates flat design with high-modernism. Both sides have missed the point.
Read the whole piece over at UX Mag.
I’m also happy to be presenting tomorrow at Design Research Conference in Chicago on cultural affordances and their use as a design tool.