Friday, August 29, 2008

Desire Paths

You know how more often than not heavily-used buildings set back in a lawn (like those on a college campus) will often have dirt paths revealing the shortcuts pedestrians take? Apparently those are known as desire paths (a concept introduced by renaissance-man Gaston Bachelard). Each desire path is a case-in-point that even the most brilliant designer cannot always predict the behavior of users ahead of time.

Via Uselog.

Image from Flickr user Kake Pugh used under a Creative Commons license.

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