Archive for October, 2008

Desire Paths

// October 9th, 2008 // No Comments » // interface design, web design

Desire Path: A term in landscape architecture used to describe a path that isn’t designed but rather is worn casually away by people finding the shortest distance between two points.

Desire Paths are referenced in this latest Digg blog:

Over the past couple of years, we also saw a rise in the submission of episodic videos in the main sections of Digg under the ‘video’ media type. Television shows, individual podcast episodes, and clips from shows were frequently intermixed in the main Digg river. This type of natural activity, which can compared to the idea of desire paths, is a pretty strong indication that ‘videos’ is a better home for podcast-type material. By eliminating the awkward differentiation of podcasts, we’ll be greatly simplifying Digg from a user standpoint.

I like the idea of designing based on a user trend, which might branch off differently than a landscaper (or web designer) had intended.