Design Principals in Practice: Desire Lines

A Desire Line (or Desire Path) is the shortest or easiest way to get from where you are to where you want to be.

In the physical world we can see these in parks or grassed areas as paths worn away by people’s feet.

Take this photo:

desire line in grassed area

This was taken not long after the opening of a new building. The photo shows part of an entrance area to an office building and mall entrance.