Archive for March, 2007
Desire lines are the paths people make when they cut across a grassy area instead of following the prescribed walkway. Rather than discourage people from making their own way, landscape architects can opt to design walkways to accommodate the natural patterns formed after a period of use.
Check out the illustrated examples of different parts of the Berkeley campus following and ignoring these suggestions.
A rundown of various sites harnessing the wisdom of crowds — using the users of the site to shape its content. Based on the premise that if you ask 100 people to guess the number of jellybeans in a jar, and then take an average of their responses, you will end up with an answer that is closer to correct than the vast majority of their individual responses. (See also a counterpoint.)