Desire Paths

A desire path is a path created as a consequence of erosion caused by human or animal foot traffic. The path usually represents the shortest or most easily navigated route between an origin and destination. Desire paths emerge as shortcuts where constructed paths take a circuitous route, have gaps, or are non-existent.

There’s really no analogue for the vast majority of interfaces we encounter.

Either the software is completely inflexible (think Moodle), or it requires an explicit action (think Finder, Notion…).

The best we’ve got is “Recently viewed” and “Frequently accessed”.

What would be a way to create desire-paths in software? Simulating wear = frequency of usage?