• Kyle Peatt, 5 years ago

    Hey guys, I wrote this article — it was a long time coming. We end up using carousels a fair bit in different situations so I wanted to see how they were doing. I'd love to hear your thoughts — good or bad!

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    • Sam Pierce LollaSam Pierce Lolla, 5 years ago

      Hi Kyle, thanks for the well thought-out article!

      Auto advancement is bad. If you have a carousel, do not auto-advance

      I think I assumed auto advancement was what made a carousel a carousel (hence the name). In your research, is there a difference between a carousel and an "image gallery"?

      we only use carousels in one place on our websites: as an image gallery on product detail pages

      And good thing, too. Most of the anti-carousel writing seems intent on preventing stakeholders from trying to stuff as much pet content "above the fold" as possible. So just to clarify, this article is not saying homepage carousels are a good idea :)

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      • Kyle Peatt, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

        Thanks for the feedback!

        In your research, is there a difference between a carousel and an "image gallery"

        In most of the research I did before writing, a carousel was referred to as something similar to the Kodak Slide Carousel. Usually interchangeable with the term slider. I think probably that auto-advancement has been compounded with carousels these days but it's not a necessary feature to be called a "carousel".

         So just to clarify, this article is not saying homepage carousels are a good idea :)

        I'm also not saying it's a bad idea. I think homepage carousels could probably be very effective if people spent the time to try to design them well. A good example of that is the Amazon marketing banner carousel I linked to in the Considerations section of the article. It very clearly sells the user on why they should click on the next slide by telling them exactly what will be on it.

        Every article out there that was against carousels said that "Carousels are bad". My goal with this article was to say: "Hey! Carousels aren't bad. Just some implementations of them are. They can actually be really engaging if you design them well!"

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