Is it Time to Retire the Image Carousel

I recently stumbled across a very thoughtful article by Mike Gintz, Director of Design & UX at Velir, a digital design agency. In a post titled Why You Shouldn’t Use A Carousel to Feature Content, he makes a pretty solid argument that perhaps it’s time to lay the ubiquitous image carousel to rest, once and for all.

Why, you ask? Four good reasons, each of which Mike explains in more detail:

  1. Carousel clickthrough rates are terrible for every slide except the very first one
  2. Most carousels don’t indicate what’s on subsequent (or previous) slides
  3. Carousels that auto-rotate rarely do so at an appropriate speed
  4. Carousels compromise information retention

Image carousels, he says, “caught on because they seemed like a magical way to prioritize content,” but instead have become a crutch for designers and developers, along with their beleaguered clients. And Mike’s not just telling you what not to do; he has a very clear, very simple solution.

Which I’m not giving away here, because I think you should hear what he has to say.

Head over to Mike’s post and take notes.

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