Great article about designing sites that fit into the user's expectations

No, don’t make your site look like everyone else’s, but don’t make it different for difference’s sake, either.

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Did you see the link for sliding banners http://conversionxl.com/dont-use-automatic-image-sliders-or-carousels-ignore-the-fad/

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On 4 Apr 2014, at 18:28, Walter Lee Davis email@hidden wrote:

No, don’t make your site look like everyone else’s, but don’t make it different for difference’s sake, either.

https://medium.com/design-ux/168074e9575

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Yes, I am guilty of many sins, that’s just one of them.

Walter

On Apr 4, 2014, at 3:14 PM, David Owen wrote:

Did you see the link for sliding banners http://conversionxl.com/dont-use-automatic-image-sliders-or-carousels-ignore-the-fad/

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On 4 Apr 2014, at 18:28, Walter Lee Davis email@hidden wrote:

No, don’t make your site look like everyone else’s, but don’t make it different for difference’s sake, either.

Why “Simple” Websites Are Scientifically Superior | by Tommy Walker | Medium

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No we all are.

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Yes, I am guilty of many sins, that’s just one of them.

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Wow! Great articles guys. I enjoyed both. Thanks for keeping us on the cutting edge of website development trends.

I am curious as to how many professional web developers on this forum have either discontinued or cut back their use of carousels or sliders.


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I generally avoid carousels (ironic, I know) but I just last week did one for a client who insisted. The thing about a carousel is that it often exposes the client’s inability to choose more than it exposes the visitor’s range of choices.

Walter

On Apr 5, 2014, at 12:43 AM, RavenManiac wrote:

Wow! Great articles guys. I enjoyed both. Thanks for keeping us on the cutting edge of website development trends.

I am curious as to how many professional web developers on this forum have either discontinued or cut back their use of carousels or sliders.


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I’ve done carousels - I don’t think they’re inherently bad. They can be
done badly, but that’s no reason to avoid them.

Most of the time you find them at the top of a landing page as Calls to
Action, enticements to explore the site further. Sometimes they aggregate
content in more compact space than the design would otherwise allow. Here’s
an example I recently added to this page - http://www.bradfordhardware.com

Forget the top slideshow and scroll to the bottom (visit our showroom).
It’s another Exhibeo slideshow. The client wanted a way to show potential
vendors that they have an expansive and beautiful showroom for their
products. Normally I would suggest a feature page of content about the
showroom, however, this client has always seemed to prefer incremental
steps. This slideshow fits the design of the landing page - essentially
blocks of featured content previews. Next, we will add text descriptions to
the slides so the section matches the look and function of the others. Then
I bet you the client will be warmed to the idea of a feature content page
to match.

There are also bad examples I could show, but thankfully I can’t. I’ve
another client who will not let go of the idea that 99% of content must
exist “above the fold”. In this case, slideshows are just ways to cram more
into less space… creating a “Times square” kind of visual cacophony of
content competing for attention. I believe content requires a
presentational space - a stage. Having all your actors on stage speaking
all at once is not the message delivery system I would choose.


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another client who will not let go of the idea that 99% of content must
exist “above the fold”.

How true. Be happy that it is only one client.

This is still dominating the german Freeway community and it makes me sick and tired (including scrollable text-areas - gosh).

Scrolling below the fold causes cancer and a page that fits all devices is left-oriented max-width:640px.

This is mainly because an average german web-user is apparently an idiot.

Cheers

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On 5 Apr 2014, 1:59 pm, The Big Erns wrote:

Forget the top slideshow and scroll to the bottom (visit our showroom).
It’s another Exhibeo slideshow. The client wanted a way to show potential
vendors that they have an expansive and beautiful showroom for their
products. Normally I would suggest a feature page of content about the
showroom, however, this client has always seemed to prefer incremental
steps. This slideshow fits the design of the landing page - essentially
blocks of featured content previews. Next, we will add text descriptions to
the slides so the section matches the look and function of the others. Then
I bet you the client will be warmed to the idea of a feature content page
to match.

Ernie Simpson

Another fine piece of work Ernie. I’m not seeing the Exhibeo link, but perhaps I was up to late last night. :slight_smile:


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Have I misunderstood the term “carousel”? Perhaps I misspoke… that seems to
happen a lot these days.

On Sunday, April 6, 2014, RavenManiac email@hidden wrote:

Another fine piece of work Ernie. I’m not seeing the Exhibeo link, but
perhaps I was up to late last night. :slight_smile:


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Have I misunderstood the term “carousel”?

Nope! Not when it is used as a generic term for an area of the web page that displays a succession of different content/images.

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Nice site Earnie. Now I must buy that for my home, so I think the carousel is effective.


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