This is one of those things that has persisted on the web without getting fixed for so long that I'm starting to wonder if there's something wrong with me for having a beef with this design pattern.
There are a few commonly used image gallery scripts on the web, and they all look like the first mock up below...
- They hide before/after arrows until you mouseover the image.
- They have Before and After arrow in the opposite sides of the image, making it extremely inconvenient to go back-and-forth.
I would prefer the second or third option. I know the second option might be confusing at first, but you can just put it on one side, and not both.
Is Option 1 really superior? And how so?