I am redesigning a portfolio site and a suggestion was given that we should use a carousel to show featured works. This would allow us the flexibility to define as many featured works as needed. However, we had a bit of a debate about whether the carousel should auto scroll or not.
The pros of scrolling:
- We don't have to rely on the users to discover new content which is not among the first three featured works
- We don't have to rely on users to notice the carousel's
Users might get confused if the carousel is showing a different work set after the user has scrolled down and has not observed the carousel scrolling
The site is going to be responsive, so when the user views it on a mobile device he will only see one carousel item and if the item just scrolls then he might miss a featured work or not know much to go back to see the featured work
The carousel might look something like this:
I did see this question Should an image carousel on a mobile site automatically rotate? and, though it did give some insights, it doesn't answer the bigger question of whether a carousel in a site should generally scroll or not.