Carousels, aka Sliders, are an interactive widget/design pattern used to present multiple featured content items in a limited space.

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Are carousels effective?

Go to just about any eCommerce site and the homepage is nearly guaranteed to feature a carousel - an auto-rotating panel, usually with some sort of small navigation, usually highlighting new product ...
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Dots or arrows?

Which of the following 2 is more usable: Having dots on the carousel Having back and forward arrows, with some text to indicate the position and number of slides in the carousel The carousel is ...
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Using a carousel on home page or not?

I was thinking about the use of carousels in homepages, I have noticed a lot of web pages use and I really don't think they are useful sometimes, however I'm just a developer but I really like to do ...
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Why would you use SlideDeck (horizontal accordion) instead of a carousel?

I'm reviewing a client's site and their designers have used an unusual element to present some of their key points. The element is called SlideDeck and it's basically an accordion menu that is turned ...
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slides usability - auto play or not?

Im talking about the mini-slideshow many websites have on their front pages, where the slides change automatically, but the user can navigate by clicking on small circles below the slide. Problems ...
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Is pausing button under a scrolling banner necessary?

Carousels appear massively in my web projects, usually for making users able to check each "slides" in detail, we will make the scrolling paused when hovering on the banner content. However, one ...
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Do position dots under a carousel need to be clickable?

It is common convention to make position dots under carousels (as shown on Apple's site below) clickable. My question is: is this convention based in any user research, or any experience of user ...
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Handling images larger than viewport in carousel-based gallery

I'm trying to figure out the best way to design an image gallery embedded in a lightbox. The gallery has thumbnail versions of each image in a carousel, and clicking a thumbnail brings that image ...
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How to display carousel page count

I'm in the process of designing an introduction/tutorial for our iOS/Android application. It will consist of 4-5 pages and be ordered in a carousel control. It will look somewhat similar to that of ...
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Is using an entire banner as a link bad usability?

I am working on a eCommerce site which has a large hero banner space which scrolls through a number of 865 X 450 px banners. Each of these banners is linked to a specific offer in the site. When I ...
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Should an image carousel on a mobile site automatically rotate?

Or should the user have complete control? The intention is to have a slider/carousel that shows 6 or 7 images which the user can look through by clicking arrow buttons left or right. But the question ...
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Effect for smooth scrolling over slider/carousel

What is this effect called? http://ruudvaneijk.nl/ when you scroll down you see it scrolls a bit over the slider on the top. I searched the internet for half an hour but could not find how it's ...
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Should Carousels auto-scroll?

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. ...
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How to display a rotator / carousel in a responsive website when shown on a mobile

I'm working on a responsive wireframe and the desktop version has a feature area rotator. On the desktop site, it just has arrows and I worry that that will make navigating the rotator difficult on ...
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What is an alternative for a horizontal accordion?

I currently have a vertical accordion in my design that is working for me. I have a potentially large number of top level items that I can load on-demand, and each accordion section has probably 10 ...
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Are carousels effective on non-Ecommerce sites [duplicate]

We run digital magazine websites. We use a carousel to feature content. Since we are interested in the user clicking through to view the content, and not converting them to anything (these are inhouse ...
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How long should an image carousel on a homepage wait before starting?

Assuming one has to go with an image carousel (see this question for reasons why this isn't the best UX to begin with), how long should the carousel wait before beginning and switching? I recently ...
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Swipe gesture vs prev/next buttons

Let's say you are navigating through an image carousel and you're on a touch device. Which navigation method do you prefer: prev/next buttons or swipe-left/right gesture? I'm trying to convince my ...
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Better way to scroll through discrete horizontal list

As a javascript developer, the simplest way to implement sliding is to just put all items in a row and animate by changing a css property. Are there any reasons to do it this way besides the ...
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Should a homepage carousel rotate automatically or not? [duplicate]

For a media site with a lot of content (news/headlines) to display upfront, should the homepage carousel (each slide has an image associated with) rotate automatically or not? Are there any studies ...
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Can I use the same touch gesture to navigate between screens and to interact with content on screen?

I have a situation where I don't really know if there is a possibility that the user experience can get sloppy. Its specifically for an iPhone app if it matters. Basically, I have two views, a list ...
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Do IT workers interact more with carousels?

I came across a question this morning. I've read many studies which demonstrates that carousel aren't effective at all, mainly because they look like banners and users are blind to them. One of the ...
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Responsive web vertical scrolling design and elements [closed]

I have been trying to implement a vertical scrolling site that is also responsive. For that purpose, I have not used a responsive grid, only media queries. But I do have some blanks to be filled and I ...
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How many images should a slideshow carousel rotate automatically?

How many images should be updated or rotated in on a slideshow carousel that features things like products or articles?
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Are homepage slideshows actually effective? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are carousels effective? Something I have been wondering for quite a while now. Why is it that so many websites use slideshows on their homepage? My gut feeling tells ...
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Mutiple or single hyperlinks within a carousel slide?

Each slide in our new carousel will have: - A text Heading - A text Tagline - An image - An hyperlink(s) This carousel is part of a CMS and will soon become available to content owners and because ...
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Android - Visually impactful representation of small but important data

I am building an app where lets say I have four to five very important terms, clicking which take me to separate activities. I want these terms to be visually impactful in what they convey and how ...
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What do you call a control that changes the relative sizes of two sections?

I want to implement a control to change the relative size of two sections within a single entity. This would use an east-west resize cursor, and as the user dragged it would make one block smaller ...
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Carousel - To have or not to have images on slides

As a developer I'm involved on a discussion about Carousels. We have a CMS backoffice where the user can activate a carousel for his/her site. The main point is wether or not is needed to make ...
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On an E Commerce Website how effective is a Hero Banner?

We have a design where a Hero Banner covers nearly 70% of the Landing Screen of the HomePage, it consists of a carousel which has collection of 5 of our best offers. I have been going through data ...
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How many photos should be in a slideshow for mobile on page load?

We have a slideshow which displays one photo at a time. The user can click or swipe through back and forth. Right now we're loading in 10 to start, but there is no actual research behind the decision. ...
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Carousel Menu on Mobile Device [closed]

So, I made this carousel menu as a second menu and using Jquery Mobile framework. This carousel is clickable and when i saw on some reference there's also swipe for touchscreen. Is my carousel ...
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Best way to show a collection of images/media on a mobile site?

I am currently working on a mobile version of my website (separate from the desktop one) and I need to display a collection of images on a particular page. On the Desktop version, I had used a ...
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Add button as part of a custom carousel menu

A client wants a web app built where the user can add items to a 3*2 carousel. There would be arrow buttons on either side that make it slide to the next 6 items, and so on. However the design calls ...
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Is it good to present unlimited data in carousel view?

I have unlimited list of contacts. That list will contain my contacts plus shared contacts with me. I want to know: It will be good practice to represent that list in carousel view. Or should i ...
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Display an entire list of items OR show a few at a time

PROBLEM Currently working on some enhancements to a control panel admin bar. This bar displays a list of modules that a user can install on their site. Currently the module list shows everything at ...
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Is the use of carousels good? Do users actually know how to use a carousel? [duplicate]

The question is pretty much what is on the title. I keep having the feeling that building a multiscreen (responsive/adaptative) environment with carousels is something that the users don't know how to ...