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 carousel to display them however I can see carousel's as being hard to use on a phone even if I integrate swipe gestures.

So, in your opinion what is the best way to display a collection of images that would normally be presented through a carousel?

This to note:

  • There are no descriptions or other text involved - just images
  • All the images are of the same size and aspect ratio
  • How many images need to be displayed on this page ? Is this number fixed ? Does it have a maximum ? Also, are these images the main content of this page (in terms of page estate taken by the various displayed elements) ?
    – Pierre
    Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 22:43
  • These images are not the main focus of the page, but they're still pretty important. There are a maximum of 6
    – Kevin Pei
    Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 23:25

2 Answers 2


Personally, I would implement a 3rd party tool like PhotoSwipe. iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry 6 and Desktop all supported. Take a look at their video demo.

What is it?

PhotoSwipe is a FREE HTML/CSS/JavaScript based image gallery specifically targeting mobile devices.

Who is it for?

Developers and designers requiring an interactive image gallery on their mobile website with the look and feel of a native app.

Why use it?

PhotoSwipe provides your visitors with a familiar and intuitive interface allowing them to interact with images on your mobile website.




  • seems like a cool implementation. Will definitely give this a shot.
    – Kevin Pei
    Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 23:28
  • @KevinPei - Yea, it does. Good luck! Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 23:30

Maybe something like one full-width image below which put thumbnails, say, in the grid 3 images per row. Default display first one, change displayed image as user picks other thumb.

However, it depends on a context. What's been written above is good for images of hotel rooms or images of users.

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