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[_] Carousels... Friend or Foe?!

Andrew Holway andrew.holway at
Fri Jul 19 13:05:58 BST 2013

As someone that has no idea about web design I quite like them. I
often find myself clicking back through them to find something
interesting that caught my eye.

I like the way certain elements of the web community latch onto an
idea, "carousels are bad", and then spends so long searching for
evidence that back up that belief in a blaze of self indulgent
confirmation bias. To actually go to the length to create a hate site
such as is fantastic.

On 19 July 2013 12:35, andykisaragi <andyatwork at> wrote:
> is quite handy for this :)
> On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM, Steve Kirtley <steve.kirtley at>wrote:
>> Morning _ ,
>> I seem to be increasingly working with designers who want to use Carousels
>> / rotating banners on every homepage regardless of content/purpose/best
>> practice/my sanity.
>> When questioned naturally the age old "the client wants one" response is
>> un-canned.
>> I'm near certain that there've been quite a few articles online about how
>> little these are used by real web-users... but I may have dreamt this.
>> I personally don't like them so I'm perhaps just being very biased about it
>> all...
>> It's not a technical issue - I've built many bespoke or using off the shelf
>> libraries...
>> What are the hive mind thoughts on them?
>> Anyone have any links to compelling research to prove they are friend or
>> foe to the user?
>> Cheers,
>> Steve
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