I love the University of Notre Dame.
My family is from the area, and my uncle and brother both attended the university.
At first glance, the university website looks fantastic. It’s colorful, rich, and relatively simple….at least at first glance….on further inspection the site has not one, but TWO sliders/carousels. On the left, a box detailing university accomplishments can be found, and on the left a background-slider highlighting university buildings and campus beauty can be found.
While I can re-state the findings here, the web designer of the site did research in to how well sliders work. I think it would be an injustice to paraphrase.
Basically, Runyon describes a logjam. There is a lot of information, and because a hierarchy is difficult the choice is made to avoid a hierarchy and simply include everything. This goes back to the famous “What is the most important aspect?” question, with the response that everything is the most important.
I still think sliders have their place, but perhaps it’s time to reconsider where exactly that place is and without question it’s important to consider *why* we are using sliders.