Hello, everyone, my name is Nathalie and today I’ll be talking a little bit about slide shows and how they can have a negative effect on the user experience. Now, why is that? The user likes to have control over the interface. So when there’s a slide show, they really might miss out on the message that sits over that slideshow because before they’re able to read it, it scrolls to the next one. This is one reason to avoid slide shows.
As we talked about earlier, the statistics are very low on how many people actually sit in front of the slide show to be able to read all the different messages. We just don’t have the attention span nowadays.
And last but not least when you’re thinking about doing a slide show, please take into consideration that you know we are designing for mobile, we’re designing for tablets, and these large images – especially three or four of them can really bog down your site. And that means that the loading time is a lot longer. And the user has just lost any interest and moved on to a different site. So hopefully next time you’re thinking about creating a slide show you’re taking all of these things into consideration.