Death to the slider

More of this, please.

If you asked us what is the number 1 trend in Web design today, this would be it.

… Either it be a simple blurred photo in the background with a heading centered in the middle, or a more elaborate one such as the illustrated hero area in the site above, hero areas are quickly replacing sliders as the new attention-grabbers, and they are becoming increasingly creative and elaborate.

I’ve never been a big fan of the slider, mostly because it turns the user into a passive viewer. On the web, everyone wants to drive; no one wants to be a passenger. Bigger, bolder, better artwork will leave memorable impressions. Sliders often struggle in that task.