At first glance this slideshow demo is modest and conservative. However, upon further inspection users will notice the details that take this demo from basic to distinctive, including its unique transitions and hidden thumbnail gallery. Websites with a traditional design approach will appreciate the professional-with-a-twist style used to showcase this slider.
The borderless frame around the slideshow ensures that any picture used will gain full attention. The bottom of the slider features a subtle 3D shadow, which makes the WOWSlider appear to pop out at viewers. In keeping with its clean style, a thumbnail gallery of all the pictures is placed within the actual slide itself. The gallery only appears when users hover over a line of white dots located in the top right hand corner. Each dot represents a picture in the slide with the current slide highlighted as a black dot bordered in white. It’s easy for users to jump to a new picture within the slide by clicking on a new dot, and by hovering over their chosen picture they can also preview each slides header.
To the right and left of the frame there are two arrows which only appear when the mouse hovers over the slide. Each arrow allows users to go forwards or backwards within the slideshow. The bottom left hand corner features a black header box with an uppercase header using contrasting, white, Helvetica text.
The highlight of this slideshow is the transition from one slide to the next. Each transition features geometric squares emerging in succession until the screen is filled with a new slide, but each transition still remains unique from each other. One transition features the geometric squares developing in a spiral pattern, another transition features these same squares materializing from top to bottom, and still another features squares randomly popping up. The effect is creative and gives the WOWSlider an artistic detail which takes it from boring to innovative.
Many traditional businesses have a classic style and design, and they want a slider that conveys a buttoned-up image while showcasing creative details that allow them to stand out. This slider gives them the best of both worlds while bringing fluidity and movement to their website, an important aspect of web design. Paying attention to these types of details will ultimately increase the quality of a user’s experience leading to more engagement and more business overall.