Websites don’t need to scroll

2014-11-29

Since the dawn of the web, websites have been scrolling vertically. It’s a useful convention that has made online content accessible.

But with mobile devices, we’ve been trained in other ways of navigating in content:

  • Slide for next page (e.g. e-book readers, home menu on iPhone).
  • Hierarchies of nested lists (e.g. iPhone address book).
  • Tap to open, pinch to close (photo galleries on phones, the Clear app).

We need to see vertical scrolling as one of many ways of organizing content, and stop taking it for granted.