I gotta admit, Absinthe *is* beautiful and you're absolutely right that the demographic is big on aesthetics, but it was the perfect example for why animated banners may also be controversial and complicated.I had to drop in and see where all the new traffic was coming from my site. Thanks Pete for all the new hits? XD
I'm not much for animated banners... but I've found in jcink, people are heavy into aesthetics and you have to have an edge to grab someone fast. Our banner is animated, but only appears on the initial index page. Every other page you go to it's hidden so it's not distracting when you're roaming around on the site. I'm not a fan of having big banner images or logos on every page you're on or unnecessary scrolling.
But if we're considered 'best of breed' for it I'll totally take it. Even if it's not everyone's cup o'tea. <~~~see what I did there? It was a victorian English pun.
...I'll show myself out. XD