Chris Wigley of UXMagazine gives succinct review of the current use of modal windows use in small screen design. He rightly reminds of us of when and how modals should be used. If the content was planned for, then make it right, instead of a modal hack job.
Modals are becoming the dumping ground for content that doesn’t fit anywhere else, often because of issues with content planning. Modal windows should be applied only to meet the following objectives:
- Interruption: force the user to make a decision or complete a task within an important workflow
- Feedback or Correction: Confirming decisions: “Confirm you are happy with your decision” moment.
- Deep Dive: Focusing on a single piece of content, such as an image, article or video.