Apparently this is what passes for user experience design -- sans user testing.
Have you ever noticed how nobody cites the test, user research, or scenario for a desirable user experience? Sans user UX.
The article cites the criticism of modals as bad design as designers simply using them the wrong way -- never giving instruction, guidelines, or even a hunch as to when to use, and not use an in-page modal.
Strangely enough, that basic assumption -- that designers, manageent, whoever -- will simply know when to use or not use this widget is what makes popups obnoxious.
Consequently you will see bad popup design copy-and-pasted into bad modal design ...that you can't ignore.
Edited by DCrx, 28 March 2011 - 10:17 AM.