404 Error Page Design Inspirations
When visiting a website for the first time, it’s rare to want to see what its 404 error page looks like, since 404 pages tell the website’s visitors that they are on the wrong page or that the URL they entered is incorrect or doesn’t exist.
404 error pages are not a good sign, but they don’t have to be painful to look at, either. That’s why it is important not to overlook the 404 error page when designing a website. Visitors might stumble on a wrong or broken link, but at least it’s interesting and creatively designed. Draw inspiration from these witty and creative 404 error pages.
Design agency Bluegg has a simple yet funny and effective 404 error page. Visitors who end up on their 404 error page are greeted by a video of a goat that lets out a high-pitched scream, a hilarious way to let you know that you’re in the wrong page.
Blue Fountain Media’s way to make website visitors feel a little better about ending up on their 404 error page is by embedding a Pac-Man game played out in a 404-shaped maze. The website notes, “Oops! That page couldn’t be found. Want to play some Pacman instead?”
The eHarmony 404 error page shows a broken heart mended by a piece of bandage that notes “Uh oh, that page couldn’t be found. But you’re looking for love in all the right places, let’s find someone right for you.” The 404 page also lets visitors sign up for the dating service even through the error page.
Game developer Blizzard Entertainment shows a shattered screen stating how the page visitor probably broke the page. The unconventional error message goes “Grats. You broke it. This page doesn’t exist or some other horrible error has occurred.”
GitHub lived up to its image as the home of the geeks with its Star Wars-inspired 404 error page with parallax effect. GitHub referenced Obi Wan’s famous line “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for” with the page’s “This is not the web page you are looking for”.
In addition to the list, MicroCreatives’ website also has its own witty 404 error page. As each of our creative staff members are represented by chibi monsters on the website, we played on the same idea to create an adorable 404 error page. (Too adorable that we ate the page, whoops!)
Originally published at www.microcreatives.com.