09 December 2016
Sometimes, the page you're looking for isn't there - that's when the unsung hero of webpages gets to shine.
Most organisations are content to show a default error, but some seize the opportunity to show some personality, maybe make the user laugh when otherwise they might just have been irritated.
Here are a few of our favorites, maybe you'll find some inspiration to make your 404 top drawer:
CloudSigma - https://www.cloudsigma.com/404-error/
You can't go far wrong with pictures of cats and cloudSigma diffuse the embarrassment of missing a page by introducing a cat as their Junior Developer".
Magnt - http://www.magnt.com/404/
We're big fans of a Venn diagram and this is a great way to make use of one!
Github - https://github.com/404
One for the star wars geeks! Some nice parallax interaction too.
Blizzard - http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/not-found.html
Not the most positive, but it makes a smashing impression...
Kickpush - https://kickpush.co/404/
Bang on meme with a nicely confused travolta.
Iconfinder - https://www.iconfinder.com/404
Stylish, sharp and well executed, this 404 gives an individual touch
Red Bull - www.redbull.tv/404
This one takes owbership of the 404 moment with a very RedBull experience...
Blue Egg - http://bluegg.co.uk/404
Goat, screaming like a human. Of course.
Dudeperfect - http://dudeperfect.com/404
Basketball game while you ponder your missing page? Be prepared, it's far more difficult than it looks.
Figma - https://www.figma.com/404
Really nice interactive 404. Literally. Grab handles, vector type.
Hot Dot - http://hotdot.pro/en/404/
Stylish and on brand, Hot Dot offers an interactive game, of sorts allowing the user to play with the dots making up the 404 message
Bitly - https://bitly.com/a/404
Cute and interactive, the Bitly 404 page allows the user to animate a fish.
Mashable - http://mashable.com/404/
Simple and full of personality, mashable promise us they found our missing socks.
Not strictly 404 pages, we still thought that these were worth an honorable mention:
Twitter Fail Whale
Another classic. Unsubscribing users can often be angry - seeing the poor guy responsible for spamming you get a drink thrown on him arguably deflated some of the anger, but was also met with some criticism.
So that's it for the 404's Do you have any favorites we missed?