Top Ten 404 Error PagesPosted by Alex
From time to time you’ll click on a link only to reach an error page. Most of the time you’ll get a basic 404 page, but sometimes you’ll reach a customized page that brings a little humor to the situation. For those that like enjoy seeing interesting error pages pop up when there is a problem, here is a top-10 list of 404 pages.
From the 404 page, it’s clear that Blizzard knows its audience. The page takes a playful tone on some real situations of people accidentally losing Wii controllers into their televisions. Going on that notion, Blizzard blames their audience of breaking the computer screen and link.
Being in an entertainment industry, it’s easy for video game companies to create fun error pages related to the industry. So, naturally video game seller and buyer Dawdle would have a 404 page featuring gaming characters. The retro Mario page is a great way to remind gamers of the classic game and redirect users to another page.
South Park Studios likes to create error pages with funny comments by their characters. Most of the time they are lines from the show that give a unique interaction between the company and fans. The site updates the error page periodically and it is more of a page you want to see pop up on your screen.
Unlike other Websites that joke about the mistake, HomeStarRunner sarcastically blames the user for the error. This is just all part of the Website’s humor. If the 404 page doesn’t bring about a chuckle, then maybe you shouldn’t be visiting the site.
It’s been said cats are one of the most popular subjects on the Internet. It’s no surprise there would an interesting 404 page featuring a cat. Centerd, an iPhone app that help you plan a weekend, gives us this error page of a cute cat causing site problems. Although it’s not the funniest 404 page, the amount of cuteness makes up for getting the url wrong.
Some of the more entertaining 404 pages are made by designers to showcase their craft and creativity. Limpfish, artist David Barton’s personal site, created this interesting error page featuring a wanted post. Instead of going with an animal or creating a pop culture reference, Limpfish went about the link error in a different way by creating a wanted post to find the lost page.
One of the best looking error pages around, Huwshimi boasts an ascetically pleasing detour page. The colors work well together and it has a nice little saying to go along with the beautiful art. It’s another example of a designer demonstrating their talents.
How can a creative agency showcase some of its talents? By making an entertaining 404 page of course. Frye/Wiles Creative Agency made this page featuring a lost bird to represent its lost site. It’s definitely one of the more interesting company error pages out there.
Heinz takes a marketing approach when it comes to its 404 page. While losing the page, Heinz tells visitors what they are looking for is empty like the ketchup bottle. It’s a clever little way to remind people to buy Ketchup and tell them what the company is all about.
The North Face is another company that understands its customers by making an error page related its image. It sticks with its backpacking personality by blaming the site problem on goats and telling us all about the dangers of these creatures. By adding humor, North Face shows its lighter side and makes the site error a more personal with visitors.