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Showcase of Creative and Entertaining 404 Error Pages

August 25th, 2011

When designing a website, many of us just neglect the error pages considering them insignificant. But the fact is many visitors come across these 404 error pages either because of typing a wrong URL or due to any other number of technical reasons.

Visiting an error page is not a pleasurable experience for a visitor but web designers can make it pleasurable by designing beautiful and creative error pages. All it needs is a little bit of creativity and some quality time, and your error pages will stand out. Here is a list of some creatively designed error pages that will inspire you.

Entertaining 404 Error Pages

Agens
This error page is designed with extreme creativity that features an astronaut being lost in the outer space.

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Giraffe
Giraffe features a mascot guiding the lost visitors, showing them how they can get back to the site again.

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Frywiles
The missing bird in the row represents something is misplaced and cannot be found. Proper navigation is provided to help users get back to the website.

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iFolderLinks
A baby weeping over a computer greets you when you come across the error page on iFolderLinks.

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Apartment home Living
A very interesting approach of designing 404 error page. A nice ol’ chap appears whenever you come across an error page and a lady peering from behind the frame lets you navigate the website properly.

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Factor D
Factor D features a beautiful yet terrified vintage scream queen to indicate the horror of being lost.

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Sure Dev
This error page comically appears as if the user has broken the site with their plate spinning shenanigans.

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Blizzard Entertainment
Here is another example of the site appearing to have been broken by the user.

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Milrayas
With a whimsical play on the Where’s Waldo series of books, this 404 error page playfully asks where is the page?

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TK Designs
This page uses an illustrated, space age character running through exasperated and lost. The page includes a search box to help users find their way again.

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Blue Daniel
This extremely interactive (complete with animation) design is brimming with creativity. Set in a mock NYC subway line dubbed track 404.

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Bit.ly
Here the mascot is floating out to sea, far from the familiar shores of the site.

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8bitpeoples
In true 8bit fashion, just what you would expect from this site, comes a little creativity to go a long way.

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Audiko
Has an extremely colorful and artistically crafted error page. Bold and beautiful.

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Cooklet
Appropriately designed 404 page that simply says you came too late, the empty plate an indicator that you have missed out on something.

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NPR
The 404 error page for NPR is designed in such a way that it redirects the lost users to the stories of lost people, places and things.

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Prime
The site’s creative way of demonstrating that something is missing, easily earned it a place in this showcase.

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Spiritual But Not Religious
This site uses a tongue in cheek sense of humor that plays into the site and its mission wonderfully.

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Good Old Games (GOG)
This innovative 404 design suggests that the page you were looking for has broken out of the site and is now lost somewhere in the cosmos.

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Abduzeedo
A very creatively designed error page that also uses the lost in space theme to inform visitors that the page they sought could not be found.

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HomeStarRunner.com
This 404 page takes a bit of a different tact. Instead of being helpful, they berate the user and tell them to go away.

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Hoppermagic
Here Hoppermagic takes the whimsical route, deploying their rabbit logo who has chewed on the cables and caused the error.

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WeAreTeachers
This error page plays on the age old excuse given to teachers when homework was left undone, which works well on a community site of teachers.

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Wooga
This error page also goes more of the comical route with their weeping raccoon, saddened by the users error.

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Zappos
Here the cute, little weeping penguin also plays on the idea that the users error has caused the sad face. They also provide you with navigation that can take you onward and the make the penguin happy again.

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Blippy
A vividly colored and extremely beautiful 404 error page. With an animated rainbow that appears to make the sadness of the 404 error go away.

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OrangeCoat
OrangeCoat has designed a creative 404 error page flowchart that works with its users to try and figure out what caused the 404 error and to then help them along their merry ways.

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Jolie Poupee
This error page was designed for Jolie Poupee which is eco-friendly children’s clothes stores. It is the perfect blend of cute and creepy.

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Warhammer online
This fantasy gaming site uses imagery from the realm, mixing humor with the lore for their 404.

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Twinpx
A visually compelling 3-Dimensional rendering of a broken 404 image is used to grab the users attention and let them know they are lost.

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Planetgeek
The page features a small bit of the classic 404 error page as an appropriately geeky t-shirt design, and gives the lost users proper navigation options to return back to the site.

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Limpfish
A very simple and clean error page designed like a torn out wanted ad from a print publication announcing what the page is missing, and needs to be complete.

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Deliciously Creative
Employing the imagery of a broken egg as they explain that something may have broken, their playful explanation playing into the imagery and site’s mission, this 404 page is wonderfully simple and creative.

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D20srd
This playful and entertaining take on a 404 design sets up the page like a role playing game trap deployed on its visitors.

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Clubpenguin
Using some of the sites animated penguins, who are checking a map to show they are lost, this 404 design has the penguins point you in the right direction…towards the navigation.

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Aquil Akhter is a web graphic designer and has been working in this field for 8 years. He also runs the blog webdesigncore.com, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.

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35 comments for „Showcase of Creative and Entertaining 404 Error Pages
  1. lxn on August 25th, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    The 404 page nowadays is pure art!

  2. Stefan on August 25th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Don’t forget to mention the 404 page of github: http://github.com/404
    Move the mouse over the picture :-)

  3. Kasper on August 25th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Great Post! – Look @ my 404: http://www.kaspcreations.nl/777

  4. Bret Juliano on August 25th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Check out an appropriately themed 404 page for the Dust Bunny Mafia, a killer branding firm: http://www.dustbunnymafia.com/404

  5. Andrew Champ on August 26th, 2011 at 4:27 am

    I’d like to contribute mine, http://andrewchamp.com/404

    What do you think? :-)

  6. ??? on August 26th, 2011 at 5:27 am

    404 ART! Here is my 404 page:http://www.nilock.com/404.

  7. Danielle on August 26th, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I love these! They make a page error so much more fun! :)

  8. john on August 26th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    This is simple and useful:
    http://aria-law.com/errors/404.aspx

  9. Eric Winther on August 26th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    your showcase missed this one: very nicely done
    http://www.frontend2011.com/404

  10. Ashish @ Magik on August 26th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Creating innovative 404 page is important, this tells your users that you are serious. http://www.magikcommerce.com/404

  11. Nima on August 26th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Great source of ideas :)

  12. Surajit Kayal on August 27th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    very creative 404s indeed!

  13. Minnix on August 27th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    We Love 404 http://welove404.com

  14. Steve on August 27th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Nice collection, thanks for sharing. I found some new ones here too http://www.creativesen.se/category/error_pages

  15. Vincent on August 29th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Always fun to see these lists.

    I recently explored quite a few for developing my own 404 page.

    http://www.vunkyblog.net/2011/oops-there-was-an-error/

  16. Norvik on August 29th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Nice list of 404 sites! Must work on my page ;)

  17. paul on August 31st, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Nice collection! Here is one more 404 page: http://sellected.com/404

  18. Nicholas on August 31st, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Inspiring! Amateur like me will need to crack my head and kill millions of brain cells just to come up with a 404 page like these!

  19. David on September 1st, 2011 at 5:17 am

    That ifolderlinks one is hilarious!

  20. James Hind on September 1st, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Cheers for the inspiration, we used it to come up with ideas for our 404 page, which as we’re a car site, needed to be related to car obviously!

    Here it is – http://www.carbuzz.co.uk/error

  21. Sandra Dodd on September 1st, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Those were fun, though blaming someone for getting there seems harsh, as it’s probably a coding error or website change that got them in there. Mine gets nice feedback: http://sandradodd.com/whatever

  22. Angela Vaughn on September 2nd, 2011 at 12:18 am

    I love 404 pages! We had a bit of fun with ours too: http://source27.com/404/

  23. Sven on September 2nd, 2011 at 4:25 pm
  24. Victor Hugo Germano on September 2nd, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Github page is also pretty nice: https://github.com/3939384928402

  25. Sandra Dodd on September 4th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Angela, that’s really pretty, but has a typo.
    http://source27.com/404/ (on “exist”)

  26. Rana mukherjee on September 5th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Nice design.

  27. M. Ackerstaff on September 15th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Nice collection. What you think of this one. http://www.clearsite.nl/missing
    And I agree with Sandra Dodd on blaming the users for getting there.

  28. Thomas Craig on September 15th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Great collection of 404 pages, thanks for sharing.

  29. A El Sokkary on September 25th, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Very interesting collection of 404 pages, I’d like to share ours too,

    http://caslay.com/404

  30. Gennady on September 26th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Great! Here is my 404 page. Soccer fans – http://zenitbol.ru/404

  31. Darren @ 123 Bournemouth on October 7th, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Love the SureDev 404.

    Nice to have a bit of humour there when things go wrong ;-)

    Many Thanks,
    Darren.

  32. Orlando on October 11th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    These are AWESOME.

  33. Matt on September 14th, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Our washline take on the 404 http://www.soapmedia.co.uk/404

  34. Branden on December 8th, 2013 at 5:49 am

    @stefan: Another great example for you with Parallax effect: http://lockerz.com/404.

    I also like: Heinz http://www.heinz.com/error.aspx, https://www.titleist.com/404 (golfers will sympathize), http://www.eharmony.com/404/ (broken heart), http://www.sportingsolutions.com/404 (for football fans), http://www.vasamuseet.se/404 (vasa museum). Here’s our own attempt: http://theinformr.com/404/.