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Fun Friday: Creative 404 Error Pages

Eventually it happens to everyone surfing the Internet: You hit a hyperlink and it takes you to a scary page with a “404 – Page not found” error on it. You panic for a minute, right? Then either you go Back or you click on the logo or whatever navigation they’ve given you to go somewhere else on the website.

404 is a page the server automatically sends out you when the page you’re looking for doesn’t exist (http://tatge.biz/nopagehere.php) — all websites have them. But they don’t have to be scary! Here is a collection some fun examples of 404 pages from some sites around the web. The best part is, they are all on-brand. Great proof that even the most hidden detail can build your brand.

CSS Tricks

Broken page reveals its code!

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Chris Jennings

He’s a director of user experience ad Disqus. Clearly a glass-half-empty approach.

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MailChimp

Haha, it’s cute! Like the rest of their brand.

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Heinz

Keeping it light with an empty ketchup bottle (isn’t it catsup?).

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DropBox

The broken link.

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Black Moon Design

These guys design games and pixel art. A good indicator of fun in their work.

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Lego

The most brilliant of them all.

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Magnt

Sassy. Smart. Fun.

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What will your 404 be?

Thanks to Creative Bloq for the images! You can see more here.