15 really creative 404 pages

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May 02, 2013
15 really creative 404 pages.


\"Thumb\"We’ve talked about Contact’ pages. We’ve talked about the About’ page. You know what to put on these pages because, hopefully, you’ve thought long and hard about it. And you know exactly what to put on the inside pages, because you have your content for those as well. You think you’ve got it all covered, right?<\/p>\r\n

Think again! You have the opportunity to design and make use of your 404 error page. And quite frankly, you’re not a cool kid if you don’t have a super cool 404 page. Why do we go above and beyond for these basic error pages? Well, because we can. It’s like a little hidden world that you often hope no one will see. But if they do get a chance to see it, you’ll want to make sure it’s a looker.<\/p>\r\n

There are two options when talking about designing 404 pages. Since it is technically a page reached in error, you can make your 404 completely functional so it helps return your viewers to relevant content. The second option (which many seem to fancy), is to make your 404 page your own little creative space. It can be an awesome illustration or picture or it’s own page to which people will be desperate to return.<\/p>\r\n

There are many ways to go about each and today, we are going to take a look at a few. Let’s jump right in.<\/p>\r\n


Gig Masters<\/h1>\r\n

We will start off with a very practical 404 page. Here, when we stumble upon this error, we are quite aware that we’ve gotten here on accident. The page offers a link for you to return to the homepage or you could complete a search and get the results. It’s very straight-forward and fits into the visual branding of the site.<\/p>\r\n




Qype have created another rather practical use of their 404 page by allowing you to return home or search all the categories the site has. They also offer answers to questions you may have as well. In addition to the practical use, they did add a bit of flair by creating a very beautiful, high quality illustration that refers to their brand’s use.\u00a0<\/p>\r\n

Kendra Gaines

Kendra Gaines is a freelance designer from Virginia, USA. Connect with her.

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