Sunday, October 30, 2011

24 notable webpage error messages

I recently got an error page on LinkedIn showing a janitor washing the floor. It included the message “Sit tight. We’re taking a moment to clean things up.”
It got me thinking about other webpage error screens, usually called 404 error messages. Turns out that I’m not the only one. Quite a few websites have compiled lists of funny, artistic or interesting webpage error messages.
Here are 24 notable webpage error screens, starting with LinkedIn (above). Click on the images for a larger view.

Bellaminettes, website of French artist Bruno Bellamy

Bitly, weblink shortening service

Daniel Karcher, film design studios

Google, search engine

Heinz, ketchup maker

IGN, video game news website

Mozilla, maker of the open-source Firefox Web browser

South Park Studios, maker of the cartoon “South Park”

TechCrunch, technology news website

The New Yorker, magazine

The North Face, outdoor apparel and accessories maker

Twitter, microblogging website

Urban Outfitters, apparel retailer

Adham Dannaway, a Web designer and developer in Sydney, Australia

Astuteo, a Web design studio
(Sadly, Astuteo’s 404 error page no longer includes the Campbell’s SpaghettiOs can.)

Blizzard Entertainment, video game company owned by Activision Blizzard

Chris Glass, a graphic designer

Club Kayak, Florida community for kayaking and canoeing

Hasbro, toy company

The 501st Legion, a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans.

FrogsThemes, a designer of WordPress themes

Frontend, Web design and development conference in Oslo, Norway

NPR, National Public Radio

Other resources:

Page Not Found – Showcase of Creative 404 Pages (Inspiration Mix; Sept. 6, 2011)

25 Mind Boggling 404 Error Pages (SloDive; Aug. 30, 2011)

Showcase of Creative and Entertaining 404 Error Pages (Noupe; Aug. 25, 2011)

33 More Entertaining 404 Error Pages (Mashable; Jan. 16, 2011)

35 Entertaining 404 Error Pages (Mashable; Sept. 4, 2010)

Beautiful and Useful 404 Error Pages for Inspiration (Six Revisions; May 30, 2010)

12 Unique 404 Error Page Designs (SloDive; Jan. 11, 2010)

404 Error Pages for Your Viewing Pleasure (WDL; Oct. 14, 2009)

Creative 404 Error Pages Around for Inspiration (; March 24, 2009)

The 100 most funny and unusual 404 error pages (Blog of Francesco Mugnai; July 2008)

404 Error Pages: Reloaded (Smashing Magazine; Aug. 17, 2007)

Wanted: Your 404 Error Pages (Smashing Magazine; July 25, 2007)

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