Few things are as frustrating as not being able to find a web page you are looking for. You’re cruising along when all of a sudden you click that bad link, or your finger slips and you type a ‘r’ instead of a ‘t’, or you know you got it right and your page has inexplicably disappeared – hey, we’ve all been there. Yes, when that moment comes and you are met with the standard “Page Not Found” message it’s more than a little annoying.
But sometimes it’s not so bad. When a designer takes the time to create a custom 404 page it adds to the user experience. Sure, you’re still a little annoyed you haven’t found what you were looking for – but running into an error page that’s funny or creative or just plain great to look at lessens the blow a bit. You might even stick around and give it another go instead of bouncing right off the site.
We love well done custom 404 pages – here are 35 of our favorites for your inspiration!