Error pages are for users some of the most annoying pages on a website. When you think you finally have reached that magical page which will be the answer to all your prayers you are struck with the big words: “404 – Page Not Found”.
So, there has been an error and there is little you can do about it. Unless you are a web developer of course. As developers and designers, we have a responsibility to make the user experience (UX) on our sites better. Not surprisingly even error pages can be helpful.
Today, instead of going into great detail on how you can turn those error pages from useless annoying dead-ends into useful happy gateways, I want to share a short TED talk by Renny Gleeson who covers the history of the 404 page and shares ideas on how to improve them.