70+ Great Examples of 404 Page Design


If you do not have an error page on your blog or website or a very boring one, you may have a potential problem. In some cases, having a good and effective 404 page can be as important as great content. There are situations where visitors landing on the 404 page is not your fault. However, when it happens you have the possibility to offer options and redirect them back to your site. This gives your website a second chance to reengage them. A 404 page with a good design will help you do just that. Otherwise a hit on the 404 will typically equal a lot visitor.

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It is a common issue that 404 pages are not taken into account when producing design and content for a new website. You may think that everything has been covered. Think again! You have the chance to make use of your error page and take advantage of a professional and well-planned 404 page design. Problem with the 404 page is that it is not visible in the web project unless you accidentally type in a wrong URL as part of your test. Therefore you need to know how important it is and how to handle it.

You have a couple of options when it comes to 404 page design. Because technically it is a page that is reached by a visitor when the resource requested is not found, you could make your error page functional and provide good options to help. You could add a sitemap, a search function, a list of popular pages etc. – all solutions that may help your visitors get back to on track. Another option that seems to be fancied by many is to make the 404 page funny and creative. A bit of humor may help the situation and give the visitor a smile… and hopefully energy to look for the right page on your site. It could be an amazing picture or illustration or a page that people will be desperate to return to.

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10 Free ebooks for web designers


There’s plenty of free advice and tuition out there for web designers. Get your teeth into these great free ebooks.

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Looking for a little expertise in HTML5, coding or going it alone? Well, to need to get bogged down in hefty hardbacks – there’s a huge range of digestible ebooks for you to get your teeth into. And most importantly, many of them are free. Here we list of the best.

1. Getting Real

Getting Real explains how to go about building a web application and covering everything from the basics to the more advanced. Written by leading agency 37Signals – who are well known for both their blunt, no-nonsense blogging and their gung-ho, “you can do it” attitude, this is very far from a dry, technical text. And best of all, you can download a PDF version for free!

2. Designing for the Web

The book itself covers a range of techniques for approaching graphic design on the web, split into five sections including typography, colour and layout. You can pay to download a PDF version if you’d prefer to read it offline or on your eReader, but the entire book is available via the website completely free of charge.

3. Scalable and Modular Architecture for CSS

SMACSS (pronounced “smacks”) is more style guide than rigid framework. There is no library within here for you to download or install. SMACSS is a way to examine your design process and as a way to fit those rigid frameworks into a flexible thought process.

4. HTML5 Quick Learning Guide

Rather than trail through heavy texts on HTML5, this Quick Learning Guide (6 pages) provides a round up of everything you need to know in no time. The guide covers the main elements of HTML5 and focuses on the basics to help get you started, quickly.

5. How To Be Creative

Advertising executive and creative Hugh MacLeod provides 26 ‘tried-and-true tips’ to help guide your creative self through the business world. Famous for drawing cartoons on the back of business cards, each of his tips is brilliantly presented by a cartoon drawing with advice ranging from ‘ignore everybody’, ‘put the hours in’ and ‘keep your day job’.

6. Web Designer’s Success Guide

A designer’s ebook staple, Keven Airgid’s ‘Web Designer’s Success Guide’ is a comprehensive narrative on how to set up as a freelancer, and profit. Covering topics such as making the transition to self-employment, marketing your design skills and knowing what to charge, this ebook has all the answers you’re looking for when choosing to go it alone.

7. Pixel Perfect Precision handbook

The guys at London design studio ustwo love pixels. So much so that they induct all new designers into the school of pixels with their very own Pixel Perfect Precision™ (PPP™) handbook. The aim? To give pixels the care and attention they deserve, to make sure they get the simple things right before moving onto the detail.

The 165 page guide is available in iBook format for both desktop and iPad, and also a straightforward PDF. And best of all it’s still free!

8. Design Your Imagination

Another for the rookie, ‘Design Your Imagination’ is a complete beginner’s guide to web design, although it includes great tips for old-timers, too. The book uses examples to guide the reader through its 28 chapters, ranging from the history of web design, to design principles, planning and so much more.

9. The Nature of Coding

A professor of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, Daniel Shiffman’s ebook focuses on the programming strategies and techniques behind computer simulations of natural systems. However, bear in mind that ‘The Nature of Code’ is not one for beginners, and you’re likely to need a background in coding to understand it completely.

10. 25 Ways to Make Your Mobile E-Commerce Revenue Skyrocket

Optimizing your e-commerce website for mobile devices will not only make your site easier for customers to browse, but it will also reduce any last minute hesitation on the buying path. Inside this ebook you’ll find: Ways to tap into phone-specific functionality, fixes to keep cart abandonment rates low, methods of making your site easy to browse.

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20 Underrated Web Design Tools


Improve your web design and development skills and save time and effort with our selection of lesser-known but brilliant apps. [By Creative Blog]

If you build websites for a living, you’ll undoubtedly use the obvious web design tools – Firebug, Browsershots, plus the various font embedding services and page speed analysers.

So this article isn’t about them. Instead we thought we take a look at the more underrated tools that can help you improve client-side browser development and rigorously test everything that you build. Hopefully you’ll find something useful in our feature that you’ve not heard about previously. Meanwhile, if you know of a tool that doesn’t get the press it deserves, let us know about it in the comments below…

01. CSS Click Chart

CSS3 Click Chart is a handy reference tool to speed up your workflow

CSS3 Click Chart is a handy reference tool for CSS3 attributes; I’m sure we’ve all struggled to remember quite what order a CSS box-shadow values are required in at some point, and that’s where CSS3 Click Chart comes in. As well as example CSS syntax to show you how to use a particular attribute, it features a demonstration of each attribute.

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02. Patternizer

Generate CSS3 stripes using Patternizer

Patternizer is an online tool to help you generate CSS3 stripes using an online interface. You can customise everything you need, from the gap between stripes/checks, the angle they appear at and their colour, or browse the existing library of patterns available.

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03. CodeKit

CodeKit gives SASS and LESS developers an easier life

CodeKit is an app for Mac that allows frontend developers using SASS or LESS an easier life. CodeKit compiles your LESS or SASS files on the go so you don’t have to, optimises your project’s image file sizes and reloads the page live in your browser window.

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