March 1st, 2009
Continuing from the redesign of this blog, I’ve now updated the henrikfalck.com front page too with a more simple and informative design that uses the colors as well.
Although I’ve received many positive comments on the design of the old front page, it was never meant to be useful. In fact, before that one I had only had some witty comment or something on there, and then just happened to add some links, then the (superfluous) web 2.0-ish loading/fading sequence, then the pong players in the background. As the number of links grew, I think the page lost its je ne sais qui.
As you can see, the header colors, fonts, and sizes are the same as on this blog. The background pattern is similar, but with different colors (Persian blue and azure on the blog; Burgundy and Hollywood cerise on the front page) and the locations (top on the blog; left on the front page). I like how it’s similar yet different.
Anyway, the old front page had a “click-through rate” of just around 20%, meaning 80% of the people who visited it didn’t go any further (which wasn’t my intention at the time I designed it either, but times change). It’ll be interesting to see if that improves with this new one – I’m betting it will.
January 27th, 2009
“404 Not Found” pages are pretty cool… I mean, if you have a cool 404 page, no one will ever see it unless something goes wrong, essentially. And there are a lot of cool 404 pages out there on the web – they’re just hard to find.
For that reason, I’ve always thought that I should have a cool 404 page. So one fine day, now more than a year ago (the 20th of October, 2007, to be precise), I took a picture of a road sign for the road numbered 404 in Japan. Interestingly, the location is right between the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station, at the intersection with road number 1.
You can see the sign from another angle on this Streetview shot. The water you see there is the outer moat of the Imperial Palace, and the big avenue, road number 1, is Hibiya-dori.
So last week I finally got around to putting this up on my site. The 404 page just shows this image as a very low quality (i.e. very high compression) jpeg (same effect as the front page background – I like the look of low quality jpegs), with a random flickering that I think really transmits a feeling of brokenness.
So please go ahead and type in a non-existant url to have a look. Now I guess there are only a few dozen http status codes left to photograph…