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Last Updated: September 3rd, 2011

Taking a break from our regular social giveaways, last week we announced a creative contest to see which one of our readers can come up with the most creative 404 Page Not Found page for the site and in exchange win a brand new T-Mobile G2x Tegra-powered phone from NVIDIA.

Throughout the contest, I found myself absolutely blown away by some of your submissions, finding it harder and harder to decide who presented the best design. Now that I've sorted all 140 or so entries and selected the 20 best ones, I'm going to let all of you help us decide instead.

Take a look at the submissions below, presented in no particular order, then cast your votes for your top 3 favorites in the poll at the bottom. I specifically omitted submitters' names for now to avoid distractions and favoritism.

The winner will, of course, receive the G2x, and because so many of you poured your hearts and souls into the contest, I'll throw in AP shirts for each of the 5 runner-up designs as consolation prizes.

(Please wait for the page to load, then feel free to click each picture to zoom in)

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This entry is not entirely original - it's based on our Twitter background, with the author adding the dead Droid, blood, bullet casings, and a few other elements to it. I must say - it's a very clean job, so we will let it be part of the contest.

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2

This is the only animated submission we've received, and because of that I think it deserves special recognition. Click here if you want to see it on a separate page which you can refresh to start it from the beginning.

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7

Notice the Apple here acts as Pac-Man, with the bite take out of the apple in the Apple logo acting as Pac-Man's mouth and Androids acting as ghosts. Quite witty.

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8

A play on Lost, a popular TV show.

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9

Everyone can recognize the Android lock screen in this design.

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10

Very well done - the 3Dish rendering looks great.

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11

Droids in black?

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14

Note the Android version numbers on the left - nicely done.

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15

The 404 road sign, the cop car and police officer, the "one six" on the donut box (Android 1.6 was named Donut - get it?), "page not found - want a donut?" - this is one creative and witty entry.

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19

No, it's not a "sideways butt crack," as somebody pointed out. It's a butt and some back fat, OK? Too many donuts will do that to a cop.

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Bonus

Here are some submissions I'm including for the lulz. They are not part of the vote, but rather your entertainment.

First up, a design that was quickly thrown together on a sheet of paper with a suggestion that somebody has to implement it in all its glory. It featured a roll of toilet paper, a can, Apple... the full enchilada. Here are the lulzworthy results:

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Who says cops don't have fun when they're off duty, eh?

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Vote

This contest is now over. We have selected the winners - see if you are one of them here.

Pick your 3 favorite 404 Page Not Found designs

  • 12 (20%, 412 Votes)
  • 18 (18%, 361 Votes)
  • 15 (17%, 343 Votes)
  • 8 (16%, 318 Votes)
  • 9 (16%, 315 Votes)
  • 10 (14%, 278 Votes)
  • 14 (11%, 226 Votes)
  • 1 (11%, 216 Votes)
  • 16 (8%, 157 Votes)
  • 17 (7%, 149 Votes)
  • 11 (6%, 127 Votes)
  • 19 (4%, 87 Votes)
  • 7 (4%, 82 Votes)
  • 5 (4%, 79 Votes)
  • 20 (3%, 70 Votes)
  • 6 (3%, 57 Votes)
  • 3 (3%, 51 Votes)
  • 4 (2%, 38 Votes)
  • 2 (2%, 34 Votes)
  • 13 (0%, -883 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,019

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Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Mel

    Those are all very good.

    I used to love the messages Angelfire used.

    "Now you've done it, you've gone and broken the internet"

    "Your lucky numbers today: 4,0,4"

    "The page you are looking for is taking a coffee break."

    "The page you are looking for has been abducted by aliens"

    There was also a grandpa-style one, something about "in my day, the internet only had 3 pages..." or something like that.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/archive/index.php/t-31190.html

  • Jon Garrett

    these are all very nice pages, I like;

    1
    3
    4
    8
    9
    12
    15
    17
    18

    If I had to choose one for my site it would be a toss up between 9 & 18.

  • Jason Smedley

    Now when you choose one I am going to convert all the images into HTML5 & CSS3 renders and donate them to Android Police for winning one of there Contests.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/hardkormysteria Kori

    I chose 8, 11, and 12... there were a lot of good ones though!

  • Vince

    I was about to say, "I wish I could vote for more than 1" and then I saw " pick your 3 favorite!" Great job everyone!

  • aj

    12, 14, and 15 are the most professional looking.

  • Jake044

    18, 16, & 9 are my favorite. I think the strip club one should've made it in there, lol.

  • Biggy

    8, 12, 18 are my favorite..

    • bert

      16 and 19 are best looking design... combining professional look and humor cartonist-ish. great job!

  • ocdtrekkie

    12 was small, but it's really kinda cute, and definitely my favorite. It's currently in the lead by a nudge, I hope it keeps it. ;D

  • sergiu

    12 is my fav too because it's simple and beautiful

  • http://www.azpunk.com TPStank

    18 all the way.

    • siriay14

      Agree, I also like 17 its creative and very original, I like how it was placed on the G2x which is the prize for this contest.

  • mskks64

    12 has my vote really good quality

  • Brooke

    13 is the one i like...!!!!!

  • Andrea

    13 would be my choice..:)

  • http://ryanheatherly.imgur.com Ryan Heatherly

    When does the voting end?

  • Franco

    4,5,12,15 were my choices but since we could only vote for one i ended up going to number 15.
    It was not over creative like some of the others,it was simple and too the point and have the offer of a doughnut was original and smart.

  • DarkN’Droid

    14 is awesome :)

  • Erik

    2 weeks following this contest to have it turn into a popularity contest... great

  • Piisuke

    I like 12, it is cute :D

  • Deb

    12, 8, and 9 are my favorites! The others are kinda busy...

  • Katsu

    12, 15, and 10 is the best :D

    • Rami

      Same pick as me :)

  • hiroka

    I love the coloring and design of 15. Very cute and innovative.

  • bert

    16 and 19 are the best looking professional design... combines with humor and nice cartoon design. Great Job! Good luck!

  • plusOrMinusOne

    The results are going to be skewed by +-1 errors by whomever designed this webpage! Put some dividing lines between the entries...

  • Erik

    13 shot up there pretty quick......Hmmm?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I'll look into the logs to see if there is something fishy going on.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      13 is confirmed cheating using tor and other IPs originating from 173.0.* (various anonymous proxies). I will deal with the author appropriately. Thank you for bringing this to my attention, Erik.

      Edit: I've disqualified it - design #13 by Ryan Heatherly was leading with 300 votes but now has -1000 votes. Good luck recovering those, Ryan.

      • Rotmann

        Awesome work Erik and Artem, don't mess with the police, mothafucka'!

      • Rohit R

        LOL. wow. he couldnt even discretely cheat. good job on the catch, erik!

      • ocdtrekkie

        You could also see a day prior to this, on the 14th, there were two comments (the only two) within a half hour saying they liked number 13, and then only a half an hour after that, Ryan asked when the voting ends, obviously hoping to make sure he was going to have enough to secure his win by the end.

      • Gamerx

        This is totally unfair , he just asked friends to vote for him and you just gave him a penalty of -1000.

        You should have known better and just resetted it to 0 instead of -1000.

        Anyway i voted for my friend.

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          Unfair? Did you not read what I wrote? There were over 100 votes made using Tor and anon proxies from the same IP block. It's kindergarten cheating, whoever was doing it - him or one of his so called friends.

        • Ryan

          Thanks. :) allot for your support :)

  • http://twitter.com/#!/hardkormysteria Kori

    haha that is awesome... love the negative ranking.

    • J Rush

      You gotta love Artem...

  • Vince

    Sweet, now I only need to make up 60 votes to get a t-shirt! How about top 10 get a t-shirt? Can't blame a guy for trying.

  • http://www.myspace.com/shizuhi Shizuhi

    I like 3, it's simple, plain, and nice.
    The idea in 9 is awesome.
    And I like the scattered objects in 19.

  • J Rush

    I laughed so hard at 13. Why? 13 was and is an unlucky number! Ha ha ha!

  • Peter

    The best ever 404 is still the Iraq wmd 404.

    http://www.coxar.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/

  • Jordan

    Can you post the updated version of number six from the original entry thread?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Was there an update I missed? Could you link me to the updated version please?

  • Chanel

    I agree with Bert. 16 is both witty and comical for sure!

  • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio Roy Blumenthal

    Wow! Blown away by the magnificent entries! I reckon you can easily choose 10 winners, and have the 404 page server present them in rotation.

    As for 13, it was a reasonable design. Didn't need to cheat. Totally unnecessary. Why would the artist do that? Such a waste of skills. (Was it DEFINITELY the artist cheating, and not some weird idiot supporter thinking they were doing the guya favour?

    • ocdtrekkie

      As I said in an above comment, two posts supporting number 13 and Ryan himself asking when the voting ended was all within about an hour on one day, making me think that was him trying to pump up a bit of support for himself in these comments, and then asking when the voting ended to make sure he was still winning when voting ended.

      • brooke

        ryan and entry no.13 wasn't cheating it was his friends which were supporting him and still r so don't get afraid if ur beaten fairly dude.......and stop being unfair with others......

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          Those are some friends.

        • ocdtrekkie

          I didn't enter. ;) Just spectating, and noting that time similarity between posts is fairly suspicious. Though I don't have admin logs at my disposal, obviously.

  • brooke

    we r his friends......

  • Rotmann

    Maybe it is sabotage and some other artist did that to poor number 13 :D

  • brooke

    maybe cus my cousin isn't a cheater and worked all nite on this so the is no way he would cheat........

  • Ryan Heatherly

    Just for your guys information. I have asked many friends to post it to their facebook pages. I have posted it to my facebook. My twitter and asked people to retweet. Tumblr i have bloged about it. And even forums and local gaming servers. If someone went overboard with it, its me? This was about voting wasn't it?.. So when does this thing end?. I guess number 13 Was unlucky anyway. :)

  • androidatnight

    Can you up it to 6 Tshirts :P Im one place off!! dang :P

  • Irma

    8, 17 and 18 are the best!!

  • Ryan

    So that's what i get for posting it all over social networks to promote my design. I've worked quite hard on it.

    What is this, a disqualification or a penalty? because you said to recover them :S

  • Erik

    Like I said earlier this turned into a popularity contest. People post it to their Facebook and Twitter so the person with the most friends not best design, most probably ends up winning. Im not saying theres anything wrong with that but from my understanding from reading the rules (I might be wrong) Artem was going to pick the winner. Dont remember reading anything about having us vote for the winner.

  • TD Font

    I like 8, 17, & 18!

  • ann

    sweet 16 for me all the way.

  • http://aoisora9x.deviantart.com/ RougeCrown

    Hmm no offense, but next time please tell me beforehand if it is going to be a popularity contest. I don't have that much friends to promote works to.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    We did ask for your help to decide what the best submissions are according to you guys, but since it's indeed turning out to be a popularity contest (I will keep this in mind better for next time), we still reserve the right to pick the ultimate winner.

    You guys helped us narrow down the top designs - and as with any poll, we can only do so much to make sure all votes are legit, so we'll use this information to a certain degree when picking the winner who created the best work of 404 art.

    Stay tuned for the announcement and thank you for all your participation so far!

    • heartbraden

      That seems to be the only fair way to decide, unfortunately.

    • Vinman

      +1 - Thanks for the opportunity. I have an entry and it is one of the 20. Cheers to all that entered.

  • Ryan

    Yes i think the people should be told well in advanced on what basis it will be judged upon.

    Do I still continue to tell people to vote for me or what?.

    I'm still thinking someone screwed me over. :S

    • Andrea

      there was nothing weird about Number 13's friends posting within an hour..n him asking wen does voting end shortly..could just be friends at their computers at the same time..supporting a friend..you'll r really being unfair.. going to zero would have been much more better than putting it to negative..

  • http://smisa27.deviantart.com/ SeanM

    16 is my favorite! i just love how it integrated all versions of android in a classic "who dun it" kind of way

  • Ryan

    Can someone reply to my questions?:S

  • Stryker

    Why is 13th entry minus votes o-O ?

  • http://www.nickbess.com goatomatic

    Wow, somehow I completely missed this entire thread! Thanks for all the votes for my image(#12)! Too bad this didn't decide the winner, oh well...

    So, I hate to be a pest, but who won?!

  • Erik

    Its funny how 13 keeps getting votes

  • Ryan

    Because I keep telling people vote for me , Duh?

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