Using graphics to convey an error message

March 6, 2010

I have occasionally purchased books from Fishpond.com.au, an online bookstore in Australia.

Their standard logo includes a happy fish:

However, their happy fish becomes a sad fish with a broken fishbowl if their site is down:

I like this use of graphics to display the error. While such graphics may not be suitable for all websites, it fits perfectly with this site’s ‘look and feel’.

[Link last checked March 2010]

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