Rather than show users a boring error page, we wanted to show a trippy Endless journey. We dreamt up something like this.
Which was cool in video, only super math-y to implement in code. We didn’t want to learn a physics engine and implement particles. So over lunch, we broke it down—
Many many stars.
They're moving in different directions.
Some get bigger as you go near them.
Some are faster, some are slower. This is starting to look good.
And finally, a little background gradient. Space-like coolness. Nice.