The admins here at deviantART HQ have done nothing but (faint) for the past couple days. You see, deviantART recently made the cover of "Entrepreneur" magazine. A journalist named Jennifer Wang and a flock of photographers flooded our offices, giggled at our emote stress balls and silly stuffed animals, and were generally taken aback that beyond our walls lay millions of deviants all over the world submitting, supporting, lol-ing, thriving, all in the name of art and creative expression.
And Jennifer wrote about it. She talked to our CEO, Angelo Sotira, aka $spyed, she toured the office, she took it all in, from the overstuffed Pikachu to the video game references adorning our walls.
And then she translated everything we work so hard to achieve into a flattering article that we could all send to our extended families who sometimes don't understand what it is that we do.
But most importantly, she got it. The vibe that deviants embody, the community aspect of helping other human beings that you've likely never met in real life, the pure selflessness of participating in a thriving community is something you don't find on any other social media websites. To the uninitiated, deviantART has more below the surface than people who simply browse for art might appreciate, but Jennifer dove in and really brought to life the joy it is to be a part of something so vibrant that each and every member contributes to.
But Don't Take Our Word For ItJust to give you an idea, please check out this excerpt of the article:
In fact, deviantART is the only online network Matsumoto still uses. "Without dA, my career in comics probably never would have happened," she says. "But now it's hard to find an artist that isn't on it. It's what everyone does."
The ShootAngelo showed up donned in a flavorful mix of two of his favorite brands: deviantWear and Five Four Clothing. He rocked our I.D. Box Cap in a pic silhouetted against our orange wall in the lobby, all while sporting threads provided by Five Four Clothing. They were so stoked to be included in a feature about a site that shares much of the same cultural vision and deviant vibe as they do, they wrote up a blog about it!
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Caution: CEO at PlayAs the article explains, Angelo's office is full of LEGOs, llamas, and action figures, and it's such a natural part of our office, we don't even notice that it's not a typical office space -- especially on staff Art Fridays, where doodling, drawing, and creating are just another day at work. So it's cool when someone comes in and comments on the personality of our workspace, and how it reflects the wider fun aspect of what it's like to be a deviant on our site.
Read Angelo's Journal