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How do you find other deviants?

Fri May 29, 2015, 1:01 PM by Heidi:iconheidi:

Paris Official devMEET 2012 by Nile-Paparazzi

DeviantArt is a vast community with over 35 million registered deviants.  As such, it can be hard to find people you know or artists you might be interested in watching.  As part of our recent initiative to simplify and unify the DeviantArt experience, we're looking into new and easier ways to find help you find deviants you want to interact with.

We recently posted this question in the Forums to get a sense for how best to improve these circumstances, and now we're interested in hearing from the community at large.

How would you like to find other deviants?

Example ideas for improved connections include:
  • Deviants based on artist type
  • Deviants my friends watch
  • Deviants near you/deviants by location
  • Deviants recommended you watch
  • Search by username or e-mail 
  • Search by topic, hobby, or fandom
  • Deviants who are online
  • Deviants who recently joined DeviantArt
:lightbulb:  If you have ideas not included here, please share them in a comment!

Earth's Engine Exposed by priteeboy
In our continuous effort to improve the DeviantArt experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.

What's New

Cleaning-Up Site Naming

To kick off the site simplification process, we’ve updated a handful of naming conventions across DeviantArt — both the desktop website and mobile website — with the goal of making the site cleaner and easier to use.

Read more »

Change Log     

  • Various minor bugs involving importing files to were fixed. 
  • Sharing deviations on Facebook would sometimes fail to include an image, in cases where the image was too large for Facebook. 

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update

There's still a lot of conversation happening regarding site simplification, especially as the changes in naming conventions start the ball rolling. While the process is still ongoing, your continued feedback is welcomed and appreciated!


Managing Notifications

Deviants sometimes tell us that getting a lot of notifications can be overwhelming. What ways could notifications be more manageable? What tools would make it easier to view and take action on your notifications?

Header artwork: Earth's Engine Exposed by priteeboy 

Lightbulb Have a suggestion, idea, or feedback? Leave a comment here!
Lightbulb Check out a list of common suggestions!
Lightbulb Want to keep track of known issues? Check out our Status Forum!
:bug: Find a bug? Report it to the Help Desk! (Be as detailed as possible!)

Cleaning-up Site Naming

Wed May 27, 2015, 2:31 PM by Heidi:iconheidi:

As mentioned in last week’s
Beginnings of Site Simplification journal and the new DeviantArt Timeline, we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to make DeviantArt a simplified and unified experience — ultimately leading to increased participation from new and longtime deviants, adding more favourites, comments, and deviousness to the site as a whole.

Because DeviantArt has been around for nearly 15 years, we recognize that the site has accumulated a number of terms, words, and names for our various features and functions — some of which have multiple or similar meanings, and many of which increase confusion around how the site works.

We understand that DeviantArt is a community of artists from around the world who will use all kinds of creative expressions to describe numerous things and activities on DeviantArt.  We are not suggesting any uniformity in language used by the community, and are only dealing with navigation labels used on the website — not what deviants choose to call things on their own.

Getting Started

To kick off the site simplification process, we’ve updated a handful of naming conventions across DeviantArt — both the desktop site and mobile Web — with the goal of making the site cleaner and easier to use.  The truth is, many of these changes are small and likely not even noticeable to the average deviant!  These updates aren’t about adding or removing features, but are instead about cleaning up inconsistencies and having a clearer interface and navigation.


Before MySpace had "friends" and Twitter had "followers," DeviantArt had "watch" — a term that's been around since the early days of the site.  But as the site grew, we introduced several variations of the term, all essentially meaning the same thing, increasing confusion for deviants and inconsistencies on interfaces.  Today, we’re consolidating everything into “watch.”  The “+watch” button on profile pages now says “watch" and instances of “deviantWATCH” on profiles and in messages are now also labeled as “watch.”

As mentioned in our Beginnings of Site Simplification journal, we’ll soon be splitting watch and notifications — two distinct functions — into separate sections, but this change won’t be happening in the next few weeks.


Deviants, the term for members of DeviantArt, is a strong term that we feel has a lot of meaning. On DeviantArt, you are a deviant. There are a few areas of the site that refer to deviants as “users” or “members,” and those have been cleaned up. The term “Premium Members” will be an exception for now.


As features and functions were added to the site, the messages area on DeviantArt ballooned over time.  While we acknowledge that it needs a major overhaul, we’re taking a few small steps to begin that revamp. Over the next few days, we’ll be renaming the term “messages” and “inbox” to “notifications.”

Consuming art and other content submitted by the people you watch is a completely separate experience than when you’re replying to comments or checking how many people recently favourited your deviations. These two experiences need to be separated out and redesigned so that each of them is optimized for their distinct function. This change will be happening in the near future.


Coming soon:

Simpler, Still Devious :p (Lick)

Our mission as a website is clear: to entertain, inspire, and empower the artist in all of us.  From offering new tools for artists to developing more ways to discover each other, everything we work on is driven by this goal, and we've planned big things for 2015 and beyond.  But first, we need to turn down the noise and focus on simplicity — creating a DeviantArt that is clear and welcoming to all.

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