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App Updates: Notes and Notifications!

Tue Sep 1, 2015, 12:58 PM by danlev:icondanlev:



By popular demand, the DeviantArt Mobile App now includes two new features: notes and improved notifications!


Digital artist rossdraws talks about how he uses the DeviantArt Mobile App when he's away from his computer.

Notes

Access your notes through the mobile app, making private conversations between you and other deviants easily accessible on the go.  Notes are synced between the desktop site and mobile app, creating one seamless experience.  Send a note, access your inbox, or view sent items – it’s all there.

Send Note Button by danlev Notes by danlev Send Note by danlev

Notifications

Just like on the desktop site, notifications on the mobile app now let you filter through various types of updates related to you  including comments, replies, activity, and mentions.



This update also includes some other smaller changes including labels on the navigation icons as well as bug fixes. 

GET THE APP

The world's largest art gallery in your hand!  Get it now:

Get it on Google Play      

Already have the app? Visit your app store to update to the latest version with notes and notifications!





Support One Another

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 6:22 PM by KatasiHK:iconkatasihk:



Adventure by SyarPage




We all have our way of using DeviantArt to engage and build relationships with other Deviants around art. We submit deviations and the community kicks into gear with comments, favs, shares and new watchers. But there are times when engagement is not as high, or it doesn't happen as quickly as normal.

We're thinking of a place dedicated to kindred activities (engagement prompts) that you could do for the Deviants in your community.

You might ask — How is that any different from how I comment, favourite and share right now?



WELL, HERE’S THE ANSWER:

  1. The deviations and Deviants you engage with will be aligned with the Kindred spirit of the DeviantArt community. In other words, they will be surfaced here because they may not have received the love and consideration they deserve.

    Getting a fave or a comment on a work-in-progress could be more valuable than waiting for feedback on the finished piece.
  2. Your participation in this place could potentially earn you a NEW badge!

    New Badge by KatasiHK

    We are not sure what this would look like yet, but we know what it’s for.
  3. Our goal is for this to be a more fun and direct way to engage with your community!

So far, our working title for this place is called: Support. We referred to it recently in a journal about profile page ideas.

HOW WE SEE ‘SUPPORT’ WORKING ON DEVIANTART

How Support Works by KatasiHK
What you put into it is what you get out of it.



WHAT ‘SUPPORT’ COULD LOOK LIKE

We could add a ‘Support’ tab to your Watch (so you can support your community), and a similar tab to your Profile (so people can support you). The colored boxes represent the different Kindred activities that you could do for the Deviants in Your Community. Note: These prompts would only appear under the 'Support' tab and nowhere else on the site.
Support by KatasiHK







What is Core Membership?

Wed Aug 26, 2015, 4:55 PM by Heidi:iconheidi:


World Heart by minayuyu
Earlier today, DeviantArt released an announcement explaining what "Core Membership Is..."  To complement that announcement, I've penned a few of my own thoughts about what Core Membership means to me.

DeviantArt owes its existence to its community. The inspiring, pulsating life force that began 15 years ago with a small group of artists and art appreciators has grown more than anyone could have ever imagined. A true force of motivation and support on the Web, our community is one-of-a-kind in its service to the artistic greater good. And it always has been.

Whether you take the extra moment to answer a Note from a student of art hoping to learn from you, leave a thought-provoking comment on a moving piece of art, or simply watch a deviant, you are invested in your fellow artistic man, and that has all happened naturally from day one. The fact that you're here, browsing, collecting, supporting, and creating, just because you feel that pull to change the world through your artistic contributions is an inspiration to all that there is hope for humanity, via the arts.

To use DeviantArt, you need no more than your artistic ambition and an Internet connection. Membership has always been  and will always be  free to use for all across the world. But there are instances when deviants strive to give more, as thanks for providing the framework that brought us all together. In these instances, in exchange for monetary support, we're able to focus on exciting new features, more tools to inspire, and more opportunities to let art shine. 

Just like a donation of your time or funds to a local museum makes it possible for all to reap the benefits of your generosity, so does the support to DeviantArt  it benefits all deviants.

Core Membership is a proclamation from deviants around the globe stating a material commitment to the future of DeviantArt. Core is the fuel that sustains the momentum and leads us forward to building a stable, strong future with the innovations necessary for the community to survive and thrive.  

Core Membership comes with special privileges in return for that commitment, but perhaps the greatest privilege is the knowledge that the entire community can continue to prosper and grow thanks to such generous contributions. 

Why didn’t you formally announce Core before today?
We should have.  It was a mistake to not have properly explained our belief in Core and what it means for DeviantArt.

Why did you change the name of Premium Membership to Core Membership?
While the Premium Membership was largely about special features and add-ons, the Core Membership is about supporting the community for the sake of the community itself.  Core Members will continue to receive special features and add-ons, but Core is first and foremost about helping DeviantArt sustain a stable, strong future.  We call it Core Membership because those are the deviants who sustain us at our very core, allowing benefits to radiate outward in all directions.

Does DeviantArt only care about Core Deviants?
All deviants are important and valued.  The DeviantArt community represents a cross-section of the world at large and it's thanks to our many deviant artists  both free and paid  that DeviantArt exists as it does today.

Why did you increase prices?
We believe Core Membership is worth $5.00 per month.  A three-month Core Membership is $15.00 and a twelve-month Core Membership is available at a discounted rate of $50.00.

Core Membership is too expensive.
While we don't have current plans to further discount the price of Core Membership, it is possible that we will have promotional opportunities in the future.

What if I previously had a Premium Membership?
All Premium Memberships have been converted into Core Memberships.  If you selected re-billing as a Premium Member, you will continue to be re-billed at the previous rates you enjoyed.  If you weren't enrolled in re-billing, you will not automatically be charged for a Core Membership.  Core Members enjoy the same privileges as the former Premium Members – no features or add-ons have been removed.

Why is the Core Membership symbol an orange star?
When creating the identity for Core, DeviantArt's Studio team explored a number of options relating to symbols and colors.

The Future is Now


Three months ago we launched the DeviantArt Timeline to provide the community better insight into DeviantArt's future.  The following is a condensed roadmap of what's already in the works:
  • Sept. 1st: the DeviantArt Mobile App will be updated to include Notes and notifications.
  • Sept. 2nd: the first phase of our new thumbnail grid launches.
  • Oct. 2nd: the first phase of our new Watch launches.
  • Oct. 8th: the DeviantArt Mobile App will be available for Windows phones and tablets.
  • Oct. 15th: Notes search launches.
But there's still so much more to be done.   We could translate the site into additional languages (skyrocketing traffic for artists), build advanced tools for commissions, create an art registry to establish clear proof of authorship and ownership, and so much more.  With your help, through supporting Core Membership, DeviantArt could one day enhance the lives of artists in ways we can currently only dream about.

Some deviants help the community simply by using the site – donating their time and energy to supporting their fellow artists.  And their contributions are invaluable.  But for those who have the desire and ability to support the DeviantArt community, through the Core Membership, we're able to push forward, improve, grow, and advance the art and the artists of DeviantArt.

~Heidi



Core Is...

Wed Aug 26, 2015, 4:48 PM
Bg-1-color by marioluevanosCore is an announcement of material commitment to the future of DeviantArt. Core is the supporting sustaining the momentum that leads us forward in building a stable, strong future with the innovations necessary for the community to survive and to thrive.

Core is an announcement of material commitment to the future of DeviantArt. Core is the fuel supporting the momentum that leads us forward in building a stable, strong future with the innovations necessary for the community to survive and to thrive.

Core Members receive special privileges in return for their commitment — and the greatest of these are the thanks and gratitude of the community. We call it Core because Core Members sustain us at the core.

Millions of people find a personal creative voice on DeviantArt.  Hundreds of thousands of creative projects are launched on DeviantArt each year with thousands and thousands of collaborating artists driving them forward. Deviants as a group raise millions of dollars for their art through DeviantArt.

Core is about a different voice, one that contributes to preserve the others and one that is focused on supporting the community for the sake of the community itself.

With the proceeds from Core Members, DeviantArt is able to build.  This is the Internet.  Things change rapidly.  We have challenges to meet.

We are off to a good start.  We now have both an Android and an iOS App for mobile and two teams building them out with more features and improvements; we are planning changes to mobile web for tablets and other devices; we are improving browse and improving search; we are studying ways to dramatically improve traffic and audience for deviants; and, we are looking forward to even bigger initiatives such as site translation and better identification of content ownership and vastly improved commercial tools to reach and understand your audience.

Core is making this happen. You can follow this progress through the DeviantArt Timeline.

You use DeviantArt because it has value and this community is not a cost-free exercise. It actually gets more expensive every day.  We believe DeviantArt has a value of $5.00 a month to most deviants — probably a lot more. Advertising pays some bills, but the cost is watching ads that have nothing to do with DeviantArt. The more Core Members we have, the fewer advertisements we have to run. It’s that simple.

Core is more…

Many people contribute to DeviantArt with their work, their comments, their sense of community, their teachings, their personal outreach to others and their immense and deep sense of caring.  Core Members validate each of those contributions and in a sense thank everyone who is making those contributions with financial support at the core.

The Core Facts

Name

“Core” is replacing the term “Premium.” Every Premium Membership has been changed to a Core Membership.

Privileges

Core Members receive all the privileges of the former Premium Membership  including browsing without third party advertisements, eligibility for Beta testing, the option to change your username, expanded features on profile pages, discounts on print purchases, and the ability to set higher royalties for your print sales.  Core Members will receive additional special offers in the future.







Price

Less than a movie ticket. We haven’t changed prices in years. The monthly rate for the old Premium Membership was $4.95, which has been increased for Core to an effective $5.00 per month when you purchase a three-month Core Membership at $15.00.  Discounts were previously available for three-month and annual pre-paid Premium Memberships, but are now replaced with only an annual discount for a Core Membership available at $50.00.  A $5.00 one-month purchase is available as a gift option.  Promotional opportunities will be offered in the future, such as the popular “Buy One, Get One Free” program.




Current Memberships

All Premium Members are converted to Core Members. DeviantArt will honor all of the time periods you have already paid for at the old rates. If you were a Premium Member with the re-billing feature on your membership fees, you will continue to pay at the old rate for Core.

Orange

We made the Core Deviant user symbol orange to call attention to the important contribution of Core Deviants. Orange is a highlight color in the branding scheme for DeviantArt, which you can read about in this Journal.

Logo/Symbol

On profile pages, the logo CORE appears after the Deviant’s name in the top left hand corner.  In comments, the Deviant’s name is followed by this symbol: Orange Star.  If the Deviant is also a Beta tester, the name is followed by this symbol: Beta.  There is an interesting document on the development of the logo symbols produced by DeviantArt's Studio team during the design process for Core.




Celebrate DeviantArt's 15th Birthday!

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 12:01 AM
Untitled-1 by marioluevanosAs DeviantArt enters its 15th year on the Internet, we want to take a moment before blowing out our candles to thank the community for allowing us the honor of hosting the site that you call your home for art. After all, it's the community's 15th birthday, too, and in the past few months, we've been making it our top priority to share with you our plans for the future, celebrate the successes of our past, and look to you for guidance on how best we can serve each of you while entering this new phase of DeviantArt's existence.

As DeviantArt enters its 15th year on the Internet, we want to take a moment before blowing out our candles to thank the community for allowing us the honor of hosting the site that you call your home for art. After all, it's the community's 15th birthday, too, and in the past few months, we've been making it our top priority to share with you our plans for the future, celebrate the successes of our past, and look to you for guidance on how best we can serve each of you while entering this new phase of DeviantArt's existence.

With the launch of the DeviantArt Timeline, greater transparency into features to come, and a handful of fixes and updates the community has been hoping for, we couldn't be more excited for our new direction. And it wouldn't have been possible without your passionate interactions, comments, and feedback. We can't wait to make your vision for the future a reality! So help yourself to an extra slice of cake this year. You deserve it!

Before many staple websites you visit today, there was DeviantArt — the home of artistic camaraderie and a haven for inspiration. Though our community was comparatively small way back when, we had heart to fuel our passions, and that heart continues to pump blood through the veins of every artist in our now-huge colony of artistic individuals. It’s been a wild ride during our 15-year growth, and we wanted to share some hard numbers with the community to show just how far we've come.

We’ve created a DeviantArtist Questionnaire. Answer the questions below in a journal and submit it to the Deviant Events category. When done, search for the title and get to know your fellow deviants better by reading their answers. You may be surprised by how much you learn!

  1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?

  2. What does your username mean?

  3. Describe yourself in three words.

  4. Are you left or right handed?

  5. What was your first deviation?

  6. What is your favourite type of art to create?

  7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?

  8. What was your first favourite?

  9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

  10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

  11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?

  12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

  13. What are your preferred tools to create art?

  14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

  15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

  1. Visit the "Write a Journal Entry" page, found in the Submit button.

  2. Copy and paste the above questions into the text area of the journal.

  3. If you’d like to include a deviation in any of your answers, use the "Add Media" button and select "DeviantArt" to search for deviations to include.

  4. You can add deviations by clicking on them!

  5. Title your Journal “DeviantArtist Questionnaire” and post it to the Deviant Events category.  Tag it with #DeviantArtistQuestionnaire.

Comment on this journal with a link to your DeviantArtist Questionnaire to earn the 15th Birthday Badge!






city concept 2 by TylerEdlinArt
DeviantArt will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on Monday, July 27th from approximately 10:00 PM to 11:59 PM Pacific.

During this time, DeviantArt.com and the DeviantArt Mobile App will be in read-only mode — you'll be unable to submit, comment, or +fav deviations (or take other actions that require being logged-in.) However, you'll still be able to browse and search the site, and we encourage you to find and share artwork that you enjoy, bringing attention to artists you love!

This scheduled maintenance will allow us to test changes to our backend systems to make DeviantArt faster and more reliable. Rest assured that none of your data will be affected or lost during this time.

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to providing you with an even better DeviantArt experience!

Update: DeviantArt's scheduled maintenance is now complete. Thank you for your patience and please commence DeviantArting! 

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Search in Favourites is Finally Here.

Fri Jul 24, 2015, 4:05 PM by danlev:icondanlev:




Remember that deviation you faved way back when that has since gotten lost in the sea of your other faves? Now, all you need to do is search your favourites to find it!

The ability to search favourites, as well as search other deviants' favourites, has long been one of the community's most requested features – and it's finally here!







Profile Discussion

Wed Jul 22, 2015, 11:24 PM
Untitled-1 by marioluevanosThe DeviantArt Timeline entries from the past few months have discussed how we’re focusing on user experience for DeviantArt and ways to make the site more intuitive. In this journal, we'd like to kick off a discussion on another big design-related milestone: to improve the profile experience on the site, mobile web, and mobile apps.

The DeviantArt Timeline entries from the past few months have discussed how we’re focusing on user experience for DeviantArt and ways to make the site more intuitive. In this journal, we'd like to kick off a discussion on another big design-related milestone: to improve the profile experience on the site, mobile web, and mobile apps.

A lot has changed since the last time profiles were redesigned, and we have a number of interesting design challenges and objectives this time around.

At the forefront of our minds is the presentation on mobile Web, alignment with our mobile app, and a new layer of customization so deviants can make the experience feel more distinctive to their own personality and art. The recurring topic that's surfaced during the process is the need for simplicity.

This journal includes concept designs that represent avenues we're exploring. These are works-in-progress and not final.


01

A collection of unique and interesting styles of profile pages that exist today.

:icongriffsnuff: griffsnuff

Entertaining, friendly, informational, branded, fun and unique.

View Profile

:iconloish: loish

A profile that leads with art, sophisticated and elegant.

View Profile

:iconwlop: wlop

Immersive imagery, action-oriented, connected and socially linked.

View Profile

:iconlynnchenart: LynnChenArt

A new deviant who’s learning how the community works, focused on building their gallery.

View Profile

:iconagawaer: Agawaer

Art with a focus on literature, emphasis on readability and type.

View Profile

:iconpicolo-kun: Picolo-kun

Informative, resourceful, announcer.

View Profile

:iconzilla774: zilla774

Dark, thoughtful, thought-provoking art, expressive, surreal.

View Profile

:iconartgerm: Artgerm

A well-established, long-time deviant. Professional, with a focus on art.

View Profile
Question 01

How could the DeviantArt profile serve your needs better?

02

We have a significant amount of mobile traffic coming to our site every day from various smart-devices. We also have our own mobile app that's seeing a ton of growth. With the momentum towards mobile continuing on the rise, our goal is to ensure your profile will render perfectly at different sizes, establish optimized page performance, and most importantly, keep your deviations looking beautiful.


A

Your profile is viewed across a variety of screen sizes. A smaller or larger screen will have an impact on how your content is presented.

B

The transition of a busy desktop page to mobile web will change the order of how the content is presented and how quickly it loads. Many people choose a simpler layout with less content so it works effectively across all screen sizes.

Question 02

Do you consider how your profile is being viewed on mobile when adding content and widgets to your profile?

03

So what would an artist from the world’s largest art community do with a personal image on their profile? Is this the moment your personal brand has been waiting for?

There’s a lot happening on our current profile pages: widgets, galleries, and comments. We want to start the profile redesign with a couple of new enhancements that allow you to personalize your page even more.

Below are examples of how we’re integrating a customizable art canvas that you can add with one of your latest deviations, or create a new piece of art that can be easily added.


A

:iconlynnchenart: LynnChenArt

We had fun working with this profile. Lynn made it easy for us with such a fantastic deviation to feature as her art canvas. We’ll discuss the new navigation idea further down the page.

View Profile

B

:iconzilla774: zilla774

zilla774 has been leading up these design ideas for profile and couldn't wait to add his own canvas art. This approach includes a few additional data points by the profile name in the art canvas.

View Profile

C

:icongriffsnuff: griffsnuff

The row of information on the art canvas image with the age, badges and watch button allows for a simpler navigation bar and cleaner UI overall.

View Profile

D

:iconpicolo-kun: Picolo-kun

We’re excited to see what kind of doodle Gabriel will sketch for his art canvas. The overlay on the art canvas allows us to add information to the top of the page which makes for a cleaner page.

View Profile

E

:iconpetemohrbacher: PeteMohrbacher

A taller art canvas image allows for some data points (watchers, views, etc.) to be placed on the canvas art image. We have some nice transition ideas planned for when you scroll up the page.

View Profile

F

:iconartgerm: Artgerm

This example moves the art canvas image above the profile navigation and keeps it free of user information.

View Profile

G

:iconagawaer: Agawaer

An example of a visual art free profile that has a focus on Literature or other written art forms. The art canvas is presented here is a stock option for Deviants who don’t have anything else to use.

View Profile
Question 3.1

How would you take advantage of the art canvas, and how often would you change it?

Focus on the canvas art area only - you can see how the canvas art image has scaled down to work on a mobile screen.

This is the same profile screen but at a desktop+ scale. We believe scaling up from a normal desktop size is also something we need to consider. At its largest size (big monitors) we increase the size and lock the placement of the art canvas on the left, and the content to the right scrolls. The art canvas can be filled with your latest deviations or something unique that you create specifically for this.

Some of the examples above presented the profile without a global header bar. The below animation speaks to how we’re thinking of handling it. The result is that your cover art image aligns to the top of the page, and your own personal brand is the dominant art that fans will first see.

Question 3.2

What data points and information are important to present on the profile page?

04

We’re also exploring the idea of allowing people even further personalization options with the ability to select from one of three color options (black, grey and white) for the background color of the page. This feature combined with the canvas art image should allow you to make the page feel unique and distinctive.

Color Option:

Grey

Color Option:

Dark Grey

Question 04

Would you use the option to select a background color to align with your art canvas image?

05

You’ve seen a couple of different approaches to the navigation design in profile. This is an important topic when considering mobile web, because it not only needs to be intuitive, but also needs to work across different screen sizes.

Profile Navigation

Profile Navigation

The goal of this exploration is to simplify the navigation and develop new ideas for deviants to get support from fans.

Deviations

  • Galleries Your deviation submissions grouped by gallery name

  • Favourities All of your favs grouped by collection name.

  • Work in Progress A place to post your daily sketches (versus finished deviations) with an improved 2-click submit.

Posts

  • Journals Your journal posts.

  • Polls Your polls.

  • Status Your status.

Support Me

  • Support Highlighting your deviations and activity that need support from the community.

  • Prints The deviations you have for sale as a print.

  • Commissions When you create a commission (via widget) for your fans to buy.

  • Donate Points, Give Premium Membership Other ways the community can support you.

Question 05

Do you like the simpler way of organizing your profile?

06

The most important section in a deviants profile is the gallery, and we’ve been looking at ways to improve the experience.

Below is a new style of navigation, the new thumbnail grid that we presented recently, and a different way to navigate to a specific gallery. We’re also looking at ways to include a featured deviation (the large deviation) at the top of the page.

Question 06

How else can we improve how galleries work today? Would you use the featured deviation option in each gallery?




At the waterfall by Nikolaj-Arndt
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.

Change Log

  • Watch buttons now appear under deviations on the Daily Deviations page. Added by kemayo
  • For a short period, attempting to give another deviant a Premium Membership would trigger an error and would not give them the Premium Membership. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • It was not possible to unstore deviations in storage. Fixed by trezoid
  • When viewing your sent notes, the "Mark As..." menu had the option to mark the notes as unread, even though it would not work. Fixed by justgalym
  • Some groups would not appear on the "Submit deviation to group" modal on deviation pages. Fixed by inazar

Your Feedback

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

Deviants were positive about the change to voting on polls, and about the additions to the DeviantArt Timeline. In response to the Discuss topic, deviants said they were most interested in the profile discussion being held next week.

Discuss!

Unread Sent Notes

Did you know that you can see if a Note you sent has been read by checking the Sent Notes folder? If so, how often do you use this feature?

Header artwork: At the waterfall by Nikolaj-Arndt 

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Rocky environment study by luxun
In our continuous effort to improve the DeviantArt experience, we publish weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes and bug fixes made to the site.

Last week, we didn't post a Site Update because there weren't community-facing changes for us to update about. However, the reason for that is because our team has been hard at work on upcoming features, such as...

DeviantArt Timeline Updates

A number of new items have been added to the DeviantArt Timeline, including Watch Recommendations, Notes and improved notifications in the DeviantArt Mobile App, Notes Search, and more!

Read more »

Polls No Longer Require Owner Vote

The first of the additions to the DeviantArt Timeline has already been implemented, and was a very popular community suggestion. When Premium Members create polls now, they can see the results direct without having to vote!



Change Log

  • When trying to open the group deviations section of Notifications in a new tab, a different section would load instead. Fixed by justgalym
  • It wasn't possible to remove all deviations from a group via the arrow menu on the notifications page. Fixed by justgalym
  • When uploading files to submit, the title pulled from the file could contain invalid deviation title characters, HTML entities, or unescaped quotes. Any deviations affected by this have since been repaired. Fixed by Alisey
  • Some links in our Copyright Policy were broken. Fixed by kemayo
  • Old Browse URLs were not redirecting, and instead gave a "category not found" error. Fixed by kemayo
  • The mood/extras section would not display when looking at a preview of a journal. Fixed by yumeruby 

Discuss!

Upcoming Features

Of the features on the DeviantArt Timeline that are coming in the near future, which are you most looking forward to, and why?

Header artwork: Rocky environment study by luxun

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