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Wed Oct 31, 2012, 7:59 PM


About Movember


During November each year, Movember is responsible for the broken relationships between men and their razors.  Donning their mustaches, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men's health - specifically prostate cancer.

Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.9 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate with formal campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the Czech Republic. In addition, Movember is aware of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas supporting the campaign and men’s health cause across the globe, from Russia to Dubai, Hong Kong to Antarctica, Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai, and everywhere in between.

No matter the country or city, Movember will continue to work to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, and to act on that knowledge, thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment.

In 2011, over 854,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world got on board, raising $126.3 million USD.

Big steps have been taken towards changing attitudes and habits relating to men’s health around the world, but there is still much to be done to catch up with the women’s health movement. Via the moustache, Movember aims to fulfill its vision of having an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health by continuing to spark conversation and spread awareness of men’s health issues each year.


Get Involved


:bulletred: Want to participate? Great! One of our teams would love to have you join us :) Register at Movember.com and Join


You will get reminders from our team captains to upload progression pictures of your moustaches to our Movember Gallery

:bulletred: Can't grow your own stache? Fear not! Download an emergency stache here! Print it out and decorate it as you see fit and then upload pictures of you with your new funky stache to our Movember Gallery.  Print out and customize a bunch and put them on EVERYTHING! Let's spread the word by stache-ing the world! Stache your cat, your car.. the opportunities are endless :) Don't have a printer? No problem! Cut one out of paper, create a stache with things in your house, get creative and upload your creations!

:bulletred: Change your deviantART ID using our Movember Stache Templates! Each one has a set of instructions but before you fret you don't have photoshop, these work in deviantART muro!  Simply click on the template you love the most and the instructions for use are in the description :) Upload to the deviantART ID gallery and set your deviantART ID to your new Stache'd self!

:bulletred: Use our Movember Journal skin created by marioluevanos and help us spread the word! Feature awesome moustache artwork or important information about the Movember movement.  Or simply use the journalskin for your personal journal through the month of November to show your support :heart:

:bulletred: Feeling crafty? Create your own glorious moustache and submit it to our Craft a Moustache Contest - deadline for entries is November 30, 2012 at 11:59:59 Pacific time!


Donation Information


The funds that Movember raise are invested in programs that address the strategic priorities Movember has identified, related to both prostate and testicular cancer.

Globally, fighting prostate cancer continues to be Movember’s highest priority. There are still many issues to be addressed, particularly when it comes to diagnosis - a key focus for many Movember funded research programs. Today, there still isn't a test that accurately tells a man which type of prostate cancer he has, resulting in many men being over-diagnosed and having to undergo unnecessary and harmful treatment. Equally important to Movember are Survivorship programs. Diagnosis is just the first step in a man's prostate cancer journey; Survivorship is the next and these programs can have a dramatic impact on the quality of life of men and their families and carers; they can mean the difference between men living a meaningful, quality life and just living.


In Australia, New Zealand and Canada, male mental health is our other priority area. As a community we are only now beginning to fully understand the devastating impact and cost of mental illness. The loss of life, particularly young men’s lives, as a result of depression is disturbing. For men living with depression, being able to fully participate in work and family activities is often a great challenge.

The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by the Movember Foundation and our men’s health partners in each country. Together, the channels work to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals, in the areas of Awareness & Education, Survivorship and Research.

With funds raised by the Movember community, we're working hard to have a real impact. 

If you are wanting to donate, please check out the following links:

:bulletred: DeviantART Sta.sh US Team

:bulletred: DeviantART Sta.sh Canadian Team




Already Participating?

If you're already participating and don't want or aren't able to join one of our teams, that's totally ok! We still love you and support all of your efforts.  Please leave your page information and link in the comments below so we can help promote your page as well :) Thank you for being awesome and sporting the stache. Please also upload your progression pictures to our Movember Gallery.

:iconstacheplz: WarbeastWMD has started the Movember group and a United Kingdom team! Want to get involved with his UK team? Please join or donate to the DeviantART Mo Bros here

:iconstacheplz: SublimeBudd and his team Crumb Catchers are mo-ing it up!



A Personal Message

I annually raise money and awareness for Women's health and I'm proud of those efforts but after reading the statistics and understanding the Movember movement, I am all in.  This movement needs voices and action and I love the idea behind the moustache because it adds a sense of humor to the otherwise embarrassing topic of Prostates and Mental Health.  However, I find some hesitation to participate because spouses or girlfriends are unsupportive of the 'grow a moustache' movement and I have heard everything from threats to outright refusal for their significants to participate.

The next part of what I'm about to say is to those women. I will pause for a minute while you gather them so they can read this.

I have spent two decades of my life and have personally raised over $80,000 to raise awareness and support research to save all of your womanly parts.  Your boyfriend, spouse, casual fling, is making a pledge to ensure that we help raise awareness and support research to protect their manly parts and those of your brothers, your fathers, your sons and your nephews.  If you can't get over the 'stache' for a month and rally to support your man, you should be ashamed of yourself. Growing facial hair for a month should not end a relationship, dying from Cancer on the other hand, most certainly does.

For the rest of the women out there, there are a whole lot of sensitive, caring and supportive men who are participating in this event and need your love, care and attention.  If you see someone with a weird moustache during November, I encourage you to smile at them and cheer them on.  

Let's be clear on the facts:

In Canada
:bulletred: 1 in 7 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer -  the most common cancer among Canadian men
:bulletred: 26,500 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012
:bulletred: On average, 73 Canadian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every day.
:bulletred: On average, 11 Canadian men die from the disease every day.

In the United States
:bulletred: About 241,740 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed
:bulletred: About 28,170 men will die of prostate cancer
:bulletred: 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.

These numbers are unacceptable.  Did you know that each Movember moustache grown in 2011 sparked a total of 2,413 conversations around men’s health? Those are conversations that absolutely need to happen! So let's support our men and stand behind their silly stache's! Just like they stand behind us when we support things they don't fully understand.









We're supporting Movember and imploring you to do the same
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Site Update: Premium Content Platform

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 10:58 PM


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
 


    DeviantART is proud to announce our Premium Content Platform — providing the ability for content creators to become sellers and generate real earnings by making digital files of their high-quality work available for download. Sellers are able to set their own prices while retaining 80% of all revenue earned, and buyers are able to quickly get the things they want with the satisfaction of supporting the artists they love.



      Every year, San Diego Comic-Con hosts a gallery of artists in what's known as Artists' Alley.  And, for the second year in a row, it's with great honor that deviantART is proud to sponsor the Alley!  For those of you unable to make it to San Diego, allow us to paint a picture for you!  


      Change Log
       
      • Drag and drop collecting was broken on Daily Deviations page. Fixed by shadowhand
      • Clicking on the preview body of a note in the Message Centre would not open the note. Fixed by $DEVlANT
      • A very limited number of image deviations were loading as literature. Fixed by $ZombieCoder
      • Comments left on older journals were not displaying properly in the Message Centre. Fixed by $kemayo
      Muro
       
      • Sometimes Redraws would change the zoom on the last frame of playback.  Fixed by $mudimba
      • Some redraws would get "stuck" on playback.  Fixed by $mudimba
      • A bug in Google Chrome would cause improper behavior of the Halftone brush in rare conditions.  Fixed by $mudimba
      • Making marks without moving the mouse or pen would result in improper brush behavior.  Fixed by $mudimba
      Sta.sh

      • Under some circumstances, the publishing options wouldn't appear on Sta.sh Writer items.  Fixed by $aMoniker
      • Members couldn't delete descriptions using the inline edit box on the Sta.sh item page.  Fixed by $aMoniker
      • When editing the description inline, the old text would sometimes vanish.  Fixed by $aMoniker
      • When pressing the command key and middle clicking on the view button, it did not open Sta.sh deviations in a new tab. Fixed by $kemayo
      Sta.sh Writer
      • The old journal editor skin thumbs were jumping around when they were hovered over. Fixed by $inazar
      • When inserting deviations using the "link" menu, all deviantART URLs were being interpreted as deviations. Fixed by $Alisey
      • Fixed an issue where adding links would display the actual HTML when published. Fixed by $Alisey
      • Content after embedded items in Writer sometimes disappeared when the page was reloaded. Fixed by $Alisey

      Your Feedback
       
        In last week's Site Update, we asked you about how you feel about the way deviantART gathers member feedback.
        • Some users like the way we gather suggestions currently, as it ensures that staff interacts with the community. Others would like to see a more unified means of gathering feedback/suggestions. "There's three very different places to suggest things, not including individual messages to staff members" neurotype pointed out.
        • In response to the emoticon legend suggestions from last week, Satsumo mentioned several other suggestions for improvement.
        • Kat-Anni and several other members mentioned that they'd like to see a public list of suggestions that are being considered (or not considered).
        • KinnoHitsuji brought up several Group suggestions, including being able to organize affiliates, alphabetizing gallery and favourite folders, and being able to view a list of Groups a user is a member of when submitting a new deviation.
        joannastar created a mockup of how the deviantART Visual Suggestions gallery could be improved by adding an "I support this" button on deviations.

        Suggestion: Suggestion Gallery by joannastar

        :lightbulb: Discuss
         
        Our new Premium Content Platform, which is being rolled out to members over the next several weeks, allows artists to sell  high-quality content — everything from comics or stories for download, to high-res files like .PSDs, textures, tutorials, brush packs, and more!

        If you've sold your content in the past, or are planning on doing so now, what type of content are you interested in selling? Our Platform is in Beta and we will be continuing to upgrade it, so we'd like to know what types of content members are most interested in so that we can better support them.

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        New deviantART Thumbnails

        Wed Mar 21, 2012, 6:27 PM


        In the weekly Site Updates, we've been telling you all about the changes that have been launched to deviantART, getting your feedback, and reporting all the bugs that have been fixed.

        This change is a little different, since it involves a feature that has been in place for a long time. We think it deserves an announcement of its own, ahead of time.

        The current deviantART thumbnails (the smaller versions of deviations)  have served the community well for years; however, there's always room for improvement.

        Some of the problems with existing thumbnails are: they leave a lot of blank space around them, there isn't a lot of room for text for literature deviations, and the thumbnails don't present very tall/wide images well.

        The New Thumbnails

        Now, we've created a new style of thumbnail, which hopes to solve a lot of these problems.

        • We've made all thumbnails bigger!
        • We're showing them in tidier rows with no unnecessary cropping.
        • For literature thumbnails, we have lightened the background to match the deviation and given it much more room for text.
        • For very tall and very wide deviations, we zoom in on the deviation instead of showing a hard-to-click, hard-to-see skinny thumbnail. We wanted to keep cropping to a minimum, but we think this new approach is much better for the artwork.
        • We've added a frame around wide, small, and transparent deviations to keep each row tidy.
        • The information underneath each thumbnail is aligned to the left for better readability.


        Try them out!

        To get a better look, try these preview links to view the new thumbnails one page at a time:

        :bulletgreen: deviantART Front Page

        Give your feedback!

        We'd like to hear your feedback about the new thumbnails.
        • How do you feel about the changes?
        • How is your experience browsing art with the new thumbnails?




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        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


        Request Refunds for Premium Content


        Screen Shot 2012-07-26 at 1.19.23 PM by danlev

        DeviantART's Premium Content Platform, which provides the ability for content creators to become sellers and generate real earnings, now gives buyers the ability to request refunds. If a member purchases a download from a seller and they are unhappy with the purchase, they may request a refund. The seller can then approve or deny the refund.

        Everyone makes mistakes — it's possible that the seller made a error or was unaware that their description was unclear. We recommend that you communicate with the seller about your concerns via a private Note before requesting a refund — in many cases, a resolution can be reached without a refund being necessary. If, however, you feel that a refund is called for, you can do so by going to your Order History page, finding the specific order you want a refund for, clicking "Details", and then clicking the Request Refund button on the Order Details page. 

        Once a refund is requested, then it is up to the seller to approve it. Note that you can only request a refund up to 7 days after the date of purchase.

        The refund tool gives members more control over managing their reputation as a seller. Remember: We are gradually opening the Premium Content Platform to more artists to sell their content. Currently, only a small segment of deviants have been granted the privilege to sell. Those who have the ability to sell will be notified with a Hot Topic notification in their Message Center.

        Change Log


        • Formatting of the "Popular Polls" section of the Today page could be broken by a poll title. Fixed by shadowhand
        • Under some conditions, there were an assortment of errors when submitting one journal to multiple groups. Fixed by ZombieCoder and kemayo
        • Drag and drop collecting from the site footer was broken. Fixed by ZombieCoder
        • The Outgoing Link page was messing up URLs from the deviantID widget. Fixed by shadowhand
        • Expired llama trade offers were showing. Fixed by shadowhand
        • Enhancements were made to the Help Desk contact form. Fixed by DEVlANT
        • Mature content "display anyway" functionality was broken on Prints pages. Fixed by DEVlANT
        • Superwide deviations exposed an inconsistency on deviation page backgrounds when scrolled. Fixed by muteor
        • Transient llama trade "bad referrer" errors were identified. Fixed by ZombieCoder

        Sta.sh

        • When leaving a comment on a Sta.sh item and then navigating between items with the arrow keys, the posted comment would disappear. Fixed by kouiskas
        • When entering a stack or a specific item, the page wouldn't remember where you had scrolled to. Fixed by kouiskas
        • When viewing someone else's Sta.sh link, the favicon is now the owner's avatar. Fixed by aMoniker
        • The backspace and delete keys stopped working when editing titles. Fixed by kouiskas
        • When returning to the main Sta.sh page from a stack or item, the view would reload even when nothing had changed. Fixed by kouiskas
        • When opening a stack using the edit URL, the title and description wouldn't be editable. Fixed by kouiskas
        • The Submit button didn't actively show that the item was being submitted. Fixed by samshull
        • The old title and description would stick when reopening an item after editing those fields. Fixed by kouiskas
        • The magnifier preview icon appeared when the description was empty, which could have been confusing. Fixed by kouiskas
        • Keyboard navigation wouldn't work when browsing a shared stack. Fixed by kouiskas
        • Keyboard navigation wasn't working in IE8. Fixed by kouiskas
        • Opening Sta.sh items in deviantART Muro wouldn't work. Fixed by kouiskas

        Sta.sh Writer


        • The link to submit a skin in the skin editor led to the wrong category. Fixed by kemayo
        • Writer will now automatically add a new line after inserting a deviation from the sidebar. Fixed by kemayo
        • Writer now shows the last autosave time in the file menu. Fixed by kemayo
        • Image resize handles sometimes stuck around after the image was deleted. Fixed by Alisey
        • deviantART Muro redraws can be embedded as either an image or an iframe, defaulting to iframe. Fixed by Alisey
        • Smarter resizing in Writer: won't go above natural image sizes, won't show resizers on really small images, and resizing an image down past a certain point switches it to thumbnail mode. Fixed by Alisey
        • Changing skins broke the skin edit modal. Fixed by inazar

        Your Feedback


        Thanks so much for the feedback in last week's Site Update!
        • Our team is thrilled with the amount of feedback we received about the products offered in the deviantART Shop. The suggestions will be very useful as we continue to improve the Shop! Members mentioned various things they'd like to see in the Shop, including t-shirts, stickers, buttons, phone cases, postcards and several other things!
        • Itti mentioned wanting to be able to purchase greeting cards individually, rather than in sets. katr14 suggested being able to buy bags with art prints on them.
        • It'd be helpful to be able to pull files from within Sta.sh to use as preview images/sellable content, when selling Premium Content. From ~ze-gobou and Majnouna
        • Being able to view more than just the recent comments left by a deviant. From ~storystosee
        • Add a "use deviation" option when editing your avatar. From *Eemeling
        • A "Go Back" button on deactivated/page not found pages. From LoveRobin
        • When browsing through the list of people you watch, it should show the last date they submitted a deviation. From ~jana-Z95
        • Add the ability to move a deviation to Scraps using the gallery pencil tool. From Flatberry PrinceOwl Filly8
        • It'd be useful to have a rotate image feature in Sta.sh. From ~Sablestripe

        Discuss!

        New Feature Sneak Peek: More Like This
        With nearly a quarter of a billion deviations and over 23 million members on deviantART, we're always looking for ways to improve our browsing and discovery experience. After a great deal of work, we're finally ready to give you a sneak peek of our new browsing experience that's coming soon: More Like This!

        More Like This is a new way to discover content on deviantART. When you find a deviation you like, it allows you to explore through to other deviations, artists, and collections that are relevant to what you're looking at and what you're looking for. With More Like This, deep diving through millions of pieces of amazing content is about to get easier!  You'll be able to browse endlessly through a stream of content and then continuously change your path to see a different stream of results.

        MLT browse thumb only n01 by nutnics

        MLT browse thumb only n02 by nutnics

        MLT browse thumb only n03 by nutnics

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        Site Update: Sta.sh Visual Refresh

        Fri Aug 10, 2012, 12:20 AM


        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


        Sta.sh Visual Refresh
         
        Today we have released a visual refresh of Sta.sh, deviantART's upload and publishing platform, giving it a cleaner, more modern look. One of the most apparent things you'll notice is a major change in the header, which is now white, to match the rest of Sta.sh. In addition, when viewing something in another user's Sta.sh, the topbar will display their icon and username, to indicate that you are in their Sta.sh and not your own.

        Screen Shot 2012-08-09 at 11.21.51 AM by $HAL2008

        In addition, we've made some major improvements to Sta.sh Writer. There are now additional options in the menus, including a selection in the Edit menu that lets users toggle between rich-text and HTML mode, for our more code-oriented artists. And best of all, we've completely overhauled the Sta.sh Writer sidebar, making it more intuitive and simpler to use, giving you a great deal of additional options. 

        Screen Shot 2012-08-09 at 11.22.34 AM by $HAL2008

        Introducing the First Ever Creative Grants Recipients!


        On May 1, 2012, deviantART introduced the Creative Grants program - a source of funding allowing artists to make creative dreams a reality. We're pleased to announce the first cycle of funding has ended, and from the over 500 applications submitted, the Creative Grants Board has chosen the recipients! These were the projects that the Board found exciting and innovative, and will benefit particularly from a Grant. Check out these amazing projects!

        Change Log

        • Launched Free Premium Membership Day on August 7th, deviantART's 12th BirthdayAdded by $muteor
        • Launched the Create A Story Contest for our birthday! Added by $shadowhand
        • The ability to submit Group journals was briefly unavailable for some Groups. Fixed by $KnightAR
        • Custom folder icons did not display for the newly released Gallery subfolders. Fixed by $muteor
        • In the Message Center, the "View Original Comment" display did not adhere to the new comment signature style. Fixed by $muteor
        • The Watchers number on Profile pages was not updating, and was different than the number on Gallery Stats pages. Fixed by $muteor

        Sta.sh

        • Reduced full page reloading if items weren't changed. Fixed by $samshull
        • Images with a transparent background were showing with a grey background. Fixed by $kouiskas

        Sta.sh Writer


        • Launched a custom undo/redo implementation. Added by $Alisey
        • There was a Javascript error when showing the autosave notification, making it not show up reliably. Fixed by $kemayo
        • The "Apply" button for Journal skins wasn't working. Fixed by $inazar
        • Alignment options in the Writer toolbar weren't working properly in webkit. Fixed by $Alisey

        Your Feedback


        Thanks so much for the feedback in last week's Site Update! Here are some of the suggestions you had to offer:
        • Some members suggested that comment signatures should be slightly darker.
        • Thanks for the feedback about Group galleries and Group favourites! It was really helpful to hear how each of you manage and submit to Groups differently. We will use this feedback as we continue to improve the Groups platform.
        • The green subfolder bar should disappear when there are no subfolders created. Suggested by MissLunaRose
        • In the Shop, it'd be helpful to see what a deviation will look like when printed on a Mug product. Suggested by Blue-Koi
        • Alphabetize the Group drop menu on the submit page. Suggested by 8manderz8
        • The "Random Deviation" feature should have the option of displaying only deviations within a certain category. Suggested by dweckie
        • Add the ability to apply one CSS to all gallery folders at once. Suggested by Katara-Alchemist
        • Group admins should be able to remove deviations from their group from the deviation page, rather than having to search for it in their Group's gallery. Suggested by Jenetikitty
        • Group Notes should have folders like personal Notes do. Suggested by WindieDragon
        • User Gallery layout to look the same as the Group Gallery layout, so that there's a preview of all folders from the main gallery page. Suggested by AnnaKirsten
        • Limiting who can vote on a poll (i.e.. Groups limiting poll votes to their Members). Suggested by serel

        Discuss!

        Channels on deviantART
        Channels on deviantART are streams of art, which allow you to create a dashboard of your favourite artists, art types, and even search results. Do you use Channels? If so, how often do you use it, and have you set your own Channels, or do you stick to the default Channels provided? If you don't use Channels, is there a reason why not? What ways do you think Channels could be improved?

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        Celebrating Deviousness August 2012

        Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:01 AM




        Deviousness Award






        Congratulations to `Thiefoworld






        What is this Awesome Achievement?


        The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.



         


        Who is `Thiefoworld?



         
        `Thiefoworld has made his mission to fill our community with vibrant colours and positive attitude. His illustrations are instantly recognisable and are somewhat iconic at deviantART. Thiefoworld's weekly webcomic is a must read for all deviants, and we love that his journals are filled with community spirit and encouragement for others.

        You know you've picked the right deviant when you have to double check that he hasn't received the Deviousness Award already.

        We are absolutely delighted to bestow the Deviousness Award for August 2012 to `Thiefoworld!



        Congratulations to `Thiefoworld






        Hot off the press, our latest recipient of the Deviousness Award.
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        Seniorityheader 2 by fourteenthstar
        This article marks the latest announcements detailing the latest additions to the dizzy height of Senior members in our community. With just over 900 deviants holding the highly saught after ` -- it's clearly a moment that deserves recognition.


        So what does it take to become a Senior? That's a question many have asked and have never really been able to get a straight answer on. Some have gained Seniority as a thank you for their time spent as a Volunteer, or to recognise their contribution to a particular project or collaborative action. Some have gained Seniority because of their community spirit, providing help and assistance to many other deviants and taking time out to promote the work of others in the community. 

        Some people have received Seniority because of their artistic endevours, having a positive influence on their peers by sharing resources, providing constructive criticism and by being a voice that stands out above the many others who deviate to be recognised in the crowd.

        Today, we present to you the following deviants who have all been awarded Seniority as part of our quarterly community recognitions. They have all been nominated for their efforts in the community by multiple deviants, Staff and Volunteers. 


        Congratulations everyone! :dalove:

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        Spirit Day 2012

        Wed Oct 17, 2012, 1:50 PM
          "Ultimately, I want Spirit Day to make just one person feel little bit better about his or herself, to feel safe enough in their own skin and to be proud of who they are" - Brittany McMillan


        In memory of the young LGBT people who lost their lives to suicide, Brittany encouraged her friends to wear purple on a day in October -- a day that came to be known as Spirit Day. Since then, GLAAD has helped turn Spirit Day into a global event that inspires millions of individuals, celebrities, TV personalities, media outlets, companies and schools to wear purple in a stand against bullying.

        While Spirit Day does focus on the LGBT community, I believe that it's anti-bullying message is relevant to every community.  It only get's better, if we take the pledge to make it so. 

        Practice compassion and understanding, and treat others how you would like to be treated and we can make a difference. 

        Show your support for this anti-bullying message on October 19th by participating in one or more of the following:

        :bulletpurple: Turn your devID or your avatar purple
        :bulletpurple: Create Spirit Day artwork and submit it to our Spirit Day Gallery. Submit your artwork that encourage themes such as acceptance, love,  kindness, inclusion, diversity, embracing differences, compassion, empathy, and of course, purple!
        :bulletpurple: Show support for fellow deviants
        :bulletpurple: Be awesome

        Want to use this amazing skin that pica-ae created? You can get it here
        Spirit Day Free Journal Skin by pica-ae

        To read more about Spirit Day and GLAAD, click on the 'What is Spirit Day' button below.


        <da:thumb id="263821002"/>Spirit Day by shadowlight-oak

        Every Day by savagebinnOC - Spirit Day Tribute by Momoko-Kawase

        Free Spirit - Free Avi by Seiorai

        Spirit by Grumski

        Spirit Day by alyannaSpirit Day by Yaichiko

        spirit day by DrunkMuttPT - Spirit Day 2011 by Tyshea





        :iconcommunityrelations: supports Spirit Day

        Join us on Spirit Day, this Friday October 19th and let's make a pledge to end bullying.
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        Hello everyone! 

        Today we're bringing you some major changes for Film & Animation deviations, and also some new tools for deviantART muro and Sta.sh Writer!

        Film Improvements


        Film submission through Sta.sh


        The first major change for Film is that Sta.sh is now properly equipped to support film submissions! While it was sort of possible in the past, Sta.sh can now store and submit film files the same way other filetypes can be stored and submitted.

        Keep in mind that you have to have film submission privileges in order to submit films to deviantART. For more information on this, please read this FAQ: FAQ #842: How do I become a submitting member of the film community?

        Film Deviation Page Changes


        The second change is regarding the layout of film deviations. The old film layout was designed with an older version of deviantART in mind, and this change places Film submissions back up to speed with the rest of the site. The Film deviation page has been updated to the same layout other deviations have, for consistency, ease of use, and better overall appearance.

        New Film by wreckling

        While a film is playing, the artist's comments and comments left by other deviants will disappear, so that you can focus on the film without distraction or outside interference. As you reach a point in the film where other users have left annotations, these annotations will appear briefly, and then disappear again.

        Film Playing by wreckling

        When the video is paused, you'll be prompted with a comment box, so that you can leave annotations at specific points within the film, just like you could before this upgrade. This allows for an up-to-date look and feel without compromising functionality. In addition, comments left as annotations will include the time the comment was left, as easy reference for any deviant reading through the comments!

        Film Paused by wreckling

        Volume, resolution, and fullscreen controls are all present before the video even starts, for easy adjusting without having to search for options. In addition, when hovering over the resolution button, you'll be prompted with the various resolutions the filmmaker has offered for that particular film.

        Film Resolution by wreckling

        Creator Comments


        The last change we have for Film is the inclusion of the Creator notification. Before, comments left by the creator of a film would be indistinguishable from other comments left on the deviation, which made it easy for the artist's thoughts and opinions to be buried among the rest of feedback left. As of today, comments left by the deviation creator can be distinguished with a lighter color, and a small box next to their username specifying  that they are the creator of that film.

        TLeB0 by wreckling

        Try it out! To give the new Film layout a try, just head to the Film & Animation gallery and watch some films! 

        Reporting Problems


        If you encounter issues, be sure to report them! Any bugs encountered with the Film & Animation improvements can be filed in the #devBUG Issue Tracker under the Film Improvements project.

        Updates to deviantART muro


        More Tools for deviantART muro


        Several new tools have been added to deviantART muro! 
        • Elliptical selection options and a magic wand tool have been added to the marquee tool! Once the marquee menu button has been selected, the new options will appear in the bottom bar.

        New Sta.sh tools by wreckling
        • Deviants can now create a selection based on the transparency of a layer by command/ctrl+clicking on that layer!
        • In addition to the options added to the marquee menu, "select by color", "expand selection", and "contract selection" tools have been added to the Edit menu!

        Screen Shot 2012-09-07 at 10.28.40 AM by wreckling

        To give the new deviantART muro tools a try, go to deviantART muro!

        deviantART muro Integration with Sta.sh and Sta.sh Writer


        For those of you not familiar with Sta.sh, it functions as a creative space for deviants to upload and save their art. For writers, creation has also been a part of the Sta.sh environment, with the addition of Sta.sh Writer. To help further the potential of creation, we've incorporated deviantART muro within Sta.sh! When in Sta.sh, deviantART muro can now be accessed from the Sta.sh menu in the top left corner.

        Screen Shot 2012-09-13 at 2.56.13 PM by wreckling

        The other new addition is the integration of deviantART muro into Sta.sh Writer! When in Sta.sh Writer, you can pull images from your Sta.sh to include in the Writer document, and those images will have a pencil menu button in the top right corner of the image. An option labeled "Edit in deviantART Muro" has been added to the pencil menu, and when selected, it will transfer you to deviantART muro to draw!

        qsG6n by wreckling

        Once you click Done in deviantART muro, the file will save, and you'll be returned to the Sta.sh Writer document to continue where you left off. That's all there is to it!

        To test out the integration of deviantART muro into Writer, head to Sta.sh Writer!

        Reporting Problems


        If you encounter issues, be sure to report them! Bugs and issues with changes to deviantART muro can be filed in the #devBUG Issue Tracker under the deviantART muro Improvements project.



        Today we're bringing you some major changes for Film & Animation deviations, and also some new things for deviantART muro! Beta testers, we'd like you to give them a spin!
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        2012 Holiday Collection
        An exclusive preview from Forest Stearns




        Welcome, deviantARTGear Watchers & MORE! 

        New to the deviantART T-Shirts & Gear team, we'd like to introduce Forest Stearns ($draweverywhere), Art Director of deviantART Brands. Forest is excited to offer you an insider preview today and share how our brand new Holiday 2012 Collection (which launches this week!) evolved from concept to reality.

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        IT'S ARTRead about the creation of It's Art. Click here to see the process journal.

        Hello, my friends!

        I'm excited to tell you about a huge project we’ve been working on that's finally going to see the light of day (or your computer screens) this week! For the first time, deviantART will be launching a full season of product to the site all at once, and I've had the pleasure of orchestrating the creative development of this line

        First, I'm thrilled to meet you. My job here at dA is split between artistic direction and hands-on illustration. It's been a challenge and a blast! My background is in making art and working with other artists on collaborative graphic illustrations. I’ve been a member of deviantART for over 6 years now, and since my first project with dA -- performing as a Live Artist at the Pacific Festival over a year ago -- I moved into a full-time role and am enjoying the challenge. 

        CMYRead about the creation of CMY. Click here to see the process journal.

        Now, let me tell you what we've been cooking up these last few industrious months. The Holiday 2012 Collection has a vast reach that spans many genres and themes in art. It's an artistic adventure you can wear. Every piece has a story, and we look forward to walking you through the creative process of how each design was executed in the coming weeks. Be sure to +Watch £deviantARTGear so you don’t miss out on the insider look at how this apparel collection came to be. 

        a href="deviantartgear.deviantart.com/…">Movie TimeRead about the creation of Movie Time. Click here to see the process journal.


        Why tell you the story behind each and every design?  As artists and appreciators, we rarely get an intimate glimpse into the steps that brought a piece of art to life. Sharing the story creates a conversation that's fundamental to artistic education. I hope that telling the tale of each design will help breed artistic success through the sharing of experiences. Every piece had a journey from the first creative kernel to its final printed end on a wearable canvas. So we are going to pair up designs with the stories of their creation in an effort to add value. That way, you'll not only own the garment in its finished stage; you'll be able to connect to its artistic journey. Hopefully, the combination of illustration and the process narrative will create a new understanding that concept or technique couldn't do alone. 

        Sunset Burner


        So, what's this collection all about? It's really about the diversity of deviantART and how the love of making art brings us together. Our goal was to offer many well-crafted illustrations that support deviantART’s core values of inspiration, education, and entertainment. The dynamic range truly evolved from theme to theme because of a desire to speak many artistic dialects. The Holiday 2012 Collection is based on honest artwork that pushes the limits and is open to extreme possibilities. Many subject matters were explored for which a number of media types could be applied. The illustrations are bold and gritty, full of energy, dynamic contrast, and stylized character. Whether monochromatic, acid neon, textured, flat, pitch black, or glow-in-the-dark, there's contrast throughout. 

        It was also important to create pieces that could stand individually, but worked as a series. The designs range from playful exaggerated characters and stylized handwritten fonts to works in fundamental art theory and color science. The character illustrations are a mash-up of the interesting people I see in everyday life, while the letter-based pieces celebrate the beauty of typography and strength of powerful statements. Every piece influenced the next and many rounds of revisions were necessary in order to ensure the design was strong, the concept interesting, and the visual language cohesive. 

        Sound Waves


        I draw every day. It's my drug of choice. The more you learn, the more you see, the more you use, the more you practice. Creative problem-solving and exploring new techniques keep the "job" part of the work lively and interesting. The joy is in the journey, right?  

        Monster Talk


        We hope you find the process journals of each piece educational, inspirational, and entertaining. Perhaps it will be a catalyst for you to make artworks and share your own processes with us and others. 

        Never Normal

        Without making you wait too much longer, I'm proud to announce that this Holiday 2012 Collection will be available in the next two days and just in time for the holidays!  Get them early for yourself or your homies. I'm certainly looking forward to having my own set! 

        Inside VoicesRead about the creation of Inside Voices. Click here to see the process journal.

        To stay connected to each design’s unique story, don’t forget to +Watch” £deviantARTGear.

        The collection is here. Check out Hoodies & T-Shirts now! 

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