Celebrate deviantART's 12th Birthday!It's our 12th Birthday!
Posted August 7th, 2012 by $Ayame-Kenoshi
Today, August 7th, 2012, marks 12 years since deviantART's creation - aka, it's our 12th birthday! In the last 12 years, we, as a community, have grown by leaps and bounds, fostered creative thought and dialogue, and submitted a lot of artwork - over 220 million deviations. It's with great honor and pleasure that we invite you to party with us as we toast to another devious year of art!
Introducing the First Ever Creative Grants Recipients!
On May 1, 2012, deviantART introduced the Creative Grants program - a source of funding allowing artists to make creative dreams a reality. We're pleased to announce the first cycle of funding has ended, and from the over 500 applicat
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The Bolt Award is an accolade that recognizes an individual's significant contributions to deviantART. The Award celebrates such contributions and brings to light the exemplary work performed by its recipient.
In 2007, the first recipient was none other than the award's namesake, Chris Bolt ($chris), and in 2008 we saw Heidi Chambers ($Heidi) presented with the well deserved honor.
In 2009, the Bolt Award went to the pixel perfect Stanley Sy ($starvingartist) who then passed this on to Simon Murray ($pachunka) during our 10th Birthday Celebrations in 2010.
This year, we are deeply honoured to announce that
Site Update: December 10, 2011A little while ago, we released the first Sta.sh Updates article. The response was amazing.Site Update: December 10, 20113 years ago in Personal More Like This
We've fixed some of the issues you brought up last time, but there's still plenty to do. We've also been working on a lot of details that didn't come up in the feedback. It's a big list, so get ready!
Sta.sh now supports keyboard shortcuts! Hit up, down, left, right, and hit the Delete/Backspace key to remove any selected items. Hold the Shift key as you move around with the arrow-keys to select a bunch of files at once! - Added by kouiskas
We've brought back the full word "Comments" instead of using the small speech bubble icon on the Journals in deviantART's footer, and the journals in the Journal Portal, making it a little easier on our newer community members - Added by kemayo
Daily Deviations UpdateHappy Monday MorningDaily Deviations Update3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
I started this morning by signing something "Moonbam13" so either this typo means I need more coffee, or this week is going to be BAMTASTIC!
I'm rooting for the latter
I wanted to post a quick update on changes to Daily Deviations. It is important to note that these changes have not been hard-coded so my team is manually following these new guidelines. This means that errors can and likely will occur until the coding is complete, your patience and understanding is appreciated
The following guideline changes are in effect:
The 3-month rule is now the 6-month rule, meaning that it must be at least 6-months since the last time an artist received a daily deviation. (This was an overwhelmingly popular suggestion from the community and I agree, it's a good one!)
Daily deviation selectors may only select one daily deviation per day maximum. This has been put in place to focus on Quality vs Quantity.
Beta Launch: The New deviantART Mobile SiteNote: Please make sure you include the Make, the Model, and the Operating System Version of your device if you are reporting a bug. This will make the process of confirming and fixing issues a lot smoother! Thank you DEVlANTBeta Launch: The New deviantART Mobile Site3 years ago in Personal More Like This
One of the most common requests from the community has been to update deviantART's mobile site. By popular demand, we just launched a brand new version of the mobile site to Beta Testers! The site is officially supported in mobile browsers on the iPhone and Android phones and tablets.
For a very long time, we've been running two versions of the deviantART website: the desktop version, and the mobile version—and the latter has fallen behind.
As we all know, the previous mobile site was missing a lot of major features. Instead of developing two separate versions of the site—a desktop version and a mobile version—we've formatted the desktop site to fit into a mobile browser. This allows the mobile sit
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Congratulations to `Krissi001
Project get connected
Project Animal Emotes 3
What is this Awesome Achievement?
Celebrating Deviousness - November 2011 Deviousness AwardCelebrating Deviousness - November 20114 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Congratulations to `blepharopsis
Cirque du Soil IV
Colours of Rage
Goth Moth revised
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.
`blepharopsis has developed a truly iconic gallery within our
community. Whilst at first you may be somewhat creeped out by the extreme shots of creepy
crawlies, you can't help but be captivated by the detail and quality of the artwork that has
become Igor's trademark style. Unlike any other insect photographer, Igor manages to
Announcing our Creative Grants recipients!Congratulations to our first-ever Creative Grants recipients!Announcing our Creative Grants recipients!3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
We're proud to announce that this round's Creative Grants recipients have been chosen! Our Creative Grants Board, comprised of Mollinda, RockstarVanity, and vayabobo, diligently reviewed the applications, and from their top choices, we have determined this round's recipients. What better day to announce these projects than on deviantART's big 12th birthday celebration?
These talented artists are passionate about their projects, and they've already accomplished so much in their communities without outside funding. We can't wait to see how they flourish after receiving their Creative Grants!
Full Moon Art Appreciation
By dogsofeternity from Dallas, TX
Austin Craver, aka dogsofeternity, has been running an art gallery space in Texas for t
The Great Valentine Exchange!The Great Valentine Exchange!3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Love is in the air!
Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and we're big on love here at deviantART! Whether it's the love of someone's gallery, the glomping of that friend who's always there for you, or the devotion you share with that special someone, February 14th is the perfect day to remind those around you how much they bring to your life. One of the great Valentine's Day traditions is giving and receiving heartfelt messages between friends, family, lovers, or even secret admirers. This year, we wanted to add digital deviance to the tradition by introducing the Great Valentine Exchange!
How does it work?
We've created a gallery just for the Great Valentine Exchan
Coming Soon! Free Premium Membership Day!As some of you may know, deviantART will be celebrating our 12th birthday on August 7, 2012 — a mere two weeks away! While we're busily building surprises and creating community-centered activities, we wanted to give you a little sneak peak into what we’ve got planned for the big day. First and foremost...Coming Soon! Free Premium Membership Day!3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
We’re bringing back Free Premium Membership Day!
Our first ever Free Premium Membership Day last January was a huge success, and to this day, we’ve heard pleas to have this event happen once again. Prepare to have your dreams come true!
On August 7, 2012, all members of deviantART will have access to Premium Membership features.
For an entire 24 hours, starting at midnight and ending at 11:59 PM Los Angeles, CA, time, you’ll be able to enjoy the perks of a Premium
A Note on Daily Deviation FeaturesAt ten features into my tenure as Community Volunteer for Abstract & Surreal Photography I am noticing a certain trend in response to abstract and surreal Daily Deviations. I shall address some of the recurring themes here, and hopefully answer some questions along the way. At this point I would like to mention that I am talking about a small and vocal minority, and I sincerely thank the overwhelming majority for supporting the featured artists and their work. You're what makes this site such a great community.A Note on Daily Deviation Features2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
With that said, let's get to the troublesome themes I am coming across.
The "This is crap!" Argument
As an observer and a critic, you're entitled to think that something isn't very good. However, exclaiming as such on the comments of a piece of work that an artist has spent time and energy creating is not only counter-productive, but rude and insulting, especially if it's not followed up with some advice about how you think they could make their
Welcoming FIVE Volunteers to the team!Please join me in welcoming five deviants to the Community Volunteer team in a wide variety of areas! We're even welcoming back a few as well!Welcoming FIVE Volunteers to the team!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Chats & Forums
MovemberAbout MovemberMovember3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
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 ed
Photography Troubleshooting: Snap to ProThis week we bring you another issue of Troubleshooting for Photographers, to hopefully give you some tips and explanations behind how to make your Photography look that little bit more professional. Aeirmid noted that while there are a lot of folks in the photomanipulation community who enjoy taking photographs, there is also a great desire for people to learn a bit more about how to make them look more professional.Photography Troubleshooting: Snap to Pro3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Firstly combining the elements of many of the articles that have already been written in this series (see the bottom of this article for links) will assist anybody in gearing their photographs up to look more professional. However IsacGoulart summed it up quite neatly with this rather epic quote...
“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph."
Getting your work up to some sort of standard is always tricky. Especially if you are setting the standar
DeviantART's 12th Birthday Hat Contest! About The ContestDeviantART's 12th Birthday Hat Contest!3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Ended! hosted by KovoWolf
Thank You Everyone!
The contest is currently being judged!! Thank you everyone who participated! They all where amazing and creative!!
In preparation for the Birthday Shinanigans about to unfold here at DeviantART, we want to ask you, the community to get your crafty scissors, gear up your imagination, and all the materials you can for this contest in preparation for celebrating DeviantART's 12th birthday! What we're asking of you is to make your OWN birthday hat to wear for DeviantART's birthday!
Here are some ideas for you to get started on a birthday hat!
:iconastralseed: :icon3wyl: :iconlyricanna: :iconSanguineVamp:
Below you will find the rules for the Hat contest!
Please do not submit something you have already created
Everyday we're CV'ingAs a Community Volunteer - I do as much or as little within the community that I feel comfortable doing. We're not pressured to do this and that, we don't even have to give a Daily Deviation every day, we choose how we promote our selected galleries/chats and forums and we're not fixed to any specific rule on how much or how little we do. But I do believe that it's important to share with you just what the community volunteers do and why we do it. More importantly it's so easy to get lost on this site full of many people - and miss out on the awesome that's going on. So I'm going to share with you exactly what the latest awesome is...Everyday we're CV'ing3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Almost every week since October last year the Community Volunteers have been working hard both independently and as part of small teams to bring You Project Educate.
Project Educate is about bringing forward art forms whether they are popular or overlooked and giving
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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.
Read 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, de
Authentic Citizenship: Part 2As promised here is part two of our interview and conversation with Chris Copeland and Jeff Wamester. The sequel to part one keeps the art love rolling with these two artists revealing even more fantastic tips for new artists on the rise as they reveal their favorite deviants of all time.Authentic Citizenship: Part 23 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Fearured Artist Chat!
Join our featured artist chat with *jeffwamester and *chriscopeland on Friday, June 29th at Noon Los Angeles, CA, PDT time. Chat room opens at 11:30am.
Read Part 1
Gallery Makeover ProjectHello everyoneGallery Makeover Project2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Recently my team and I worked tirelessly on a project to help improve the gallery descriptions and thumbnail examples. While that project was indeed tedious with almost 4,000 categories in our system, it was also educational. What I learned from sorting through thousands and thousands of categories was that we have a lot of redundancy and a lot of categories that seem to have been created on a whim that are now simply homes for junk.
Over the years, the desire to appease niche communities and people who just wanted a specific area has led to some categories that go up to 4 levels deep, and it's really no wonder it's so confusing for people to figure out where to submit their artwork.
The conclusion I've come to is simplicity. While I'm not about to rip apart everything and make 6 stand alone categories, I do believe that there is a lot we can do to simplify the category tree. That includes some of the following:
1. Merging categories that ma
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Toward the end of April, deviantART released a community-wide news article that outlined and reaffirmed our stance against advertisements that auto-play audio, contain pop-ups or redirects, and promote virus or malware activity. Three months later, we'd like to provide an update on our efforts to block malicious advertising from running on the site.
We're taking these concerns seriously
DeviantART takes all concerns on this topic very seriously and immediately implemented a number of changes to reduce the chance those type of ads would get served by our ad partners. These initial steps w
The Help Desk: a year in reviewDeviantART's Community Operations department aims to foster an environment where deviants can come together and be empowered within, and by, the community. By providing an organized, motivated, accountable, and effective department, we are leading the way for deviants to participate in a manner where they feel listened to, valued, and inspired. 2011 was an amazing year for Community Operations and we wanted to share a few of the highlights!The Help Desk: a year in review3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
The Community Operations department is comprised of both the Copyright & Etiquette Administration and Help Desk teams.
Fiona (fourteenthstar): Director of Community Operations
Copyright & Etiquette Administration
Daniel (realitysquared): Project Manager
Aun-Juli (aunjuli): Team Leader
Evanita (ewm): Team Leader
dAmn & Fo
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Each day, hundreds of thousands of pieces of art are submitted to deviantART. As more and more artists join, create, and share their work, it becomes easy for high quality art to miss its chance to stand out and be seen.
Our new browse mode, Undiscovered, aims to bring new, high quality artwork to the foreground.
Finding Hidden Gems
Undiscovered focuses on recently submitted artwork that has not yet drawn attention or recognition at the levels of Popular or What's Hot browse modes. Using an algorithm that identifies patterns in community behavior when curating content, Undiscovered generates a browsing experience that draws attention to creative art and talented artists that may not receive the same level of attention from other browse modes.
Please keep in mind that the algorithm that powers Undiscovered is still new and we may make changes as it grows in use.
Discover New Art Daily
Because Undiscovered focuses on recently submitted artwork, the artwork displayed m
Site Update: deviantART Mobile, Prints IntegrationIn 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.Site Update: deviantART Mobile, Prints Integration3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
The New deviantART Mobile Site
One of the most common requests from the community has been to update deviantART's mobile site. By popular demand, we've released a brand new version of the mobile site! The site is officially supported in the default browsers for the iPhone and Android phones and tablets.
Instead of developing two separate versions of the site—a desktop version and a mobile version—we've formatted the desktop site to fit into a mobile browser. This allows the mobile site to offer many more features than th
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Official dA News
Upgrades to Quarterly Check Payments
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We need your Opinions about the Artisan Crafts Galleries!
Stock and Resources Policy Clarification
Come play the #birthdAyBASH game and win prizes!Come play the BirthdAy Bash Game!Come play the #birthdAyBASH game and win prizes!4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Help celebrate deviantART's 11th birthday by inviting all your friends to your VIP party on the chat network in #BirthdayBash and have a chance to win prizes!
There will be 5 parties competing to be the best and largest! Will you be partying with Furries, Llamas, Ninjas, Unicorns, or Mudkips? Come play now to find out!
When Does the Game Begin?
The Game will begin on Wednesday, August 3rd, 3PM PST (Your local time here).
You won't be able to join the chatroom until then, but now is the time to learn how to play!
How To Play
You begin by joining the