Good NewsI'm excited to let you know that Autodesk, Inc. has made an investment in deviantART and that one of Autodesk's top executives, Samir Hanna, Vice President of the Autodesk Consumer Group, will become an observer on the deviantART Board of Directors.
Autodesk has over 30 years of history in helping designers create amazing things. You may know Autodesk for apps like SketchBook and Pixlr for drawing, illustration, and image editing, or for software like 3ds Max and Maya, which are used by the top film and game studios around the world to create fantastically realistic 3D characters, environments, and effects. Amazing fact: the last 17 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects use Autodesk software. Autodesk is also known for engineering software like AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit, which has been used to design some of the world’s tallest buildings, longest bridges, and most incredible machines.
With the investment we plan to improve deviantART at a faster pace than we coul
deviantART on our Lucky 13As you get older, you may begin to see birthdays as a distinctive point in time. A time for reflection on past successes, past roadblocks, past lessons. I also see it as an opportunity to look forward, set goals, aim ridiculously high. I'm sure everyone's heard people joke about disliking getting older and lamenting another year passing, but not me. Not yet, at least. The wisdom and hard lessons I've had to learn over the years helps me map out my immediate future. I may stumble, sure, but I also have a lifetime of overcoming obstacles and analyzing achievements to guide my decisions. All I can do is keep learning and growing.deviantART on our Lucky 132 years ago in Personal More Like This
I feel much the same way about deviantART.
I don't need to tell you that a web property sticking around for 13 years is a rare thing, and it's not an accomplishment we take lightly. We owe our continued existence to all of you, and the passion and inspiration that emanate so naturally from the community, from the most successful professional to the mo
#devart#devart is deviantART's Official chatroom, it is advertised as such on the Chat homepage, and we encourage people to join and 'meet fellow deviants'.#devart2 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
A concern we've encountered is that #devart is not always very welcoming. Over time the enforcement of some of the room's rules has become very lax, and the room can at times be intimidating for new members. Recently we have been exploring ways to improve on the culture of #devart and make the experience more welcoming and enjoyable for everyone. I appreciate there have been some confusing messages and that's why I'm posting this to explain the direction going forward and get the community support we need to drive positive change.
First and foremost, it's important to note that these aren't exactly 'changes'. These are policies and rules that have always been in place, but for one reason or another, haven't been upheld as they probably should have been. As
New Username Symbols: The JourneyA New Road to TravelNew Username Symbols: The Journey2 years ago in Personal More Like This
When I was first approached with the project to redesign and replace our user symbols I was naturally quite shocked. For those of us who've been part of deviantART for a long while, changing the username symbols seemed like changing the colour of the sky, or asking everyone to suddenly start walking backwards, right? It seemed like such a fundamental part of what deviantART is that it was hard to take on board. But then really, when you think about it, the old symbols were meaningless at face value. And that, my dear friends, is exactly why we set about looking at rethinking them.
Think about when you first found and joined deviantART. Did any of the symbols make sense? Did you stop and think "what is this ~ before my name and why is it there?" Maybe, but possibly you're probably like me and just kinda accepted it because that's the reality presented to you. After a while, though, you'd have seen the * and maybe even a ` or ^ an
PE: Site Updates and How to Welcome ThemSite Updates and How to Welcome ThemPE: Site Updates and How to Welcome Them2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
This article was written due to the recent uproar from some groups of the community because of the new username symbols.
Change is something handled differently by everyone. Some people accustom to change very quickly, others may take a long time or may not adjust to change at all. In regards to deviantART Site Updates, it's important to know ways to welcome change and embrace it. You are not expected to love every feature that is released, but giving it a chance before bashing it is a right step forward.
Before reading on, please note that this article is not directed at any one individual, but as a community as a whole. All views expressed in this article are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the views of deviantART.com.
When a new feature is released, most deviants give their first impressions of said feature. Some may even react like this:
This is compl
New Commissions Portal Coming SoonOur team has been testing an early version of our brand NEW Commissions portal. On the Commissions Portal you can find ALL of the (currently) 26,000 available Commission offers from artists, neatly categorized by Style, Type, Price, Popularity, etc. It's awesome!New Commissions Portal Coming Soon3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
When we launched Commission widgets on Profile pages a few months ago, I personally didn't find them to be very helpful by themselves. Without a directory of available artists for commissions, and what commission options there are from across the whole community -- I couldn't be sure that I was buying the right thing.
The new portal (which will be accessible right from deviantART.com's home page) has added an incredible value to my life since I've been playing with it: The ability to easily commission artists!
Because the commissioning process exists in-line on the Commission area, I was able to facilitate 5 commissions in an initial 2 minutes and 30 second
Promoted Deviations and JournalsTable of ContentsPromoted Deviations and Journals2 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
What is Promoted?Where does Promoted come from?Who sees Promoted?How often will Promoted be seen?Can deviants remove Promoted messages from their Message Centers?Can deviants opt out of receiving Promoted?Can deviants opt out of receiving Hot Topics or Contest Announcements?
What is Promoted?
The Price Cap For Commissions Has Been Raised!One of the most common requests we received upon launching Commissions was to raise the price cap to make it higher than 4,000 Points. As of today, the price limit when setting up Commissions has been raised from 4,000 Points to 8,000 Points.The Price Cap For Commissions Has Been Raised!2 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
We're excited to see the increased usage of the Commissions platform and the wide variety of work that artists have been offering. With this increased limit, we're hoping to give artists more flexibility with the types of Commissions they offer, and more importantly, allow artists to earn more for their high-quality creations!
Improved DMCA Reporting SystemImproved DMCA Reporting System3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Hello, deviants! In an effort to keep the community informed and to provide the best possible experience for our members, we wanted to inform you of changes to our reporting system.
DeviantART is dedicated to protecting our artists, and in an effort to be able to more quickly handle complaints by deviants who have had their rights infringed on, we have changed the way we receive complaints from the artist or the copyright holder.
In the past, we took reports by the copyright holder in two different ways: An informal report via the Report Violation tool and a formal complaint via contacting the Help Desk. While both of these methods were effective, they presented many setbacks.
The informal report did not gather all the necessary information for a formal copyright complaint and was prone to misuse by well-meaning deviants who would attempt to report images they did not own the copyright to
Stock and Resources: Policy ClarificationThe Stock and Resources community is an integral part of deviantART, both for having an active community of its own as well as providing high quality stock to all deviants.Stock and Resources: Policy Clarification3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
As this community has grown so much over the years, so has the amount of invalid stock and resources that have been provided by some deviants. The Stock and Resources community feels like this reflects negatively on them, the volunteers have a hard time trying to teach people about valid stock and how to use it correctly, and it gives an appearance that deviantART Staff tolerate so-called “art theft” or copyright infringement.
In this article our aim is to reinforce our policies regarding stock and stock use and clear up some misconceptions.
Stock and Resource submissions to deviantART:
What are Invalid Stock and Resources?
In short, invalid stock or resources are anything which you do not have full permission to upload. This incl
Introducing the New Today PageIntroducing the New Today Page1 year ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Welcome to Today on DeviantArt.
The Today page is the place to start your day. It's the pulse of the DeviantArt community. When art-related news happens around the world, deviant artists are among the first to respond in the most evocative ways possible. We're proud to unveil the Today page — the new human and dynamically powered newspaper for the community that reflects the stories inside of DeviantArt as they pertain to art, fandom, pop culture, and world culture.
Designed to showcase a variety of content — including editorial pieces, Journals, contests, and even deviants new to the site, the Today page reflects the undercurrent of what's happening now — both online and off.
“The new Today page is impressive. It's certainly much more dynamic and engaging now than it ever was.” —thetaoofchaos
New Content Daily
Throughout each day, the Today page updates with
CR Newsletter - March/April 2014 Director of Community Relations :iconmoonbeam13: :CR Newsletter - March/April 20141 year ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Table of Contents
1. Miscats, Miscats, Miscats
2. Volunteer Openings in Community Relations
3. Community Projects
4. Official Contests
5. Project Educate 2014
6. Art History Project
7. News from the Chats and Forums
8. News from the Galleries
1. Miscats, Miscats, Miscats
Misplaced deviations (miscats) appear to be the bane of our existence. There's nothing more annoying then browsing your favourite photography gallery and coming across a flashing gif, or perusing through your favourite traditional art gallery and finding a blatant digital art piece. I know this, because the number of "misplaced deviation" reports are staggering. It's obvious that some people have made it their sole purpose at deviantART to scour through the galleries and while I appreciate that dedication to organization - I have to tell you the problem is b