New Username Symbols: Extended ThoughtsTwo weeks ago, we released two new products – deviant and art Mentions and new username symbols. Gratefully, and as we'd hoped, many deviants are embracing these changes in exactly the ways we'd anticipated, and the ways we ourselves did over the past several months of testing. While some deviants embraced the changes, it's fair to say that others have felt surprise, curiosity, and maybe even shock. These feelings are totally normal, but for the large part, there's a hope present. A positive outlook. The first steps in a new era that makes the way for our goals in the future, and, at the same time, removes clutter and confusion that new deviants often experience.
As with any change, there are a handful of deviants that don't understand why we made the choices we did
New Username Symbols: The JourneyA New Road to TravelNew Username Symbols: The Journey5 months 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
Gallery Makeover ProjectHello everyoneGallery Makeover Project1 year 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
Pageviews Now Include All Profile SectionsPageviews Now Include All Profile Sections2 weeks ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
As of today, we've updated the way Profile pageviews are counted for deviants and Groups.
Many years ago, we expanded the pageview counter to include not just the front page of your Profile, but also the Journals tab and the Prints tab (but not individual Journals or Prints). We mistakenly never expanded the count to other areas of the Profile.
This has been inconsistent for quite some time and we haven’t been transparent about what exactly this counter included.
Starting today, the pageview counter will begin including pageviews to all sections of your Profile, including:
Gallery and Gallery FoldersFavourites and CollectionsOther profile subpages: Activity, Badges, Daily Deviations, Critiques, Gallery Stats, Polls, Wishlist
We felt that it was important to fix this inconsistency to properly reflect traffic to all deviants’ Profiles. If an artist gets a lot of traffic to their Prints shop, this should be reflected in the same way i
Site Update: Description WriterWhat's NewSite Update: Description Writer5 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Writing Descriptions with Sta.sh Writer
As part of our initiative to make formatting and conversation easier and more dynamic, you can now use the Add Media tool to add content and formatting to deviation descriptions, Sta.sh item descriptions, and Sta.sh stack descriptions!
This makes it easier than ever to add formatting to your artist's description, and it also makes it easier than ever for Premium Members to include images in descriptions!
New "Create A Profile" Flow
We've updated and simplified the "Create Your Profile" modal to make it easier to sign up and get your Profile Page started!
The "Edit In Sta.sh Writer" button would not work when single-clicked. Fixed by ZombieCoder
On the "Manage Friends" page, Groups containing some non-alphanumeric characters in their titles caused errors. Fixed by kemayo
Site Update: Staff Retreat, Holiday HQThis week's Site Update is a little different from usual in that we don't have any publicly visible changes. However, it's for a good reason. Our Devious Technology team is at a staff retreat! During this retreat, they're discussing our features, conducting hackathons, and creating prototypes for new features.Site Update: Staff Retreat, Holiday HQ3 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Welcome to Holiday Headquarters 2013!
We're happy to announce the return of deviantART's Holiday Headquarters! Follow the Holiday HQ article each day to discover deals and special offers throughout this holiday season.
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Important Notice About Account Security
There was recently
Update to the Deviation PageDuring the past month, we've been testing a number of changes to deviation pages. As the tests were ongoing, we monitored performance and community feedback, allowing us to make adjustments and improvements along the way. Thanks to such feedback, we've further improved the deviation page and have just released the latest updates sitewide.Update to the Deviation Page6 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
More From This Artist has been made more prominent! Thumbnails in the More From This Artist section have been made larger and are now based on an advanced algorithm that will surface work that is more relevant to the art currently being viewed, helping to bring more attention to you and your art. More from deviantART results (formerly titled More Like This) appear beneath More From This Artist. The right sidebar of the deviation page has been visually uplifted, with each section of the sidebar being given a clearer heading and given a cleaner overall appearance. In addition, the backg
Site Update: Suggestions Forum, Bug FixesIn 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: Suggestions Forum, Bug Fixes6 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
The New Suggestions Forum
We started running a trial of a new Suggestions Forum in May, and after monitoring its usage and the benefits it provides, we have replaced the old Suggestions Forum with a new Suggestions Forum located in our Customer Service system, Zendesk. A link to the new Suggestions Forum can be easily reached from the Forums page.
This new Suggestions Forum allows for a great deal of flexibility in how we approach suggestions, including giving staff the ability to mark suggestions as complete, planned,
Clarifying an Issue with Stock ResourcesThere appears to be a fair amount of misunderstanding on the subject of stock resources so what I would like to do today is attempt to clarify several issues which are of importance to the artists who generously provide stock resources to the public for use and hopefully dispel the confusion and misinformation which is beginning to circulate.Clarifying an Issue with Stock Resources7 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
The first issue at hand is in regards to your personal stock terms
Your Personal Stock Terms
Officially deviantART maintains only one "automatic" restriction and that is "No Commercial Use" and that particular restriction can easily be overridden by the actual stock provider.
We only ask a few things from you in return;
Site Update: Deviation Page UpdateIn 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: Deviation Page Update6 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Update to the Deviation Page
During the past month, we've been testing a number of changes to deviation pages. As the tests were ongoing, we monitored performance and community feedback, allowing us to make adjustments and improvements along the way. Thanks to such feedback, we've further improved the deviation page and have just released the latest updates sitewide.
Changes include making More From This Artist more prominent, renaming More Like This to More From
Site Update: Profile Pageviews, PresetsWhat's NewSite Update: Profile Pageviews, Presets2 weeks ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Pageviews Now Include All Profile Sections
We've updated the way Profile pageviews are counted for deviants and Groups. Many years ago, we expanded the pageview counter to include not just the front page of your Profile, but also the Journals tab and the Prints tab (but not individual Journals or Prints). We mistakenly never expanded the count to other areas of the Profile.
The pageview counter now includes pageviews to all sections of your Profile, including:
Gallery and Gallery FoldersFavourites and CollectionsOther Profile subpages: Activity, Badges, Daily Deviations, Critiques, Gallery Stats, Polls, Wishlist
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Presets in deviantART muro
Adding filters to images when using
Site Update: Change Image Size in deviantART muroWhat's NewSite Update: Change Image Size in deviantART muro1 month ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Change Image Size in deviantART muro
When editing images in Muro, you can now change the image's size, even after you've started making changes. This has been a frequently requested addition, and we're happy to make the creative process easier than ever.
Try it out by visiting Muro!
The deviantART logo was not optimized for retina screens. Fixed by lepidosteus
Deactivated accounts were still appearing in the Birthdays list in the Message Center. Fixed by duraseb
When browsing Undiscovered, the Motion Books category did not display any content. Fixed by fartprincess
Some categories in the Contests gallery were not accepting drawings done in deviantART muro. Fixed by iconocrash
Less Like This, the learning tool launched in 2012 to help improve Mor
Site Update: Happy Holidays!What's NewSite Update: Happy Holidays!3 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Help Desk Holiday Closure
The Help Desk will officially be closed from Tuesday, December 24th to Wednesday, January 1st for the holidays. However, some deviantART staff members will be handling tickets for limited hours during this time, with higher priority tickets being addressed first.
Rest assured that tickets will be answered as quickly as possible. We thank you for your patience, and we wish you a happy and festive holiday season!
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Please note: due to the holiday closure, there will not be a Site Update posted next week. We will be back on the first Thursday of 2014!
Winter landscape 23. Watercolour. by alartstudio
Thank you for the feedback on
PE: Site Updates and How to Welcome ThemSite Updates and How to Welcome ThemPE: Site Updates and How to Welcome Them5 months 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
Writing Descriptions with Sta.sh WriterAs part of our initiative to make formatting and conversation easier and more dynamic, you can now use the Add Media tool to add content and formatting to deviation descriptions, Sta.sh item descriptions, and Sta.sh stack descriptions.Writing Descriptions with Sta.sh Writer5 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
This makes it easier than ever to add formatting to your artist's description, and it also makes it easier than ever for Premium Members to include images in descriptions!
Try it out!
You can test it on the Submit page, on a Sta.sh item, or on a Sta.sh stack. Any feedback you may have can be left on this article. If you encounter any bugs or other issues, please file them in the devBUG Issue Tracker, under the Description Writer project.
Initial Release of the Motion Book ToolIn April of last year, we announced a partnership between deviantART and Madefire, bringing Madefire's signature Motion Books to deviantART and introducing a new form of storytelling to the world's largest art community.Initial Release of the Motion Book Tool1 month ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
We also announced that Madefire's professional-grade Motion Book Tool would be brought to deviantART—giving deviants the opportunity to turn imagination into a visual, auditory, and literary masterpiece, and showcase their art alongside some of the industry’s greatest creators.
After months of development and testing, we are excited to announce that the gradual release of the Motion Book Tool has begun, and you're (very likely) among the first to gain access. Having access to the Tool means you can create dynamic Motion Books just like the pros, and publish them directly from your deviantART account!
To check if
What's Hot (Beta): Trending Artwork on deviantARTArt on the RiseWhat's Hot (Beta): Trending Artwork on deviantART1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
DeviantART is a bustling and active community, and with the high volume of artwork submitted on any given day, it can be easy to miss something. In fact, it's common for artwork to go viral across the Web or get a spike of traffic days, months, or even years after it was originally submitted.
Our new “What’s Hot” browse mode surfaces artwork that’s receiving a recent increase in exposure, regardless of when it was submitted.
A New Way To Surface Artwork
We often see artwork gain a lot of attention across the Web (after being shared on blogs, social sites, etc.), but by the time this recognition occurs, our search engines don't consider it when displaying recently "Popular" deviations. The new "What’s Hot" mode is built to celebrate these surges of exposure.
What's Hot vs. Popular
The content of the “What’s Hot” page uses an algorithm that reflects what artwork has recently garnered attention, regardless of when it was subm
Undiscovered (Beta): Unearthing Quality ArtArt Under The RadarUndiscovered (Beta): Unearthing Quality Art9 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
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: Bug Fixes and FeedbackIn 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: Bug Fixes and Feedback4 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Paging and subsections navigation was broken on the Shop tab of profiles. Fixed by shadowhand
The Notes banner ad was updated to match the Message Center style. Fixed by szlosekHovering over thumbnail text of deviation that included accented characters was not displayed correctly. Fixed by helloandreA blank ad sidebar was displayed for Premium Members. Fixed by szlosekTimezones were added to the "date taken" section on photo deviations. Fixed by shadowhandThe sale price calculator on the Commissions widget was only displaying 3 digits in Sa
Site Update: Bug Fixes and FeedbackChange LogSite Update: Bug Fixes and Feedback3 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
The login modal would not appear on some pages, which would instead redirect logged out deviants to the login page. Fixed by shadowhand
When a Group Gallery had only one publicly visible folder and other folders visible only to certain Group Administrators, the Gallery was still displayed in rows for all deviants. Fixed by DEVlANT
Some transparent .png deviations were not properly detected as transparent. Fixed by yumeruby
When creating a new folder in one's Notes, two folders with the same name would be created, instead of just one. Fixed by fartprincess
The displayed file size of a literature deviation would not change after being updated with a larger file size. Fixed by shadowhand
Group Notes were briefly inaccessible to Group administrators. Fixed by fartprincess
The Purchase modal for downloadable content would display twice when logging in with a new account. Fixed by shadowhand
Seniority Announcement - June 2012Seniority Announcement - June 20122 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
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 t
Welcome! To the 2013 Holiday Headquarters!Welcome! To the 2013 Holiday Headquarters!4 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Site Update: Bug Fixes and FeedbackChange LogSite Update: Bug Fixes and Feedback1 week ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Some deviants were unable to submit their new deviations as Prints. Fixed by drommk
For Journals submitted to Groups, the "Featured in Groups" section of the deviation page would no longer show additional Group names. Fixed by DEVlANT
A small number of deviations of certain sizes were incorrectly being resized by one pixel, and would appear blurry. Fixed by yumeruby
For deviations with multiple Critiques, changing between pages for those Critiques would not work if the deviation was reached from the Message Center. Fixed by lepidosteus
After removing the deviantID widget from one's Profile, the "Complete your Profile" banner would not disappear without having to reload the page. Fixed by duraseb
Puzzles have been removed from the Prints Shop. Fixed by @durasebWhen sharing one's Portfolio on Facebook, thumbnails would not display. Fixed by ArtBIT
Site Update: Gallery Frames, Description WriterWhat's NewSite Update: Gallery Frames, Description Writer5 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Introducing the New Gallery Framed Print
We are proud to announce the Gallery Frame, our newest addition to an already stellar line of Prints Shop products.
DeviantART's new Gallery Frames are an alluring yet durable option for collectors looking to preserve the art they love. In addition to its elegant design and protective qualities, Gallery Frames are also our least expensive framing option, ranging from about $25 to $75!
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Writing Descriptions with Sta.sh Writer (Beta Testers)
As part of our initiative to make formatting and conversation easier and more dynamic, you can now use the Add Media tool to add content and formatting to deviation d
Important notice about account securityThere was recently an incident on another website, completely unrelated to deviantART.com, that resulted in account email addresses and passwords for that site being leaked online. While the information was not deviantART-related, your deviantART account may be at risk if you use the same email address and password for multiple sites.Important notice about account security3 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
To protect your deviantART account, we strongly suggest that you change your password.
When updating a password, create one that is complex and unique, making it impossible for would-be intruders to identify it, whether by educated guess or calculated attack.
DeviantART strives to provide all our members with a safe and fun environment to grow and create. As part of our ongoing effort to keep your site experience protected, we're proactive when it comes to account security.