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The Timeline of DeviantArt

Wed Aug 7, 2013, 12:21 AM

The Timeline of deviantART

In 2014, DeviantArt turned 14 years old. Fourteen years is a long time, some of you reading this may be younger than that. I've gathered some historical information with the help of Moonbeam13 and some members of the Community Relations team to help enlighten those of you who have joined in recent years and missed out on a chunk of DeviantArt's life.

I hope you enjoy taking a step back in time!

Please note: it is extremely difficult to track down some events in DeviantArt's history (in particular, the first few years) and that some dates are only approximate. founded



  • March 17: After holding a contest to design DeviantArt a logo, the winner was announced.
  • May 3: A contest was held to create DeviantArt's mascot.

  • The winner was selected via a site-wide poll - which resulted in devart mascot fella winning.
  • August 7: DeviantArt turns 1.

The first two deviations of Fella.

DeviantArt version 2


  • February 4: Version 2 launched.
  • June 25: launched - DeviantArt's first platform for members to submit and sell their prints.
  • August 7: DeviantArt turns 2.
  • December 13: All major credit cards are now accepted forms of payment for subscriptions, print accounts and other products/services.


  • February: The 1,000,000th (one millionth) deviation was submitted to DeviantArt.
  • April/May: adCast was launched.
  • August 7: DeviantArt turns 3 and launches Version 3.

DeviantArt version 3

DeviantArt version 4


  • April 28:The today page was launched.
  • May 4: The 'scraps' category was created for deviants to submit their sketches and other scraps into.
  • August 7: DeviantArt turns 4 and launches Version 4. This versions launch included the BETA release of DeviantArt Messaging Network (dAmn) and a redesigned message center.


  • June 17: DeviantArt held a massive deviantMEET called The DeviantArt Summit. More than 200 booths were at the convention showcasing artwork.
  • August 7: DeviantArt turns 5.

The DeviantArt Summit

DeviantArt version 5


  • August 7: DeviantArt turns 6 and releases Version 5.
  • November 14: On this day, deviants were given the option to submit their works under Creative Commons licenses, giving the artists the right to choose how their works can be used.


  • March 15: @deviantart joins Twitter.
  • August 7: DeviantArt turns 7.
  • September 30: DeviantArt Film category added.
  • December 7: deviantWEAR proudly announces the first ever Fella plushie.
  • December 17: DeviantArt joins Facebook.

Fella with Holga by Sting1
The first official Fella plushie.

DeviantArt version 6


  • July 10: Version 6 released. DeviantArt's biggest "upgrade" to date. Many aspects of the site were given a new, yet familiar look - including the message center, front page, footer and channels page.
  • August 7: DeviantArt turns 8.
  • October 23: The Artist Relations Department is renamed to Community Relations. Gallery Directors were also renamed to Gallery Moderators (GMs) for clarity.


  • April 17: Critique system launched to Premium Members.
  • May 13: The DeviantArt World Tour begins. Staff Members traveled around the world to different cities including Sydney, Singapore, Warsaw, Instanbul, Berlin, Paris, London, New York City, Toronto and Los Angeles.
  • July 28: Portfolio "The Awesome Version" launched to all members.
  • September 19: New DeviantArt Logo revealed by TheRyanFord
  • December 9: The 100,000,000 (one hundred millionth) deviation was submitted to DeviantArt. SimplyLemie was the writer of the submission and received a lifetime premium membership. Ironically, the deviation has since been deleted off DeviantArt.

The DeviantArt World Tour 2009

Portfolio "The Awesome Version" is launched.

DeviantArt's new logo

DeviantArt version 7


  • February 11: The Groups platform was launched to all members.
  • March 9: DeviantArt Points were launched. :points:
  • April 1: Llama Badges were launched.
  • April 3: Due to the Llamapocalypse that occured on April 1, DeviantArt launched the Let's Play Llama Trading Game.
  • May 18: Version 7 released to all members. This version was designed to make DeviantArt simpler than ever before.
  • June 14: Cake badges are launched site-wide.
  • August 7: DeviantArt turns 10 and launches DeviantArt muro - a free HTML5 powered drawing app.
  • September: DeviantArt joins Tumblr.
  • October 20: In honor of Spirit Day, DeviantArt wears purple.


  • July 22:Moonbeam13 announces that Gallery Moderators and Message Network Admins (MN@) are now unified and renamed to Community Volunteers.
  • August 7: DeviantArt turns 11.
  • September 21: deviantWEAR announces that Fella Plushies are back with a new friend, the Super Llama Plushie.
  • October 27: spyed announces and Writer.
  • October 28: News, blogs and journals are merged into one. DeviantArt introduces the Journal Portal.
  • November 18: DeviantArt introduces the DeviantArt Twitter Network - a series of Twitter profiles that tweet recently popular deviations in specific categories.

Fella and Llama Plushie Set by deviantWEAR
Super Llama and the new Fella Plushie Writer

Creative Grants Program

Premium Content Platform

More Like This


  • March 21: New DeviantArt Thumbnails are launched.
  • May: DeviantArt joins Instagram.
  • May 1: DeviantArt announces the Creative Grants Program.
  • May 8: The New DeviantArt Muro featuring Redraw is released to all members.
  • May 16: After being requested by deviants for years, DeviantArt announces that Username Changes are available.
  • June 6: DeviantArt is honored by Online Trust Alliance (OTA).
  • July 10: The Premium Content Platform is announced and released to all members.
  • September: deviantWEAR is renamed to DeviantArt T-Shirts & Gear.
  • October 4: The new DeviantArt Mobile site is launched.
  • October 9: More Like This is released.
  • November 16: The New Comments are launched.


  • January 10: DeviantArt introduces Commissions on DeviantArt - a way for content creators to generate real earnings through custom creations.
  • January 22: The new DeviantArt Submission Process is launched to all members.
  • March 6: After almost 13 years of operation, the Shoutbox on the chat page was removed.
  • March 15: What's Hot (Beta) is launched.
  • April 2: spyed announces a partnership between DeviantArt and Madefire - Motion Books are now available to browse.
  • May 29: The DeviantArt T-Shirts & Gear shop closes it's doors.
  • June 3: Multi-submit and Scheduled Submit is released to Premium Members.
  • June 13: Undiscovered (Beta), a new way to browse, is released to all members.
  • June 25: spyed "announces" DeviantArt v999.
  • July 15: Comments are now fully integrated with Writer, with the launch of The New DeviantArt Comments.
  • August 7: DeviantArt turns 13.
  • September 5: Suggestions Forum moved to Zendesk.
  • September 10: Deviation page is updated.
  • October 1: Deviant and Art Mentions are released to all members. New username symbols are announced and implemented.
  • November 30: dAmnIt - the system that allowed users to submit quotes from chat was phased out
  • December 12: Users can now submit to DeviantArt using the SketchBook app.

Commissions on DeviantArt

DeviantArt partners with Madefire

New Username Symbols

Upload artwork to DeviantArt using SketchBook

DeviantArt wins People's Choice!

Google Analytics for DeviantArt profiles

The New Today Page

DeviantArt's new logo

The DeviantArt Mobile App


  • February 25: Pageview counts now include all profile sections.
  • March 11: DeviantArt wins big at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Awards - taking home the  "People's Choice" and "Classic" awards.
  • March 19: Premium Members now have access to Google Analytics for their DeviantArt profiles.
  • March 29: Sketchfab creations are now able to be integrated in journals.
  • April 5: Verold creations are now able to be integrated in journals.
  • April 10: The  deviation pages on DeviantArt Mobile receives an uplift.
  • April 18: CSS3 features such as transition and transform are now available for use when creating journal skins.
  • June 12: DeviantArt introduces Improved Comments, which includes the ability to feature comments, edit comments and hide your own comments.
  • July 10: Deviants can now create and sell Motion Books and store purchased content on their Bookshelf.
  • July 24: DeviantArt shows its massive presence at San Diego Comic-Con for a fourth year in a row.
  • August 7: DeviantArt turns 14.
  • October 16: DeviantArt releases a wide array of new features including Tags, Improved Collections, a Watch Feed and Status Updates,  the New Today Page and the New Navigation.
  • December 4: DeviantArt boldly faces the future by showcasing their new brand and logo.
  • December 11: DeviantArt launches the DeviantArt Mobile App for iOS 8 and Android.


February 27: After almost 5 years since Llama Badges were launched, a new Runaway Llama badge is made available to deviants who accumulate 25,000 Llama Badges.

Llama Badge levels as of February 2015

Written by bradleysays for projecteducate
Information Collated by bradleysays, Moonbeam13 and communityrelations

This article will continue to be updated as DeviantArt grows. :rabbithole:

Last updated:  16th March, 2015

Check out this timeline of DeviantArt from 2000 to 2015!

Last Updated: 16th March, 2015

Change log:
  • December 5th, 2014: Journal skin updated to reflect DeviantArt's new brand. Re-wrote introduction of article.
  • January 16th, 2015: Changed "deviantART" to be stylized as "DeviantArt" throughout the whole article.
  • March 16th, 2015: 2015 section added with the first major addition of the year.
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Silerna Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
You should add more years. Timelines are fun;)
TanithLipsky Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2019
wow cool. randomly came across this. haha.
dean-scotty Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2019  Student Writer
Time for an update, I guess :|
ChilledPastel Featured By Owner Edited Mar 6, 2019  Student Digital Artist

I missed the old ver. of Deviantart (circa 2007) 

I remember those good 'ol days when I was a 7-year old child and loved to play flash games on my big brother's computer and his account 

Around 2012, at the age of 9 (And I secretly confirm my age 13 xDCuz, no kids allowed) I became a member, and of course, I was an innocent kid that time. I like stuffs, and stuffs like Poke arts, sailor moon crossovers, animal crossing, htf, etc.
*grown up from the internet lol*

Lol I hate my old cringey arts)

I deactivated around 2017 and moved to a new account. and yeah. That is were my history goes until now
liuweihang-2019 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ARPIL 11TH 2002, I BORN...:)
bee2001 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 3, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah yes, I had the honor of joining in just in time to witness version 7 just a month before that facelift
CapnDeek373 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2019
June, 2009... dA comes to NYC...
apples by CapnDeek373
PicnicKingdom Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
VanishingSilence Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
By the looks of it, DA is getting another large change.
Tamalice Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And now it's full of shit fetishists, pulling down all the good artists and the reputation of Deviantart...
killfootsforshoes88 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Dont worry, Old deviantART will be brought back by me.
Nickster19 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
February 2005 - The 10,000,000th deviation was submitted.
iandango Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I started here in 2006, with an older account (lost)
DeviantArt has changed so much
it's good times.
it's bad times.
17 years old!
luciano6254 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday, DeviantART!
Hazel-Pie Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Watching DeviantArt's growth is like watching a child turn into an edgy teenager, it was innocent and good but when we look at back then and now we ask ourselves "what went wrong?"
newrose4u Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
hahaha exactly my thought!
kistecool Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017
ThermidorResistance Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this brings back lots of memories.  I started here back in 2002, but then changed accounts in 2013.  So much has happened, but the biggest jump forward was certainly when DA released Version 5.  It made navigation and browsing so much more enjoyable.  As far as a site goes, it has come a very long way from those early days of uploading files and very basic browsing.  Stash, Muro, etc are all really nice add ons, but I won't forget the original DA.  Those were good times. :)
Kohaya7Koizu Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
If you would be so kind as to link me to a journal or to any dA admin where I can talk about the new layout of dA on browser? At least, I just would like to share my opinion. ^^

Because I am having issues. And I can't get the app, because sad to say, it adds to overheating-cause of my phone. Thank you!
bradleysays Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2016
Howdy! If you're looking at making a suggestion, you can make one at the suggestions forum. However, if these issues you are having are related to bugs then I'd advise you to visit the help desk!
Kohaya7Koizu Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh. I see, alright I'll visit those links whichever is most fitting.
Thank you very much!
GingerCat-P Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
2016 - art theft is rampant and abuse is everywhere. Good times. :)
AussieGreen09 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ayy - Icon  
DigiTomGirl Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Student Artist
dA was so cool back then. Look at it now. So dull..
StardustTrooper Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This is awesome! :dummy:
Amethystbirthstone Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
That's pretty cool how it all started. 
ArianaGrandeEdits Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It was awesome to go back in time! c:
aoikuniedaxyuukanda Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015
Wow, I have the same age as DeviantArt! XD
Bluenex101 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I Like your timeline!
ShackledMuse Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I signed up during version 5! 2007. Wow can't believe it's been 8 years already since I've uploaded my first deviation. I've learnt SO MUCH from dA, especially with regards to my Digital Art. 
BlueSolitaire Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Runaway Llamas are enticing, but it'll be a "cold day in Hell" before I reach Wizard Llama. :faint: I'll need a LOT of help. llama chase by CreatureofFantasy

That aside, I wish I'd known about this site back when it started. I think that even though we have all the "toys" on here now, I would've liked to "hang out". :) I've been on a lot of "art sites" and nothing is like DeviantART.  I love deviantART!  Shadowness is really nice but it's just not the same.
gillianivyart Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:escapingSuperllama: run llamas run RUN LLAMA RUUNNN 
Gotta catch all the llamas!
hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Love deviantart! :D
Rhyn-Art Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015   General Artist
So much memories right there :heart:
quirkyjam Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Everything that's been done with this sight! It is a way for artists to show how truly powerful we are together.
TheJokerman95 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
Amazing showcase of some of this site's greatest moments of glory.

It has all changed since then, but one thing remains; The ability to help spread creativity and help artists of all ages come together and share their gifts with the world.

Here's to another 14 years of art and creation!Clap

deviantART  -TheJokerman95 (Red Hood Forty)
Anoya Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015   Photographer
People who keep saying things shouldn't change and 'you shouldn't fix what isn't broken' should definitely take a look at this timeline. I joined in 2004. I'm not sure if I'd still be here if the site would still look like that :lmao:
IndigoSummerr Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
That is more than true, but I can't stop complaining.... why the footer? :saddummy:
Anoya Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015   Photographer
I do miss the footer as well, I think there's a decrease in the amount of views the DDs get. But I also like the new front page. I must admit I don't nearly browse it as often as I would've if it was still in the footer, but who knows they might change it back one day =)

I mean.. A lot of people are screaming that they're missing their webcams. I'll be honest, If they wouldn't have announced it, I wouldn't have noticed. I can't understand why people are still mentioning it in every single site update :O
IndigoSummerr Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
Yeah, true, I think the footer is more "important" than the webcam :B 
People are only thinking of themselves, saying they "cannot express themselves anymore" pff

The missing footer destroys the whole use of the DDs imo.
Less than half of the people will go there on their own, I bet
I was truly shocked :sighs: by Synfull  But there's nothing you can do.
I even tried noting wreckling about this but no answer :no:
I know he's not the head of this but he could've at least told me if there's a chance (maybe with many many people answering a poll or something) to bring it back
Anoya Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015   Photographer
I'm sure people are creative enough to find other ways to express themselves. We've got quite a bunch of creative people around here, so I've heard ;P

I don't know the numbers, but we can still hope they bring the footer back. I can't remember if a feature ever was brought back, to be honest.

Maybe wreckling doesn't know if the feature is ever being brought back. And as you can see a lot of people are asking him a lot of things so he might be a bit overwhelmed and might not have the time to reply to everything :B
IndigoSummerr Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
Well, it's been three months since I sent the note :saddummy: I don't think he will reply, but of course I understand :(
But I won't give up on hope D:
Anoya Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015   Photographer
Never give up hope! :#1:
rainylake Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:lol: So very true!
Anoya Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015   Photographer
rainylake Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I still can't believe that when I joined (2006) dA looked the way it did :XD: total transformation!
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