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Light

Time keeps flying whenever I'm trying to keep track of all the things that I've got going on in my life, and whenever I look away from one thing for more than a few minutes, it's like dozens of other things happen and suddenly days have gone by. This is a long-winded way of saying that stuff's been happening in my life, some good things and some less good things, but I think it's all par for the course for 2018, considering how all over the place this year has been.

I don't have a whole lot to say at the moment, so this will be short, but I've been browsing art a bit more in the wake of Eclipse going to beta, so I wanted to feature a few of the things I've seen and liked in the past month-ish. (Plus, it's an excuse to try the editor again. Feels great to use now that I'm used to it.)

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Spirit Shrine by Hideyoshi Spirit Shrine :iconhideyoshi:Hideyoshi 342 9 The Sirens Last Song by escume The Sirens Last Song :iconescume:escume 3,049 77 ARK Extinction Snow Owl by AnuDoriniTalah ARK Extinction Snow Owl :iconanudorinitalah:AnuDoriniTalah 5 0
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Eclipse - A 3-headed feedback - Part 1 on 2
Journal Part 1 on 2 (YOU'RE HERE !)
INTROPROFILE / HEADER / ABOUTGALLERY/ FAVORITES / FOLDERSDEVIATION PAGESCOMMENTS
Journal Part 2 on 2 (click here)

WATCHS / FEEDBACKS / NOTES
NAVIGATIONBROWSE AND CIEVARIOUSCONCLUSIONLINKS
INTRO

  This is a three-headed feedback/review destined to the staff. And it was made on DESKTOPS (with two screens of 1920x1080, and one of 1440x900). Because it's what we personally use during the whole day for browsing DA.
  You'll find what's nice (yes, there are some) and not (there are... much more), bugs, suggestions, and screenshots... 
  We want to apologize for any repetitions, rambling, bad explanations... English isn't our first language, and it was a really long and hard wor
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Eclipse - A 3-headed feedback - Part 2 on 2
Journal Part 1 on 2 (click here)
INTROPROFILE / HEADER / ABOUTGALLERY/ FAVORITES / FOLDERSDEVIATION PAGESCOMMENTS
Journal Part 2 on 2 (YOU'RE HERE !)

WATCHS / FEEDBACKS / NOTES
NAVIGATIONBROWSE AND CIEVARIOUSCONCLUSIONLINKS
WATCHS / FEEDBACKS / NOTES

Dot Bullet (Red) - F2U! The Watch/Feedback "text buttons/links" : Okay, it says I've got 0 things to see. But when I go on my watch, I see that I've go a lot of deviations to see (1721 deviations)... so this 0 indicates how many new deviations there are since last time I visited my watch. It would be WAY better to show 0/1721 in my case : this way I would know that I still have 1721 deviation to see, but 0 new ones since last time I saw my watch. In short, we need more info, and this is very needed. Same when
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Building DeviantArt's ARG

Before DeviantArt Eclipse would be revealed to the world (or even officially named!), the Marketing team was already contemplating how to publicize it. What could we do that was exciting, fun, and community-oriented...while not being able to reveal anything about what we were promoting?

The answer came from our bucket list: an ARG! “When we were initially brainstorming, we threw around a ton of crazy ideas, but we kept coming back to an idea of having something mysterious and fun for the community to solve that would reveal DeviantArt Eclipse,” said @danlev. “We've done puzzles and scavenger hunts in the past and they've always been pretty popular. We kept playing around with ideas and our ideas became more and more elaborate until we realized that we should develop a whole storyline, characters, and a bunch of puzzles.”

“I love puzzles and stories and adventure and secrets, so an ARG was right up my alley,’ said @mattbmattb, our Puzzle Master. “I was OBSESSED with watching people solve the Sombra ARG for Overwatch, but those were all way above my head. I liked the idea of being able to share something fun like an ARG puzzle with people that wanted to participate. It wasn’t a mandatory event, so those who didn't like it could still enjoy DeviantArt however they wished without being too affected (sorry 'bout that llama).”

SETTING THE SCENE

Now that we knew what we were doing, the next part was perhaps the most challenging. Every ARG needs a story, and you can’t have a story without heroes. The creation of Ari Banks and Bunny the Red Panda didn’t just happen overnight. “Ari and Bunny were the result of a collaborative process that involved most of the marketing team,” @bironicheroine revealed. “Each of us came up with several character duos and narrative frameworks for the ARG, and then we voted to settle on archetypes we liked, filling in the details from there. I'm proud that we named her after Artemisia Gentileschi, the baroque painter, and Bunny as a reference to the fact that almost all of us had a rabbit in our initial set of ideas! It was tough to choose just one duo, and we spent several meetings honing these ideas to make sure we had a dynamic we all liked.”

After Ari and Bunny were created, we got to work creating the story and puzzles, developing them together. @bironicheroine, @mattbmattb, and I were the driving forces behind the content with @danlev and @ekud serving as Creative Directors. Breaking the story was a pretty fluid process. We wanted the puzzle solving to actually be integrated into the story, not just something that happens outside of it, so that’s how we landed on escaped Djinn as the villains. The lore behind them is very interesting, so they’re easy to create characters around, have a lot of potential for cool designs, and are scary enough to easily imagine they’re a legitimate threat.

“One of the really fun parts of working on the Eclipse ARG was finding ways to gamify the DeviantArt platform, without relying too much on the engineering department,” @mattbmattb said. “I had a couple of goals with the puzzles, the first was to try to make them all unique, while still tying them in with the Djinn they represent. For instance, the Hinn is associated with time, so I created a puzzle that was an animated GIF that you had to wait out (or cheat by downloading); the Jaan was green, so it tied into the Hex code for DeviantArt Green; stuff like that. Additionally, I wanted them to be of varying difficulties so that all different levels of players could participate. I didn't want to get into the really intense waters that ARG tend to fall into (I can't turn binary into sound waves!).”

THE LOOK OF ADVENTURE

Story development is cool, but how did Ari and Bunny get their distinctive looks? And who drew that awesome comic??? Meet comic book artist and fantasy illustrator @iamjustino! “It was a deceptively easy and difficult process,” he revealed. “We wanted to base her outfit in reality, so it became a combination of trying to find an outfit that was both functional and looked appealing. The design process became trying to find different combinations of outfits and colors that were bright and poppy but would also stand out against the background. We also had to be aware of the time crunch that the whole project was under, so a lot of elements in earlier designs had to be cut in order to streamline the drawing process. Which ended up being super useful down the line and created a much cleaner character design for all the artists that worked on it, letting us focus more on making something cool instead of trying to match a bunch of tiny details.

“As for Bunny, it was really what can make us go ‘Aww’ the most. We had to make you want to save that poor little guy! We went through a bunch of different accessories and at one point we played with the idea of him missing a leg! It was ultimately dropped since it has hard to read and he was given his trademark crescent moon marking instead. I’m honestly really happy with the designs of both Ari and Bunny; it was definitely the work of the team coming together to really nail down her look from a loose idea into the character she is now.”

Now that Ari and Bunny had their looks, the story was locked down while the Djinn and the overall look of @iblis were created. “We wanted all aspects of the ARG to be both extremely visually pleasing and utterly immersive,” said @ekud. “When looking at the temple and the Djinn, we wanted viewers to feel like there was a rich world to discover; when viewing the comics we wanted people to feel like they were right there with Ari and Bunny on their adventure! Achieving this sensation through our visuals was the most important consideration in working with our artists.” We called on @lyno3ghe for the (very large!) Central Chamber piece, which was the source of the individual Djinn close-ups used as puzzle status markers, while @dominuself was entrusted to create the exterior of the temple.

TELLING THE STORY

With all the pieces set, we quietly launched the ARG. After we revealed we were behind Ari Banks and neared the finish line, the pressure increased for me. I loved building all the mythology, character bios (that I’ll hopefully share one day!), story journals, and this whole process, but I was most nervous about writing the endings. I really wanted to deliver something that was satisfying to read regardless of how invested the reader was in solving the puzzles. Hopefully I was able to do that!

In the end, @MattBMattB had the same hopes. “I wanted the community to have some fun,” he said. “This was a very different community activation than I had seen at DeviantArt, and I was excited to be a part of providing that. I thought it was really cool that DeviantArt was willing to give a sneak peek to those of inquisitive mind before sharing Eclipse with everyone. While (selfishly) I hope people go away from this loving Ari and Bunny, and wanting to create ALL THE FAN ART of them, the biggest thing I hope that users learn from the ARG is that DeviantArt loves its community.”

A special thanks goes out to the artists we commissioned for fan art and helped us (covertly) spread the joy of Ari and Bunny (check out the gallery for all their pieces):

@wandakun, @valentina-remenar, @monorirogue, @vashperado, @zeronis, @ysvyri, @fisher903, @mangamie. @ciorane, @deviant-garde, @dyemelikeasunset, @eirwen980, @razurichan, @humanmgn

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Juwel moth by Melaamory Juwel moth :iconmelaamory:Melaamory 568 76
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Communities Kill a Site - Not Layout Changes
Edit:
If I see one more person complain about "They are taking away my individuality and creativity on my profile!!!!!!!1111!!!" I will literally stab myself. 
Maybe, I don't know, SHOW THAT THROUGH YOUR ART. Or go back to myspace idk. 
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I have been on the internet for a long time, and I have seen more than a few sites die. It's the same song and dance every time, and with DA it's no different. The "community" rallies against the perceived powers that be, and blame them for everything they can think up.
Never for a second going "Hey maybe we just suck?"
Communities are pulled and motivated forward by the local giants, professionals, and success stories, otherwise, they grow stagnant and then eventually diminish.  
I don't see a site of people wanting to get better; I see a slew of entitled children screaming, demanding they be catered to. The professionals and those who strive to one day stand next
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Immerse by DjamilaKnopf Immerse :icondjamilaknopf:DjamilaKnopf 1,858 96 Immerse: Painting Process by DjamilaKnopf Immerse: Painting Process :icondjamilaknopf:DjamilaKnopf 890 28

Activity


This week, nearly the whole DeviantArt team — encompassing staff members from Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, Kiev, and Vancouver, to name a few — has come together at our HQ in Hollywood to focus on Eclipse and plan what’s in store for 2019.

As a reminder, we’re continuing to work on the bigger community feedback concerns — including customization and improvements to Feedback — and we hope to share more soon.

Since the holidays are coming up, and many people on our team are traveling or taking time off, we won’t have a change log to share for a short while. But we want to let you all know that we are continuing to review and analyze your feedback, and we look forward to sharing more updates with you early next year!

Change Log

  • Literature descriptions are back! (Popular request!)
  • After replying to a comment in Feedback, the notification is now automatically removed. (Popular request!)
  • Comment link pages now have "parent" and "top" buttons, and are now centered for easy readability. (Popular request!)
  • Scraps are back!
  • You can now mention a deviant just by typing (rather than selecting them from the list).
  • The Gift dropdown on profile now tells you when you've already given them a llama or they are full of cake. OMG CAKE
  • Removed minimum character count in Status Updates and Journals, allowing deviants to share a post that simply includes a deviation, gallery, or video.

Eclipse

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New Profile URLs

Wed Jun 27, 2018, 11:36 AM by danlev:icondanlev:
DeviantArt is constantly evaluating better ways to serve our community, from new features to smaller updates and bug fixes. Today, we're making a change to the format of profile URLs that will have a positive impact moving forward. In order to better serve you, we’re changing profile URLs from username.deviantart.com to deviantart.com/username


Don't worry, your old URLs will still work, and you can continue to use them. Your old links/URLs will always redirect to your new ones.

We know a lot of deviants are attached to their URLs, so the decision to make this change was not done lightly. Part of the decision-making process involved surveying active deviants, and we discovered the overall sentiment was fairly neutral. Most people did not strongly prefer one or the other — as long as old URLs redirected. But, most importantly, we believe this change will be beneficial for you.

Why Changing URLs Is for the Better

  • The new URLs will likely increase your traffic: Based on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) experts we’ve consulted with and also other sites that have made the switch, moving away from subdomains is likely to increase overall site traffic from search engines—this means more traffic to your Profiles and deviations.

  • Subdomains cause many technical challenges, inhibiting site improvement and performance. Browsers treat subdomains like different, individual sites for security reasons and, because of this, more and more website functionality is being limited to working with a single domain. Working around these restrictions makes building new features and maintaining old ones complicated, increasing the time it takes our engineers to complete projects. It also creates “buggy” circumstances while navigating the site. For example, you might have noticed that it sometimes shows the wrong artist’s name in the URL when using the “next” and “previous” buttons while browsing artwork in someone’s galleries — this is a technical limitation that is imposed by browsers for security reasons and was not possible to work around until now.

More Updates To Come!

This is a small update ahead of some major improvements we'll be making to profile and other areas of the site. You'll be hearing more in the coming months!

  1. What improvements to DeviantArt profiles would you like to see?
  2. Which part of your profile are you most proud of?



Beta Test: New Profile URLs

Tue May 29, 2018, 10:52 AM by danlev:icondanlev:
DeviantArt is constantly evaluating better ways to serve our community, from new features to the subject of this update: subdomains!


In order to better serve you, we’re changing the subdomains from username.deviantart.com to deviantart.com/username. But don’t worry, username.deviantart.com will not break—your old links/URLs will redirect to your new URLs.

We know a lot of deviants are attached to their URLs, so the decision to make this change was not done lightly. Part of the decision-making process involved surveying active deviants, and we discovered the overall sentiment was fairly neutral. Most people did not strongly prefer one or the other -- as long as old URLs redirected. But, most importantly, we believe this change will be beneficial for you.

Why Changing URLs Is for the Better

  • The new URLs will likely increase your traffic: Based on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) experts we’ve consulted with and also other sites that have made the switch, moving away from subdomains is likely to increase overall site traffic from search engines—this means more traffic to your Profiles and deviations.

  • Subdomains cause many technical challenges, inhibiting site improvement and performance. Browsers treat subdomains like different, individual sites for security reasons and, because of this, more and more website functionality is being limited to working with a single domain. Working around these restrictions makes building new features and maintaining old ones complicated, increasing the time it takes our engineers to complete projects. It also creates “buggy” circumstances while navigating the site. For example, you might have noticed that it sometimes shows the wrong artist’s name in the URL when using the “next” and “previous” buttons while browsing artwork in someone’s galleries — this is a technical limitation that is imposed by browsers for security reasons and was not possible to work around until now.

The change is now live for Beta Testers. As previously mentioned, your previous URLs and links will redirect so you can continue to use your subdomains anywhere online, on business cards, etc!


Beta Testers, please help us test!

If you do find any broken links or experience any other issues, please let us know in the comments!

  1. Let us know if any links are broken and any other problems you may come across! Please provide as much information as possible about the actions you took, places you clicked, what you expected to see, and what you got.




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humblehills Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Artist

Can I be excused from all meetings if Brad Pitt shows up again?

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danlev Featured By Owner 3 days ago

Spam-in-a-Box: YESSS

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SpringMonnie Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ms Danlev!

She an art theft
Edit Of My Oc by springbonniefan20001

She has stolen my art

Can you help me(us) please

She will still steal our arts
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LilySweetySnek Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He isnt the one who is supposed to take care of reports about users. File a DMCA and tell the other artists to do that as well about.deviantart.com/dmca
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robloxfanofbfb Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
hi!
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robloxfanofbfb Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
give me core!
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robloxfanofbfb Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
give me core!
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robloxfanofbfb Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
give me core!
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give me core!
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Nathancook0927 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 9, 2018  Hobbyist
Excuse Me I been having trouble uploading yesterday and when I was Submiting new Artwork I kept getting TIFF No Preview.

And if you know anyone who has been dealing with this problem can you please have the uploading system check and fix so something like that doesn't happen again in the future.

And I am sorry for wasting your time I just want this issue handle before it get anyworse.
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Sombreval Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2018
Hello, i wanted to test eclipse, but, the button don't appaer in my menu... :-/
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LilySweetySnek Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Only CORE members can for the moment
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BloodyWing Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist

:D

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LunettaSolari Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
keep custom boxes on eclipse thanks 
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