Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login

Profile Discussion

Wed Jul 22, 2015, 11:24 PM
Untitled-1 by marioluevanosThe DeviantArt Timeline entries from the past few months have discussed how we’re focusing on user experience for DeviantArt and ways to make the site more intuitive. In this journal, we'd like to kick off a discussion on another big design-related milestone: to improve the profile experience on the site, mobile web, and mobile apps.

The DeviantArt Timeline entries from the past few months have discussed how we’re focusing on user experience for DeviantArt and ways to make the site more intuitive. In this journal, we'd like to kick off a discussion on another big design-related milestone: to improve the profile experience on the site, mobile web, and mobile apps.

A lot has changed since the last time profiles were redesigned, and we have a number of interesting design challenges and objectives this time around.

At the forefront of our minds is the presentation on mobile Web, alignment with our mobile app, and a new layer of customization so deviants can make the experience feel more distinctive to their own personality and art. The recurring topic that's surfaced during the process is the need for simplicity.

This journal includes concept designs that represent avenues we're exploring. These are works-in-progress and not final.


01

A collection of unique and interesting styles of profile pages that exist today.

:icongriffsnuff: griffsnuff

Entertaining, friendly, informational, branded, fun and unique.

View Profile

:iconloish: loish

A profile that leads with art, sophisticated and elegant.

View Profile

:iconwlop: wlop

Immersive imagery, action-oriented, connected and socially linked.

View Profile

:iconlynnchenart: LynnChenArt

A new deviant who’s learning how the community works, focused on building their gallery.

View Profile

:iconagawaer: Agawaer

Art with a focus on literature, emphasis on readability and type.

View Profile

:iconpicolo-kun: Picolo-kun

Informative, resourceful, announcer.

View Profile

:iconzilla774: zilla774

Dark, thoughtful, thought-provoking art, expressive, surreal.

View Profile

:iconartgerm: Artgerm

A well-established, long-time deviant. Professional, with a focus on art.

View Profile
Question 01

How could the DeviantArt profile serve your needs better?

02

We have a significant amount of mobile traffic coming to our site every day from various smart-devices. We also have our own mobile app that's seeing a ton of growth. With the momentum towards mobile continuing on the rise, our goal is to ensure your profile will render perfectly at different sizes, establish optimized page performance, and most importantly, keep your deviations looking beautiful.


A

Your profile is viewed across a variety of screen sizes. A smaller or larger screen will have an impact on how your content is presented.

B

The transition of a busy desktop page to mobile web will change the order of how the content is presented and how quickly it loads. Many people choose a simpler layout with less content so it works effectively across all screen sizes.

Question 02

Do you consider how your profile is being viewed on mobile when adding content and widgets to your profile?

03

So what would an artist from the world’s largest art community do with a personal image on their profile? Is this the moment your personal brand has been waiting for?

There’s a lot happening on our current profile pages: widgets, galleries, and comments. We want to start the profile redesign with a couple of new enhancements that allow you to personalize your page even more.

Below are examples of how we’re integrating a customizable art canvas that you can add with one of your latest deviations, or create a new piece of art that can be easily added.


A

:iconlynnchenart: LynnChenArt

We had fun working with this profile. Lynn made it easy for us with such a fantastic deviation to feature as her art canvas. We’ll discuss the new navigation idea further down the page.

View Profile

B

:iconzilla774: zilla774

zilla774 has been leading up these design ideas for profile and couldn't wait to add his own canvas art. This approach includes a few additional data points by the profile name in the art canvas.

View Profile

C

:icongriffsnuff: griffsnuff

The row of information on the art canvas image with the age, badges and watch button allows for a simpler navigation bar and cleaner UI overall.

View Profile

D

:iconpicolo-kun: Picolo-kun

We’re excited to see what kind of doodle Gabriel will sketch for his art canvas. The overlay on the art canvas allows us to add information to the top of the page which makes for a cleaner page.

View Profile

E

:iconpetemohrbacher: PeteMohrbacher

A taller art canvas image allows for some data points (watchers, views, etc.) to be placed on the canvas art image. We have some nice transition ideas planned for when you scroll up the page.

View Profile

F

:iconartgerm: Artgerm

This example moves the art canvas image above the profile navigation and keeps it free of user information.

View Profile

G

:iconagawaer: Agawaer

An example of a visual art free profile that has a focus on Literature or other written art forms. The art canvas is presented here is a stock option for Deviants who don’t have anything else to use.

View Profile
Question 3.1

How would you take advantage of the art canvas, and how often would you change it?

Focus on the canvas art area only - you can see how the canvas art image has scaled down to work on a mobile screen.

This is the same profile screen but at a desktop+ scale. We believe scaling up from a normal desktop size is also something we need to consider. At its largest size (big monitors) we increase the size and lock the placement of the art canvas on the left, and the content to the right scrolls. The art canvas can be filled with your latest deviations or something unique that you create specifically for this.

Some of the examples above presented the profile without a global header bar. The below animation speaks to how we’re thinking of handling it. The result is that your cover art image aligns to the top of the page, and your own personal brand is the dominant art that fans will first see.

Question 3.2

What data points and information are important to present on the profile page?

04

We’re also exploring the idea of allowing people even further personalization options with the ability to select from one of three color options (black, grey and white) for the background color of the page. This feature combined with the canvas art image should allow you to make the page feel unique and distinctive.

Color Option:

Grey

Color Option:

Dark Grey

Question 04

Would you use the option to select a background color to align with your art canvas image?

05

You’ve seen a couple of different approaches to the navigation design in profile. This is an important topic when considering mobile web, because it not only needs to be intuitive, but also needs to work across different screen sizes.

Profile Navigation

Profile Navigation

The goal of this exploration is to simplify the navigation and develop new ideas for deviants to get support from fans.

Deviations

  • Galleries Your deviation submissions grouped by gallery name

  • Favourities All of your favs grouped by collection name.

  • Work in Progress A place to post your daily sketches (versus finished deviations) with an improved 2-click submit.

Posts

  • Journals Your journal posts.

  • Polls Your polls.

  • Status Your status.

Support Me

  • Support Highlighting your deviations and activity that need support from the community.

  • Prints The deviations you have for sale as a print.

  • Commissions When you create a commission (via widget) for your fans to buy.

  • Donate Points, Give Premium Membership Other ways the community can support you.

Question 05

Do you like the simpler way of organizing your profile?

06

The most important section in a deviants profile is the gallery, and we’ve been looking at ways to improve the experience.

Below is a new style of navigation, the new thumbnail grid that we presented recently, and a different way to navigate to a specific gallery. We’re also looking at ways to include a featured deviation (the large deviation) at the top of the page.

Question 06

How else can we improve how galleries work today? Would you use the featured deviation option in each gallery?




The DeviantArt Timeline entries from the past few months have discussed how we’re focusing on user experience for DeviantArt and ways to make the site more intuitive. In this journal, we'd like to kick off a discussion on another big design-related milestone: to improve the profile experience on the site, mobile web, and mobile apps.
Add a Comment:
 
:iconblodbear:
blodbear Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018  Student Digital Artist
PLEASE do this layout for desktop!!
Reply
:icongoseuteu:
Goseuteu Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Came back to this after that new profile journal thing got posted by another DA staff member.

Quit talking about working on modernizing the site and actually do it please. 
Reply
:iconorz23333:
orz23333 Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Student General Artist
so useful....
Reply
:iconvixenkiba:
Vixenkiba Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Still eagerly waiting for this DeviantArt, is there any updates or progress on the profile revamp? The website sure could use it...
Reply
:iconzerudez:
zerudez Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's been over 2 years... when are we getting updated profiles? Also what happened to the DeviantArt Timeline? It was so active in the past years, and now there's no updates. Please don't let us down.
Reply
:iconshushia:
shushia Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017   Digital Artist
still waiting for this...
Panda Emoji-09 (We're sleeping) [V1] 
Reply
:iconyamio:
Yamio Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Been waiting since this was announced... Bunny Emoji-73 (Tears) [V4] 
Reply
:iconevilfujoshichan:
EvilFujoshiChan Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So um...Why hasn't this happened yet for PC users?
I feel that people shouldn't have to pay for a PM just to have this sort of feature on their profile.
Besides you guys make how much money a year or a month alone?...

I would use DA more if they had this sort of feature implemented for everyone to use.
On top of that: When will you guys implement "real money" widgets for PayPal users?
Is it really that hard to add a PayPal widget for PM & Non-PM users? I can see why DA doesn't get a lot of love like it used too.
I'm done with DA anyways...
Reply
:iconfairestmoss:
FairestMoss Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2017
Don't worry, premium/core members still don't have this either. I'm wondering where this is too, and I don't think it was meant to be restricted to core members in the first place. Take a look at LynnChenArt, the first person listed in the previews. She's shown as having the fancy new layout without having core.
Reply
:iconevilfujoshichan:
EvilFujoshiChan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah okay. Thanks for letting me know about this.
However, I dun like using DA for a specific reason. *Not because, of the Core PM though.
I've found better places/communities such as Pixiv, Tumblr, YaoiHavenReborn, & many other Social Media outlets I love using that doesn't require PM to doll up profile pages. ;)
Reply
:iconfairestmoss:
FairestMoss Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2017
Yeah, I get that. I'm not a DA fan myself and have been making preparations for a move, likely over to CGSociety, but I figured in the meantime I might as well clarify that for you.
Reply
:iconevilfujoshichan:
EvilFujoshiChan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Does CGSociety allow people to sell "original" fan art? Cause, I've heard stories from my favorite YouTube artist that they sell original fan art on that website along with Society6, Pixiv, & RedBubble. Although, I'm kinda scared of selling fan art cause, most of my fan art is for Disney, & other major companies such as Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Viz Media, (etc). Although, if I do end up selling my fan art I might wait & see if the original content creators will contact me from my website asking me to sell it personally so, I won't get sued by them.

Selling original fan art is so grey area it's not even funny...
Reply
:iconfairestmoss:
FairestMoss Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017
Ah.... I think for the most part, I personally lean more toward advising against it. It's not technically against the rules, you can give it a shot if you want to, but it seems most of the community produces properly original work and my understanding is that original work is what the employers camped out there are going to want to see. As for the legal grey area, that's one I tend to be a lot more wary of than most people. It is technically illegal to make money off of selling someone else's intellectual property, aka fan art, but for reputation purposes companies generally won't do anything about it.

Like I said, it's not technically against the rules, and I'm coming from a place of being somewhat intimidated by the site myself. If you want to give it a shot, go for it. They're pretty lenient in what they do allow, and the mission of the site is to help artists learn and grow. These are good things to read for yourself for clarity's sake:
Rules: www.cgsociety.org/home/rules/
Mission: www.theartsociety.com/
Privacy Policy: www.cgsociety.org/home/rules/
Reply
:iconevilfujoshichan:
EvilFujoshiChan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Once I build up an audience for my artwork I might give it a shot once I get noticed from my original works.
I'll be posting a video very soon or later on today explaining what I do as an artist & what I don't do.
So, basically on DA it's not illegal to sell Fan Art? So, then that Comic-Con Lawyer was a liar in some cases, either way I'll do my best at doing original Fan Art cause, I know it's illegal to use "official" artwork to sell for profit.

One day I might make a Red Bubble store selling my OC's as stickers or wallpaper or something. ^_^;
Reply
:iconfairestmoss:
FairestMoss Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017
Good luck!
DeviantArt has no say in what is or isn't legal. In the United States selling fan art is technically illegal. Even if you drew it yourself the characters being depicted are still someone else's intellectual property, assuming they have gone through the necessary legal process. In most cases where the developers aren't indie (so Disney, for sure), you can assume they own the intellectual property. Again I think a lot of artists just ignore that because for the most part companies won't do anything about it unless you're really stepping on their toes (I've pretty much only seen it when people have gotten together and tried to make huge fan games), but it's still something to be aware of.

You seem like a nice person.
Reply
(1 Reply)
:iconmock1ngb1rd:
Mock1ngb1rd Featured By Owner May 19, 2017
With some changes to the existing widgets and zones, or at least an option to change the layout, we all would have so many new possibilities to create truly fantastic profiles.
Small Layout Change by Mock1ngb1rd
An easier way to insert a background picture for the widgets and so on would also be fantastic.

Since even this is too much/not possible I don't believe in such large changes.
But I really hope you convince me of the opposite.

Best regards
Reply
:icondamasco25:
Damasco25 Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Los idioma, pongan más idiomas, especialemnte el español.
Reply
:iconfaultx:
Faultx Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
oh thats nice 
Reply
:icongdpr-32461354:
gdpr-32461354 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017
Yeah!! I love the new gallery layout!! Finally! :dummy: :love:
Reply
:icontheneonpolygon:
TheNeonPolygon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Student General Artist
Can see the deviantart timeline's been ditched and gathering dust, nothing since April. Doesn't that defeat the whole idea of having it? and this is over a year old!
Reply
:iconlittlewoodlouse:
LittleWoodlouse Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Student Digital Artist
DeviantArt....... it's been well over a year since you posted this........... When will you update our outdated pages.... please...........
Reply
:iconnitrokiss:
NitroKiss Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Student Digital Artist
But.. will the new design be available for premium members only? And how about the costumized windgets?
Reply
:icondakcar:
DakCar Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
It'd be really helpful if things didn't stretch out into infinity on wide screen monitors. On profiles and any other section of DeviantArt.
Reply
:iconfortunale:
fortunale Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016
maybe dA needs a webtv as well
a sort of embedded streaming platform...
[...] video tutorial, interviews, etc.
Blush Sweating a little... 
Reply
:iconwinyumi:
Winyumi Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How could the DeviantArt profile serve your needs better?
It's good right now. However, the website right now is starting to feel very lunchboxy if that means anything. I'm really loving the mock-ups you guys are coming up with. I'm always open to new things.

Do you consider how your profile is being viewed on mobile when adding content and widgets to your profile?
I don't consider it much as long as it works, fits, and is easy to navigate, which it is for the most part. However, the difference in appearance between the mobile view and the app feels odd, like DA doesn't know what it wants to look like. Lately, I'm favouring the mobile view more, especially if it will end up looking like your new mock-ups.

How would you take advantage of the art canvas, and how often would you change it? What data points and information are important to present on the profile page?
Art canvas as in the profile's "hero image"? I would definitely use it, and change it as often as I feel like. I think the current amount of data points and information is okay. Any more and the profile might look like a page for statistics rather than art. What you have on the mock-up is good. Keep all of the specifics initially hidden.

Would you use the option to select a background color to align with your art canvas image?
Yes! I'm open to any kind of profile customization. I might go with the dark grey.

Do you like the simpler way of organizing your profile?
Simple is good. But the modular design needs to stay. It enables us to arrange our profiles the way we would like our viewers to see it.

How else can we improve how galleries work today? Would you use the featured deviation option in each gallery?
I would definitely use the featured deviation in almost every gallery. Definitely take advantage of responsive layouts for wide browser viewing. In the last gallery mock-up, I like how each row has its own focus. However if the browser is too wide, I would rather have a sidebar with either the mini showcase of galleries and/or custom modules than a super blown up featured deviation and too many deviations at a glance. Or perhaps relative side margins for breathing room instead, giving a less-crowded look to the gallery and more focus to the art. Not sure which is better in this case: use up as much space available for other stuff, or giving up that something else for the art. I think I'm leaning towards the latter.
Reply
:iconmmatt0904:
Mmatt0904 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is anything coming of this or was this a discussion just to say there was one?
Reply
:iconkatrawrart:
KatRawrArt Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
  1. How could the DeviantArt profile serve your needs better? It's fine now- for core members. I don't like how not having core doesn't let you customize your profile to the fullest extent. I understand other core privileges, but I don't like that one. 

  2. Do you consider how your profile is being viewed on mobile when adding content and widgets to your profile? I don't, so I probably should. I feel like more people use desktop than mobile

  3. How would you take advantage of the art canvas, and how often would you change it? What data points and information are important to present on the profile page? I would for sure use it, and maybe change it once in a while. I'd use one of my favorite art pieces on it

  4. Would you use the option to select a background color to align with your art canvas image? I kinda like the dark grey one, so I might use it

  5. Do you like the simpler way of organizing your profile? I do. I like that idea much better.

Reply
:iconart-collecto:
art-collecto Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
For me, Fixing the 403 Forbidden Error is more important than redesign by these profile... Sometimes (or more often), i can't access deviantart.com... I have to refresh over times, or by adding "browse/all" directory after the domain... Sometimes, I can't even access my own pages. My galleries, Favorites. And sometimes so hard to Uploading an Art. Some of my Friends are migrating their art collection into Tumblr, because the tired face this problem... Maybe some command are successful, but annoying warning alert always follow... After upload an Art, there is a warning alert that the upload was error, and advice me to try again later. But after refreshing the page, content has uploaded...

I've consulting it in Deviant forum. Hope the team will fix it, because i love so much...
Reply
:iconlittlewoodlouse:
LittleWoodlouse Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I keep seeing this post featured on the Today page, but it's been almost a year since y'all said anything, are these even still coming?
Reply
:iconwishyrish:
wishyrish Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yaaas make it happen!!
Reply
:iconbubblymaika:
bubblymaika Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
  1. How could the DeviantArt profile serve your needs better? - Honestly, things are pretty fine the way they are. Maybe some quick links to other art profiles in the deviant id. My only major request would be a commission widget like the ones on weasyl or FA that allow you to show your examples or prices with ease.

  2. How would you take advantage of the art canvas, and how often would you change it? What data points and information are important to present on the profile page?- Art canvas is honestly a dumb name, it sounds like an art program. I honestly wouldn't use it; if it's implemented, an option to disable it would be nice. It looks tacky to me. As for the second point, commission information and contacts.

  3. Would you use the option to select a background color to align with your art canvas image?- Yes, I currently use a dark grey stylish skin atm because it makes everything look nicer.

  4. Do you like the simpler way of organizing your profile? No, it looks overly complicated compared to the previous.

  5. How else can we improve how galleries work today? Would you use the featured deviation option in each gallery? Galleries are fine right now. I agree with another user's criticism that the overlay feature would discourage commenting and feedback. And no, I would not use the featured deviation for every gallery. Some of my galleries are strictly doodles and random things for fun. Not all contain serious works.

Reply
:iconzagittorch:
Zagittorch Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Has this idea been scrapped?
Reply
:iconlevalier:
Levalier Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
How about profile pictures larger than 50x50 px and maybe constrained to a 30kb limit or something
Reply
:iconartblegh:
artblegh Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
i like the profile design in this post, btw. much more organized.
Reply
:iconartblegh:
artblegh Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
you guys should add something where the site will show you kinds of art you would be interested in, like the explore page in instagram. It would be really nice to come on here and see artists who share my interests and who are really great artists, rather than seeing weird recolors, photography that somebody took with an Iphone 4, and porn drawn on microsoft paint.
Reply
:icongdpr-29948763:
gdpr-29948763 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016
Hey, it's been a while! When are you going to release it? :eager:
Reply
:iconpuurplecats:
PuurpleCats Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016
nice
Reply
:iconvividpastel:
VividPastel Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the ideas for the new profile layout! :D It gives people the power to customize their profile a bit more, and the layout has more modern touches than the one we have now.
Reply
:iconmagicalflowerbomb:
MagicalFlowerBomb Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I really love the color thing, you guys really need to add this option :D
Reply
:iconlui-nyan:
lui-nyan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OF COURSE GUYS YOU NEED TO DO IT. 
I dont want to be rude but the design of dA is so old and boring. It would be amazing to see more interactive and modern-looking profiles, groups, and a beautiful home page. I like the new profile project overall. It looks nice and very customizable! 
Reply
:icontheneonpolygon:
TheNeonPolygon Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016  Student General Artist
It does look pretty dated now doesn't it
Reply
:iconlui-nyan:
lui-nyan Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes, It looks very 2007-ish. 
Reply
:iconlathcves:
lathcves Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
are you guys going to change it that way???
because the profiles and everything look so much nicer!!!
right now I am kind of unappy with how I can "decorate" my profile :c
Reply
:icontakezou74:
takezou74 Featured By Owner May 20, 2016
damn i thought they just post this in 2016. It has been almost a year since you post this and nothing is changing. I think you especially need to redesign your home page. It's messy in my opinion and there are a lot of unnecessary thing like new deviations. I think deviantart need to focus more on the art it self. You need showcase more of the art from the user.
Reply
:iconmariesacutie:
Mariesacutie Featured By Owner May 18, 2016  Student Artist
they should add where you can put your fav color on your entire page. like change your pages color it would be awesome.MEMEME 
Reply
:iconemoneylong:
Emoneylong Featured By Owner Edited May 15, 2016  Student Digital Artist
There's a few things that I don't like but overall, I honestly love it <3 can't wait..
Reply
:iconzodtra:
Zodtra Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Well I think this is becoming like facebook. But well.
1. I think DA profile is ok for me.
2. I do. I make sure mobile site and desktop site work to be atractive for people to get interested in my artwork.
4. I really wouldn't care for the background.
5. I think it's already good. But a newer way would be ok.
6. I can't think of a way to improve galleries.
Reply
:iconinstarsa:
instarsa Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I can't wait for these to release. :love: I'm ok with any change! It's easy for me to adapt, aha.
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×

:iconheidi: More from Heidi


Featured in Collections

Headlines by NikkiE-K

Journals by ILM126


More from DeviantArt



Details

Submitted on
July 22, 2015
Submitted with
Sta.sh Writer
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
421,340 (2 today)
Favourites
931 (who?)
Comments
2,003