Upcoming Site Changes and Your Involvement
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About a year and a half ago, we posted a journal discussing how DeviantArt’s acquisition would grant us the resources to make many positive changes for the site.  Thus far, a lot of such improvements haven’t been entirely obvious  like the many new hires across all departments (we've more than doubled our staff!) or upgrades to the tools we use behind-the-scenes.  All of this was done in order to bring you big-ticket changes, including a much-improved and redesigned site.

We've approached the redesign with a lot of consideration, which is why it’s been in development for so long.  Not only do there continue to be lengthy internal conversations discussing every piece and every feature in explicit detail, but we’ve also involved the DeviantArt community extensively.

How We’re Getting Community Input

In-Person Interviews:

Over the past few months, we conducted one-on-one interviews with deviants in cities around the world — Hollywood, Manhattan, Toronto, Tel Aviv, and Kiev, just to name a few.  These extensive, face-to-face conversations provide an in-depth picture about how deviants use the site and how upcoming changes might impact them.  We love being able to spend time with deviants and look forward to continuing the process.

Online Surveys:

Several surveys have been conducted to gauge how deviants feel about DeviantArt today vs. potential changes or features that may be coming in the future.  Depending on its goal, a survey might be made available to all deviants or targeted to a sub-set of specific deviants.  The feedback gained is critical to shaping the outcome and priority of DeviantArt's roadmap.

Advisory Board:

Founded in 2017, the Advisory Board is comprised of a diverse group of deviants whose talents and interests represent the depth and breadth of everything DeviantArt has to offer.  The group of roughly 50 deviants acts as a place where staff members and deviants can interact to gain feedback, share mock-ups and designs, and connect with each other on a personal level.  (Currently, the Advisory Board is invite-only; however, if you're interested in joining, please leave a comment on this journal.)

You Can Be Involved Too!

More surveys and face-to-face interviews are on the way, and we want to hear from as many deviants as possible.  These are great opportunities for you to provide input before any updates launch, so please keep an eye on your Notifications and notes, as this is where we reach out to deviants.  Your feedback helps us improve DeviantArt in ways that most positively impact everyone, allowing us to deliver more of what you want.

An Improved, Simplified Experience

We promise we aren't taking this process lightly.  Many deviants are passionate about the way DeviantArt functions, but we also know there are improvements that you want to see.  We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to make DeviantArt a modern and unified experience, and we deeply believe the upcoming changes will make your time spent here exponentially better.

On top of visual changes, we'll be making some other adjustments  like the way things are named and where they appear.  All of these decisions are informed by analysis of real user behavior, for both deviants and casual visitors to the site.  Our goal is to present the experiences we all love at DeviantArt more clearly and reduce instances of confusion, streamlining things that may be over-complicated.  Ultimately, this should improve participation from everybody — better, clearer ways to connect you with things that matter to you most means more favourites, comments, and deviousness to the site as a whole!

Stay Tuned

As DeviantArt grows, our mission hasn’t changed.  We believe in our community, we believe in your creativeness, and we want to grow with you.  You'll be hearing much more about the "new" DeviantArt in the coming months, and we hope you’ll stick around for the ride!  In the meantime, check out a few of the journals that deviants have written about their user feedback experiences with us:
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Over twenty members of DeviantArt's Product, User Experience, User Interface, and Marketing teams participated in a week solely dedicated to receiving in-person user feedback.  Here are a few team members plastered in a room with feedback from deviants! Banananation77, danlev, Heidi, heyheybuddy, LaurenKitsune, linakononenko, Luyda, NataliGagarina, NeitleyW, nicolikai, NWeiss, Roihim, Ruthygi, starvingartist, thedatadoctor, Tiamattson, Tiorion-ua, Tomergr, tomisagirl, UncleMartyPants uxvital, Wannabby, yonatanbuni  (not all pictured).


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Deviants who participated in our in-person user interviews received DeviantArt swag... and delicious cupcakes! 

Questions

  1. Is there a feature or aspect of DeviantArt that took you a while to understand?
  2. What do you find valuable or unique about DeviantArt (the site) or the community?
  3. I would want a DeviantArt redesign to look more __________.



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SoltisViolin's avatar
SoltisViolin|Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Eclipse look slows ans crashes all my browsers.
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FelisGlacialis's avatar
Why on Earth have I missed so much of the early 'involvement' where as I'm active on DA on a daily basis? Why am I only now experiencing eclipse being shoved down my throat? Have I truly been sleeping?
Moreover; I have been on DA for 12 years, when DeviantArt was once truly DEVIANT. With eclipse it becomes a mainstream ugly mobile-phone-adapted, overwhelmingly messy copy of ArtStation where DEVIANT artists can no longer fully express themselves with DA ID's custom boxes, subgallery icons and make contact with fellow DEVIANT artists. DeviantArt loses it's spirit and unique open atmopshere with this 'modernized' mainstream eclipse.
I'm very disappointed.
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etccommand's avatar
etccommand|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree entirely. Eclipse seems like a downgrade.
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SoltisViolin's avatar
SoltisViolin|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well said. Exactly how I'm feeling about this whole 'change' I miss the old DA (14 years I have been part of DA)
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yereverluvinuncleber's avatar
yereverluvinuncleber|Professional Interface Designer
The female on the far right is doing the "feck off" sign, as a victory sign it has the hand turned the other way around. The V-sign originates from showing the French that we still have our bow fingers, so we can still fire an arrow. A Frenchman could cut off an Englishman's fingers after Agincourt so we pride ourselves on having a full set.

So, in effect by using the V-sign that way around she is telling us all to "feck off!".
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CreeperArt1980's avatar
CreeperArt1980|Professional General Artist

1) Is there a feature or aspect of DeviantArt that took you a while to understand?

No, It Was Pretty Great.

2) What do you find valuable or unique about DeviantArt (the site) or the community?

Well... I Would Say Unique Since This Website Has Over 1M+ Members !

3) I would want a DeviantArt redesign to look more Better.

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CreeperArt1980's avatar
CreeperArt1980|Professional General Artist

Well, 1- We Can Better Improve The Website With An .gif Picture On The Main Page And Others People's Profile Pages, 2- We Can Automatically Detect Certain Words In A Username Like : Bad Words, Offensive Words, Etc, 3- Members Can Change Their Own Birthday Date. 4- Members Can See Their Statistics From How Many People Watched You, People Viewed Your Art, Etc. And Finally, 5-

Make A Section Troubleshoot On DA Support And Add Assistant Help Online. Here Are The Idea From Me To Improve DeviantArt So Much Better ! Hope For The Reply ! -CreeperArt1980 <3

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LadySeshiiria's avatar
LadySeshiiria|Student General Artist
I've been submitting my feedback and bugs when I can. Is there anything else we can do?
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ShinobiWarriorDance's avatar
ShinobiWarriorDance|Student General Artist
The Portfolio section could definately be upgraded & When submitting deviations to group folders allow view more not just recent uploads which is 32 or 36 i think. chat is good but need more active groups. Better arrange into a tree or sometrhing.
Definately keep the thumbs for mini preview images. thats a great feature. & also keeping the signiture allowing links is good or graphics.
* Maybe adding some sort of skins or themes to profile pages would be a good idea,
   but keep a skin for the Old DA look.
* An area to make it easier to collaborate with other Artist's would be a good feature.
* If it is upgraded Should be able to keep the old DA look if wanted. As many people are used to it.
* Animnated chatrooms maybe?
* Allowing widgets like RevolverMaps or other html widgets would be good.
* Someone said in the Eclipse version the ability to write css has been taken away,
      Think this should be incoporated into more aspects of DA not just some sections.
* More options for print.
* Slightly lower prices would be better.
* Points tracking?
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PennyWise3368|Hobbyist Interface Designer
Project - Osiris and friends 

Project description - In memorial of my puppy who I lost to heart disease, I have created characters and begun writing a comic style children's book, where my pup travels across Canada helping his friends with their issues and having many other distinctly Canadian adventures together. 

Project plan - If were lucky enough to get assistance I would put money towards a publisher, as well as art supplies I would need for illustrating the comics, such as upgrading to copic markers, prisms colour pencils, cardstock, etc

Project budget - copic markers are pricey, but I would need to purchase two 72 marker sets for approximately $700, another $100 for pencil crayons, and cardstock, as well as costs of a publisher.
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dotcrossbuns's avatar
If there's a redesign, it should get rid of autoexpanding pages and replace them with "next page ... last page" links as seen below comment sections. On every site where they're implemented, they fool the reader into thinking the page isn't as long as it is (possibly by design, to cheaply acquire more traffic) and they make it impossible to see whatever is at the bottom of the page without scrolling through an indefinitely large amount of material. Here they also erase forward history in the browser when one scrolls down, and on gallery pages they make it unreasonably difficult to access the comment section. However, I expect autoexpanding pages will remain in place because Twitter and Facebook have them and everyone wants to be like them.
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NiGHTSfan223's avatar
i hope to god they dont force us to use their new design like how youtube and reddit did cause that pissed me off alot and if they dont make us use it then ill be happy
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Spicy-Hot-Sauce's avatar
Sadly they’re going to make us use it...
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NiGHTSfan223's avatar
so were sadly going to be forced to use their new horrible interface i hope to god there will be a cookie editor that will force the classic interface instead of the new ugly look hell ive been using the classic youtube since 2016 when they forced everyone to use it and ive been using classic reddit since they made that new horrid design since 2017
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LaReina-QuyaKoroleva's avatar
LaReina-QuyaKorolevaEdited |Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please, PLEASE don't go through with eclipse. Lot of people will leave the site. I'm literally begging, I've not seen one person who likes the idea of it as of 2019. We need customisation. WE FUCKING NEED ART DESCRIPTIONS. DO NOT CHANGE DEVIANTART. PLEASE.
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xXTheDreamingWhaleXx's avatar
I am sorry I am a little out of the loop..what is Eclipse and what does it do? Sounds bad..
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dotcrossbuns's avatar
You can read about it here: www.deviantarteclipse.com/ I'm not quite sure what it's like after seeing that site, but if it's anything like that animated, overdone mess of a page, I don't want it.
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ShadowRx's avatar
ShadowRx|Professional Digital Artist
Okay, WHO decided to bury "Group Notes" in the "Activity Notifications (Feed)" with all the joins, quits, removed deviations, and watches? Are you trying to make us miss questions/notes that members send? That is a TERRIBLE place to put them... it's where messages go to die!

CORRESPONDENCE does not get thrown into a pile of general notifications/alerts! These notes should stand out like the comments/replies do! At least with personal accounts you can see the notes badged in the messages drop-down... this is positively horrible. I have group notes that are weeks old that I'm just now finding!
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Proximasaur's avatar
Proximasaur|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can we return to the old version once this update takes over? Because I don't want to linger on something that's removed features I (and others) love...
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vivianazariahh's avatar
vivianazariahh|Professional General Artist
Where IS DA located? I wish very much to go there one day.-nod-
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bsienk's avatar
bsienk|Professional Digital Artist
omg - when's the new shit coming out? I'm so impatient. I'm hoping I can ACTUALLY come BACK to this platform............
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astronautCarrot's avatar
astronautCarrot|Student Digital Artist
Love the new changes
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LadyOfTheLane's avatar
LadyOfTheLane|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it
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