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I think this first idea was waaaaaaay better by MirRoriel I think this first idea was waaaaaaay better by MirRoriel
I've never really said anything in the past whenever dA ups and makes its changes to the status quo much to the chagrin and consternation of what seems to be the majority of its loyal members. One time they even made a poll where we could vote for a proposed change and despite the majority (albeit underwhelming) voting for things to remain the way they were, dA went ahead and did its own thing as though we didn't exist.

Its the same pattern over and over. They change, enhance, revamp, some would even say, regress. We complain bitterly for a few days, then we get over it, used to it, forget and move on. Humans despise change but we'll get over it. Basically.

But this is too much. What is this? Why does the dA logo look like a flipping inequality sign. I've read the whole clichéd marketing spiel despite it being WAAAAAAAY TL;DR (wow) and I'm still not convinced. I saw the video. The logo originates from chopping off the extremities of this picture I've posted.

This posted image makes 1000% more sense to me than the slashed through Z. I cannot identify with what is now our Z/inequality sign. 

This whole thing made to "challenge perceptions and perspectives" and "turn the art world upside down" reminds me of a fantastic post I came across on tumblr were a cleaner in an art gallery threw away elements of a modern artist's installation because she mistook it for trash.

"If modern art is meant to pose the question, 'What is art really?' it has to be prepared for the viewer to answer that question"

And just like that cleaning lady, my answer is: Not this
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CosySister Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017   Traditional Artist
Oooh.. Emote - Fangirl La Derp 

Seriously, I could not see what the logo was supposed to be. All I could see was the inequality sign :D "Welcome to DeviantArt, nobody's equal here" lol
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LordBlackTiger666 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
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surrealistic-gloom Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
I think so either! Way better!
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palowsky Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
New logo is harder to understand for me as well. It seems to me they were trying for the use of negative space for it, but not everyone interprets negative space the same way, if ever. There are hidden messages in famous logos, but I too think they needed to pay more attention to us users.
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sapharradragon Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally agree! i liked this stage of it! but here, you can change it back to the old if you like;
www.deviantart.com/art/deviant…
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ajaxtorbin Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
Check out my new GreenDot icon . .  it shall inspire a new generation to create art!
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RangerX764 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 9, 2014
I like your picture more than the Z logo. The new logo should have been dA in a new style, not a Z/not equal sign.
rangerx764.deviantart.com/jour…
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Mr-Pink-Rose Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
I totally agree!
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VixenDra Featured By Owner Edited Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
at least the upper version doesn't do this:
PK and DA logos overlay by Aniusia483
as it has more elements (making it different) than just those 3 lines the introduced one shares with Platzkart's
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HNBBTF Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
I personally didn't care for the old logo. I probably wouldn't have noticed a changed logo. But they changed it to something so Alien that it just left me scratching my head wondering what the hell it was, how does it relate to DeviantArt. You have to watch a picture, or video explaining it. Putting a picture like this in this link anightlypony.deviantart.com/ar… in the top left corner as the logo/hompage button showing the full DA, but making the cutoff standout would go a long way in explaining the new logo.
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hulaheba Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
/to spyed change it to the old logo k?

























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Eboy4190 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
"It represents art and us and blah blah blah!"

"....it's a fuckin Z..."
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MemosNiceSide Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Ooooooh. Now I get the new logo. It totaly puzzled me why the new logo is a Z. (also I thought that was a temporary thing, like just over the holydays)
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BlitzKreg-Trixie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This was actually one of the best posts I saw about the logo.

I don't mind DA changing anything about anything about them, but a logo is supposed to be recognizable and identifiable. When you see it, you're supposed to immediately KNOW who they are. It's their signature, their sign, and a chopped off ≠ doesn't makes sense at all.

I like this version way better as well. 
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HermanManly Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really, really love the new logo...
It might be a bit better if they continued just the arc on the left side a bit more so it's not a straight line, but I think it's awesome, because it can be so many things.
I asked like 20 people and everyone told me they see something else, and I saw something else entirely because I know where it comes from (this image)
I think of it as sort of an "inside" thing, where everyone can see it, but only the ones involved actually know its meaning.

I think it's a really cool idea
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sidekick777 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
The smiley-face that is LG's logo still has the letters "LG" contained within it.

This odd Z/≠-hybrid has no relation to anything this site has ever represented, or (barring some drastic and probably-destructive sitewide-revamp) anything it will ever represent.

dA was simple. It was an immediately-recognizable acronym that was quick and to-the-point.

DeviantArt.
DA.
Simple, right?

As it is now, DeviantArt has failed to convey any potential-reasoning aside from changing it for changes' sake.

I strongly believe that discarding the massive piece of the site's identity that is the original-logo is a huge mistake that can be VERY easily remedied by listening to the users.

Please change it back.
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Antharius1337 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Yeah.
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FriendlyPiranha Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
I hate the new logo. I think they should keep the old one.
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nostrabot Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
i think the same
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monkeyrockla Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the new logo is also stolen from this company platzkart.ru/
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W4t3rf1r3 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
It's like they thought "This is a good concept, but do you know what would look better? Cutting off the sides so it looks like a z!"
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Cem0s Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
GOODDDDDDDD
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ExpeditionFantasy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I completely agree!
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ChicknHead Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
:iconlogoshouldbeplz:   w/different coloooors oooh
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Selenada Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is a very nice logo you have!
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ChicknHead Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
thx!
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three3world Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really cool, it is how the logo is supposed to be like
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Droidigan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Student General Artist
I like this better too... But I also think it doesn't truly fit the rest of the green. Anyone?
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older14 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I know, why did they change the logo??
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Joakaha Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah indeed.
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Artificial-Thunder Featured By Owner Edited Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks very similar to mine, except I cut the crossbar. fav.me/d88ow4c
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pitfire102 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea I totally agree this would make a much better logo
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salierifemme91 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
""If modern art is meant to pose the question, 'What is art really?' it has to be prepared for the viewer to answer that question"

And just like that cleaning lady, my answer is: Not this."

FINALLY! Someone else expressing my point of view! I hate the new DevArt symbol as well!
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KingVego Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is much better Thumbs Up 
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ParallelPenguins Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014   Digital Artist
Oh man I'm so glad I'm not the only one that thought it looks like an inequality sign. THANK YOU!!
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Winged-Seahorse Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The new icon doesn't mean anything, it doesn't represent anything. You shouldn't have to read a PR version to get a sense of what it's supposed to be. I don't understand why they have to disect the letters the way they did, this 'first idea' is still sleek and fits into their plans for modernizing dA and it actually represents the fucking website by maintaining the crucial element of the letters 'd' and 'A'.
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Shamwow78 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, couldn't tell what the heck it was when I got on today - it's so ugly!...like the new website design X_X
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goRillA-iNK Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Student General Artist
The design of the dA is still there. Our mind fills in the blanks. Well, that is to say, that most peoples minds do.
I'm just happy that dA is still here after so many years and sooo much bull shit that has happened to the improvements or lack there of of this awesome web based art community.
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Rad-Puppeteer Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The logo is still throwing me off a bit in the tabs. It takes a few seconds to realize that, yes, that tab is for DeviantART. I keep thinking it's for a different website...!
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dragonpony Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same here. -.-
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calamity-casey Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think there was nothing wrong with the original
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Jazz-June Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I agree with you completely! This new design just doesn't do anything for me. I wish it stayed the same, I wish they took our opinions into account. 
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Aeollon Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014   General Artist
I've looked at that logo all day and I JUST got it....dude if a site full of artists can't understand this mess I question the CEOs of this site. I'm like you in that aspect, I never complain about the changes because things are going to change as a part of life...but that logo is just ridiculous and that whole speech they gave to justify it just proves that it's stupid and wouldn't be easily accepted. If you have to explain it then the message isn't there in the first place...All I get out of that logo is:

"DeviantArt...cutting artists off at the limbs."
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kparks Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional Photographer
Excellently put. If they felt the need to create a video to explain the logo to a bunch of artists, it is a failure.
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SpiritedFang Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
IS THAT WHAT IT IS?!
I would have never known.
The full version is so much better.
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KhlassicJazz Featured By Owner Edited Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yep. totally agree. I changed my devID and put a note below that on my profile. maybe if enough people not only commented but changed their DA pages it might affect more? i dunno. I did it to make a point, anyone who wants to use those 2 images on my page, PLEASE DO! This is part of the way i am publicly making a statement. I disagree that they are "strong-arming" the DA community into being associated with this crappy logo.
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harleqynn Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Regardless of what they were going for, the icon has totally lost the personality and warmth of the original icon, and now just looks like the kind of pandering topical design you see plastered all over malls. 
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nkmblackhyuuga Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
This is much better than the new bad Z :nod:
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ThunderClawShocktrix Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014   Digital Artist
So many of us want something that says dA in it I like the symbol but it needs to fade into the full thing dA logo idea by ThunderClawShocktrix like that or something
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logoshouldbeplz Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
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