Do you remember a time when every deviant’s work was featured on the front page? Pepperidge Farm remembers.
The evolution and deconstruction of DA’s front page
It’s no secret that I don’t like modern DA. I think the site is failing. Over the years DA’s staff have made a significant amount of changes that were meant to push the site forward, but usually did the exact opposite. DEVIANTART (formerly deviantART) has been in a steady decline, and this isn’t just me being a Negative Nancy (or a Debbie Downer as JenFruzz would put it). This decline is actually measurable.
Using google trends or statistics from similar sites, it’s easy see that DA is nowhere near as popular as it was a few years ago. The decline started in late 2009, but was barely noticeable until around 2013. Things have been det