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The Shape of Things to Come

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 6:26 PM


You want change on DeviantArt.  Everyone here has something they would change.  We do listen and, yes, we can’t get everything done. Still, as a community, with any change we change together because we are all here together.  

We found major talent to join the DeviantArt team this year to help us assume responsibility for major change and deliver on it.  In return, we will be calling on the whole community to exercise its responsibility of continuing to shape DeviantArt into the place where the global undercurrent of creativity feeds the future of popular culture.

DeviantArt is as binary as it is digital in its platform.  We serve equally those who produce art as those who need to see art and engage with it.  Creating the undercurrent is a function of tools as much as it is a function of community activity.  Getting these two to work in unison has always been the secret sauce of DeviantArt  and every recipe for the sauce begins with the community.

This is the shape of things to come.

New Mobile App!


They wanted me to say “new” Mobile App but really it’s not new, it’s the “amazing” Mobile App! As you all know it will be our very, very first official DeviantArt Mobile App. You’ll be able to access the entire community from your mobile devices. You’ll be able to submit art as you see it. You’ll be able to connect and browse endlessly. It’s a whole new way to experience DeviantArt.  It will turn the undercurrent towards a massive flood of creativity. When?  You won’t have to wait long.

New Site Features


There are several new site features that are all designed to liberate creative expression and advance this community:

Collections:
Art curators are the unsung heroes of DeviantArt. Collections display breathtaking, thought-provoking, emotional and brilliant galleries gathered from, and then dedicated to, the community.  You’ll get to watch Collections as they happen! Collections will be given a bigger role on the site with increased visibility, new discovery tools, and a showcase to highlight the best of the best.

The Today Page:
This is where you will want to have your morning coffee. Every day, the Today page editorial team will draw from and reflect back to the community a vibrant combination of news, features, curations and conversations about this community and its impact, pulsing into the undercurrent as the heartbeat of DeviantArt. When DeviantArt first launched and for years later it had a news section.  The Today page brings that back to an audience that has grown immeasurably in size influence and interests.  The scope is immense.

Activity Feeds:
As we designed for Mobile we understood we needed something more streamlined and direct to carry the flow of what you want to watch. The Activity Feed, already with our beta testers, is a real-time sequential delivery of every Journal, deviation, Collection, Status Update, Poll, Forum thread and Critique posted by your watchlist. From the Activity Feed you can comment or you can post new Status Updates. Keep in mind, we love the robust tools in the Message Center and it's not going away.  

Status Updates:
We’ve now added the ability to post short Status Updates to your profile or to the Activity Feed as an alternative to using Journals. It’s another push from our designs for Mobile. The simple and direct format of a Status Update lets you create informal conversations with your watchers; something Deviants have needed and requested for a long time.  Use these to share how you’re feeling, what you think about, what you’re working on, or to link your watchers to the work of an artist you love. On the Mobile App you’ll be able to use them on the go. Our new Tags will also work in Status Updates.

New Site Navigation:
New navigation will make it easier to jump in and explore the full range of DeviantArt. Everything related to Your Account will be grouped together on the right side of the page. Undiscovered, What’s Hot, Activity Feed and Today will be separated from Browse and Search to highlight and more clearly reflect their functions. The Browse bar will scroll down the page with you  a kind of obvious convenience we will try to focus on across the board as we introduce fresh design. This is the kind of change that does require time to get used to. My bet is in seven days you’ll be fine.

Tags:
We’ve already launched the beginnings of Tags on DeviantArt.  Tags let you group deviations, Journals, Status Updates, and comments by subject instead of category and will let you add them to other subject groupings. All content with the same Tags are grouped onto Tag pages that let you follow the full activity of the community on a given subject.  We’ve missed a way to connect the DeviantArt community with trending events. When you dip into the undercurrent, Tags are a way to do it with passengers.  

Daily Deviations:
We are giving new prominence to Daily Deviations lifting them up off of the footer. It’s amazing work from every corner of the community and it belongs up-front and center! In the Mobile App they will be available as a separate browse category and the same change will be made on the website in the new Header as a part of the new site navigation.  

A Fresher Look and Feel


All of these changes, particularly Mobile, made us re-examine the way the site looks and feels. As we design these new features and functions, the look on the site will be cleaner and simplified.

In early feedback we have heard concerns that DeviantArt will look like Facebook or Twitter or Tumblr. That’s not our shape to come.  Mobile is here, and we have to be ready to function within that platform and its conventions. We will start pushing Mobile to do things just like we pushed the Web. On our way, it may look like we are conforming to others; but, DeviantArt will always be devious.

We went through a deep process of re-examination and definition over the past months.  Some of that came out in the Celebrate DeviantArt's 14th Birthday Journal. Now you will actually begin to see a re-imagined us.

It’s time for change, both actual and symbolic.  We intend to seize this time together. We will in fact:








You want change on DeviantArt.  Everyone here has something they would change.  We do listen and, yes, we can’t get everything done. Still, as a community, with any change we change together because we are all here together.  This is the shape of things to come.  
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:iconmind-wolf:
Mind-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oopsie, ignore my comment it worked now, I am so excited about the DeviantART app :D
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:iconrhiaan:
Rhiaan Featured By Owner Edited Dec 10, 2014
Edit;; never mind, it's working now !! Sorry about that.

If you don't mind me asking, how did you get yours to work? Mine always says it's not available in my country.
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Mind-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Go on Google and go to DeviantART, the app should appear at the top of the screen saying view. I have an IPhone so it might be different for other smartphones.
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pulbern Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:love:
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aNgeLmiAocHii726 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Rabbit hole 
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air30002 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Will the app be available for iOS?
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:iconstrifezr:
strifezR Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
December 10 iOS and Android :)
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:iconair30002:
air30002 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Yesss
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:iconchillohaus:
ChilloHaus Featured By Owner Edited Dec 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
can't wait to check out the app! the unofficial ones are kinda laggy.

#Rabbit hole

(can u hashtag symbols NOT found on a keyboard? :D ) 
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:iconthefunktasm:
TheFunktasm Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Stop breaking stuff to look hip.
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:iconstarlitpaint:
StarlitPaint Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed.
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:icondreamsofsilence:
DreamsOfSilence Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Is there a new official mobile app out there? I can't seem to find one.
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:iconkarstenharrington:
KarstenHarrington Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It will release Dec. 10
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:icondreamsofsilence:
DreamsOfSilence Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, thanks! ^^ I read it the next day in the article as well. Should have waited 1 day with asking. haha :D
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Zirocoh Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Rabbit hole 
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:iconxiaobbb:
XiaoBBB Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:rabbithole:
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:iconearthen-arts:
Earthen-Arts Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:rabbithole:
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:iconsweetsugarylister:
SweetSugaryLister Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:rabbithole:
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:iconpuglover24:
Puglover24 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Is there going to be an official deviantart app
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:iconfelizias:
Felizias Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes.
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:iconyakkette:
yakkette Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
t last thing sounds like a period joke.
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:iconhoshikostarwolf:
HoshikoStarWolf Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
*giggles*
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:iconhall0wed-gr0und:
HALL0WED-GR0UND Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
omfg ahahhaahah x'DD
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:iconyakkette:
yakkette Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Old enough to bleed. Old enough to breed.
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:iconhall0wed-gr0und:
HALL0WED-GR0UND Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
omg no xDDDD
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:iconstrifezr:
strifezR Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Rabbit hole 
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MissBlackNails Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
New Mobile App [...]                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             When?  You won’t have to wait long
Yeah, sure... ¬¬

I want it Cry forever 
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:iconelsevilla:
elsevilla Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wowww, nice im digging new designs, specially makes it mroe easier to read on a celphone.
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:iconroxywolf:
RoxyWolf Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Mobile interfaces are lovely on mobile devices actually, the majority of them are garbage even on a tablet, let alone a phone but the traditional mouse-and-keyboard user should not be forced to adapt to such a layout, as it is counter-intuitive. Keep DeviantMobile as an app, and return the website proper to an appropriate layout and design. One-size-fits-all is not a solution to a website of this nature.
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:iconnormalideal:
NormalIdeal Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
Agree.
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:iconjwthamajestic:
JWthaMajestic Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Student Filmographer
A prime example of that would be Windows 8. We know how that turned out. Coincidentally, Windows 10 comes out next year.
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RoxyWolf Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
I've heard horrendous rumors that you /have/ to have a Windows account to even install it, let alone use it. And the charms menu is still a thing. -_-;
(On the other hand CTRL+C IS COPY IN CMD, FINALLY.)

But yeah -- innovation is all well and good, but when it doesn't pay off, LISTEN to your customers and have the humility to adapt and change.  Blindly tuning out criticism, even constructive criticism, will just leave you stagnant. I honestly like DA... or, I used to. The DA I liked in the past is no longer the DA we're using now. -_-;;
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:iconnormalideal:
NormalIdeal Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
I was just about to say that.
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:iconmarissablackwing:
MarissaBlackwing Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I completely agree.
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:iconfatherluna:
FatherLuna Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This please!
I want PC for PC and Mobile for Mobile!
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:iconroxywolf:
RoxyWolf Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
It's depressing how many websites can't understand that simple concept. Windows already learned that one-UI-for-everything just doesn't work. >.TT;;
It's the kind of thing that works just fine for some websites, but for a huge site like DA with so much varied content, separate desktop and mobile layouts would work far better.
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FatherLuna Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, they don't realize that just because a phone can't do things that PCs won't either.
I have a nice big monitor (well... compared to a phone), I don't need chunky because I'm not trying hit buttons with my fingers.
I also hope the little twig won't be their new logo it's... plain.
I hope they keep the site greenish. It's a easy color on the eyes and if goes plain white like Youtube or somewhere else I'm going to go crazy.
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:iconnormalideal:
NormalIdeal Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
Agree.
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:iconachico-xion:
Achico-Xion Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I agree with you.
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DocMikeB Featured By Owner Edited Oct 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry... but you do not listen at all members! We want the option to use the old layout.
NOT everyone uses a DAMN TABLET! This interface on PC looks HORRIBLE and lacks of functionality. And NO... its not the typical rant for a layout change... I will NOT get used to it after few weeks. I am not a sheep and I am sick of site admins ignoring the members. I will stop logging here, like I did with Renderosity 1 year ago, when they totally ruined the site.
Good luck with the tabletards tapping 24/7 the tiny screen of their Ipad and not producing art ("content consumers").
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MelGama Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
New Mobile App... this week I downloaded an app to my mobile that said DeviantArt but I'm curious and I thought that It was not official. So looks like that I'm right... :confused:
It was developed by a deviant user...
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I have been on this site 11+ years and I've been through a lot of changes, I always soldiered through and tried to encourage people to be positive.

 I hate the way the new DA looks. ONe of the reasons why I liked DA was how it stood out from other websites. There was nothing else like it, and it was innovative. Now it's trying to FB, trying to be tumblr. Trying to be instagram. There's so much junk on here that isn't allowed but never gets moderated (stolen work, screen grabs from TV shows, internet memes) it takes a lot of digging to discover new art that isn't just the popular section. I have found in the effort to be more 'social' it's had the opposite affect for me and made it so much harder. I liked art being the center of why we're social on here, and I feel it's lost that . I know from past experience DA could give a rats ass if people don't like something. It stays anyway. And things we do want take years (it took this long for a mobile app...). I just honestly... you get out of this community what you put into it and after all the perspective I have now after 11 years... I just dont care enough. DA doesn't make me want to care enough. There's no advantage anymore for me to have an account. I have to wade through so much to find something.

Honestly, I plan on closing this account of 11+ years. I get way more attention and make WAY MORE SALES on other websites. DA just isn't what it used to be for me anymore. I stuck around for a while with me different accounts to help run groups and try to encourage exposure for others but I'm just tapped out.

Ugh I just... ugh what an eye sore this time lol.

My watchers can get the last look while they can. It'll all go in storage and as I back things up- be removed. It was fun while it lasted. I just don't see the point.I always hated when people would complain like this but honestly, it's your site. You can do whatever the heck you want with it... I think my needs can be met better else where.

I am always thankful for what I got from DA in the early days. Genuine help to improve my craft, real life friends, and a sense of community. I guess part of the issues just come with growth as well and how difficult it can be to moderate and stay on top. But it's been years since I've felt like I've gotten anything from what I've put in.  I think that's a sure sign it's time to move on.

Good luck everyone.

(funny context, I found the new journal navigation a bit confusing and ended up originally posting my comment to the wrong journal. I think that's saying something right there lol)
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soniaviswas Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Deviantart is getting a tough competition from www.touchtalent.com in Asia.
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BonnyJohn Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I really enjoy all the new changes.  Thanks!
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:iconkazerniel:
kazerniel Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This new endless scrolling Watch feed and the tagging system makes it really similar to Tumblr. I don't know if that's a good or a bad thing.
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Bohma Featured By Owner Edited Oct 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Please make sure the new app can be integrated into other posting apps like Everypost & Hootsuite! Especially Everypost, because it's the only app that lets you post to your G+ personal page, not just business. This is extremely important when you post to multiple places at once like I do. Please consider this. Thank you!
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JohnK222 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
You need to support a wider range of web browsers. Every time I said something didn't work, one of the staff would bitch at me for using Pale Moon, which is a standards compliant customised version of Firefox. Plus the support for Opera has been crapola. :-(
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Kimiko1600 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
I think this is neat, the new bar at the top looks nice and clean to me too, though the messages and everything being moved to the right corner is going to have some getting used too. But I'll survive ;)
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Zhekiel Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Student General Artist
;; an app. i needs it.
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