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Start with Love

Start with Love

I’m so excited for deviants all around the world to share their Start With Love creations and messages. We all need inspiration for how to be during these times, and what better community to ask than the loving folks on DeviantArt.  In just two hours there are already dozens of participants, and over the coming weeks this community activity is sure to be a joy to watch as it evolves. How do we share love and positivity with each other during this health crisis? At the very least we must find the courage each day to remain connected, to reach each other and relay a positive message. ❤️ https://www.deviantart.com/team/jou
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Being Genuine is the right way to win

Being Genuine is the right way to win

If you think about all of the photos, drawings, videos and posts that have ever gone viral, the vast majority all have something very simple in common; their sentiment is deeply genuine. From kookslams to (the classic) chocolate rain, fisheye placebo, pepper and so on... countless are the examples of massive viral success. What we love about them isn't just the substance of their comedy, drama and/or beauty, it is also their genuine humanity. The best art allows us to see and ourselves. By contrast, I can't think of any success on the Internet that came about from auto-responding scripts, cut-paste responses, and phony "Thanks for the fav!" posts. This kind of thing might increase counters, and get peoples attention for a few minutes because it upsets them. But it doesn't create any lasting value. For anyone trying to build a real audience, remember that your audience is smart. If something feels off with your behavior then you lose all of your efforts in being genuine with just
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A Jupiter Loop around the Sun

A Jupiter Loop around the Sun

We're all lucky if we are able to pursue our passions, it's not something that should be taken for granted. So I am deeply grateful for our team to have the opportunity to revisit the one thing we've been trying to do for about 9 years; the completion of Groups and their proper integration into DeviantArt. For good solid real world reasons, we've not been in a position to try. And today, thanks to Wix, we are. It takes ~12 years for Jupiter to make its loop around the sun, we're 75% of the way there since Groups launched in 2009. It looks like we'll make it happen with years to spare. I personally believe it's the most important problem that's yet to be solved in online communities and social platforms. We know how to do it, and now we have the chance to. Wish us luck. We owe you this. -- Angelo
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Happy 19th Birthday DeviantArt!

Happy 19th Birthday DeviantArt!

Cover Image Credit: @Loisa Nineteen isn't usually the most exciting number of years to celebrate. For our 10th Birthday for example, we sold out the House of Blues on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, with a red carpet and real live llamas :llama: you could take your photo with out front. Thousands of deviants showed up from all over the world, and it was insane. Nineteen "19"? Not so much, typically. But DeviantArt has never been a typical place, and it just so happens that the timing of this birthday is incredibly meaningful. Serendipity. Especially if you could see things from my perspective. The theme of 19 for me is that each of us has the power to manifest their own reality, to achieve what we dream of, and to become what we want to become. The trick is that we probably won't get there the way we think we will. The path swerves, it gets bumpy, we get ill and need to stop, schedules and plans break, flat tires, broken legs. We run out of money. Relationships hurt us. And we're
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Feedback QA

Feedback QA

We got a staff release tonight with Feedback v2 (simple & advanced) and I'm using advanced mode (which most resembles the current MC) a whole lot. If you're testing Eclipse you should hopefully see this update within a week or two. It's really early to tell, but so far it has really grabbed me. I'm in Eclipse and my behaviors are a lot more familiar and similar to green, and I'm on a bit of a rampage replying to people. So to celebrate, I'd love to hear from you, answer any questions you might have presently, and generally make myself available for any feedback. You can: - Send me art to look at and comment on. - Ask me DeviantArt Eclipse questions. - Ask me general DeviantArt questions. - Ask me most questions. I'd really prefer not to discuss: - Specific moderation desk cases. - Interpersonal issues between you and other members. - Politics. Ask away!
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Where Art Starts

Where Art Starts

I'm endlessly inspired by my deviant watch, the notes that are sent to me and the feedback that I receive. This is a Journal about my regular experience on DeviantArt. Reviewing my mentions (https://www.deviantart.com/mentions) A post about who has the most llama badges. No, it isn't me. Once you have 10,000 you have a golden llama. But, even if you have 100,000 you still just have a golden llama. I'll find out who has the most and update this journal!sergbel (https://www.deviantart.com/sergbel) wrote a journal titled, "Learn about the founder of DA!" after finding a video interview that I did for a class at USC in 2012 and another one called 'This Week in Startups'. The first interview was super personal at poin
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Do you know what fires your imagination

Do you know what fires your imagination

Everybody has an imagination. Some of us have learned to use ours better than others. People say they aren't creative, but everybody is creative, because everybody has an imagination. Imagination needs to be fed, but not necessarily in the form your medium. Because that is akin to cannibalism to me. Do you know what fires your imagination? -- Justin Maller ekud (https://www.deviantart.com/ekud) spyed (https://www.deviantart.com/spyed): Why do creative people need a community? ekud (https://www.deviantart.com/ekud): Everybody needs a community, it's a deviation from the norm to have creativity be a defining characteristic of your person. A central tenant of your life. However you want to say it. So to find a group of people that share t
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Great Progress

Great Progress

A conversation with the community about DeviantArt and the road ahead has to start somewhere. In the coming weeks and months, Heidi (https://www.deviantart.com/heidi) and her team will begin an elaborate conversation while maintaining a constant feedback loop with myself, our product & engineering teams, and our whole organization. Those who peruse my journal tend to be deep insiders who want real insights and a candid perspective. At least that's how I see it. So this is a post for you. I run our core products with our product and ux teams. A lot of names and faces have changed on those teams throughout the years, but I've been your lead contributor to these design
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Magic is happening

Magic is happening

First days working on our future together. Absolutely magic. I am so excited for our progress making DeviantArt become what it needs to become. #wix #ourstory
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DeviantArt and Wix: With a Kindred Spirit

DeviantArt and Wix: With a Kindred Spirit

Earlier today, Wix.com announced its acquisition of DeviantArt, and I want you to know how incredibly positive this development is for our community, for the platform, and for all artists who haven’t yet become deviants! Twitter Facebook Google+ by spyed (https://www.deviantart.com/spyed) Earlier today, Wix.com—a leading cloud-based web development platform—announced its acquisition of DeviantArt, and I want you to know how incredibly positive this development is for our community, for the platform, and for all artists who haven’t yet become deviants! DiscoBlues by jasinski (https://www.deviantart.com/jasinski) We need to talk about the elephant in the room. You know, the one thatR
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Happy 16th Birthday DeviantArt!

Happy 16th Birthday DeviantArt!

As we strive together towards a more creative life, sharing our creations with one another for discussion, we inevitably contribute to breaking down barriers of the mind that plague others from beginning their own creative journey. This is a great positivity that we collectively contribute to society together, for 16 effing years as of today!!!!!!!!! If you can believe it. I wanted to raise a quick toast to unicorns, ponies and bloodlines of drawn horses. Big ups to llamas, hodor and pikachu. A special celebration for art that some find exciting and others find strange, because those artworks truly push the boundaries. And of course to the b
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DeviantArt Embraces DeviantArt

DeviantArt Embraces DeviantArt

Lots of high-gloss materials are headed your way to help you understand our recent history and to demonstrate what our future will look like. I wanted to get ahead of it all and just say a few things because the silence is killing me, too. We've obviously been lagging on releasing the bigger projects we've been working on. We struggled to find the right ... footing? way? balance? However you want to say it, we struggled. We learned how to use the new brand beautifully, and we gained many insights into the current vantage of the DeviantArt community but we didn't find an approach that we could fully release for all. We've been working day and
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A day at a time. <3
Baby (naht) yoda, because baby yoda is 50 already, there are 5 years between Return of the Jedi and Mandalorian, Yoda dies in ROTJ, and ROTJ spans 30 story years. So baby yoda is not yoda reincarnated, and Yoda awas alive when he was born. We donâ€
My deviation for today. Learning how to recreate ancient Greek black ink pottery in the most specialized ceramics shop in Athens, serving the surrounding museums (and public) with ancient reproductions.
We're very aware of the contrast issues, pagination, Feedback (out today!) AND the various concerns. We're currently very focused on Deviation pages, making sure that the Faves system is optimal and that commenting is breezy. Thanks for your patie
Founder Perks! The other day I mentioned to @Heidi that I wasn't able to get some of the badges, sometimes even for events I worked on, due to some CEO reason or another. So she hooked me up retroactively. Don't bother asking :llama: , it's only p
With @artgerm at #sdcc checking out the new Pepper sculpture by sideshow! Amazing moment!
Supporting some fresh artists at the hotel cafe in hollywood, enjoying a bodingtons which I've not had in a while but should not forget again. I hope you are feeling creative, and inspired at the same time. Good things happen then.
Boosted Boards bearings and belts refreshed, and we're back to operational! Headed to Venice for some action! Happy Sunday!
We love when Print Shop shipments arrive at HQ!! Also a shot of the old mark still in the lobby, new mark stickers arriving soon :)
Pretty great to see this perfectly plated DeLorean on the drive home from seeing The Martian (loved it!) on October 21st, 2015. Like a true nerd I even asked Cheebo for a newspaper to prove it. Ironically all they had was the cover of the LA biz sect...
Got to meet @sakimichan at New York Comic Con
Ready for Burning Man.

What to draw? ( Visit http://spyed.deviantart.com/journ...

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  • shark bear
  • fish hamster
  • salmon lemming
  • llama kitten
  • pony monkfish
  • meatball monkey
  • spaghetti dogs
  • sexy fish people

So about this + symbol.... ?

  |  1436 votes
  • I would like all admins to be +'s
  • I would like all admins to keep their $ symbols
  • I would like you to change your symbol back to a $
  • I would like you to keep your + symbol
  • No one cares at all.

What Kinda Cheese?

  |  3382 votes
  • Gouda
  • Swiss
  • The Really Stinky Soft Stuff
  • Cheddar
  • Jarlsberg
  • Feta
  • Other, Describe

Message Center Message Limits (Read Journal for Details...

  |  2566 votes
  • Since we're getting new features, it's fine!
  • It's fine either way, I don't care
  • Epic stupidity dude, I need to keep more messages up there than I can possibly read
  • Please don't do this!
  • Other (explain)

How do you like the new user pages?

  |  3047 votes
  • Give me. Now!
  • I like the old ones
  • Stop working on stuff you're making it worse
  • They are completely awesome

Should I throw more popcorn at pachunka?

  |  5854 votes
  • You should throw more popcorn.
  • You should throw the entire bowl.
  • Ask the magic 8 ball.
  • Signs point to: Yes.
  • Build a micrwave powered popcorn bazooka - then - Yes.
  • Yes.
  • Yes.
  • Yes.
  • Yes.
  • Yes.

What type of charity organization should we support as ...

  |  1678 votes
  • Environmental
  • Endangered Animals
  • Humanitarian Causes
  • Cancer Research
  • The Arts
  • Other (suggest away!)

Favorite Americon Idol (Top8) Contestant?

  |  234 votes
  • Blake Lewis
  • Haley Scarnato
  • LaKisha Jones
  • Jordin Sparks
  • Chris Richardson
  • Phil Stacey
  • Sanjaya Malakar
  • Melinda Doolittle

snakes on a...

  |  1774 votes
  • plane
  • train
  • automobile
  • horse
  • fig tree! where they belong!

v5 is...

  |  1903 votes
  • ... great, keep going!
  • ... bad, rethink it!
  • ... omg +fav
  • ... uh-oh delete!

Join the spyed girlie fan club!

  |  888 votes
  • Totally I am already a member
  • I joined because I wanted cookies
  • I'd never join spyed is t3h evil!
  • OMGOMG How lame!
  • I want a lolly girlie fan club instead..

I am a ...

  |  1277 votes
  • .. horrible, terrible person!
  • .. a total jerk!
  • .. seriously we hate you!
  • .. LOVED ADMINISTRATOR? YOU LIE!
  • .. Evil, evil Ninja.