Season One of the DeviantArt Podcast!

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We're excited to present the first season of The DeviantArt Podcast. Our host Matt Buchholtz ( @ggmattb ), sat down with some of your favorite creative talents! Watch or listen to discover inside information, fun backstories, and the journey artists took on their path to success. Tell us what you think about season one, and who you’d like to see interviewed next, in the comments below!

Listen now wherever you get your podcast fix: Apple Podcasts, YouTube, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, and Libsyn. You can also subscribe to the RSS to make sure you never miss an update.


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Episode 016: Spreading Joy (with TsaoShin)

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Eric Lee Proctor: TsaoShin

Matt Buchholtz: @ggMattB


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Episode 015: Geeking Out (with Arvalis)

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Episode 014: Finding your Passion (with RossDraws)

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Episode 013: Paying it Forward (with Bobby Chiu)

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Episode 012: Failing Your Way to Success (with DaveRapoza)

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Episode 011: The Double-Life of Devin Elle Kurtz (with TamberElla)

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Episode 010: Creating a Community (with @REIQ)

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Episode 009: Letting the Journey Unfold (with Lilian Garcia)

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Episode 008: The Tables Are Turned (with Matt Buchholtz)

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Episode 007: Stats (with Justin Maller)

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Episode 006: Never Not Drawing (with Alli White)

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Episode 005: DeviantArt Holiday Card Project (with Josh Lim)

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Episode 004: There is No Secret (with Marc Brunet)

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The DeviantArt Podcast | Episode 003: FYI RFY (with Dalena Nguyen)

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Episode 002: Black, White, and Green (with Dalena Nguyen)

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Episode 001: A Special Place (with Justin Maller)

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nebulus99's avatar

I thought that the features of the deviantART watch 2.0 beta that was released a while back (to a selected number of people, including me) was very much in key aspects better than Eclipse in terms of the social media features in the watch 2.0 beta website. I still remember when a staff member at deviantART gave me a phone call asking for feedback. I still have the email response that I gave after the phone call, and I want to highlight some of the points that I made in the email. A copy of the email can be found here: https://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sqvgph


The two main features that I want to highlight are the watch feature and the notification feature. In the watch 2.0 website there was a watch page that had artwork that was curated from other artists as collections of artwork on the deviantART website. I think that this watch feature is an essential feature of deviantART as it allows users to explore more of the site through algorithmic ranked collections curated by other users on the site. In the watch 2.0 site, you had it in the front and centre as the main page of the website allowing users to explore artwork deviations that were suited to their tastes, in the same way that tweets are shown in a Twitter feed and Instagram posts are shown on Instagram. This is the one feature that is missing from your website that is needed for the community to grow. I missed that feature and wanted a way to get it back somehow as a feature on your new Eclipse website. You could, for example, include it in one page where people that you watch post up collections that are shown in the feed, with other similar work from other people recommended by the algorithm, and alongside new work posted up by deviantART users that a person follows. By this, I mean that the feed is simplified to one feed showing new undiscovered content recommended by the algorithm, as well as new content from people the user follows.


The notification feature was another key aspect that was really done well in the watch 2.0 beta. It simplified the notifications so that it's all shown in one feed, like how I've described the watch feature as being. The deviantART notification feature is to the Twitter notification feed, as the main deviantART watch feed is to the main home Twitter feed. It contains all the notifications in one feed on the website such as llamas given to the user and new followers/watchers from the user's account. I said that it was the single best feature of deviantART, and that was because it showed all of the update that would happen with regards to all the aspects of the users account. It would be similar to how Twitter shows new followers, new likes on your Twitter account, and recommendations of tweets that the people that you follow have liked on Twitter. I can't remember exactly how it worked, but I do remember enjoying using it, and this was probably the main reason why I came back to seeing the website again for another time.


You don't need to make a website too complex, you just need to make it functional. And being complex and functional is much better than simplicity without functionality. I feel like with this new website, you have not really evolved as a website but rather presented the website differently, like a lite version of what deviantART was. You kept the website simple, but didn't evolve the functionality of the website in a way that lets users discover more content, like the watch feature that I described above, or keep users coming back for more, like the notification feature as described above. The watch 2.0 website was a bit complex in its workings in its watch 2.0 algorithm and code. However, the design of the website was presented in a very simple and elegant way, that is, it combined the features of the website in such a way that made it easier to use and above all, functional. What I mean by functional, is how the watch 2.0 website combined it's social media aspects in it's website, which is what you are lacking in the Eclipse website at the moment. The only new feature that I see is the "Recommended for You", which is limited in how it worked because it only recommends deviantART artists that I can follow. That is a bit of how you have evolved one feature of the website, the deviantART user community and have a new feature recommending other users that have similar art on the website. That is a feature that I like seeing, and I want more of that evolution for your deviantART website, like the features that I suggested above.


I'm recalling this all from memory and ideas that I have, so the watch 2.0 features may not be accurate. But if you still have the watch 2.0 website, I would love to have screenshots of that website, simply because it's the best evolution of a website, that is deviantART, that I've seen in any website update anywhere on the internet! And that's saying a lot from my long history of internet use from the early 2000s.


Edit: I've had a look at your website again and liked what I see in the notification feature of the website. The person that I was corresponding with by email (in the link above) is Katasi Kulubya (katasihk@deviantart.com). I would love to correspond to him/her by email if he/she is still on your deviantART staff team!

3eep's avatar

I really like when team members are interviewed to talk about certain features of the site, I'd love to see more of these from people that work in different things like groups, the commissions page or to hear whoever designs the profile page talk about what goes behind the process for designing it~

ggMattB's avatar

We are working on finding ways to bring more team members in to chat! Hopefully will have some more in future eps!

MorJer's avatar
"RFY is personalizing your page." - Seriously? YOU are personalizing MY page now? Wow, great! Thank you so much. You obviuosly know my interests way better than I do. :unimpressed:
Has it ever occured to anyone at DA HQ that it might be a good idea to let deviants personalize their own pages?
ggMattB's avatar

Hi, MorJer! RFY is a new way of experiencing the Browse page based off of what you search and new artists that have shown similar styles to what you enjoy. It's optional, and you can still sort however you wished before. :)

MorJer's avatar

RFY isn't just a new way to browse. It's the default option and the front page always resets to RFY. All the other browse modes are now alternatives. And since you brought up the search... Using Eclipse I CANNOT sort however I wish, since a number of categories such as "digital paintings" or "photomanipulations" are simply missing and half of DA's users don't tag their work properly. It's one of the main reasons why I keep having to switch back to the classic green UI. Why implement something like RFY when you haven't even got the basic search functioning properly yet?
I really don't want to seem ungrateful. I know you've put a lot of time and energy into this, but after "What's hot" and "Undiscovered" RFY just seems like another over-thought unnecessary browse mode designed to force feed the users certain images, rather than let them decide what they actually want to see. I have zero influence over RFY and cannot tell which algorithms it's using. Some images do seem to fit my interests, others certainly do not. The by far best feature of Eclipse up to this point has been the mute tags as it's one of only very few parts of the site that lets users modify the system to suit his/her own interests.

ggMattB's avatar

I'm glad you're finding use in Muted Tags, that was definitely something the Product Team was excited to announce. Hopefully, some of the future announcements will be other things you'll find useful.


I truly don't feel you're being ungrateful! One of the things I love about DA is everyone's opinions and preferences honestly come from a love for art and experiencing it. We're a passionate community, for sure. I'll make sure your message and appreciation for the Category system the Green UI uses makes its way to the proper team.

Reenigrl's avatar
Thank you so much for the shout out! :D I enjoyed the podcast episode as well and how you guys are doing so much for the DA community. 
can't wait to hear what's next. 
ggMattB's avatar

Of course! Thanks for tuning in!

temtembot's avatar

oK team, i have a question, when i switch to old da why does the top bar glitch out and there is multiple of them? maybye just a bug idk.

ggMattB's avatar

That definitely sounds like a bug! We'll get some eyes on it!

temtembot's avatar

Thank you, also, Happy Halloween!

acebutterflygirl's avatar
Tbh, I don't think there's much anyone can say about the 'recommend for you' feature that can change my mind. I just don't like it and it's not something I use. Sorry. 
ggMattB's avatar

That's a-okay! That's why we kept the other options there for you as well. :)

acebutterflygirl's avatar
Well, I still find some amazing artists here anyway so it's cool :) (Smile) 
JCoolArts's avatar
I've got some feedback leading up to a questions for the team
Eclipse is going well, I'm not finding a large amount of bugs anymore, and I'm actually ready to switch over for longer periods of time to increasingly get a firm hold of using it and it's differences.

I was going to comment about how my profile couldn't load right without freezing my browser up....but you actually fixed it!
Thank you :happybounce: :yayay: - NaNoEmo 24/30 + Plz
I just checked it out again while having several tabs open with various media as a stress test, and it actually loaded as well as allowed me to play the youtube videos...That's is pretty darn awesome.

Soooo, as for the question:
Since the holiday card project came back last year and had what appeared to be a successful run imo, do you plan on bringing it back this year as well?
ggMattB's avatar

We'll actually have @akiestar on for a future ep to chat about THIS VERY THING!

JCoolArts's avatar
Awesome, looking forward to it :D
Valognir's avatar

About submitting as much feedback as we want... I actually appear to have hit a limit on some days. :'D Spam protection or glitch?

Oh, and is it ok to use the link field, meant for screenshots, for like my bug log journal? I did that once or twice, but am not sure if that's the best way to do it. It does contain screenshots, heh.

humblehills's avatar

Hey @Daemon-Illusionum

Totally fine to use that section to link a journal or additional text! Also, can you let me know what's happening in terms of you hitting a limit submitting feedback? Feel free to send me a note if that's easier. Thanks!

Valognir's avatar

Ah, thanks. That's good to know. It says link to screenshot, so I wasn't sure, hehe.


If you don't mind, I'll keep it here, in case others have a similar problem.

When I submit a lot of feedback, it eventually just stop working. The checkboxes under "what would you like to do" turn red, as if none was selected. I made extra sure one was, but no luck. After a few hours or the next day, it works again.

From others I heard the submit button simply stops working, with no visual indicator of anything going wrong.

I assumed it was poorly communicated spam protection.

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BeckyKidus's avatar

Would we, the community, be given an option to ask questions which you answer in the podcast?

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