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Fri May 29, 2015, 1:01 PM by Heidi:iconheidi:


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DeviantArt is a vast community with over 35 million registered deviants.  As such, it can be hard to find people you know or artists you might be interested in watching.  As part of our recent initiative to simplify and unify the DeviantArt experience, we're looking into new and easier ways to find help you find deviants you want to interact with.

We recently posted this question in the Forums to get a sense for how best to improve these circumstances, and now we're interested in hearing from the community at large.

How would you like to find other deviants?


Example ideas for improved connections include:
  • Deviants based on artist type
  • Deviants my friends watch
  • Deviants near you/deviants by location
  • Deviants recommended you watch
  • Search by username or e-mail 
  • Search by topic, hobby, or fandom
  • Deviants who are online
  • Deviants who recently joined DeviantArt
:lightbulb:  If you have ideas not included here, please share them in a comment!




Earth's Engine Exposed by priteeboy
In our continuous effort to improve the DeviantArt experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.

What's New

Cleaning-Up Site Naming

To kick off the site simplification process, we’ve updated a handful of naming conventions across DeviantArt — both the desktop website and mobile website — with the goal of making the site cleaner and easier to use.

Read more »



Change Log     

  • Various minor bugs involving importing files to Sta.sh were fixed. 
  • Sharing deviations on Facebook would sometimes fail to include an image, in cases where the image was too large for Facebook. 


Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update

There's still a lot of conversation happening regarding site simplification, especially as the changes in naming conventions start the ball rolling. While the process is still ongoing, your continued feedback is welcomed and appreciated!

Discuss!

Managing Notifications

Deviants sometimes tell us that getting a lot of notifications can be overwhelming. What ways could notifications be more manageable? What tools would make it easier to view and take action on your notifications?


Header artwork: Earth's Engine Exposed by priteeboy 

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Cleaning-up Site Naming

Wed May 27, 2015, 2:31 PM by Heidi:iconheidi:



As mentioned in last week’s
Beginnings of Site Simplification journal and the new DeviantArt Timeline, we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to make DeviantArt a simplified and unified experience — ultimately leading to increased participation from new and longtime deviants, adding more favourites, comments, and deviousness to the site as a whole.

Because DeviantArt has been around for nearly 15 years, we recognize that the site has accumulated a number of terms, words, and names for our various features and functions — some of which have multiple or similar meanings, and many of which increase confusion around how the site works.

We understand that DeviantArt is a community of artists from around the world who will use all kinds of creative expressions to describe numerous things and activities on DeviantArt.  We are not suggesting any uniformity in language used by the community, and are only dealing with navigation labels used on the website — not what deviants choose to call things on their own.


Getting Started

To kick off the site simplification process, we’ve updated a handful of naming conventions across DeviantArt — both the desktop site and mobile Web — with the goal of making the site cleaner and easier to use.  The truth is, many of these changes are small and likely not even noticeable to the average deviant!  These updates aren’t about adding or removing features, but are instead about cleaning up inconsistencies and having a clearer interface and navigation.


Watch

Before MySpace had "friends" and Twitter had "followers," DeviantArt had "watch" — a term that's been around since the early days of the site.  But as the site grew, we introduced several variations of the term, all essentially meaning the same thing, increasing confusion for deviants and inconsistencies on interfaces.  Today, we’re consolidating everything into “watch.”  The “+watch” button on profile pages now says “watch" and instances of “deviantWATCH” on profiles and in messages are now also labeled as “watch.”

As mentioned in our Beginnings of Site Simplification journal, we’ll soon be splitting watch and notifications — two distinct functions — into separate sections, but this change won’t be happening in the next few weeks.




Deviants

Deviants, the term for members of DeviantArt, is a strong term that we feel has a lot of meaning. On DeviantArt, you are a deviant. There are a few areas of the site that refer to deviants as “users” or “members,” and those have been cleaned up. The term “Premium Members” will be an exception for now.


Notifications

As features and functions were added to the site, the messages area on DeviantArt ballooned over time.  While we acknowledge that it needs a major overhaul, we’re taking a few small steps to begin that revamp. Over the next few days, we’ll be renaming the term “messages” and “inbox” to “notifications.”

Consuming art and other content submitted by the people you watch is a completely separate experience than when you’re replying to comments or checking how many people recently favourited your deviations. These two experiences need to be separated out and redesigned so that each of them is optimized for their distinct function. This change will be happening in the near future.

Current:



Coming soon:


Simpler, Still Devious :p (Lick)

Our mission as a website is clear: to entertain, inspire, and empower the artist in all of us.  From offering new tools for artists to developing more ways to discover each other, everything we work on is driven by this goal, and we've planned big things for 2015 and beyond.  But first, we need to turn down the noise and focus on simplicity — creating a DeviantArt that is clear and welcoming to all.





Untitled by xiongrong
In our continuous effort to improve the DeviantArt experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.

What's New

Beginnings of Site Simplification

It’s no secret that DeviantArt is a complicated site. Have you ever invited a friend to DeviantArt, only to have them ask a bunch of questions about how to get started? It’s our aim to make a new deviant's first experience as inspiring and welcoming as those who have made this community their home. We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to make DeviantArt a simplified and unified experience and we are announcing the beginnings of a site simplification process.

Read more »

Change Log

  • There was an error when uploading deviations from newer versions of Adobe Lightroom that could cause EXIF data to be corrupted. Fixed by trezoid
  • Importing files to Sta.sh when using DeviantArt muro would not work properly in Internet Explorer. Fixed by inazar 
  • For a short period, it was impossible to use journal skins. Fixed by kemayo
  • The Critiqueable page did not work on the mobile website. Fixed by micahgoulart
  • There were display issues with the pencil edit buttons on deviations in your own Gallery. Fixed by trezoid

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update!

In response to the Discuss topic, some deviants said that they don't send art in Notes, but for those who do, the primary response deviants gave for doing so was to deliver commissions or parts of art trades. Outside of that, deviants said they send art in Notes when they're sending something to a friend that they think the friend may like, or when sending a Daily Deviation suggestion to a Community Volunteer. 

Discuss!

Site Simplification

Please join the conversation ongoing in the Beginnings of Site Simplification journal!

Join the discussion »

Header artwork: untitled by xiongrong

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Beginnings of Site Simplification

Wed May 20, 2015, 2:41 PM
Img-01 by techgnotic


 

It’s no secret that DeviantArt is a complicated site.  Have you ever invited a friend to DeviantArt, only to have them ask a bunch of questions about how to get started?  Or have you ever spoken with a fellow deviant about a feature you use daily, only to learn they didn't know that feature existed?  It’s our aim to make a new deviant's first experience as inspiring and welcoming as those who have made this community their home.  We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to make DeviantArt a simplified and unified experience and, as mentioned in the DeviantArt Timeline, today we are announcing the beginnings of a site simplification process.

In the coming weeks and months, DeviantArt will begin to make changes to the way things are named and where they appear.  Each of these decisions is informed by analysis of real member behavior for both logged-in and logged-out deviants.  Our goal is to present experiences we all love at DeviantArt more clearly and reduce instances of confusion that contribute to complexity.  Ultimately, this should improve participation from everybody — adding more favourites, comments, and deviousness to the site as a whole.

Cleaning Up Naming

A while back, we asked the community about collections usage.  In response, we heard things like, “Collections?  Do you mean the folders in our galleries?” and “Do you mean the journals where people feature a collection of artwork?”  These are perfect examples around how the naming conventions on DeviantArt — the names we’ve given products and features — need work.

DeviantArt has been around for 15 years.  As mentioned, the site is admittedly complicated and there are many terms, often with multiple meanings, that deviants need to learn as a member.  When we designed the DeviantArt Mobile App, we were able to essentially start from scratch and focus on keeping things simple.  Now it’s time to bring that same mentality to the desktop site by removing complications and consolidating site terminology.

We’ll provide explicit details soon, but here are some examples of how we might change terms used on the site’s navigation:


  • Favourites, “Collections”, the “featured” folder in your favourites, and +fave could become: favourites
  • Gallery, deviations, art, and artwork could become: deviations
  • Watch, watchlist, deviantWATCH, and +watch could become: watch
  • Messages, notifications, notices, hot topics, and inbox could become: notifications

  • Members, deviants, users, and visitors could become: deviants


Navigation Design: Tier One

When looking at our existing navigation, emphasis is placed on search, shop, and DeviantArt’s home/browse.  However, we know that deviants prefer to visit their messages, profile, and so on. 

Let's take a look at the site's most used features and functions, and see how they can be translated into a new, easier to use navigation.

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 8.04.02 PM by danlev
(Please note: This is just a representation for how the new site navigation could be structured. It is not meant to be a design nor does it use real colors. For now, we're only focusing on the placement of DeviantArt's core features.)
 
In the new header arrangement above, the logo would bring you to your watch, notifications (messages) are represented by the number “264” (not necessarily consolidated into one number), Notes are represented by “8”, search, and explore come afterwards, but are still at the top.

We plan on splitting Messages into three distinct components:

  • Watch, which is currently the “deviantWATCH” section of your messages, is content submitted by the people you watch. Since deviantWATCH is vital to community health and we want to optimize this experience for the consumption of deviations by deviants you +Watch.

  • Notifications will replace what is currently the “feedback” section of messages. In the future, this will be a more powerful experience than what it is today. Based on community feedback, using Messages can often feel like a chore.  We’ve also heard that deviants avoid checking their Messages because of how cluttered everything can become, so our aim is to make notifications smarter and easier to manage.

  • Notes. We have exciting plans for notes.  In the near future, we’ll be bringing them to our Mobile App and, a little further out, we’ll be transitioning them to a more chat-like system.


Search and explore also appear on the top navigation:

  • Search will function similar to how it works today, with an improved design.

  • Explore, which is currently known as browse (and the front-page), will include What’s Hot, Daily Deviations, Today, etc.


Navigation Design: Tier Two

Below is a potential second level navigation:

2nd Level Navigation by danlev

Our watch system is the center of the DeviantArt experience for every deviant and we want to bring it to the homepage of DeviantArt.

The beauty of this design option for our home experience is that these elements can be mirrored on profiles and have the same experiences. If profile “tabs” and home/watch “tabs” were organized in the same manner, DeviantArt would be a lot easier for new people to use. Symmetry would make DeviantArt intuitive. Today, we’re suffering under the load of features and naming conventions that create a giant cloud of confusion.

Feature Symmetry by danlev

We want to streamline DeviantArt’s naming conventions, so that we can present a profile featuring exactly what you are then able to watch: deviations, deviants, favourites, journals, and commissions.

Changes in naming and updates to the interface in this direction will not happen all at once, but will instead roll out over time. Small changes may begin happening as soon as next week.












Share Your Thoughts


As DeviantArt grows, we strive to find more ways to connect you with the things and people that matter to you most, but we're becoming more and more cognizant of wanting to simplify the process — so that we can bring you the best experience and do it well.

  • How will these types of changes impact your experience at DeviantArt?  

  • What other things can we unify or simplify?

  • Which site terms/names do you find confusing?  Which took you a while to understand? 
  • Post a status update about Timeline!










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mechjunkey Featured By Owner Edited Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You guys sure are hypocritical about things you deem porn, half this site is girls taking nude pictures which is literally just porn and you do nothing case in point: www.deviantart.com/art/MX-girl… or www.deviantart.com/art/Pussy-2… but you block urls to tumblrs and delete users art (actual drawn artwork) because its 'lewd'. I'm thinking you guys just have a double standard and keep the stuff you like to fap to.
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hans-sachs Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
the pictures you linked to are well within deviantart's rules.

before making random accusations, you might weant to read: FAQ #565: You prohibit the submission of 'pornographic imagery'; what do you consider this to be?
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Enterran-Sago Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student General Artist
if it's female nudity then it's fine 
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:iconhans-sachs:
hans-sachs Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
also male nudity is fine, if it's within da's rules.
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KeirTanaka Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What if yall made it so we go to tha homepage of tha group(s) we want to affiliate with and type in our group name(s) instead of having to go back to our own group(s) to type in tha name of any group(s) we may want to affiliate with which is especially MORE tedious when ya wanna make an affiliation between upwards of 3 groups you already admin with ONLY 1 GROUP that has a rather unorthodox structure to their title!
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tanta26 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
I can't send points or give llamas!
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adream0fsin Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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YOU GUYS SHOULD DO THIS TOO, its an effort to raise awareness of net neutrality, sites are putting widgets that make the site look like its taking longer to load on sept 10th, Etsy is doing it along with a few other sites :)
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Tea-Bricks Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Deviantart isn't allowing me to sign in on my iPad. That's where all my artwork is so if I can't fix this problem then I won't be able to upload art.
I had recently cleared all of my cookies on my iPad (so I was automatically forced to log out when I did that) and I had also changed my email on my deviantart earlier that day. When I tried to log back in it said "form timeout please try again." I tried again and again but I still keep getting the same message. I don't know what I should do.
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FrostWolf8 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So Deviantart, what's it about the rumors of this deleted rainbow llama hmm?
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lionking-adopts4you Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Is this a scam?- fav.me/d7xmzfk
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gotawesome Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Llamas for Llamas? 
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FrostWolf8 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 Llama for llama it is! I give u one right now
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:iconnone-shall-hurt-now:
none-shall-hurt-now Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
I'll give you a Llama:)
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none-shall-hurt-now Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Please, please...can something be done about the adds with sound!!!? They come on suddenly, unexpectedly, and VERY loud. If you mute them they just come back 5 seconds later. It makes it nerve racking to check out others galleries and interact with them. Especially for those of us who wear headphones. I know adds are necessary, but these...really!!!!???
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lugia61617 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Adblock is your friend.
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KashimusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Get an ad blocker. If not save up :points: for a subscription. 
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none-shall-hurt-now Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Thanks, I may do both.
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Midnafan1127 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm getting art thief mail even though I'm not stealing anything so can please do somthing
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:iconhans-sachs:
hans-sachs Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
there are a lot of things in your gallery, which are not your own work. you should consider removing them.
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Midnafan1127 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I have been getting permission though
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:iconhans-sachs:
hans-sachs Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
no, you didn't. i contacted some of the rightful owners, and they said that they didn't give you permission. you are what is colloquially known as an "art-thief".
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Ask-Scourge122 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional Artist
Dear DAHQ, please ban ''MLPFanBoy221'' because he banned My Sisters DA

sincerely,Ask-Scourge122






Thanks!
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:iconkashimusprime:
KashimusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How old was your sister? 
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:iconask-scourge122:
Ask-Scourge122 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Professional Artist
14.. and im 16
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