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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.

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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!

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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!










Game-header by marioluevanosSharpen your weapons and prepare to fight for the Nexus in Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm Ultimate Fan Art Contest! Illustrate your favorite heroes engaged in battle for the chance to win cash prizes and a personalized sketch from Heroes of the Storm Senior Art Director Sam Didier. With many powerful heroes awaiting your call, who will you choose? Enter now!



















Official Rules


Enter Now







Engage Blizzard’s
Mightiest Heroes in Battle:


Assemble the mightiest heroes from across Warcraft™, Diablo™, Starcraft™, and more! Illustrate characters from two or more different Blizzard universes engaged in battle for the chance to win $6,000 USD, a framed print of your entry, and an original sketch by Sam Didier, Senior Art Director for Heroes of the Storm, and more. With powerful heroes including all of your favorites awaiting your call, who will you choose?


Sharpen your favorite weapons and prepare to fight, because now you and all of your friends can join the fight for the Nexus! Blizzard’s newest game, Heroes of the Storm, allows you to build and customize heroes from your favorite Blizzard games and face-off in fast-paced mayhem.



















About The Game






Heroes of the Storm is a new free-to-play team brawler of heroic proportions. Mobilize teams featuring your favorite heroes from more than 20 years of Blizzard games and face-off against opponents in one of seven dynamic Battlegrounds for your chance at glory!


Use the links below to learn more about Heroes of the Storm and to see a list of some of the many heroes you can choose to feature in your artwork. You can also dive into the fray and experience the game firsthand by logging in and playing the game for free!















How To Enter










STEP 1: VISUALIZE


Review the asset page to learn more about Heroes of the Storm. Select at least two characters from different Blizzard universes to feature in your artwork. You may use materials provided on the Asset Page and related pages as reference but you may not actually duplicate them as part of your submission. For more information on permitted characters, please see the Official Rules.









STEP 2: CREATE


Illustrate your chosen characters engaging in battle. You may use any visual medium excluding cosplay, photographs, or moving images. Photographs of an entry in another medium is acceptable.









STEP 3: ENTER


Your entry must be at least 2000 pixels in its shortest length and be either a single JPG or PNG file.









SHARE


Share your artwork on your social channels using the hashtag #PlayHeroes. Explore the hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, and DeviantArt to see other artists’ amazing works! This is not a required step to win or place in the contest.


















Prizing













The 1st Prize Winner Will Receive:


  • A framed sketch by Sam Didier, Senior Art Director for Heroes of the Storm, inspired by the winning entry
  • A framed print of the 1st place entry signed by the Heroes of the Storm Creative Team
  • $6,000 USD
  • $250 in Battle.net Balance (USD) and a signed boxed copy of Heroes of the Storm
  • 8,000 DeviantArt Points
  • 1-year Premium Membership to DeviantArt.com





The 2nd Prize Winner Will Receive:


  • A framed print of the 2nd place entry signed by the Heroes of the Storm Creative Team
  • $3,000 USD
  • $150 Battle.net Balance (USD) and a signed boxed copy of Heroes of the Storm
  • 4,000 DeviantArt Points
  • 6-month Premium Membership to DeviantArt.com





The 3rd Prize Winner Will Receive:


  • A framed print of the 3rd place entry signed by the Heroes of the Storm Creative Team
  • $1,000 USD
  • $100 Battle.net Balance (USD) and a signed boxed copy of Heroes of the Storm
  • 4,000 DeviantArt Points
  • 6-month Premium Membership to DeviantArt.com






22 Semi-Finalist Prize Winners Will Receive:




  • A signed boxed copy of Heroes of the Storm
  • $50 Battle.net Balance (USD)
  • 1,000 DeviantArt Points










Rules





The Blizzard Contest Begins at 12:00 am time (PDT) on May 19, 2015 and ends at 11:59:59 PM (PDT) on June 23, 2015.

  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of May 19, 2015.  Entrant may reside anywhere in the world.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PDT) on June 23, 2015 and must be submitted through the contest gallery on DeviantArt.
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com is required to enter the Contest. Membership to www.deviantart.com is free.
  • The work may originate in any visual medium excluding cosplay, photographs, or moving images. Photographs of an entry made in another medium are acceptable. Licensed brushes and textures are permitted. Read the Official Rules for more details.
  • Your entry must be in the form of a single JPG or PNG file at least 2000 pixels in its shortest length.
  • Your entry must include at least two Blizzard Heroes currently featured in the Blizzard’s interactive games, or Heroes who have been in any game released by Blizzard engaged in battle. Please consult the Official Rules for Blizzard games that are excluded.
  • You may reference but not copy the images provided on the Asset Page and in the games.
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply, so please read the Official Rules carefully.








Judging





The three winners will be selected by Sam Didier, Blizzard’s Senior Art Director for Heroes of the Storm. The 25 semi-finalists will be chosen by a panel of Blizzard’s full-time art team and by the DeviantArt Staff. The judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:


  • Depiction of the Heroes in battle
  • Overall impact of the Work
  • Technical Skill
  • Originality

Please read the Official Rules for more details about judging.































Albergo BelSito by cahilus
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

Introducing the Timeline of DeviantArt

We’re proud to introduce the DeviantArt Timeline, which will highlight the work we’ve accomplished in the past while laying the groundwork for what’s to come. Everything beyond present day on our Timeline acts as a roadmap for the future, welcoming deviants to follow progression and development toward future goals and promises.

Read more »


Change Log

  • For developers trying to create an app through the Sta.sh API, an unclear error message could occur unrelated to the actual problem. Fixed by justgalym
  • Poetry thumbnails would sometimes not display properly. Fixed by inazar
  • The autocomplete menu when including a tag or username in text would sometimes be triggered in inappropriate times, and could cause other text in the field to be lost. Fixed by Alisey
  • When uploading an image to include in a comment via the "Add Media" tool, the thumbnail for the image would be broken. Fixed by inazar
  • Usernames would sometimes be misaligned, in headings on the Watch Feed. Fixed by Alisey

Your Feedback

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

There were a variety of responses to the Discuss topic last week, and deviants offered a lot of insight into exploring creativity outside of creating. Some of the common responses included finding inspiration in dreams or daydreams, exploring nature to find new concepts or ideas, reading books or watching films to take in their stories, listening to music, or browsing art online to see what inspires other artists to create.

nosugarjustanger gave an insightful reply, saying that she is always in a general state of exploring creativity, and that she is inspired by people, and how they behave. 

Discuss!

Sending Art in Notes

Do you send artwork to other people in Notes? If you do, what tends to be your primary reason for doing so? Do you send the Note to multiple people at once, when you do?

Header artwork: Albergo BelSito by cahilus 

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Img-01 by techgnotic














DeviantArt.com will celebrate its 15th birthday in August 2015. While many online communities have come and gone during the last decade and a half, DeviantArt remains because of our passionate and committed community. In that time, we've celebrated many milestones, and it became apparent we were in need of a place to share our victories and our challenges. And since we want to move toward more complete transparency with the community, what better time to also showcase and discuss what’s to come down the road as the future of DeviantArt?


Today, we’re introducing the DeviantArt Timeline, which will highlight the work we’ve accomplished in the past while laying the groundwork for what’s to come. Everything beyond present day on our Timeline acts as a roadmap for the future, welcoming deviants to follow progression and development toward future goals and promises. We want to bring the community along with us while planning our future, and will be constantly engaging deviants about upcoming feature releases and site changes, mockups, and feedback.


Our Timeline is interactive — scroll left, scroll right, click events for additional details.





View the Timeline!











Share Your Thoughts


  1. Did we miss any important events?
  2. How do you feel about what’s to come?
  3. Post a status update about Timeline!











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Comments


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:iconepicsk8r13:
EpicSk8r13 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not giving out my real name. That is PERSONAL INFORMATION! I'm not giving out private information on the internet where people can find out your identity and try to harm you.
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:iconjirbytaylor:
Jirbytaylor Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
I am not giving you my real legal name, please do not ask again. Everyone knows me by my "real" name, or my username. Why the heck should I put my birth name in?
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:iconepicsk8r13:
EpicSk8r13 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree. There are people out there that can see your real name and find out who you are and try to harm you. I use a fake name because I don't want to be harmed by a creep.
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:iconemberthetechwiz:
emberthetechwiz Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Everyone else is doing this, and I've contacted :icontechgnotic:, but you guys might want to see the note I sent him/her.

"I would send a normal report, but this kid is deactivating his accounts right after he insults another user and I feel it is redundant to send a report on a deactivated user. He's also gone onto a wikia related to a group the victim is in and edited her main OC's page to say she was a lesbian.

:iconthestrangelatios: and :iconstrange-jack: are the same person, and, judging from his grammar and harassment tactics, under 13. This person is insulting :iconmenacingnightmares: to the point where she's considering quitting deviantart. It's gotten to the point where someone has claimed he will make a third account and continue the harassment. It's gotten so bad I've began to resort to vigilante justice (if he comes back).

I won't demand that you immediately help. I'm not going to say this is a minor problem. It's gotten to the point where rules are being broken and it is reaching beyond deviantart. If you don't have the time, it's not a problem. If you do have time to spare, please see if you can do something about this kid (or maybe comfort :iconmenacingnightmares: if that's not too much to ask, she's a nervous wreck)
Thank you for your time."
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:iconepicsk8r13:
EpicSk8r13 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi I would like to report remusyoshi please

He's been making fun of people and being a huge bully.
He's been making fun of autism
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:iconshiftyinfinity:
ShiftyInfinity Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He belittles autistic people?

Why would someone do that?

I'm autistic.
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:iconepicsk8r13:
EpicSk8r13 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea I blocked him and he's still bullying me.
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:iconshiftyinfinity:
ShiftyInfinity Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know why he'd bully you.

You seem really nice and friendly.

Hi I'm Shifty.
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:icondauntlesskitties:
dauntlesskitties Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Where can u buy\ get the stylist IRL pen?!? Please respond!!
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:iconkashimusprime:
KashimusPrime Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually they exist. They're called Gel pens. 
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:icondauntlesskitties:
dauntlesskitties Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
Um.. R u talking to the wrong person?
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:iconkashimusprime:
KashimusPrime Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No. Because Gel Pens literally do what that Stylus IRL does. You can draw on yourself and on other surfaces and paper. Markers too have that capability. But gel pens are a prettier outcome. 
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:iconskyechirisu:
Skyechirisu Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
It was an April Fool's Prank.
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:icondauntlesskitties:
dauntlesskitties Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
ARE. YOU. FUCKING. WITH ME.
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:iconskyechirisu:
Skyechirisu Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I'm not. It would be awesome if Stylus IRL actualy existed.

Now if you are a Back to the Future fan, those Nike Mags (the self-tying shoes) are actualy coming out this year around the 30th aniversary of Back to the Future Part 2.
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I do like the stylus.  I suppose the analog version would be light painting with a film camera?

I suppose I could write a formal bug, but it seems odd that "deviation in storage" should appear on my home page random favorites.  It should be a simple matter to filter stored deviations from the display.

Keep up the good work.

Steve - been here for ten years and not about to leave
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:iconcraftymaelyss:
CraftyMaelyss Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
Hello staff members of DeviantArt, I have a suggestion and issue regarding the mature content rating system.
While I do like to view gore and violent imagery from battles/horror and such, I do not like to view nudity and/or
pornography, so here is my suggestion,

Have a 'defined' mature rating blocking system where I can select what I want to see, here is an example,
GORE: [Yes]
BLOOD: [Yes]
VIOLENCE/EXTREME LANGUAGE: [Yes]
NUDITY/FETISH/SEXUAL CONTENT: [No]

I believe this will avoid the banning of certain artists who continually draw pornographic material on this site that
for some reason hasn't been removed and will at least stop the mental scaring or at least reduce it for the members
of the community.
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
A helpful variant would be to apply the filter to the "more from dA" display or, better yet, to set it with a cookie instead of a database entry.  "If I am logged in from a browser instance you haven't seen before, try to keep things reasonably work-safe."
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:iconcraftymaelyss:
CraftyMaelyss Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
I don't have that option but it would be easier if Deviants could pick specifics for
the mature content because for horror fans they would miss out because they put
the mature content on to block all the porn that certain artists draw or they become mentally 
scarred because they want to browse horror artwork but there's paintings of characters having
sex when there are website for porn.

Last I checked DeviantArt was just for art and sex has nothing to do with artwork, it's just insulting
it.
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:iconprincesshokuto:
princesshokuto Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
hello I have a problem, whenever I try to post a thumbnail in a comment or description, it doesn't work heres an example. 

:thumb518106930: 
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:iconrealitysquared:
realitysquared Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If you believe that you are experiencing a bug or other problem you should bring the issue to our customer service area located at help

Comments left on profile pages  are easily missed and a poor way to obtain assistance.
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:iconprincesshokuto:
princesshokuto Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I did do that I gotten any feed back.
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:iconrealitysquared:
realitysquared Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Do not expect instantaneous responses; your bug report will enter a queue where it will wait for assistance and when you do receive a reply it will go to your email and not into your message center.
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:iconprincesshokuto:
princesshokuto Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
see the image thats suppose to show up, isn't there.
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