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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

The New Mobile Web Header

A new header for the mobile website has just been released! Our mobile website header has been given a minor overhaul to be more mobile-friendly, and given a sleek new look to match.

Menu items have been updated for ease of access and use, providing a solid balance of clarity and functionality. Everything that was previously available through the menu accessed by tapping on the logo is still present, so everything you know and love is still one tap away.

Mobile Web Header by wreckling


Change Log

  • The Webcam widget on Profile Pages has been phased out. Over the years, as the web has evolved, it has lost its original value. Members can include images in Custom widgets or widget descriptions. Premium Members will have their webcam image automatically transitioned into a Custom widget tomorrow.
  • For a short time, uploading files was not working consistently. Fixed by chris
  • Under certain circumstances, literature and Journal deviations could end up in a partially submitted state, creating a deviation page and duplicate Sta.sh item without sending a Message Center notification. The root cause of the problem has been fixed; affected deviations will be repaired in the near future. Fixed by kemayo
  • Ads were not positioned correctly, when on the mobile website. Fixed by baclap
  • In some instances, newly created Groups would have a duplicate Journal tab. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • Older URLs to browse specific categories would not redirect to the proper new URLs. Fixed by elhsmart
  • Copying and pasting a deviant's username into a deviation description would bring their user symbol with it, and cause display issues. Fixed by inazar
  • When posting a Journal to a Super Group from the Journal tab of that Group's page, Journal Skins installed to the Group would not load. Fixed by inazar
  • An extra button was appearing on the Browse page next to the thumbnail setting buttons. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • When submitting deviations to a Group, deviations marked as Mature Content wouldn't display in the "Contribute to Group" modal. Fixed by outgoingcoyote

Your Feedback

Thanks for the feedback on last week's Site Update
  • With regard to the Discuss topic from last week, many deviants who responded said they commissioned other artists for personal reasons, usually for art of their characters or as a gift to a friend. 
  • Deviants who said that they commission artists for professional reasons mentioned doing so for graphics for their website or covers for their written works, among other things.
  • Several deviants commented on last week's update when DeviantArt encountered errors with uploading files. We appreciate your letting us know! Having said that, please be sure to file a bug report at the Help Desk should you encounter bugs in the future, as that way the appropriate teams are informed first.

Discuss!

Editing Deviations

When editing previously submitted deviations, what is your primary reason for doing so? (e.g is it to change the main file of the deviation, to update the description, etc.) How often do you edit your devations?

Header artwork: Coots by Renum63

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Cartographer by Gabriel-BS
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.

Change Log

  • A new version of the mobile app was released, including a variety of bug fixes and performance improvements.
  • Logged-out visitors will now see up to 50 comments per page on a deviation, rather than the previous setting of 10.
  • When submitting an .mp4 file from Sta.sh, the file would not be correctly identified as a video format. Fixed by szlosek
  • If more than one person gifted a deviant a Premium Membership, only the username of the last deviant who gifted them a Premium Membership would display, even if the previous gifted Premium Membership hadn't expired. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • Currency conversion was not displaying properly on the Give Premium Membership page. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • There were some display issues with dates from 2014, when viewing one's Watch Feed. Fixed by inazar
  • Visiting the Settings page when logged out would trigger a 404 error, rather than prompting the visitor to log in. Fixed by inazar
  • Widgets on the Profile Page were not consistently displaying at the same size from one browser to another. Fixed by trezoid
  • When editing one's Featured Deviation widget, the deviation selection tool was broken. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • There were sizing issues with embedded images, when browsing the Watch Feed. Fixed by kemayo
  • The category selector on the Submit page was not scrollable for Windows 8 users. Fixed by szlosek 
    

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update!
  • We're still Beta Testing the new mobile website header that was launched last week, but in response to feedback from the Beta Testing community, your message total will now display in the menu on the mobile website.
  • In response to the Discuss topic, deviants said that they would like individual deviations and Group deviations to be separated, when viewing their Message Center.
  • PlatinaSi, Lumdrop and a few other deviants suggested a third separation item in addition to the separation of individual and Group messages, specifically to view updates from deviants they've marked as Friends.

Discuss!

Commissioning Artists

When you commission an artist to create work, do you generally do so for yourself, or as a gift for others? Do you find your commissions are more for personal or professional reasons?

Header artwork: Cartographer by Gabriel-BS

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Give the Gift of Art Challenge Winners

Thu Jan 15, 2015, 12:29 PM
The Give the Gift of Art Challenge winners are in! See the winning pieces and the thoughtful gifts they represent. Always looking up to you - The Gift Of Art: by Maxxie-Delu
Wacom Give The Gift Of Art Challenge Winners

Winners

Wacom and DeviantArt challenged you visualize and depict the art of giving, and our community responded with breathtaking generosity. Three esteemed artists from the community—TsaoShin, DestinyBlue, and DavidRapozaArt—studied every semi-finalist entry with the difficult job of choosing three standout winners, and we're proud to announce the winners are in!

The three pieces below stole our judges' hearts with their representations of thoughtful gifts and magnificent execution. In addition, the staff at Wacom pored over the rest of the semi-finalists and selected their favorite piece to receive the honorable mention. Winners and the honorable mention will each receive spectacular prizes, including prints of their gorgeous pieces to give to their loved ones!

Click through the deviations below to see the story behind the gift, and tell us what gift you would give. The only limit is your imagination!

Always looking up to you - The Gift Of Art:

"Maxxie-Delu invites us into her journey with her Grandfather, cleverly weaving a touching narrative through her painting; showing the the gift of art being passed between family. Personal yet relatable, with it's clear visual message, this piece tugs at the heartstrings."

Welcome!

"What I really love about this piece is the style VolaPardus brought to the challenge. The use of shapes moving organically throughout the composition, and the saturated colors drawing us into the focus, work beautifully. This is an excellent tribute to VolaPardus' family, I love it!"

The Magic in the Ordinary

"It's too easy to lose the sense of wonder in the world as we get older. The pressure of growing up often pushes us to forget the magic we saw in everyday objects when we were children. Kalkri's beautiful illustration shows us that holding onto the realm of the imaginary can continue to inspire us and shape young minds into creative freethinkers who will be able to live in a world without boundaries."

I Give You My World

NilaNandita's "I Give You My World" is alive with color, creativity and imagination. It represents the value of not only creating art, but just as importantly, sharing it with others.



At the Heart of Winter by NicolasAlexanderOtto
In our continuous effort to improve the DeviantArt experience, we publish weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site and feedback that was brought up by deviants in the last Site Update.

What's New

Beta Launch: The New Mobile Header

A new header for the mobile website has just been released to Beta Testers! Our mobile website has always been a condensed version of the desktop site, but the header has been given a minor overhaul to be more mobile-friendly, and with a sleek new look to match.

Menu items have been updated for ease of access and use, and everything that was previously available through the menu accessed by tapping on the logo is still present.

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Try out Beta Testing for yourself with a Premium Membership!


DeviantArt App Available on Amazon App Store

Good news for deviants who use Amazon's Kindle Fire mobile devices! The Android version of the DeviantArt mobile app is now available for download in the Amazon App Store. Download it today and let us know what you think.

Your Feedback

Thank you for your feedback on the last Site Update of last year!

  • Feedback regarding the change to display of hidden comments was positive. 
  • A few deviants said that they would like hidden replies to function in the same way as hidden comments. Unfortunately, there are technical limitations that prevent us from doing so at this time, but the feedback has been noted.
  • Deviants liked the change to the subnavigation on the Browse page, particularly the addition of the "Return to Top" button.

Discuss!

DeviantWatch and Groups

How would you feel if the DeviantWatch section of the Message Center was split into two sections (deviants and Groups)?

Header artwork: At the Heart of Winter by NicolasAlexanderOtto 

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Je Suis Charlie Hebdo

Wed Jan 7, 2015, 7:25 PM
Je suis Charlie by Kyoichii













In Paris, France, 13 people were murdered, and among them 5 cartoon artists.


Murdered for being artists and journalists of a humor and satirical newspaper, “Charlie Hebdo.”  The newspaper was under police protection and at least one of the police guards, unarmed, was killed as he begged for mercy lying in the street.


We are at a loss for words. The five artists, Charb, Cabu, Wolinski, Tignous and Honoré, included the editor in chief of the newspaper, Stephane Charbonnier, who uses the signature “Charb” on his drawings. They took on a wide range of issues, social, cultural and political and it seems these murders occurred as a response to their satirical approach to religious extremist. They are now dead for being artists.


“Morts pour la Liberté”


The right to swing your fist ends at the tip of my nose. The general agreement to abide by this basic principle is what makes civilized life possible — even if we break the rule. There can be no support in any culture for the notion that the drawing of a cartoon, no matter how offensive, should result in providing the basis for an execution. The lack of justification goes well beyond political or religious arguments.  These murderers killed others just because they were “there” in front of their weapons. There is no moral stand to be found in this.  It is supremely depressing.



In this community we are especially aware of the support and love artists need and deserve. These murders offend on every possible level the mission and kinship of this community. Here within the DeviantArt staff we are in shock and dented. Our hearts go out to the friends, acquaintances and relatives of the dead; our solidarity is with the people of France, all free and open societies worldwide and all those in any culture who work to reflect it and shine light on its wonders and its defects.


Artists cannot stop being artists. Artist will not stop at being artists. Murder can only stop a body in action and can never silence the art it made.


Many of us express ourselves visually. If this is your way of dealing with this tragedy, please use #charliehebdo / #jesuischarlie so we can all share in our thoughts.











Artwork by yuumei


Here is more from Buzzfeed on the Cartoonists, Writers and Editors killed in the attack today.










Your Thoughts




  1. These four cartoon artists were totally dedicated to using art for social commentary if not to force social change. Can we gain inspiration and a new commitment to the arts out of this deeply tragic event?
  2. Do you believe in the power of the arts to catapult forward the expressions of support coming from around the world?
  3. Do you believe in free, open expression at any cost?









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