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Starting today, we’re testing a series of new features on the site.  These features are currently available to many of our Beta Testers, as well as small handful of the general deviantART audience. #deviantartupdate 


Today

When art news happens around the world, deviant artists are among the first to respond in the most evocative ways possible. We're proud to unveil the Today page — the new human and dynamically powered newspaper for the community that reflects the stories inside of deviantART as they pertain to art, fandom, pop culture, and world culture.

Designed to showcase a variety of content — including editorial pieces, Journals, contests, and even deviants new to the site, the Today page will reflect the undercurrent of what's happening now — both online and off.

The Today page will improve the accessibility of various areas on deviantART, creating new and easier ways for both our logged-in and logged-out audiences to enter the deviantART experience.


Read more from techgnotic and our Content team: About the Today page


We’d like your feedback: The purpose of the Today page is to inform you what’s happening, today, on deviantART!  We’ll be updating its content daily, and want to know if it’s enhancing your deviantART experience.  If so, how?  Tell us what’s working!  If not, what would you like to see on the Today page?  How can we make it better?


Navigation

The new navigation will make it easier to jump in and explore the full range of deviantART. Everything related to Your Account will be grouped together on the right side of the page. Undiscovered and What’s Hot will be separated from Browse and Search to highlight and more clearly reflect their functions. The Browse bar will scroll down the page with you.


The more menu, which was previously available next to the deviantART logo on any page, has been cleaned up and moved to a more prominent location. We’ve often received feedback that the previous placement of the menu was too hard to find, and its contents overwhelming. We’ve removed items from this menu that are duplicated in other menus of the navigation, or easily accessible from one of them.


For users who prefer the Stick Menu option, it remains available, but has been relocated to your Settings page.


When viewing deviations on the Browse page, the secondary navigation and left sidebar will travel as you scroll, so that other pages can easily be accessed regardless of where the viewer is on the page. With endless scrolling on Browse pages, having the navigation readily available can be handy if you’re deep into a browse experience.


Daily Deviations, which now have infinite scroll, have been added to this secondary header as well.

Newnav by danlev


Activity Feed (Beta)

As we designed our upcoming Mobile app, we understood we needed something more streamlined and direct to carry the flow of what you want to watch. The Activity Feed aggregates activity from deviants you watch, including Journals, deviations, Collections, Status Updates, Polls, Forum threads and Critiques.


The Activity Feed lets you easily interact and comment on artwork and content shared by your watchers. Keep in mind, we love the robust tools in the Message Center and it's not going away.


If an item is removed from your Message Center, it will also be removed from your Activity Feed. You can customize what appears in your Activity Feed by editing your Manage Friends settings for specific deviants.  (These settings apply to both the Activity Feed and the Message Center.)

Status Updates

The Activity Feed comes with a new way to easily communicate with your watchers: Status Updates! You can use Status Updates to post quick personal updates, share a work in progress or your commission status, share the work of an artist you like, talk about current events, ask your watchers for advice, share what inspires you, or just talk about how you’re feeling.  Whatever you’d like!

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 11.47.31 AM by danlev

Tags

Tags create landing pages around topics — making it easier to discover related artwork, bringing together artists and art appreciators, and forming communities around common interests. As deviantART grows and creates new ways to discover great content, we believe tags will play an important role in better surfacing artwork.


You now have the ability to tag your deviations and Collections. Tags added to your deviations will be publicly viewable -- this is a change from the previous use of keywords, which were private. Visitors can learn about your work by viewing how you tagged it, and can find more works by you and other deviants based on tags. Tags can also be used in comments, Status Updates, Journals, and Collections.


Important: Keywords added to existing deviations before tags launched will not display publicly unless you approve them using the new Tag Editor, which can also be used to add and edit tags on your existing deviations in bulk. Tagging your deviations and collections will improve their visibility across the deviantART network. Tagging is a crucial part of discoverability and will help your work find the audience that will appreciate it most!


Tag pages display artwork, Journals, Collections, Status Updates, and a stream of activity around a shared theme. You can also find a list of deviants who are frequently using that tag, to connect with other people who share your interests.


Get started now! Read our tagging guide and use the Tag Editor to approve tags on your deviations.

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 2.10.20 PM by danlev


Collections

You can also now watch Collections made by other deviants. When you watch someone, you’ll automatically be watching all of their Collections -- but you can also choose to enable or disable watching Collections on a deviant-by-deviant basis. Collections are surfaced through the Activity Feed, creating a new way to discover and expose artwork on deviantART.  


Art curators are among the unsung heroes of deviantART, and with these new changes, we’re now surfacing Collections on deviation pages, allowing you to discover curations of artwork that include a specific deviation.

Watchcollection by danlev

Test it out!

We encourage you to test these features over the next week, and let us know your thoughts once you've had a chance to integrate the new experience into your deviantART routine.  We're confident these changes will improve your deviantART experience!

Header artwork: Lotus Lake by fractist 

A new method to promote and discover art has been released to the community in the form of Tags! When submitting art, adding relevant tags to your deviations will help viewers discover art of interest to them and give your work more exposure.

You can add tags based on a variety of things, be it subject matter, themes, medium used, fandom, or anything else you feel is important.

Use these tips to make the most of tags and help your art to find its audience:

  • Keep it simple. The less complicated the tag, the easier your art is to discover.

  • Be specific. If you take a picture of a rose, tagging it as #flower, while correct, won’t get your art as much attention as tagging it #rose will. You can, of course, tag both.

  • Tag efficiently. If your art is based on Lord of the Rings, tag it #LordOfTheRings and/or #lotr. You don’t need to tag every combination — tag the most commonly used.

  • Tag important things. While your art may include many aspects to it, your tags should focus on only the most important parts. If your artwork has one small hill far off in the background, you don’t need to tag it #hill.

  • Tag themes, genres, and ideas. Use tags for posts about events, concepts, and common genres! For example, you might tag a painting #scifi and #spacetravel in addition to #spaceship and #aliens.

  • Tag trends. If your art is about a current event or following a trend building on the internet, then use tags to include your art in the broad conversation. Or, start your own trend with your friends!

  • Build your audience. Artists working on an original series can make a tag specifically for that series, so viewers can find any and all art related to it with just one click.

  • One word tags. Tags are limited to one word without spaces. That way you can find already existing communities, and your art stands a better chance of being seen.

  • Use mentions. If you want a friend to see your artwork, @mention them in your Artist’s Comments, not in tags. It’s a faster, more efficient way to notify them.

  • Don’t tag your username. Our search engine will find your art just fine when someone searches your username, so use that tag space for something more efficient!

  • Tag resources. When using someone’s stock or resources in your work, tags are a good way to display whose resources you used. That said, be sure to adhere to the stock provider’s guidelines, when using their resources for your art.

  • Check your spelling. Typos in your tags means your art may not be discovered the way you want it to be. Use the autocomplete menu for tags, if you're not sure about how something is spelled!

Examples of Good and Bad Tags

Enterprise by aunjuli

Good Tags: #StarTrek #Enterprise #space #scifi #spacetravel #fanart #watercolor

Bad Tags: #StarWars #red #mlp #photo


screech by zilla774

Good Tags: #owl #screechowl #birds #birdsofprey #feathers #brown

Bad Tags: #hawk #drawing #bigbrownscreechowl


Noir by kozispoon

Good Tags: #detective #pistol #noir #gaiaonline #rohrschach 

Bad Tags: #color #chibi #toothpick #stripes


To read more about tags and their release on deviantART, check out the release article.

A Pilgrimage to the Arts: Enter A collective Journey in Shared CreativityA Pilgrimage to the Arts: Enter A collective Journey in Shared Creativity

#sharecreativity

Enter your journey and contribute to a major art project sponsored by deviantART and The Art Institutes system of schools. Whether you're passionate about cupcakes or character design, whether your art is digital or traditional, we want to see where your journey has taken you and where you're headed next. 50 pieces will be selected by fellow deviants and will be integrated into a rapid-fire animation that represents a collective experience in creativity.

example entry
Example Entry By nigelsussman

Use one of the templates below to create an image showing the route you've taken or plan to take in the creative and applied arts. Use the contents of your gallery or start fresh, add in anything you want, and show us your bliss and risks.

The collaborative video will be distributed by deviantART and The Art Institutes schools as a celebration of the arts and of the deviantART community.

How to Enter
download

These templates will run through the video. Pick one of the three. You must use one of these templates or copy it exactly in the exact same size and resolution. You must use the road provided in each template without moving the road and the road must be not be blocked to traffic.

Download TemplatesCreate In Muro template #1

Create In Muro template #2Create In Muro template #3

Step 2: Create

Use any medium or program to place your journey on the road. Pull from your gallery, make something new, illustrate, photograph, collage—it's your trip in your style and media. We've even placed the templates into deviantART muro.

Step 3: Submit

Use the Enter Now button below to submit your entry. Your entry must be a single JPG or PNG file on the template with the road open. Sorry, no video, animations or GIFs.

50 works will be selected for the art video and each artist will receive a one-year premium membership and $100 USD.

Three of the 50 works will be eligible to become the First, Second, and Third place prize winners for extraordinary distinction in execution and each will be featured on the homepage of deviantART as a billboard for one full day.

  • $5,000 USD
  • Microsoft Surface™ Pro 3
  • One-Year Subscription to Sketchbook Pro
  • Backpack Gift Set
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • One-Year Premium Membership to deviantART
Prizes
Second Place
  • $4,000 USD
  • Microsoft Surface™ Pro 3
  • Backpack Gift Set
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • One-Year Premium Membership to deviantART
Third Place
  • $3,000 USD
  • Microsoft Surface™ Pro 3
  • Backpack Gift Set
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • One-Year Premium Membership to deviantART
Semis
  • $100 USD
  • One-Year Premium Membership to deviantART
Judges
dittin03

Kristan Yadao

Bachelor of Art in Media Arts & Animation, 2008

The Art Institute of Colorado

marionettedolly

Stephanie Rattanachane

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts & Animation, 2011

The Art Institute of Tampa

charfade

Cass Womack

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game Art & Design, 2008

The Art Institute of Tampa

Contest begins at 12:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) on Sept. 29, 2014 and ends at 11:59:59 PM (PT) on Nov. 5, 2014.

  • Entrants must be at least 13 years old as of Sept. 29, 2014.
  • Entrant may reside anywhere in the world.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PT) on Nov. 5, 2014 and 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;
  • Read the Official Rules carefully.
  • Must use one of the three templates provided at the contest site without altering the size or the dimensions of the template and keeping the road open.

50 semi-finalists will be selected by The Art Institutes alumni. From the semi-finalists, The Art Institutes alumni judges will also select three grand prize winners who will be posted on deviantART.

Judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree they feel appropriate:

  • Technical and artist skill
  • Successful and effective completion of the challenge objective
  • Originality
 

We believe creativity is more than a word. It's a passport to a life less ordinary. It's what drives us to foster and facilitate an inspiring community of creativity. One that's full of the guidance, technology, and instruction you need to bring your ideas to life in new and exciting ways.

Most importantly, creativity is the reason we're here—we have over 50 locations throughout North America—to help guide you toward the creative career you want in design, fashion, media arts, or culinary.



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 Shape Of Things To Come


spyed has posted an important update regarding things to come in deviantART's near future, including our very first official mobile app, tags, the new Today page, highlighting Daily Deviations, and more.

Read more »

Tag Editor and Tag Changes Based on Your Feedback


A few weeks ago, we announced that keywords were being transitioned to tags that will be publicly displayed on deviation pages. In response, we received many comments from deviants regarding concerns that their keywords would become public-facing. We heard you, and have made changes based on your concerns. Keywords that were added before we announced tags will not be visible on deviation pages  unless you approve them.


To make this transition easier, and to help managing tags in general, we've just launched a Tag Editor that lets you add, edit, and approve tags on your deviations in bulk.


The Tag Editor allows you to manage tags, up to 20 deviations at a time— making it a more seamless process for you to tag your content. The Tag Editor can be accessed next to the “tags” field while editing any existing deviation.




Change Log


  • The "Forgot password?" page was not optimized for the mobile website. Fixed by baclap
  • Commission Request Correspondence messages would erroneously have extra "Yes" and "No" buttons that did nothing. Fixed by trezoid
  • Pasting comma-separated tags into the tag input box did not split them up based on the commas, instead turning the pasted text into one long tag. Fixed by szlosek
  • For a brief period, submission Correspondence Messages to Group Gallery or Favourites Folders would all display as though they were submitted to the same one folder. Fixed by trezoid
  • The modal for changing one's username was briefly broken for some deviants. Fixed by trezoid

Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of what you had to say:
  • We received a variety of feedback regarding the features in Beta Testing. We've been making various changes to the Activity Feed, including some bugs and design issues reported by deviants. 
  • Some deviants misunderstood the Activity Feed as being a replacement to the Message Center or replacing the front page; however, we wanted to stress that the Activity Feed is optional. The Message Center is not being removed, and the front page can be customized based on the page you've last visited.
  • In regard to the new site navigation, the main point of contention brought up in conversation was the new location of the Message Center button.
  • One common point of feedback from our Beta Testers which was brought up in the comments on last week's Site Update as well is that the absence of the Daily Deviations from the site footer is being felt pretty heavily. We're going to make Daily Deviations more prominent, as mentioned in spyed's update.
  • Thanks to those who shared artwork with us last week! We enjoyed seeing Collections you found interesting and reading about why you like them.

Discuss!


The Shape Of Things To Come

While we normally have a Discuss topic on the Site Update, this week we'd like to focus on spyed's Journal, so we encourage you to read that and join the conversation there.

Check it out »

Lightbulb Have a suggestion, idea, or feedback? Leave a comment here!
Lightbulb Check out a list of common suggestions!
Lightbulb Want to keep track of known issues? Check out our Status Forum!
:bug: Find a bug? Report it to the Help Desk! (Be as detailed as possible!)

The Shape of Things to Come

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 6:26 PM


You want change on DeviantArt.  Everyone here has something they would change.  We do listen and, yes, we can’t get everything done. Still, as a community, with any change we change together because we are all here together.  

We found major talent to join the DeviantArt team this year to help us assume responsibility for major change and deliver on it.  In return, we will be calling on the whole community to exercise its responsibility of continuing to shape DeviantArt into the place where the global undercurrent of creativity feeds the future of popular culture.

DeviantArt is as binary as it is digital in its platform.  We serve equally those who produce art as those who need to see art and engage with it.  Creating the undercurrent is a function of tools as much as it is a function of community activity.  Getting these two to work in unison has always been the secret sauce of DeviantArt  and every recipe for the sauce begins with the community.

This is the shape of things to come.

New Mobile App!


They wanted me to say “new” Mobile App but really it’s not new, it’s the “amazing” Mobile App! As you all know it will be our very, very first official DeviantArt Mobile App. You’ll be able to access the entire community from your mobile devices. You’ll be able to submit art as you see it. You’ll be able to connect and browse endlessly. It’s a whole new way to experience DeviantArt.  It will turn the undercurrent towards a massive flood of creativity. When?  You won’t have to wait long.

New Site Features


There are several new site features that are all designed to liberate creative expression and advance this community:

Collections:
Art curators are the unsung heroes of DeviantArt. Collections display breathtaking, thought-provoking, emotional and brilliant galleries gathered from, and then dedicated to, the community.  You’ll get to watch Collections as they happen! Collections will be given a bigger role on the site with increased visibility, new discovery tools, and a showcase to highlight the best of the best.

The Today Page:
This is where you will want to have your morning coffee. Every day, the Today page editorial team will draw from and reflect back to the community a vibrant combination of news, features, curations and conversations about this community and its impact, pulsing into the undercurrent as the heartbeat of DeviantArt. When DeviantArt first launched and for years later it had a news section.  The Today page brings that back to an audience that has grown immeasurably in size influence and interests.  The scope is immense.

Activity Feeds:
As we designed for Mobile we understood we needed something more streamlined and direct to carry the flow of what you want to watch. The Activity Feed, already with our beta testers, is a real-time sequential delivery of every Journal, deviation, Collection, Status Update, Poll, Forum thread and Critique posted by your watchlist. From the Activity Feed you can comment or you can post new Status Updates. Keep in mind, we love the robust tools in the Message Center and it's not going away.  

Status Updates:
We’ve now added the ability to post short Status Updates to your profile or to the Activity Feed as an alternative to using Journals. It’s another push from our designs for Mobile. The simple and direct format of a Status Update lets you create informal conversations with your watchers; something Deviants have needed and requested for a long time.  Use these to share how you’re feeling, what you think about, what you’re working on, or to link your watchers to the work of an artist you love. On the Mobile App you’ll be able to use them on the go. Our new Tags will also work in Status Updates.

New Site Navigation:
New navigation will make it easier to jump in and explore the full range of DeviantArt. Everything related to Your Account will be grouped together on the right side of the page. Undiscovered, What’s Hot, Activity Feed and Today will be separated from Browse and Search to highlight and more clearly reflect their functions. The Browse bar will scroll down the page with you  a kind of obvious convenience we will try to focus on across the board as we introduce fresh design. This is the kind of change that does require time to get used to. My bet is in seven days you’ll be fine.

Tags:
We’ve already launched the beginnings of Tags on DeviantArt.  Tags let you group deviations, Journals, Status Updates, and comments by subject instead of category and will let you add them to other subject groupings. All content with the same Tags are grouped onto Tag pages that let you follow the full activity of the community on a given subject.  We’ve missed a way to connect the DeviantArt community with trending events. When you dip into the undercurrent, Tags are a way to do it with passengers.  

Daily Deviations:
We are giving new prominence to Daily Deviations lifting them up off of the footer. It’s amazing work from every corner of the community and it belongs up-front and center! In the Mobile App they will be available as a separate browse category and the same change will be made on the website in the new Header as a part of the new site navigation.  

A Fresher Look and Feel


All of these changes, particularly Mobile, made us re-examine the way the site looks and feels. As we design these new features and functions, the look on the site will be cleaner and simplified.

In early feedback we have heard concerns that DeviantArt will look like Facebook or Twitter or Tumblr. That’s not our shape to come.  Mobile is here, and we have to be ready to function within that platform and its conventions. We will start pushing Mobile to do things just like we pushed the Web. On our way, it may look like we are conforming to others; but, DeviantArt will always be devious.

We went through a deep process of re-examination and definition over the past months.  Some of that came out in the Celebrate DeviantArt's 14th Birthday Journal. Now you will actually begin to see a re-imagined us.

It’s time for change, both actual and symbolic.  We intend to seize this time together. We will in fact:







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