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spring is here by mescamesh
In our continuous effort to improve the DeviantArt experience, we publish weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback.

     

Our developers spent much of their time this past week improving DeviantArt's code and investigating new ways to effectively provide a better site experience. As a result, there aren't any community-facing updates in this update. Stay tuned for next week's update and we'll have more news for you!


However, an update has been made to the way deviations are shared on Twitter! When a deviation is tweeted, clicking on the image from the tweet page will redirect you to the deviation page rather than expanding inline on Twitter. Our hope is that this will increase the amount of traffic to artists' work.


Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update
  • Deviants mentioned a variety of features that they'd like to introduce new deviants to, in response to last week's Discuss topic, and some deviants went out of their way to explain features to newer users, demonstrating the kindred spirit we love from the community. 
  • Some of the most commonly suggested features were Chat, the Forums, and Channels.
  • Other features deviants suggested included Portfolio, Groups, and Sta.sh Writer.

Discuss!

DeviantArt's Mobile Website

Do you browse the mobile website regularly? When in your browser on your mobile device, do you prefer to use the mobile version of the site, or the desktop version? What improvements would you like to see made specifically to the mobile website?

Header artwork: spring is here by mescamesh 

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Insidious: Chapter 3 Emoticon Contest

Wed Mar 18, 2015, 4:53 PM
To celebrate the release of the newest and darkest chapter in the Insidious story, DeviantArt and Insidious: Chapter 3 have teamed up to give you a unique challenge—create a new emoticon inspired by the Insidious series.Header-bg2 by TharBeVikings














DeviantArt presents Insidious Chapter 3 Emoticon Contest























To celebrate the release of the newest and darkest chapter in the Insidious story, DeviantArt and Insidious: Chapter 3 have teamed up to give you a unique challenge — help us create a new set of emoticons inspired by the Insidious series. Reach into the deepest recesses of your mind and submit a single digital drawing of a character from the Insidious movies, a creepy or spooky thing, or a completely original image. Whether you feature a Medium with a surprised face or a crying Lipstick-face Demon, we want to see what you can do!


One grand-prize winner will win two tickets to see Insidious: Chapter 3, $5,000 USD, and will have their emoticon turned into a full set of emoticons that will be usable in the Kik Messenger App, used by 120+ million users!
































Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2 showed us that our nightmares are more than just bad dreams. Now, in the third and darkest chapter of the series, you'll be taken back to the beginning—before the haunting of the Lambert family. You’ll be able to see Elise Rainer’s ghastly confrontations with the spectres as she helps the Brenner family through their paranormal encounters.






















Familiarize yourself with the Insidious series, and watch the Insidious: Chapter 3 trailer above. Also, consult the asset page for more information on the challenge.






Choose a character from the movies, a creepy or spooky thing, or a completely original image that can be converted to an emoticon. Submit your drawing in the form of a JPG or PNG that is approximately 96x96 pixels.





Submit your drawing to the contest category by using the Enter Now button below.





















































THE INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 EMOTICON CONTEST BEGINS AT 12:00 AM (PDT) ON MARCH 18, 2015 AND ENDS AT 11:59 PM (PDT) ON APRIL 12, 2015.


  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of March 18, 2015.
  • Entrant must reside in any of the 50 United States, its territories, or its military installations to be eligible.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PDT) on April 12, 2015 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.
  • The Work may originate in any visual medium but must be submitted as a single .PNG or .JPG file suitable to be adapted into an emoticon for mobile platform use.
  • Entries must be approximately 96 pixels in width by 96 pixels in height.
  • Entires must be original Works and may not use stock materials from others, although licensed brushes and textures are acceptable.
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply so please read the Official Rules carefully.






The three winners will be selected by Leigh Whannell, the Director of Insidious: Chapter 3. Judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:


  • Originality of the Work;
  • Overall Impact of the Work;
  • Technical and Artistic Skill.

Please read the Official Rules for additional judging information
























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ExternalServices III by MarkJayBee
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

  • In the Prints Shop, if you searched a term that included quotation marks, they would be escaped. Fixed by Alisey
  • When submitting deviations, if for any reason that file's submission would trigger an error, the error message would default to saying the file was 0 bytes in size, regardless of what the actual issue was. Fixed by szlosek
  • Old username symbols would appear in the Request Commission modal of the Commissions widget. Fixed by Alisey
  • Password fields in modals wouldn't work properly if your password contained a forward slash or back slash. Fixed by baclap
  • When including thumbnails in comments, if you include more thumbs than allowed in a single comment, the extra thumbnails will now automatically convert into links instead. Changed by kemayo
  • The Firefox plugin for Chat stopped working, and has been removed. Fixed by trezoid
  • The API documentation uas been updated to better document the fields on recurring standard objects, such as deviants and deviations. Updated by justgalym
  • For API users, Gallery and Collection folders are now pageable. Changed by justgalym

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update!
  • Deviants were excited about the escape of the Runaway Llama badge!
  • In regards to last week's Discuss topic, deviants said that the Message Center was the most common start to their daily routine on DeviantArt.
  • Deviants who didn't mention the Message Center (or mentioned it as the second or third thing they did each day) said that they start off their day by browsing art, and then move to interacting with others via comments or Notes.

Discuss!

Hidden Gems

What useful features on DeviantArt do you feel newer deviants are less likely to be aware of? If you could introduce a new deviant to one or two lesser known features that you love, what would they be and why?

Header artwork: ExternalServices III by MarkJayBee

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The winners are in! See the three original Neo-Victorian designs inspired by PlayStation's The Order: 1886. 1886 by TharBeVikings
The Order 1886 Winners

We asked you to create a new gadget, weapon, or outfit for the Knights of The Order in "The Order: 1886 Gadgets and Gear Contest," and the winners are in!

Hundreds of deviants submitted their unique creations, and after careful consideration, those entries were narrowed down to thirteen semi-finalists. We sent the semi-finalists to the Playstation Creative team for the difficult task of picking three finalists to be taken to Sydney for The Order: 1886 launch event, and the results are in!

In addition to their trip to Sydney, these three finalists will each receive a brand-new PS4 console, a copy of The Order: 1886, and a 6-month Premium Membership. The Grand-Prize Winner will also receive a check for $3,000 AUD. Congratulations, winners!

The Order: 1886 Contest Entry

by: :icongreyradian: GreyRadian

You can read more about GreyRadian's experience at the launch event in his journal here.




Stoney Creek by Six-Kings
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 Runaway Llama Badge

Late last week, two llamas captured the eyes of the world for a few hours, as they were on the run in Sun Valley, Arizona. To celebrate their fleeting freedom, and for the devious fun of it all, an additional level has been added to the already existing llama badge.



Hoax Involving Deleting Accounts

Recently there has been a surge in Journals being posted or shared that say that DeviantArt will be deleting accounts in the near future. This claim is one that we've seen circulate on site through Journals, and is not the first time that the claim has surfaced.

We want to reassure you that this is a hoax. We are not deleting accounts, and DeviantArt staff will always reach out to deviants by official means, from official DeviantArt staff accounts (which can be denoted by the DeviantArt logo proceeding after the username). If you have any questions or concerns about things of this nature in the future, please be sure to file a ticket at the Help Desk, rather than via Journal.

Change Log

  • When submitting literature with a preview image, the preview thumbnail would be broken. Fixed by szlosek
  • When creating a Poll, apostrophes were not being parsed correctly, and would display as \'. Fixed by kemayo
  • The developer API console sidebar can now be filtered. Fixed by justgalym
  • When creating a Collection from the "Add to Favorites" drop menu on deviation pages, trying to add that deviation to the newly created Collection would fail, and would also not give an error message when it did. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • Some Groups would receive an error message saying that had too many widgets in one sone of the Group Profile, even though that wasn't the case. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • On the Activity widget of the Profile Page, if you deleted a Status Update, the widget would still count the deleted status as though it were there, leading to the widget displaying one less item than it should. Fixed by inazar
  • When viewing Group deviations in the Watch Feed, the artist's username would not display properly. Fixed by inazar
  • The Manage Friends page would sometimes fail to load if you created a Deviant List that had specific bad characters in its title. Fixed by szlosek

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update!
  • The most common feature mentioned in response to last week's Discuss topic was Notes, which we know (and agree) ought to be present on the mobile app! It's something we still definitely intend to include in future iterations of the app.
  • Deviants also mentioned wanting to see Group notifications from the mobile app.
  • Pichulover20 suggested that swiping the notifications from the Notifications screen on the mobile app could delete the notification.

Discuss!

Your Daily Routine

What are three things you do each day, when you visit DeviantArt? Do you check your Message Center, then Notes, then Browse? What is your general habit, when on site?

Header artwork: Stoney Creek by Six-Kings 

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