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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 Upcoming Thumbnail Grid

On DeviantArt, your deviations are paramount, and we want to present them in the best way possible, even in thumbnail form.  Over the past few months, we've been working on a new thumbnail grid that maintains the integrity of your deviations, no matter their dimensions or content types.

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Change Log

  • An ad unit was briefly appearing on top of the secondary navigation. Fixed by inazar
  • When viewing a DeviantArt muro redraw, clicking to exit wouldn't work. Fixed by trezoid
  • It was possible to add too many users to one's block list from the settings page, resulting in some users being dropped from the list. Fixed by yumeruby
  • In the admin section of Groups, editing the status of a member who deactivated their account would cause display issues. Fixed by trezoid
  • Editing the journal widget on one's Profile Page would create a new blank journal, instead of editing the widget. Fixed by trezoid

Your Feedback

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

In response to the Discuss topic, a variety of suggestions were offered, one of which was wanting to group notifications by individual deviant, rather than by the item affected (for example, when a deviant adds multiple of your deviations to their favorites, commenters would like those messages to be grouped based on the deviant who took the action).

Khallandra said that she would like to see more than 24 deviations at a time, when viewing deviations. 

Discuss!

Group Activity

How many Groups are you a member and/or admin of? How many Groups are you consistently active in? 

Header artwork: Cidre et Dragon edition 2006 by UnAutreLapin

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The Upcoming Thumbnail Grid

Wed Jun 3, 2015, 4:55 PM by danlev:icondanlev:



On DeviantArt, your deviations are paramount, and we want to present them in the best way possible, even in thumbnail form.  Over the past few months, we've been working on a new thumbnail grid that maintains the integrity of your deviations, no matter their dimensions or content types. Our goal is to be better at displaying art than any other site on the Internet.

Problems We’re Solving

We can do better than the current thumbnail grid, which includes uneven or irregular gaps between deviations. These gaps don't have any visual rhythm, causing your eyes to jump all over the place. Some content types, including literature, journals, pixel art, and emoticons, don’t look ideal. Our new grid focuses on fixing these issues while modernizing the look and feel of DeviantArt.

Below are some concept designs that represent one avenue we’re exploring.  (These are works-in-progress and not final.  Also note that the category menu is hidden in these concepts, just to show how the grid would look in a full-width context.)


1a Desktop   Wall By Starvingartist-d8uzxzz by danlev    1b Desktop   Torpedo By Starvingartist-d8v06ii by danlev

Before and after concept designs on the desktop site


More Deviations

One of our core goals for the new grid revolves around displaying more deviations. The current grid leaves uneven or irregular gaps between images, and our new grid maximizes screen space — both on desktop and mobile Web — to create a wall of beautifully displayed deviations. When user-testing the new grid, the feedback we received is that people want to see deviations, and just deviations, when they’re browsing.


Thumbs Coverage by danlev

Comparison of the grid


More Deviations on Mobile

Every week, more and more deviants access DeviantArt via their mobile devices, using both our mobile Web site and the DeviantArt Mobile App.  Currently, mobile accounts for over 37% of DeviantArt’s traffic.  While that number continues to grow, we know the browsing experience is inferior, and the new thumbnail grid will significantly enhance the way deviations are viewed on-the-go.

With so many different mobile devices and screen sizes, it’s important to build a responsive thumbnail grid design that ensures your art looks good to everyone — no matter how they’re accessing DeviantArt.

While browsing DeviantArt’s mobile site, you’d typically see two or three thumbnails on your screen at a time. Our new design maximizes device screen space to show you as many deviations as possible, while also optimizing the display of deviations for retina and other high-resolution devices.

The new grid also extends to profiles, making your profile and deviations shine on any device’s screen.


2a Mobile   Wall By Starvingartist-d8uzy2c by danlev    2b Mobile   Torpedo By Starvingartist-d8v0623 by danlev

Before and after concept designs on mobile Web.


Optimized for Bandwidth ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ

While the size and quality of our thumbnails is increasing, we’re intensely focused on optimizing how these images are served in regards to bandwidth usage. On the mobile version of the website, you’ll enjoy high resolution thumbnail images while your phone enjoys reduced bandwidth usage.

On the desktop site, images will use slightly more bandwidth to ensure that you’re seeing the best quality that fully represents a deviation, particularly for retina and high-resolution screens. We’re also optimizing the way images are served to you across multiple pages, so as you browse, your overall bandwidth usage will be cut down.


Deviations, Presented the Best Way Possible

With the new grid, we aim to present your deviations in the best possible way. We want to make sure your art looks like art, and your profile becomes even more of a showcase.


Thumbs Size by danlev

Comparison of size and quality of thumbnails. Click to view full size to best compare.


The new grid will be clean, putting focus on a deviation itself. Information such as the title, artist name, avatar, comment count, favourite count, and More Like This could be visible upon hover. The hover state could also include icons to indicate if the deviation is in your favourites, and if it is a Daily Deviation. (These ideas are not final — we’re still exploring a number of possibilities.)

Thumbs Pixel2 by danlev

Comparison of pixel art thumbnails. Artwork: Lightning Idle by AbyssWolf


Commitment to Integrity

As mentioned above, when designing this new grid, we paid special attention to maintaining the integrity of your deviations. With so many different types of artistic expression on DeviantArt, including non-standard image types, such as literature, pixel art, emoticons, and motion books, we want to ensure that kinds of art are featured respectfully and beautifully.

This is just the first of multiple journals to come that will discuss the new thumbnail grid.  Stay tuned for more technical details and visual aids, but in the meantime, we hope you'll weigh in with your thoughts on this exciting new display!

See what's coming next by visiting the DeviantArt timeline.




How do you find other deviants?

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


Paris Official devMEET 2012 by Nile-Paparazzi

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.





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