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New Deviation Page Testing

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 2:44 PM


Deviation pages are one of the most visited areas of deviantART. With hundreds of millions of deviations to view, and 65 million people browsing the site each month, we want to ensure that navigating deviation pages is as seamless as possible, allowing visitors to get the most of their viewing experience.

What's new?


All deviation details, like an artwork's description, submission information, stats, and sharing options, now appear directly beneath the deviation. (When viewing your own artwork, the Edit and Delete buttons also appear beneath the art, so you no longer have to search the sidebar to find essential tools.)


The right-hand sidebar now focuses on items related to the deviation. The first item featured in the sidebar is More From This Artist. Thumbnails in the More From This Artist section have been made larger and are now based on an advanced algorithm that will surface work that is more relevant to the art currently being viewed, helping to bring more attention to you and your art. 

Beneath More From This Artist in the right sidebar, you'll find More from deviantART results (formerly titled More Like This) and Featured in Groups, if that deviation has been accepted into any Groups.


We've been testing the new deviation page changes to logged-out visitors for quite some time and have monitored performance, making updates as needed to help further traffic to you and your art. When comparing old vs. new deviation pages with logged-out traffic, we found that visitors seeing the new deviation page were:
  • 2.5 times more likely to click to view another piece of art by that artist
  • 4 times more likely to click through to view that artist's Gallery
  • 12 times more likely to view Prints by that artist

Testing new vs. old deviation pages


Rolling out changes on deviantART is always a big deal and we're well aware that any change we make -- especially to something as integral as our deviation pages -- affects millions of people. We've already been testing the new deviation page changes to logged-out visitors for quite some time and have monitored performance, making changes as needed to help further traffic to you and your art.

Powered by data and feedback from our logged-out tests, we're now ready to test new vs. old deviation pages to deviantART's logged-in audience.  Testing two similar, yet different, versions of our deviation page will allow us to gather information and effectively compare which version performs better and is better received by the community.

By the time you read this journal, we'll have already implemented our new deviation page testing. When viewing deviation pages, you'll either see the new or old version. During this testing period, there is no way to switch from new to old, or vice versa.

Thank you!


Thank you for helping us test out the changes to the deviation page. When making changes to the site, we want to be sure that we are providing a better experience, and your use of the site and feedback in doing so helps us to provide the best deviantART possible.


More FIAT More Imagination Contest

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 4:04 PM
 
 
Submission Deadline

September 15, 2013 AT 11:59 PM, PT - Los Angeles Time.

The FIAT® 500L boasts a nearly 360 degree panoramic view which makes for the perfect canvas to showcase your imagination. Looking at the car from the outside, give us a glimpse of what you would expect to see going on inside the FIAT 500® rockin' at Art Basel, Miami.

Use the template to create a window wrap for the 500L - perhaps using Tromp L'oeil or, if you like, just pure fantasy. The call is yours and the possibilities are endless...

Three grand prize winners will have their designs featured on 500L cars at the famed Art Basel in Miami. The grand prize winner will travel to Art Basel to see his or her creation!

 

Download the zip file which contains three templates. Use either the .AI or .JPG "FIAT Window Large Template" as instructed.

Read the official rules. Build your submission on the "FIAT Window Large Template" .JPG or .AI template. This is the file you will be required to have if you are selected as a semi-finalist.

Place your art onto the "FIAT Submission Template" with the three images of the vehicle. This is the file that you are required to submit to enter the contest.

  • 7 -day All-expenses paid trip to Art Basel in Miami, FL for winner and one guest**
  • FIAT® brand merchandise gift card
  • iPad® Mini (16 GB Wifi)
  • $4,500 USD
  • 8,000 dA points
  • 1-year premium membership
 
 

  • iPad® Mini (16 GB Wifi)
  • FIAT® brand merchandise gift card
  • $2,500 USD
  • 4,000 dA points
  • 6-month premium membership

  • iPad® Mini (16 GB Wifi)
  • FIAT® brand merchandise gift card
  • $1,500 USD
  • 4,000 dA points
  • 6-month premium membership

  • 3-month premium membership
  • 2,000 dA Points

Entry must be received by 11:59:59 (PT - Los Angeles CA, USA) on September 15, 2013 and must be submitted to the Contest gallery.

  • The completed entry ("Work") may originate in any medium but must resolve itself to the file formats of the provided templates;
  • The Work should depict what you would expect to see going on inside a FIAT® 500L rockin' at Art Basel, Miami;
  • You must submit your Work on the "FIAT® Submission Template" referred to both in the Official Rules and in Steps 1 and 2 above. Do not submit the "FIAT® Window Large Template";
  • To qualify as a Semi-Finalist you must be able to provide the "FIAT® Window Large Template" for your Work within 5 days of being contacted by deviantART;
  • You may not use any third party stock images or any recognizable people and/or third party characters in the Work however licensed brushes and textures are acceptable.
  • You may submit more than one entry;
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com (the "Contest Site") is required to enter the Contest. Membership to www.deviantart.com is free;
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply, please read the Official Rules carefully.
  • This contest and its prize offerings are void where prohibited by law.

Twenty-five potential Semi-Finalists and 10 Alternate Semi-Finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART staff. The potential Semi-Finalists will be required to submit the appropriate window template as required in the Official Rules and failing to do so will result in the entrant being replaced as a Semi-Finalist. The final three Winners will be selected by Casey Hurbis, head of FIAT® communications.

All entries will be judged on the following criteria weighted equally:

  • Originality of the Concept
  • Overall Creative Impact of the Work
  • Technical Artistic Skill
FIAT, ABARTH and the scorpion design are registered trademarks used under license by Chrysler Group LLC.



The New Profile Tabs

Mon Aug 12, 2013, 6:47 PM


As part of an initiative to make deviantART more user-friendly and clearer, tabs on the Profile Page have received a visual and functional uplift!




The tabs on Profile Pages (Gallery, Prints, Favourites, and Journal) have been visually improved for consistency, cleanliness, and an overall up to date appearance. Navigation elements have been moved to the left column of the page, and the placement of major elements of each tab have been aligned so that the transition from one tab of one's Profile to another is more smooth, natural, and clean.




In addition, when viewing tabs of your own Profile, you can easily add to that tab! The Gallery tab prompts you to submit artwork, the Prints tab prompts you to submit a Print, and the Journal tab prompts you to write a Journal entry!


Screen Shot 2013-07-26 at 11.18.49 AM by ikazon




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


Celebrate deviantART's 13th Birthday!

Yesterday was deviantART's 13th Birthday, and while the day itself has passed, there are still several events going on for you to enjoy! You can earn the 13th Birthday Badge by taking part in the "What is your favorite deviantART memory?" prompt on the birthday article, Journal Skins are free for all deviants to use for 13 days, and more! 



Coming Soon: Public Deviation Keywords

Coming soon, deviation keywords will be publicly displayed on deviation pages. Until now, keywords have had no functionality other than to serve deviantART's Search.

Making keywords public will give deviants more accountability when submitting a deviation by encouraging them to add accurate keywords to describe the artwork -- ultimately improving the quality of search results. Displaying keywords will also allow members to create common terms around a specific topic or event (for example SharkWeek or ComicCon2013). We also want to give viewers a way to discover more artwork around a common topic.

An added benefit of this change is that it will make search engines (such as Google and Bing) aware of the keywords on deviantART, bringing more traffic to your artwork.

Change Log

  • Various tools were implemented for the 13th Birthday events. Added by fartprincess, kemayo, and DEVlANT
  • When on a deviant's Profile Page, their real name will now display in the browser's page title if they have provided it. Added by adahacker
  • Several visual and functional improvements were made to the uplift to the Profile Tabs currently in beta testing. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Critiques could not be left on Film deviations. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • Editing individual Profile Page widgets did not work when editing the full Profile Page. Fixed by fartprincess
  • Some links to the Forum were briefly broken. Fixed by helloandre
  • There was no "Processing" notification for embedded Film deviations. Fixed by yury-n
  • The Critique modal did not give a warning before closing if the Escape key was pressed while text was entered. Fixed by fartprincess
  • Hitting "Reply" in the Forums did not open a text box on the mobile website. Fixed by fartprincess
  • Browsing deviations by using the "Next" and "Previous" buttons would not work properly if a user logged in or out from another browser tab while doing so. Fixed by yury-n
  • Critiques would not break up super long words, leading to display issues. Fixed by fartprincess
  • Errors would occur when trying to name or change the title of a Gallery subfolder. Fixed by yury-n
  • Small layout and wording changes were made to the deviantID and User Info widgets. Fixed by adahacker
  • When an error page was reached from a fav.me URL, the site header would not appear. Fixed by fartprincess
  • There would be no spacing between links included in one's Poll widget. Fixed by shadowhand
  • When viewing a Print being sold in Calendar format, the preview images for individual months were missing. Fixed by helloandre

Sta.sh / Submit


  • In Safari 5.1.7 for Windows, nothing would happen when trying to select an option from the pencil menu on the Edit page. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Scheduled submissions that failed to submit properly would become active again after refreshing the page. Fixed by drommk
  • Unnecessary ellipses would appear within titles of Sta.sh files. Fixed by drommk
  • Long titles could not be correctly edited after having been truncated. Fixed by drommk
  • Ending a Sta.sh item's title with a space would cause an error. Fixed by kouiskas

Sta.sh Writer


  • The Write a Journal Entry page will now retain your Rich-Text or HTML Mode setting. Fixed by kemayo
  • Sta.sh Writer would not always load properly, when editing Journals submitted with the old Journal editor. Fixed by inazar
  • Some issues with loading speed were fixed. Fixed by inazar
  • Putting specific search queries into the emoticon sidebar search (such as "favby:username") would produce broken results. Fixed by kemayo

Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback left on last week's Site Update! Here's some of what you had to say:
  • Feedback regarding the Profile Tab uplift currently in beta testing was mixed. Several deviants mentioned a dislike for the "Submit" buttons on the Gallery and Journal tabs.
  • Deviants generally liked the idea of being able to add skins to their Portfolio.
  • Some deviants mentioned wanting to add Film deviations to their Portfolio.

Discuss!

Drawing in the Forum
One of the areas offered in our Forums is the DrawPLZ Forum, where you can take part in art challenges and collaborations! What do you think of the DrawPLZ Forum? Have you taken part in it? Do you find it easy to take part in? How could it be improved? Are there specific threads that you've enjoyed in particular?


Lightbulb Have a suggestion, idea, or feedback? Leave a comment on this article!
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!)

 

On the day of your birth, you were likely surrounded by those who loved you, who would lead you through the rough first scary years of life, and who would stand by as you grew into a capable person. As time passed, others may have drifted into your life, and even if you didn't know it, they also nurtured and cared for you in much the same way, helping to shape the person you would become.

When a community like deviantART is born, the same common thread binds its originators and founding members together. Over the years, more and more creative beings drift into its life and strengthen its core every single day, resulting in an exponentially inspirational powerhouse for the sheer fact that they've become a part of it. That nurturing spirit, that inherent support system, that caring community inspires deviantART to grow, and it comes from inside each and every one of you.

Today, August 7, 2013, marks deviantART's 13th birthday. In Internet years, reaching the 13-year mark is a momentous occasion, and it's not one we take for granted. Simply put, we would not exist without the support and enthusiasm of our passionate members, and we're thankful for that, and for you, every day.

  • You can use whatever medium you prefer. If you don't prefer a specific program, we encourage you to use deviantART muro via the Add a Drawing tool in comments.
  • Create a piece of artwork capturing your favorite deviantART memory.
  • Share your creation in a comment on this article using the Add Media or Add a Drawing tools.

The new Add Media tool, which lets you easily add formatting, emoticons, and images to comments, can be used in full on this article. Adding images to comments by using the Conversation, Sta.sh, and deviantART tabs of the Add Media sidebar, which are normally Premium Member features, can be used by all deviants. Have fun creating and sharing your work!

Deviants who take part in this challenge will receive a special 13th Birthday Badge!

Create a 13-Word Story!

As part of the birthday festivities, Journal Skins are free to use for all deviants for the next 13 days! To help you take advantage of this, we've created a 13th Birthday Journal Skin that you can install to dress your Journal up for the occasion, or you can choose a skin from the Installable Journal Skin gallery!

In addition, we have a Journal project for you and your friends to get involved in!

  • Create a 13 word story and post it in a Journal titled ThirteenWords.
  • Encourage your friends to continue the story in the comments on that Journal.
  • Help craft a story with others! Browse the Journal Portal to find other deviants who are taking part, and comment on their ThirteenWords Journals!

In addition to the events included in this article, the Community Volunteers are holding contests and events throughout the day, so be sure to check them out and get involved!

Events Hosted by The Community Volunteers »

Seniority Announcement - August 2013 »



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