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Site Update: Visual Refresh

Fri Aug 10, 2012, 12:39 AM

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 Visual Refresh
Today we have released a visual refresh of, deviantART's upload and publishing platform, giving it a cleaner, more modern look. One of the most apparent things you'll notice is a major change in the header, which is now white, to match the rest of In addition, when viewing something in another user's, the topbar will display their icon and username, to indicate that you are in their and not your own.

Screen Shot 2012-08-09 at 11.21.51 AM by $HAL2008

In addition, we've made some major improvements to Writer. There are now additional options in the menus, including a selection in the Edit menu that lets users toggle between rich-text and HTML mode, for our more code-oriented artists. And best of all, we've completely overhauled the Writer sidebar, making it more intuitive and simpler to use, giving you a great deal of additional options. 

Screen Shot 2012-08-09 at 11.22.34 AM by $HAL2008

Introducing the First Ever Creative Grants Recipients!

On May 1, 2012, deviantART introduced the Creative Grants program - a source of funding allowing artists to make creative dreams a reality. We're pleased to announce the first cycle of funding has ended, and from the over 500 applications submitted, the Creative Grants Board has chosen the recipients! These were the projects that the Board found exciting and innovative, and will benefit particularly from a Grant. Check out these amazing projects!

Change Log

  • Launched Free Premium Membership Day on August 7th, deviantART's 12th BirthdayAdded by $muteor
  • Launched the Create A Story Contest for our birthday! Added by $shadowhand
  • The ability to submit Group journals was briefly unavailable for some Groups. Fixed by $KnightAR
  • Custom folder icons did not display for the newly released Gallery subfolders. Fixed by $muteor
  • In the Message Center, the "View Original Comment" display did not adhere to the new comment signature style. Fixed by $muteor
  • The Watchers number on Profile pages was not updating, and was different than the number on Gallery Stats pages. Fixed by $muteor

  • Reduced full page reloading if items weren't changed. Fixed by $samshull
  • Images with a transparent background were showing with a grey background. Fixed by $kouiskas Writer

  • Launched a custom undo/redo implementation. Added by $Alisey
  • There was a Javascript error when showing the autosave notification, making it not show up reliably. Fixed by $kemayo
  • The "Apply" button for Journal skins wasn't working. Fixed by $inazar
  • Alignment options in the Writer toolbar weren't working properly in webkit. Fixed by $Alisey

Your Feedback

Thanks so much for the feedback in last week's Site Update! Here are some of the suggestions you had to offer:
  • Some members suggested that comment signatures should be slightly darker.
  • Thanks for the feedback about Group galleries and Group favourites! It was really helpful to hear how each of you manage and submit to Groups differently. We will use this feedback as we continue to improve the Groups platform.
  • The green subfolder bar should disappear when there are no subfolders created. Suggested by MissLunaRose
  • In the Shop, it'd be helpful to see what a deviation will look like when printed on a Mug product. Suggested by Blue-Koi
  • Alphabetize the Group drop menu on the submit page. Suggested by 8manderz8
  • The "Random Deviation" feature should have the option of displaying only deviations within a certain category. Suggested by dweckie
  • Add the ability to apply one CSS to all gallery folders at once. Suggested by Katara-Alchemist
  • Group admins should be able to remove deviations from their group from the deviation page, rather than having to search for it in their Group's gallery. Suggested by Jenetikitty
  • Group Notes should have folders like personal Notes do. Suggested by WindieDragon
  • User Gallery layout to look the same as the Group Gallery layout, so that there's a preview of all folders from the main gallery page. Suggested by AnnaKirsten
  • Limiting who can vote on a poll (i.e.. Groups limiting poll votes to their Members). Suggested by serel


Channels on deviantART
Channels on deviantART are streams of art, which allow you to create a dashboard of your favourite artists, art types, and even search results. Do you use Channels? If so, how often do you use it, and have you set your own Channels, or do you stick to the default Channels provided? If you don't use Channels, is there a reason why not? What ways do you think Channels could be improved?

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Keep Calm And Comic-Con

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 10:32 PM by techgnotic:icontechgnotic:

Keep Calm And Comic-Con

Wed Aug 8, 2012 by techgnotic

This year was especially important to me personally and was a milestone of sorts on
multiple levels and for deviantART as a whole.  Many of the reasons why will become clear
over the next few months as announcements are made and new ideas are shared with everyone
in the community.

s the multi dimensional, pop fueled, color exploded dream like haze that was Comic-Con begins
to fully dim and fade from accurate remembrance, I can’t shake the feeling that this year was special,
in accordance with any chosen measure. As we now move forward with the release of artist interviews,
panel discussions, and art news over the next few weeks There is great joy in being able to re live
and share all of the artists’ thoughts and opinions on the arts that we gathered in San Diego for you.
We have been hard at work editing and preparing all of the material for you to choose from. I will
publish the FanART Law panel and The Superstars of deviantART panel in their entirety. We will then
begin releasing artist interviews filled with fantastic information for any artist on the rise.

By the way the song in the first short teaser video is Recklessness by The Radical Dads.

Here we go again…

While reviewing different components of our presence at Comic-Con during the post process I was especially taken
with the Fan Art Law panel that makepictures gave on Friday of Comic Con. I learned quite a bit along with
the audience members in attendence and I now view the issue form a much deeper perspective. makepictures and I
are collaborating on an article around the subject of fanART law to be published before the end of the year.

Posted August 7th, 2012 by $Ayame-Kenoshi

Today, August 7th, 2012, marks 12 years since deviantART's creation - aka, it's our 12th birthday! In the last 12 years, we, as a community, have grown by leaps and bounds, fostered creative thought and dialogue, and submitted a lot of artwork - over 220 million deviations. It's with great honor and pleasure that we invite you to party with us as we toast to another devious year of art!

Introducing the First Ever Creative Grants Recipients!

On May 1, 2012, deviantART introduced the Creative Grants program - a source of funding allowing artists to make creative dreams a reality. We're pleased to announce the first cycle of funding has ended, and from the over 500 applications submitted, the Creative Grants Board has chosen the recipients! These were the projects that the Board found exciting and innovative, and will benefit particularly from a Grant. Check out these amazing projects!

Life-Size Skeleton Etch-A-Sketch Installation by pikajane

Creative Art Classes For Lower-Income Families by EverIris

RecycleArt: A Make-and-Take Event by SineMetuDesigns

Free Premium Membership Day!

Yes, the day is finally here where you can use Premium Member features completely free!

For the next 24 hours, you will have access to these features


Browse through the Installable Journal Skins category to pick your favorite JournalSKINS. Any journal published today that includes a JournalSKIN will keep its fancy design long after Free Premium Membership Day is over, unless it is edited. Might we suggest using our 12th Birthday Skin?

No Ads!

Browse deviantART to your heart's content with no advertisements.

Browse 120 Thumbnails!

Cruise through 400% more deviations by turning up your browse setting to 120 thumbnails per page.

Enable Critiques!

Enable Critiques on your work to encourage enhanced feedback, and help your fellow artists by giving Critiques freely. All Critiques approved by a deviant with an active Premium Membership will remain, even after the clock strikes midnight.

Exclusive 10% Discount!

All Premium Members receive 10% off of Prints or deviantART T-Shirts & Gear purchases.

And more!

See a full list of benefits here.

Get creative with our 12th birthday contest! The objective is simple - complete a story by filling in the blanks. There's just one catch: you don't actually know anything about the story... yet! Your goal is to provide answers to the following prompts in order to make the story as hilarious as possible.

Here's how it works:

Choose your story.

Complete the form with whatever words you want that fit the criteria. Be creative!

When you're finished, hit the "Next" button. The words you chose will automatically be placed into the story.

After you've had a good laugh at what you've created, you may submit your work as a deviation to your Gallery and our contest category.

Contest Rules

  • Must be a member of deviantART to enter. Membership is free;
  • No purchase is necessary to enter the contest;
  • Entries will be judged by the deviantART staff on the basis of the silliest,  stupidest, most fun, and most ridiculous;
  • All entries must be made using the contest tool or downloadable template and submitted to:  
    Contests > 2012 > Create a Story
  • All entries must comply with the deviantART Etiquette and Submission Policies;
  • Winners will be notified via Note and email and will receive a dA PRO Bag;
  • The submission deadline is Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 11:59:59 PM, Los Angeles, CA, time;
  • You can enter multiple times but you can only win once;
  • Void where prohibited by law.



Stop by deviantART's Official General Chatroom for fun and laughs all day! Ongoing throughout the day will be a Rock, Paper, Scissors Game.


Stock-Photomanipulation Challenge hosted by ^SanguineVamp, ^Elandria, and ^Dan-Heffer (Check here for local time)

deviantART muro Contests hosted by ^dekorAdum and ^Kovowolf (Check here for local time)

Trivia events hosted by ^Kaz-D (Check here for local time)

Meet and Greet with the Community Relations Team (Check here for local time)


Meet and Greet with the Community Operations Team (Check here for local time)


Be sure to check out all the Forums on the 7th for a variety of games and events, including a special Treasure Hunt!

Thumbshare Forum

Check the Thumbshare Forum throughout the day for a special game! Find thumbnails of deviations containing the number 2, or 12 similar things.

Deviants Forum

Plan a birthday party for the mascots of deviantART using only 12 things in the Deviants Forum.

Complaints Forum

If you need to let out some steam, stop by the Complaints Forum and complain about the worst present or cake you ever received.

Contests and Events

Birthday Hat Contest

Last day to enter! Get out your crafty scissors and gear up your imagination to make your own birthday hat to wear for deviantART's 12th birthday! Read on for all the details.

12th Birthday Card Contest

Thousands of Points are up for grabs in the 12th Birthday Card Contest! Using any medium, make a birthday card celebrating our 12th birthday. This contest ends August 10th.

Quirky Horoscope Contest

The Western Horoscope is comprised of 12 signs. In this contest, using any visual media, draw a representation of at least one of the Western Zodiac signs and create a daily horoscope for that sign set for the date of August 7th. This contest ends August 18th.

Chinese Horoscope Contest

In the Chinese Horoscope Contest, you are challenged to contribute art or poetry to the gallery which coincides with your own Chinese Astrology Animal. Details here. This contest ends August 30th.

Celebrate in Style

With the new 12th Birthday T-Shirt!

Keep this day forever in your heart and wardrobe with this delightful new tee, only and appropriately $12.00.

Congratulations to our first-ever Creative Grants recipients!

We're proud to announce that this round's Creative Grants recipients have been chosen! Our Creative Grants Board, comprised of Mollinda, RockstarVanity, and vayabobo, diligently reviewed the applications, and from their top choices, we have determined this round's recipients.  What better day to announce these projects than on deviantART's big 12th birthday celebration?

These talented artists are passionate about their projects, and they've already accomplished so much in their communities without outside funding. We can't wait to see how they flourish after receiving their Creative Grants!

Full Moon Art Appreciation

By dogsofeternity from Dallas, TX

Austin Craver, aka dogsofeternity, has been running an art gallery space in Texas for the past year -- completely out of the goodness of his heart. His motivation is his tremendous love of art and music.

With the help of a deviantART Creative Grant, Austin will be hosting a one-night Full Moon Art Appreciation show, featuring 10 wonderfully talented individuals, as well as 10 up-and-coming artists who have yet to formally break into the art world. This dynamic event will also celebrate arts in the music realm by inviting local bands to play sets.

Lightning Over Texas by dogsofeternity Trading In My Hours by dogsofeternity JustMe by dogsofeternity

Life-Size Skeleton Etch-A-Sketch Installation

By pikajane from Muskegon, MI

Jane Labowitch (pikajane) is a talented artist skilled in a very unique median -- Etch-A-Sketch. She plans to create two installations to be displayed in galleries. The first installation will be a life-size rendition of a skeleton, using multiple Etch-A-Sketches mounted to a wall. The second installation will be a 3-dimensional piece using a skeleton as a base for several mounted Etch-A-Sketches, which will act as a sort of "reverse x-ray."

Through her project, Jane hopes to impact people of all ages -- from children who may just be discovering the Etch-A-Sketch to adults who look back on them with nostalgia. She also thinks this is a great opportunity to bridge the gap between what many people consider to be a large separation between science and art.

Anterior Torso Etch A Sketch by pikajane Anterior Torso Etch A Sketch by pikajane Skull etch a sketch by pikajane

Creative Art Classes For Lower-Income Families

By EverIris from Jackson, NJ

Sandra Gale (EverIris) has been fostering creativity within the children of her community by offering affordable art classes. She does the best with the supplies she has, but as everyone can agree, art supplies aren't cheap. Sandra doesn't plan to make money from this venture, but wants to give kids the opportunity to express themselves through art -- an opportunity that may not have been possible without her efforts.

Not only will the children be inspired to create with greater tools than ever before, but the inspiration will spread throughout the community, from the kids, to their families, friends, and beyond. Sandra aims to increase her students' artistic abilities and imaginations by working with new media, new techniques, and new colors provided by a variety of art supplies purchased with a Creative Grant.

Coming Home by EverIris Angelina Jolie by EverIris

RecycleArt: A Make-and-Take Event

By SineMetuDesigns from Columbus, OH

Casey McCarty's studio, SineMetuDesigns, has had success with her recycled-art make-and-take demonstrations at various fairs and festivals. Here, participants learn how to use recycled materials in a variety of creative and artistic ways, which they can then take home. However, Casey has always been limited by space at these events, and she's looking to host her own recycle event where more people than ever will have the opportunity to participate.

Local artists who specialize in recycled art, who use eco-friendly business practices, or who incorporate recycled material into their work will be invited to show and sell their pieces in ways that were never before possible. Casey's goal is that the community who attends will walk away with inspiration and a new appreciation for recycled art and its artists.

 Ravens in Time Statement Collar by SineMetuDesigns 

Urban Art/Art Therapy

By Seraphylia from Jersey City, NJ

Urban art and art therapy programs are an important part of the school Jazmyne Casillas, aka Seraphylia, attends. These programs aim to beautify the community, however, it is vastly lacking in funding. Her school has plans to drop the program, but Jazmyne wants to host one more big project to show the administration how important it is to keep art in school.

Jazmyne plans to create a mural, and she has been busy sketching out how it could look. With a Creative Grant, Jazmyne will be able to purchase the supplies she needs to make this happen -- paint, airbrushes, palettes, and so much more. The success of this Creative Grant could show the school how vital it is to keep arts as a part of education.

Amazing Projects!

We couldn't be more thrilled to see how each of these brave and ambitious deviants will make their communities, their little slice of the world, a better place to live. After Creative Grants are distributed, we encourage our recipients to post a Journal with photos from their events, so everyone can see the results of these amazing projects! 

If you applied for a Creative Grant this round and didn't receive it, our rules stipulate that, should any of these recipients decline receiving a Creative Grant, decide they no longer need the Grant, or be unable to receive it, the Grant will be passed on to the next-highest-rated applicants. The Creative Grants Board has decided not to indicate the amount of funding given, however, recipients are free to disclose the amount they received. 

Apply now!

Do you have a creative project that could use a little financial kickstart? Our next round of funding is now open! Check out this article to learn how you can apply!

Charity: Water Starts the Process for the Well!

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 4, 2012, 10:44 AM

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who participated in the charity: water project I wrote about in February of this year. Whether you were able to actively donate to, read up on, or help spread the word about this honorable cause, I genuinely felt touched by the actions of every person who took the time to participate.

I got so many inspiring and heart-warming Notes from deviants far and wide -- from those who had just donated to those who had no means to donate monetarily but who happily spread the word to others. Many even selflessly pledged their own birthdays, asking for donations to this great cause in lieu of gifts. In a world where a lot of the news headlines are depressing and bleak, my faith in the power of good and caring was restored by the deviantART community.

Some say that one should participate in charity for charity's sake, and I fully believe this. I donated because it was a great cause whose results were so tangible and so needed by those who would receive it. Hardly a day has gone by in the past 5 months that I haven't imagined what steps in the well-building process the charity was currently undergoing. But I know the charity is busy spreading the word to others, tackling paperwork, and funneling all the generous donations to make this well and many(!) others a reality.

So I wasn't really expecting to hear back from charity: water, especially so early in the process. I figured maybe I would log in to my page on their website a while down the line, find out where the well was built, and daydream about maybe visiting it someday. When I got an email today spelling out how the money would be implemented, the timeline, the part of the world, and the promise of detailed metrics as soon as the well is finished, I was reminded of why I wanted to donate in the first place.

Screen Shot 2012-07-26 at 5.08.31 PM by LaurenKitsune

Today, charity: water reached out to me to let us know where our well would be built, how long it would take, and some other really interesting statistics about how the future deviantART well is going to help out a small town.

Screen Shot 2012-07-26 at 4.23.43 PM by LaurenKitsune

These sorts of statistics are so shocking, I'm doing everything I can to raise awareness of something so many of us take for granted. If you're reading this Journal on a computer, it means you have access to an Internet connection, and more than likely can access water at the turn of a knob. We bathe in it every day, we freeze it to make drinks cold and heat it to cook our food and keep our homes warm. The thought of someone experiencing thirst and not being able to safely satisfy that feeling elicits such a strong emotion when I sit down to think about it. How often in our daily lives do we take for granted having such amenities often just a room away?

Screen Shot 2012-07-26 at 4.23.25 PM by LaurenKitsune

This email -- perhaps one of a few more -- pinpointed where this upcoming well was on its path to being completed. As I'm sure you can appreciate, the paperwork, training, architecture, and everything in between is time consuming, and it really brings to light the unsung heroes behind charity doors who do all the heavy-lifting to bring something like fresh water to a community in need.

At the bottom of the email was a linked example of the sorts of statistics we could read about in the future as soon as the well finished completion, and you can read all about how this real well in Ethopia helped a small town here!

Giving to any reputable charity brings a feeling that's not really matched by anything else in the world. It's hard to describe, but it's a feeling of almost secret bliss. These people will probably never know any of the deviants who gave a small part of themselves to bring such a needed commodity to their lives. But I can picture a village, and the people living in it, and the difference this is going to make very soon.

I wanted to thank you all for making this possible, we did something really good here and I'm very happy. I also want to thank Charity: Water, you guys are fantastic! 

I'll link to charity: water one last time, in case you want to feel the same rush of giving you've felt before when donating. And it's true what they say -- every dollar counts, every penny counts, and spreading your awareness to others truly does leave a positive impact on the world we live in.

-- :spyed: 

spyed sense:

i really need to change my signature.
it's been simmering in lame for way too long.

Ninja image created by AndyFairhurst

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