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As some of you may know, deviantART will be celebrating our 12th birthday on August 7, 2012 — a mere two weeks away! While we're busily building surprises and creating community-centered activities, we wanted to give you a little sneak peak into what we’ve got planned for the big day. First and foremost...

We’re bringing back Free Premium Membership Day!

Our first ever Free Premium Membership Day last January was a huge success, and to this day, we’ve heard pleas to have this event happen once again. Prepare to have your dreams come true!

On August 7, 2012, all members of deviantART will have access to Premium Membership features.

For an entire 24 hours, starting at midnight and ending at 11:59 PM Los Angeles, CA, time, you’ll be able to enjoy the perks of a Premium Membership, including JournalSKINS, ad-free browsing, enabling Critique on your work, and more! Check out when this is in your time zone here.

Of course, we’ll have many other exciting events, including contests, games, and plenty of chances to win free deviantART gear, all throughout the day on August 7th, so you won’t want to miss out. 

Mark your calendars now for our 12th birthday extravaganza!

* Free Premium Membership Day does not include the ability to conduct a username change or access Way Back browsing.  These features are reserved for deviants who have active Premium Memberships. We apologize for any inconvenience, but hope you will still enjoy all other Premium Member benefits.
















DeviantART announced a month ago that through a new organization, Dadotart we applied to manage a new Top Level Domain (TLD) called “.ART.” We are committed to having the .ART TLD — the Internet addresses that could end in .ART — organized and distributed with the full participation of the global art community.


We need your help!


We need your help to show public support for the Dadotart application. The application process to manage a TLD is long, arduous, and intricate. Help us gather as a true art-centric community. And please spread the word to everyone who loves the arts or is part of the arts because we aim to have .ART be home to everyone in every one of the arts.









Every voice counts!


There are a number of ways for you to support the Dadotart campaign.





1. Write a Comment


Write a comment about your support of Dadotart’s application in this journal and we will pass your comment on to ICANN. Tell them how a .ART TLD might serve you as an artist or art lover.






2. Spread the Word


Tell others! Help us spread the word by posting a Journal, updating your Facebook status, tweeting, or using any other means of social media to get others to join in. People who are not members of deviantART can e-mail messages of  support to: art@dadotart.com.







3. Go Above and Beyond


We also urge you to post a message of support to ICANN’s “Submit an Application Comment” page. This process isn’t for the faint of heart and takes a few minutes longer as it requires you to create an account and verify an e-mail address. Still, if you do this, you are assuring ICANN that you are an impassioned and vocal supporter of the arts community and of Dadotart’s application.


Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to post a message to ICANN.






Well-formulated, respectful, and intelligent comments will be the best approach to showing ICANN and the world why Dadotart, Inc. will be the best manager of the .ART TLD.






Thank You!


A landslide starts with a single pebble. This is a worldwide effort at every level — from a single artist to a small group of craftspeople to an international association of museum directors. The support of one is the support of all. But hurry! This is a time-sensitive effort. All comments must be submitted by August 13th, 2012 to be eligible. Help us gather as a true art-centric community. And please spread the word to everyone who loves the arts or is part of the arts because
we aim to have .ART be home to everyone in every one of the arts.


Please note this doesn't mean that deviantART.com would change to deviantART.art (or deviant.art). The .ART TLD would service all of the arts, including art forms that deviantART doesn't handle -- like the theater, music, dance, and so on -- and would allow people to have individual identities associated with the arts without going through a community like deviantART or YouTube.










For the reader:




  1. How would you use a .art address?

  2. If all the arts had a special address like .art, how would it improve your use of the Web?

  3. Do you think it's important for the voices of a community to come up with the guidelines for the use of a .art address?


Let ICANN know in your comments and support Dadotart!











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

Announcing Rolled Fine Art Paper Prints


Starting immediately, deviantART is upgrading our rolled Fine Art Paper Prints to a more professional grade print process. The new and improved product will now ship with an additional 1.5" (3.81 cm) bright-white border ready to be hanged or framed! This change will not affect the way in which we currently provide Photo Prints, Canvas, or Frame Art Prints.

Read More

Change Log

  • Extra characters were appearing at the end of text when entering critique. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Vertical layout spacing was broken on the settings page. Fixed by muteor
  • Personal user Forum threads ignored comment sorting preference changes. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • Some 404 error page links had wrong labeling. Fixed by muteor
  • In some categories, image deviations were being confused with text deviations during editing, resulting in incorrect display and possible validation errors. Fixed by ZombieCoder
  • Deleted group journals were messing up the Recent Journal Entries widget. Fixed by muteor
  • A white horizontal bar was present on literature stack thumbnails in the message center. Fixed by muteor
  • Sta.sh e-mail gateway could not be disabled on the Settings page. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • Some prints were missing the fav.me URL box. Fixed by muteor

Sta.sh

  • Watermarking and making an item available for download weren't mutually exclusive and should have been. Fixed by samshull
  • Watching deviantART muro Redraws would show a login modal. Fixed by adahacker
  • An unstyled submission form would briefly flash when editing an item. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Clicking on the tabs icon to navigate back to your Sta.sh would fail to work under some conditions. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Share links would remain displayed in some situations where the context had changed and they shouldn't have. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Dropping a small image on top of a literature item would break the thumb display. Fixed by samshull
  • When navigating to another page, uploading wouldn't behave the way it was originally intended. Fixed by samshull
  • Editing a published deviation didn't show the groups to which the deviation had already been published. Fixed by aMoniker
  • The "save and exit" button would sometimes appear when it shouldn't. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Share links became misaligned. Fixed by aMoniker
  • The player for video items was lacking a minimum width. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Header menu display improved. Fixed by aMoniker
  • The description preview icon wouldn't adapt to the presence of a scrollbar in the form field. Fixed by kouiskas
  • The download button on the footer would appear in the wrong context. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Updating an item's title now updates the thumbnail display of that item immediately. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Quickly navigating through items using the keyboard would stall until two items had loaded. Fixed by kouiskas

Sta.sh Writer

  • Launched CSS attributes: content, counter-increment, counter-reset. Added by kemayo
  • Drafts were duplicating when you edited a Writer document that was in your Sta.sh. Fixed by kemayo
  • For a brief period of time, clicking the "edit" link for journal entries posted using the original journal editor gave an error.. Fixed by kemayo
  • Writer always had a vertical scrollbar, regardless of content height. Fixed by inazar
  • Changing skins in Writer was removing the "preview" and "done" buttons from the bottom of the page. Fixed by inazar
  • The way embedded links was handled in Writer has been rewritten. Fixed by Alisey

Your Feedback

Thanks very much for the feedback left on last week's Site Update! Here's what you had to say:

  • Many users are looking to sell comics, stories, tutorials and resources through deviantART rather than needing to do so through means off-site.
  • Buyers mentioned wanting to find Premium Content easier, either through separating free and Premium Content or through a Premium Content portal.
  • Users liked joannastar's visual suggestion about having an "I like this" button on suggestions posted to the Suggestions gallery.

Discuss!


As mentioned at the beginning of the journal, we're upgrading our rolled Fine Art Paper Prints.  However, deviantART's Shop also offers several other options for printing -- including mugs, magnets, and canvas prints.  Of these items, which do you most prefer, which could also use an upgrade, or which new products would you like to see available in the Shop?

 Lightbulb Have a suggestion, idea, or feedback? Leave a comment on this article!
:bug: Find a bug? Report it to the Help Desk(Be as detailed as possible!)







Starting immediately, deviantART is upgrading our rolled Fine Art Paper Prints to a more professional grade print process. The new and improved product will now ship with an additional 1.5" (3.81 cm) bright-white border ready to be hung or framed! This change will not affect the way in which we currently provide Photo Prints, Canvas, or Frame Art Prints.















  • Bright-white, ultrasmooth, 100% cotton rag paper
  • Matte finish
  • Acid- and lignin-free archival process
  • Advanced digital drying process in order to guarantee vibrance
  • Prints come with an additional 1.5" (3.81 cm) border

You may need to edit your Prints:

If you currently have a border on your rolled Fine Art Paper Print image you should consider updating or removing the border.



To adjust your Prints:

  1. Go to the deviation page.
  2. Click on "Edit Print" in the right-hand navigation.
  3. Click on the "Fine Art Prints" tab.
  4. Adjust as needed.




The end result:

A professional Print product that exceeds the quality you're used to receiving from deviantART Prints. We're confident you will be as pleased with the new rolled Fine Art Paper Print product as we are!


As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at our Prints Customer Service Desk.


To stay up to date on the Prints Shop and all things Prints, please be sure to join the printscommunity!







Comic-Con: Day 4

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 9:08 PM by Heidi:iconheidi:
On Sunday, the 4th and final day of San Diego Comic-Con, we were able to keep the love flowing to show the artists and art enthusiasts who came by our booth just how much they meant to us.

The last day of Comic-Con is always bittersweet. The air buzzes with positivity, inspiration, and camaraderie, but in the back of your mind, you know it may be another year before you see some of these friends, old and new. Sure, we always have the Internet, but there's something special about meeting in real life that can’t compare to flipping through a portfolio of sketches, laughing out loud with your peers, and supporting artists’ hard work right then and there.

There was rarely a moment when one of our seven kiosks wasn’t occupied by an artist. Young or old, newbie or professional, digital or traditional, the chance to sit down and create art was difficult to pass up with inspiration coming from every direction.


A view from the deviantART booth, looking out at the convention floor.

With a handful of deviantART staffers standing by to answer questions, hand out swag, or grin with delight when they met a deviant they’d been following for years, every one of us walked away from the convention with hearts full of memories we'll never forget.

It was great seeing families come up to our booth, excited, wanting to share the community with their kids. Usually it's the other way around — teenagers trying to explain deviantART to their parents. There was some of the latter, but primarily what we noticed was the older generation wanting to pass the community on to their kids, or even grandchildren in some cases.


spyed watches a young pre-deviant use deviantART muro to draw a landscape of his favorite game.

Every year deviantART is a part of Comic-Con, we learn more about how to make the next even better. This year, we had more panels, more schwag to hand out, more ways to make the artists in the alley feel the love. And we have a whole year ahead to come up with how awesome we know Comic-Con 2013 will be.

And don't worry -- we'll soon be releasing video of every aspect deviantART could capture on film, so you can experience what it was like to attend from the comfort of your home.  Get excited for some exclusive interviews with artists, insider tips and tricks from our hosted panels, and so much more.


Not all Poison Ivys at Comic-Con were cosplayers. Leeahd took the time to make this villain digital.

As we mentioned in an earlier recap, we’re looking for ideas on how to make meeting up with large groups of deviants even more frequent. You may have read about our Paris deviantMEET, our London deviantMEET, and our first-ever Gallery Show in London, and we want to hear from you.

- What conventions should we go to in the future?
- What towns does deviantART need to visit next to hold a deviantMEET?
- What sorts of get-togethers would be perfect for deviantART to show up and crash?
- Please leave your ideas in the comments below!


All deviantART staffers in attendance take a moment to pose beneath our rotating sign!

Much was achieved with our sponsorship of Artists' Alley; however, none of it would have been possible without makepictures and techgnotic. Thanks to their tireless efforts and passion, we were able to further deviantART's commitment to entertaining, empowering, and inspiring the artist in all of us.

Ultimately, though, we need to sincerely thank each and every deviant and/or art lover who stopped by our booth and warmed our hearts with tales of their artistic journey.  It's thanks to them, and deviants around the world, that deviantART is able to provide an environment of creative integrity and purpose.

~Heidi and LaurenKitsune


Read more:
Comic-Con: Day 1
Comic-Con: Day 2
Comic-Con: Day 3
Comic-Con: Day 4

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