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Posted on August 31, 2012 at 4:14:05 PM

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Site Update: More Like This - Beta

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 6:59 PM

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.

More Like This BETA

DeviantART is proud to announce two major improvements to the way you browse and discover artwork on the site. These feature are currently only available to Beta Testers. More Like This is deviantART’s newest content discovery tool – enabling you to find similar, relevant deviations, artists, and collections to a chosen deviation. In addition to More Like This, we've made a number of improvements to browsing on deviantART, including an updated navigation, a "full view" mode, and endless scrolling.

Try these new features by upgrading to a Premium Membership and becoming a Beta Tester.

Change Log

  • New APIs have been releasedAdded by $ZombieCoder
  • The "Notify me upon resolution" checkbox has been removed from the Report Deviation modal because we found that it promoted negativity within the community and led to harassment. Fixed by $DEVlANT
  • The Group "Edit Page" functionality was not functioning properly. Widget descriptions, icons and install buttons went missing. Fixed by $DEVlANT
  • Some icons on deviation pages were displaying out-of-date versions under some conditions. Fixed by $ZombieCoder
  • Group creation for small number of groups was delayed. Fixed by $DEVlANT
  • Deactivated and banned users could report through the moderation system. Fixed by $DEVlANT
  • The Twitter emoticon was updated. Fixed by $drommk
  • The View & Choose Badge link displayed over the Collections bar when opened on some profile pages. Fixed by $shadowhand
  • FAQ text on group creation pages was not properly formatted. Fixed by $DEVlANT
  • The "go to" button in notes was not functional. Fixed by $DEVlANT
  • There was an issue in Llama trade offer matching. Fixed by $drommk
  • Users could encounter errors while saving due to certain conditions. Fixed by $mudimba
  • "Watch Redraw" button did not show in under certain situations. Fixed by $Nodren
  • The maximum size of brushes has been made bigger. Fixed by $mudimba

  • The switcher allowing the owner of a published deviation to view comments that were left while it was in wasn't working. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • The submission agreement wouldn't display to new users in some contexts. Fixed by $samshull
  • Editing a deviation published from would break the site header. Fixed by $adahacker
  • Some editing options were broken. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • Some special characters, such as German umlauts, wouldn't be displayed properly in comments. Fixed by $kouiskas Writer

  • Writer immediately saved your entry when you opened it for editing. Fixed by $Alisey
  • Double spacing after a URL in journals would eat whatever word followed. Fixed by $Alisey
  • Rapidly clicking thumbs/emoticons from the sidebar caused crazy over-autosaving. Fixed by $Alisey
  • Selecting heading size and then typing did not work. Fixed by $Alisey
  • The embedded stash in sidebar was sometimes stealing keyboard events. Fixed by $inazar
  • There was a weird weird fade in and fade out for the "loading..." button in the sidebar. Fixed by $inazar

Your Feedback

New Thumbnails

Feedback regarding the new thumbnails was incredibly varied. With over 6,000 comments left on last week's Site Update, there were lots and lots of comments and conversations for us to read through. We've been actively collecting and analyzing the comments and following Journals posted about the topic. Some members were displeased with the new thumbnails, while others were happy, and there were many various opinions that ranged between these two.

DeviantART staff have been testing thumbnails since February. The new thumbnails have also been in Beta Testing for quite some time — one of the longest periods we've had a feature in Beta Testing. Once we released the second gridded option, we received a much more positive response from the community.

While we believe in the updates that were made, we have received a couple of valid complaints about the way certain thumbnails were presented. For example, we give thumbnails a lighter background when their proportions are too tall or too wide. This keeps the rows of deviations looking tidy by visually aligning them. Some members have complained about backgrounds being given to deviations who don't appear to need it. See below: 

Screen Shot 2012-08-30 at 5.41.14 PM by danlev

In response to this, we have adjusted the threshold for a thumbnail being given a background so that thumbs are only given the background when needed. We are working on a few other tweaks that will hopefully improve some of the different cases that have been brought up.

Although we are still gathering feedback and gauging responses, we would like to thank you all for your continued passion toward and interest in the site's function and appearance.

Other feedback included:
  • Users would like to mark notes as unread and have a notification still show in the top bar and Message Center. Suggested by *WhiteDiamondsLtd
  • Users would like an option to disable emoticons, when commenting. Suggested by =Zyruma 
  • Users would like a section in the artist's comments where they could specify the tools used to create the artwork. Suggested by ~OreoSmah162 


Sharing Your Art
DeviantART offers easy methods of sharing art on other social networks through the Share buttons on deviation pages. Do you share your art on other social networking sites? If so, which? Do you find it easy to share the artwork you've posted to deviantART elsewhere? Would you find it helpful if sharing your art on other sites could be done from the Submit page, or if it were more automatically pushed to your other social networks?

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:icontechgnotic: Aug 29, 2012 by techgnotic

I am bringing your attention to a documentary, Beauty is Embarrassing, that
deeply inspired me after a screening last week. The life wisdom and positive
philosophy unfolding over a lifetime of living as an artist was deeply motivating.
I invited Wayne White, the subject of this documentary, to join deviantART afterwards.
I thought this would be something you would enjoy no matter where you might be at
on your own personal journey as an artist. While watching this I was also reminded
of the heartfelt explanations by many artists of what it means to choose the life of an Artist.

"Do what you love, It's going to lead where you want to go."


Please stop and say hello and welcome seewaynewhite in his first week at deviantART.

A strange thing happened at a local café called Fred 62, a sudden sense of something
askew in the universe. I realized it was the painting hanging on the wall above my friend’s
head. Could that really be the mundane landscape painting that hung on the wall in one of
the rooms in my child hood home? Why yes, it is. But the painting has been … infiltrated.
Geometric shapes now hung in the air above the autumnal scud of fallen leaves. Then you get
it: the shapes are actual words. The painting is protesting its near-purposeless existence
by breaking the fourth wall and “speaking” to me. And it’s saying: FoodBasedLifestyleEnhancement –
which is really funny, given the theatre of this moment. What is this? Graffiti? Tagging?

Wayne calls his word paintings and his other creations his “beautiful things” and he exhorts
other artists to ignore the pull of “seriousness” (in hopes of being officially declared “real”)
and instead be guided by what brings them joy to create, to do whatever it is creatively that
makes them happy. Fun and funny shouldn’t be anathema to the “serious artist” – the moment of
laughing at a joke one isn’t even sure one really understands… that should be the most sacred
artistic epiphany.

What I unknowingly discovered is Wayne White’s “word paintings.” Wayne “samples” (buys) otherwise
pointless examples of forgettable paintings, mostly landscapes, and then he paints his messages across
them like billboard credits kicking off a movie. His messages tend to be funny, sometimes deeply poignant
and are often slightly obscene. Not that pure juvenile silliness isn’t his guiding principle. The official
art world doesn’t quite know what to make of Wayne’s increasing popularity and the success he’s experiencing
after a lifetime of being a “jack-of-all-trades” artist. They’ve hung a general “surrealist/pop artist”
label on him and dismissed him as a “non-serious Ed Ruscha.” But Wayne White’s art, funny and silly and profane
as it might be, is far from being a joke. He’s a man and an artist on a mission.

If your first experience of Wayne’s art is his “word paintings,” then you’ve come in late to an amazingly
multifaceted and storied adventure that has been his creative life. It’s a life now documented in a new film,
"Beauty is Embarrassing," which every creative person will enjoy immeasurably and will provide every person seeking
the secret to “what makes the artist tick” with palpable insights. His journey has been as long, oblique and
serendipitous as only a lifelong muse-driven pure artist’s journey can be. Wayne left his home in Tennessee to become
a cartoonist and illustrator for some of the hippest pop-art-laden publications of the day, like The Village Voice.
He then became one of the driving creative forces on the now legendary Pee Wee Herman Show, creating props and puppets
and performing voices. He won three Emmy Awards. His puppetry and art direction talents earned him awards for music
videos as well, including Peter Gabriel’s Big Time and the Smashing Pumpkins’ amazing George Melies-inspired Tonight,
Tonight. But it’s his word paintings that are finally making his name known. Are they “real” art? Or is this some kind
of a joke? It’s Wayne’s mission in life as an artist to address this endlessly-arising “question” so vital to
conversations concerning "high art."

An Interview withWayne White

Your “word paintings” “sample” pre-existing paintings of kitschy landscapes (i.e., depressing Americana memes).
Do you feel a kinship with early rappers who reinvented music in a similar way, sampling tapes in bargain bins?

Not really. Even though there is a similar aesthetic of recycling. I've recycled junks since the 70's... way before
rap came along. But like rappers I do feel like i'm collaborating with the original artist and harmonizing with the work.

In what ways have your non-fans in the official art world sought to delegitimize your art and your very status
as an artist?  They seem to believe that as an artist provocateur injecting humor into fine art, you are a major threat.
What is this perceived threat?  Why are they so threatened?

First of all I am not perceived as a major threat. if anything I'm perceived as an imitator of Ed Ruscha because I live
in L.A. and I use text. I wish I was a major threat. That would be fun! But I'm afraid I don't have that kind of power. I guess
some people are threatened by humor in fine art because they see it as a corrupting influence.

Your credo that the purpose of artists is to create beautiful things, and your belief that humor is a major part of the “beautiful” might indicate that you hold technical art “study” in low regard. Is there as much point in studying why a portrait is “beautiful” as there is in analyzing why one laughs at a joke?  In fact, as with “deconstructing” jokes, the analysis itself destroys the joke. Do you in fact prefer to remain “awed” by great art and laughing at funny art as the highest tribute to be paid to art (critics be damned)?

The creative act is not an act of analysis. It’s an in the moment spontaneous experience. The analysis comes later by the viewer and the arts. And yes too much analysis sucks the juice out of anything so its the challenge for the artist and the viewer when they are confronting art and humor.

Your broad artistic palate, stretching from painting to cartooning to video to puppetry, indicates a wildly wandering artistic consciousness.  As someone who simply creates, like a mountain climber, “because it’s there,” do you ever feel the need to let the rational part of your mind catch up with the creative part of your mind that is so obviously in control of the show?

I try to keep it strictly creative in the studio. After the physical act of creating something the rational mind always takes over and starts to analyze it so its always a balancing act. Nobody is 100% creative or 100% rational.

What would you say to someone who thinks your art “mocks” art?

Uh.. Thank you.

What would you say to someone who says you’re talented enough to be a “real artist,” if only you’d take it more seriously?

Fuck you. Seriously.

What’s the most important compliment you’ve ever received from someone whose opinions on art you really respect?  

Joel Hodgson called my paintings "magic" and that's coming from a magician!

What would your advice be to a young artist with interests in multiple disciplines and mediums just embarking on a lifetime of making art?

Don't let anybody tell you that you have to concentrate on one thing. You don't. It’s possible to cross over as many times as you want. I think crossing over is a healthy and invigorating thing to do. It freshens up all the genres. Many teachers will try to pigeon hole you unfortunately. Don't listen to them!

QuestionsFor the Reader

  1. When an artwork makes you laugh, do you consciously (or subconsciously) label the work as “not serious art” regardless of the artist’s creativity and talent?
  2. Has there been one moment in your life above all others when you were absolutely awestruck (“embarrassed”) to be in the presence of a particular artwork? Can you compare this with laugh you laughed at the funniest thing you’ve ever experienced in your life?  Are beauty and humor necessities of life – or the whole point of life?

Watch the trailer: Beauty is Embarrassing

Beauty is Embarrassing directed by Neil Berkely hits theatres on Sept. 7th.

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.

New deviantART Thumbnails

This feature will be rolled out to everyone over the next few days.

DeviantART's thumbnail images just got bigger and better! Starting today, we've increased the size of deviantART's thumbnails and, by popular demand from the community, we're also giving you a "Thumbnail Grid" mode.

Here's a run-down of what's changed:
  • We've made all thumbnails bigger!
  • Deviations display in tidier rows with no unnecessary cropping, allowing you to see the art as it's meant to be seen!
  • For literature thumbnails, the background has been lightened and much more room is given for text.
  • Very tall and very wide deviations zoom in on the image instead of showing a hard-to-click, hard-to-see skinny thumbnail. We wanted to keep cropping to a minimum, but we think this new approach is much better for the artwork.
  • Frames have been added around wide, small, and transparent deviations to keep each row tidy.
  • The information underneath each thumbnail is left aligned for better readability.
  • The Newest and Popular sorting options have been combined into one menu to simplify things and save space. 
From Browse and Search pages, you can switch between Thumb Wall view and Thumb Grid view, giving you control over how the new thumbnails display. 

Thumbmode by $danlev

Thumb Wall

A compact and dynamic wall of art.

The Thumb Wall places several deviations in each row and will justify their placement based on the size setting for the browser. This allows for a dynamic view to deviations, where each row will bring you new art to look at. Because of the displacement of artwork based on the row justification, every piece of art is given the chance to stand out!

Thumbwall by danlev

Thumb Grid

A tidy grid of art.

The Thumb Grid was designed with the organized member in mind. For users who like their viewing experience to be orderly, the Thumb Grid sticks to a certain number of deviations per row based on the size of the browser, and it keeps deviations in columns, so that deviations are presented evenly spaced and each piece of art is given a bit of room to breathe.

Thumbgrid by danlev

Try it out: Browse Now

Change Log

  • All users have been migrated from our outdated time zone and daylight saving time settings to a proper time zone. This means that future daylight saving time changes should be automatic and more accurate. Please check your settings to verify that the timezone we have placed you in is correct. Fixed by $shadowhand
  • The deviantART World Map has been overhauled!  The frame rate of animations has been doubled, items now wrap around the world through the Pacific Ocean, and the shadow map properly refreshes itself. Added by $kouiskas
  • Groups that were closed and then re-established did not track pageviews accurately. Fixed by $shadowhand
  • The FAQ breadcrumbs were not properly formatted. Fixed by $DEVlANT
  • Users of some popular extensions for Google Chrome experienced browsing errors after updates were made to those extensions. Fixed by $muteor
  • The Edit button went missing from Group Journals. Fixed by $ZombieCoder
  • Em dashes (—) stopped working in Journal titles. Fixed by $shadowhand
  • Links to literature deviations in the Featured Deviation widget resulted in 404 errors. Fixed by $KnightAR
  • The "More Journal Entries" link being was cut off on user pages. Fixed by $shahyarg
  • Deactivated accounts were able to collect folders. Fixed by $muteor
  • The "Comments Disabled" box was not properly formatted when the deviation was viewed while navigating using the "next" and "previous" buttons. Fixed by $shadowhand
  • Ctrl+clicking on stacks in the Message Center did not open the stack as expected. Fixed by $DEVlANT
  • When activating Edit mode on a profile that had a video embedded, the video overlapped into the Edit page. Fixed by $shahyarg
  • Improvements have been made to error messages in the Shop cart. Fixed by $KnightAR
  • For some users, the deviantID picture was impossible to change after upgrading to the new deviantID widget. Fixed by $DEVlANT
  • The logos used for the Share buttons were out of date, and the Twitter logo was incorrect throughout the site. Fixed by $drommk
  • The Featured folder was not an option for the Gallery Folders widget for Groups. Fixed by $DEVlANT
  • The oAuth API Application approval was not showing the information details for apps. Fixed by $KnightAR
  • Getting blocked by a Group erroneously removed all favourites that the blocked user shared with the group. Only deviations that are exclusive to that Group should have been removed from favourites, consistent with user block. Fixed by $shadowhand

  • Middle-clicking now opens items in new tabs. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • A strange link was appearing on for logged out users that should have linked to the deviantART signup page. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • A broken warning was appearing when typing long stack titles. Fixed by $aMoniker
  • Publicly shared stacks were incorrectly displaying the site update articles and creation buttons. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • When changing sizes while editing an item, reopening the menu wouldn't show the updated preference. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • When viewing a deviantART muro redraw in after submitting it and never having visited before, one would appear logged out in Internet Explorer. Fixed by $samshull
  • The display of the description preview in the item editor has been improved. Fixed by $aMoniker
  • The Note Share button was missing on items. Fixed by $aMoniker
  • The Group Folder section of the Submit page would be too tall and unusable if Groups had many folders. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • The pages icon in the header was misaligned on stacks. Fixed by $samshull
  • When viewing someone else's item, the author attribution in the header wouldn't appear. Fixed by $kouiskas Writer

  • Certain events weren't triggering a Writer autosave. Fixed by $kemayo
  • DeviantART Muro redraw embeds shrunk suddenly when you resized them. Fixed by $Alisey
  • Old Journal skins had far too much padding when editing in Writer. Fixed by $Alisey

Your Feedback

Thanks for your feedback on last week's Site Update!
  • Several users mentioned wanting to see Channels more prominently placed. Some said that they would like to see Channels incorporated into the Message Center, provided it didn't add to the message total. Others said they would like to see it included as part of the main page.
  • =Hoshiichan mentioned that Channels are easy to overlook in favor of regular browsing, simply because of their placement in the footer. ~DeviBrigard said that it's easy to not notice the fact that Channels are present in the footer to begin with.
  • Feedback about the Watch Redraw button was entirely positive!
  • Users would like to personally set what deviations show up in the "More from this user" section of their deviations' pages. Suggested by *InsaneKane87
  • Users would like for Super Groups to be able to set folder icons the way Premium Members can. Suggested by ~careas
  • Users would like to be able to view more than 24 deviations/stacks at a time in the Message Center. Suggested by ~Yamitora1
  • Users would like a way to edit submitted deviations drawn in deviantART muro through deviantART muro. Suggested by *Roxyielle


New Thumbnails
How do you feel about the new Thumbnails? Which mode do you prefer: Thumb Wall or Thumb Grid? We'd love to hear how your browsing experience has changed!

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