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DeviantArtist Questionnaire

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 12:13 AM


World Heart by minayuyu

How long have you been on DeviantArt?

Deviant since Jul 15, 2000.

What does your username mean?

My username is also my real name — which, according to the Interwebs, is of German origin and means noble.

Describe yourself in three words.

Athletic.  Geeky.  Loyal.

Are you left or right handed?

Oh-so-very right handed.

What was your first deviation?

This is embarrassing on many levels.

My License Plate by Heidi
"My License Plate" by Heidi

What is your favourite type of art to create?

Headcanons that I never share with anyone.  ;)

If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?

Pixel art immediately comes to mind, but starvingartist is the reigning king of all things pixel-related, and I'll happily watch his work from the sidelines.

What was your first favourite?

Fifteen years later, I'm still a night owl who loves space.

rocket by naysayer
"rocket" by naysayer


What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

Fan art.  No shame.

Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

All-time favourite?  That's a no-holds-barred question and tough to answer.  Earlier in the year, I spent a good amount of time putting together a #WatchForever journal containing a few of my favorite deviants.  The artists included are not only tremendously talented, but, having had the opportunity to meet a handful in real life, I can also attest that they're good people.

My #WatchForever
I'm jumping on the #WatchForever bandwagon and have compiled a list containing a few of my favorite deviants.  The following artists are not only tremendously talented, but, having had the opportunity to meet a handful in real life, I can also attest that they're good people.
My years on DeviantArt have provided me a wealth of friendships I wouldn’t otherwise have had the opportunity to make.  These friends have opened me up to different ideas, cultures, and points of view.  I'm forever grateful to have talked with every deviant who has crossed my path — at a Deviant Meet, or even in a note, comment, or journal.  
 
Watch Forever  Added to my devWatch! 
:iconalicexz:  alicexz
      
:iconalierturk:  :dev


If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?

Few things bring me as much spontaneous happiness as when I'm out and about in the real world wearing some kind DeviantArt clothing or paraphernalia and someone stops me to ask if I use the site.  Everyone contributes to the community in different ways, and I truly enjoy talking about their unique DeviantArt experiences and hearing their artist stories. 

How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

As someone who has worked at DeviantArt for fifteen years, deviants have impacted almost every aspect of my life.  It brings me joy that DeviantArt facilitates all kinds of relationships and connections.  Each of us has a whole lifetime of stories to share with one another, and we're all here, connected, in a way that wouldn't be possible without DeviantArt. 

Online connections: what's your story?It's easy to take for granted how cool it is to live in the future. Well, it's the present at the moment, but it's only been a few years now that technological advancements have enabled us to connect with hundreds of thousands of people all across the globe at the push of a button.
I'm not exactly the first to proclaim that the Internet allows amazing personal connections, but join me for a moment. Right now, you're reading these words on your phone, on your laptop, on your Nintendo DS browser. Maybe you're in the room next to me, maybe you're halfway around the world and we can make an Earth sandwich with two pieces of bread. Somehow you've made a connection to me, to DeviantArt, in the hopes that I will bring you quality entertainment -- no pressure.  ;)
But even beyond all that, you come to DeviantArt to connect with a talented artist, an author you admire, a photographer who inspires y


What are your preferred tools to create art?

A good imagination is the starting point for many things.

What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

I can't say that I have a specific place that provides a wealth of inspiration.  It's more about having the time and brain-space to think creatively.

What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

I've said this before, but I'll reiterate it here.  My years on DeviantArt have provided me a wealth of friendships I wouldn't otherwise have had the opportunity to make.  These friends have opened me up to different ideas, cultures, and points of view.  I'm forever grateful to have talked with every deviant who has crossed my path — at a Deviant Meet, or even in a note, comment, or journal.

Bonus memories!

:bulletgreen:  Every minute of the DeviantArt  World Tour in 2009 — including all the new foods I experienced with new friends.  Delicious seafood with ekud in Sydney, the divisive "king of fruits" with Timothy-Sim and Artgerm in Singapore, carefully crafted soup with trenchmaker in Berlin, and a custom Fella cake with bat-girl13 in Toronto, just to name a few.

:bulletgreen:  During a silly car ride, chris, LaurenKitsune, and I came with an idea for an epic movie blockbuster: Coming in the summer 2012, the harrowing true tale of a man who burgles ham... The Hamburgler!  As a result, this commissioned movie poster by boyRoland was born.

:bulletgreen:  Since its inception in 2004, the DeviantArt Holiday Card Project has brought a little cheer to thousands of patients in hospitals during the holiday season.  The Project connects deviants from around the world and applies their tremendous artistic abilities in designing and creating get-well holiday cards.  Special thanks are deserved by Ayame-Kenoshi, madizzlee, Shyree, wreckling, and danlev for continuing the tradition of managing the Project, and to each and every deviant who has contributed to the event.

Now it's your turn!

Copy and paste these questions into a journal, put your own spin on the answers, and title the journal DeviantArtist Questionnaire.  Post it to the Deviant Events category and use the #DeviantArtistQuestionnaire tag when submitting. 

Enjoy, thanks for reading, and stay deviant.  (⊃。•́‿•̀。)⊃━:star:.*・。゚

~Heidi

P.S. - You are cool, and I am proud of you.

Skin by Dan Leveille

Celebrate DeviantArt's 15th Birthday!

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 12:01 AM
Untitled-1 by marioluevanosAs DeviantArt enters its 15th year on the Internet, we want to take a moment before blowing out our candles to thank the community for allowing us the honor of hosting the site that you call your home for art. After all, it's the community's 15th birthday, too, and in the past few months, we've been making it our top priority to share with you our plans for the future, celebrate the successes of our past, and look to you for guidance on how best we can serve each of you while entering this new phase of DeviantArt's existence.

As DeviantArt enters its 15th year on the Internet, we want to take a moment before blowing out our candles to thank the community for allowing us the honor of hosting the site that you call your home for art. After all, it's the community's 15th birthday, too, and in the past few months, we've been making it our top priority to share with you our plans for the future, celebrate the successes of our past, and look to you for guidance on how best we can serve each of you while entering this new phase of DeviantArt's existence.

With the launch of the DeviantArt Timeline, greater transparency into features to come, and a handful of fixes and updates the community has been hoping for, we couldn't be more excited for our new direction. And it wouldn't have been possible without your passionate interactions, comments, and feedback. We can't wait to make your vision for the future a reality! So help yourself to an extra slice of cake this year. You deserve it!

Before many staple websites you visit today, there was DeviantArt — the home of artistic camaraderie and a haven for inspiration. Though our community was comparatively small way back when, we had heart to fuel our passions, and that heart continues to pump blood through the veins of every artist in our now-huge colony of artistic individuals. It’s been a wild ride during our 15-year growth, and we wanted to share some hard numbers with the community to show just how far we've come.

We’ve created a DeviantArtist Questionnaire. Answer the questions below in a journal and submit it to the Deviant Events category. When done, search for the title and get to know your fellow deviants better by reading their answers. You may be surprised by how much you learn!

  1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?

  2. What does your username mean?

  3. Describe yourself in three words.

  4. Are you left or right handed?

  5. What was your first deviation?

  6. What is your favourite type of art to create?

  7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?

  8. What was your first favourite?

  9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

  10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

  11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?

  12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

  13. What are your preferred tools to create art?

  14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

  15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

  1. Visit the "Write a Journal Entry" page, found in the Submit button.

  2. Copy and paste the above questions into the text area of the journal.

  3. If you’d like to include a deviation in any of your answers, use the "Add Media" button and select "DeviantArt" to search for deviations to include.

  4. You can add deviations by clicking on them!

  5. Title your Journal “DeviantArtist Questionnaire” and post it to the Deviant Events category.  Tag it with #DeviantArtistQuestionnaire.

Comment on this journal with a link to your DeviantArtist Questionnaire to earn the 15th Birthday Badge!






city concept 2 by TylerEdlinArt
DeviantArt will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on Monday, July 27th from approximately 10:00 PM to 11:59 PM Pacific.

During this time, DeviantArt.com and the DeviantArt Mobile App will be in read-only mode — you'll be unable to submit, comment, or +fav deviations (or take other actions that require being logged-in.) However, you'll still be able to browse and search the site, and we encourage you to find and share artwork that you enjoy, bringing attention to artists you love!

This scheduled maintenance will allow us to test changes to our backend systems to make DeviantArt faster and more reliable. Rest assured that none of your data will be affected or lost during this time.

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to providing you with an even better DeviantArt experience!

Update: DeviantArt's scheduled maintenance is now complete. Thank you for your patience and please commence DeviantArting! 

╰( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡° )つ──☆*:・゚




Profile Discussion

Wed Jul 22, 2015, 11:24 PM
Untitled-1 by marioluevanosThe DeviantArt Timeline entries from the past few months have discussed how we’re focusing on user experience for DeviantArt and ways to make the site more intuitive. In this journal, we'd like to kick off a discussion on another big design-related milestone: to improve the profile experience on the site, mobile web, and mobile apps.

The DeviantArt Timeline entries from the past few months have discussed how we’re focusing on user experience for DeviantArt and ways to make the site more intuitive. In this journal, we'd like to kick off a discussion on another big design-related milestone: to improve the profile experience on the site, mobile web, and mobile apps.

A lot has changed since the last time profiles were redesigned, and we have a number of interesting design challenges and objectives this time around.

At the forefront of our minds is the presentation on mobile Web, alignment with our mobile app, and a new layer of customization so deviants can make the experience feel more distinctive to their own personality and art. The recurring topic that's surfaced during the process is the need for simplicity.

This journal includes concept designs that represent avenues we're exploring. These are works-in-progress and not final.


01

A collection of unique and interesting styles of profile pages that exist today.

:icongriffsnuff: griffsnuff

Entertaining, friendly, informational, branded, fun and unique.

View Profile

:iconloish: loish

A profile that leads with art, sophisticated and elegant.

View Profile

:iconwlop: wlop

Immersive imagery, action-oriented, connected and socially linked.

View Profile

:iconlynnchenart: LynnChenArt

A new deviant who’s learning how the community works, focused on building their gallery.

View Profile

:iconagawaer: Agawaer

Art with a focus on literature, emphasis on readability and type.

View Profile

:iconpicolo-kun: Picolo-kun

Informative, resourceful, announcer.

View Profile

:iconzilla774: zilla774

Dark, thoughtful, thought-provoking art, expressive, surreal.

View Profile

:iconartgerm: Artgerm

A well-established, long-time deviant. Professional, with a focus on art.

View Profile
Question 01

How could the DeviantArt profile serve your needs better?

02

We have a significant amount of mobile traffic coming to our site every day from various smart-devices. We also have our own mobile app that's seeing a ton of growth. With the momentum towards mobile continuing on the rise, our goal is to ensure your profile will render perfectly at different sizes, establish optimized page performance, and most importantly, keep your deviations looking beautiful.


A

Your profile is viewed across a variety of screen sizes. A smaller or larger screen will have an impact on how your content is presented.

B

The transition of a busy desktop page to mobile web will change the order of how the content is presented and how quickly it loads. Many people choose a simpler layout with less content so it works effectively across all screen sizes.

Question 02

Do you consider how your profile is being viewed on mobile when adding content and widgets to your profile?

03

So what would an artist from the world’s largest art community do with a personal image on their profile? Is this the moment your personal brand has been waiting for?

There’s a lot happening on our current profile pages: widgets, galleries, and comments. We want to start the profile redesign with a couple of new enhancements that allow you to personalize your page even more.

Below are examples of how we’re integrating a customizable art canvas that you can add with one of your latest deviations, or create a new piece of art that can be easily added.


A

:iconlynnchenart: LynnChenArt

We had fun working with this profile. Lynn made it easy for us with such a fantastic deviation to feature as her art canvas. We’ll discuss the new navigation idea further down the page.

View Profile

B

:iconzilla774: zilla774

zilla774 has been leading up these design ideas for profile and couldn't wait to add his own canvas art. This approach includes a few additional data points by the profile name in the art canvas.

View Profile

C

:icongriffsnuff: griffsnuff

The row of information on the art canvas image with the age, badges and watch button allows for a simpler navigation bar and cleaner UI overall.

View Profile

D

:iconpicolo-kun: Picolo-kun

We’re excited to see what kind of doodle Gabriel will sketch for his art canvas. The overlay on the art canvas allows us to add information to the top of the page which makes for a cleaner page.

View Profile

E

:iconpetemohrbacher: PeteMohrbacher

A taller art canvas image allows for some data points (watchers, views, etc.) to be placed on the canvas art image. We have some nice transition ideas planned for when you scroll up the page.

View Profile

F

:iconartgerm: Artgerm

This example moves the art canvas image above the profile navigation and keeps it free of user information.

View Profile

G

:iconagawaer: Agawaer

An example of a visual art free profile that has a focus on Literature or other written art forms. The art canvas is presented here is a stock option for Deviants who don’t have anything else to use.

View Profile
Question 3.1

How would you take advantage of the art canvas, and how often would you change it?

Focus on the canvas art area only - you can see how the canvas art image has scaled down to work on a mobile screen.

This is the same profile screen but at a desktop+ scale. We believe scaling up from a normal desktop size is also something we need to consider. At its largest size (big monitors) we increase the size and lock the placement of the art canvas on the left, and the content to the right scrolls. The art canvas can be filled with your latest deviations or something unique that you create specifically for this.

Some of the examples above presented the profile without a global header bar. The below animation speaks to how we’re thinking of handling it. The result is that your cover art image aligns to the top of the page, and your own personal brand is the dominant art that fans will first see.

Question 3.2

What data points and information are important to present on the profile page?

04

We’re also exploring the idea of allowing people even further personalization options with the ability to select from one of three color options (black, grey and white) for the background color of the page. This feature combined with the canvas art image should allow you to make the page feel unique and distinctive.

Color Option:

Grey

Color Option:

Dark Grey

Question 04

Would you use the option to select a background color to align with your art canvas image?

05

You’ve seen a couple of different approaches to the navigation design in profile. This is an important topic when considering mobile web, because it not only needs to be intuitive, but also needs to work across different screen sizes.

Profile Navigation

Profile Navigation

The goal of this exploration is to simplify the navigation and develop new ideas for deviants to get support from fans.

Deviations

  • Galleries Your deviation submissions grouped by gallery name

  • Favourities All of your favs grouped by collection name.

  • Work in Progress A place to post your daily sketches (versus finished deviations) with an improved 2-click submit.

Posts

  • Journals Your journal posts.

  • Polls Your polls.

  • Status Your status.

Support Me

  • Support Highlighting your deviations and activity that need support from the community.

  • Prints The deviations you have for sale as a print.

  • Commissions When you create a commission (via widget) for your fans to buy.

  • Donate Points, Give Premium Membership Other ways the community can support you.

Question 05

Do you like the simpler way of organizing your profile?

06

The most important section in a deviants profile is the gallery, and we’ve been looking at ways to improve the experience.

Below is a new style of navigation, the new thumbnail grid that we presented recently, and a different way to navigate to a specific gallery. We’re also looking at ways to include a featured deviation (the large deviation) at the top of the page.

Question 06

How else can we improve how galleries work today? Would you use the featured deviation option in each gallery?




DeviantArt Timeline Updates

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 6:03 PM by Heidi:iconheidi:


Weird Cloud Formation by GorosArt
Earlier this year, we introduced the DeviantArt Timeline, which highlights the work we’ve accomplished in the past, and lays the groundwork for the work that is to come. As we progress, we’ll update the Timeline with additions to show what’s in store for the near future on DeviantArt. This journal outlines items that have been added to the timeline today, and what you can expect to see soon.

Upcoming Events


July 8: View Your Own Poll Results Without Voting
A seemingly small and very specific change, but a huge community request.

July 13: Watch Recommendations
We’re kickstarting the experience of joining DeviantArt by suggesting deviants to watch.

July 22: Profile Discussion
DeviantArt’s User Experience and User Interface team leads a discussion about the future of profile pages.

August 3: New Thumbnails (Phase 1)
Our new thumbnail grid launches on browse and search pages.

August 7: DeviantArt’s 15th Birthday
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August 12: Notes and Improved Notifications in App
Notes come to the DeviantArt Mobile App, along with improved notifications.

Coming Soon: Notes Search
The ability to search Notes has been a long-standing community request.

View the DeviantArt Timeline.


Please note:  These projects and their scheduled launch dates may change.  If that occurs, the Timeline will be updated accordingly.









In May, we introduced the
DeviantArt Timeline as a method of communicating with deviants and providing transparency about what’s planned for our collective future. During the site simplification process that followed, we received a number of comments from deviants asking why we were working on the features presented on the Timeline instead of other things. Many of the features brought up in these comments are ones that have been requested for years. We want to be more transparent about these suggested features, why some of them haven’t happened yet, and why some of them may never happen.

These requests are from past Site Updates, the Suggestions Forum, surveys, and individual requests we’ve received.


Notes in the DeviantArt Mobile App

When we launched the DeviantArt Mobile App, we made the difficult decision not to include Notes in the first version.  We wanted the app to be in your hands as soon as possible, and rather than postponing its release for Notes to be completed, we went ahead with launch.  But, the wait is nearly over! Notes will be in the DeviantArt Mobile App by October.

Group Deviations Separated in Notifications

Deviants often ask to have group deviation notifications split from regular deviation notifications. It’s great to get topical deviations in your notifications; however, active groups can often be overpowering. We’re happy to let you know that this change will be happening very soon.

Viewing Results of Your Poll Without Having To Vote on it Yourself

While this is a very specific request, being able to view results on your own poll without voting is a suggestion we get constantly, and we're working on implementing this change shortly!

Deviant Search

Admittedly, we should have implemented this long ago, but our aim is to make it happen sooner-than-later. The first version of deviant search will be fairly simple, allowing you to search for a specific deviant by their username or part of their username. Later on, we want to make a more robust search, allowing you to find deviants in a variety of different ways — including by artist type, genre, skill level, age, location, and more.  (We recently wrote a journal asking how you find other deviants.  Share your feedback!)  We'll have more details on the target dates of all search-related features within the next few weeks.

Favourites Search

The ability to search in favourites has been a long-standing community request that we’ve addressed in various Site Updates.  As mentioned, we haven't implemented this feature previously due to the technical work involved.  However, we want to enable this functionality and plan on making the technical changes needed soon.  We'll have more details on the target dates of all search-related features within the next few weeks.

Notes Search

The ability to search in notes is among our top community-requested features. We’re committed to adding search to Notes, and our goal is to do this by October; however, we acknowledge that October timeline is a stretch goal and the project may take longer.  We'll have more details on the target dates of all search-related features within the next few weeks.

Notes Uplift

The desire for an uplift to Notes is commonly mentioned in several community-feedback surveys we've held.  We want to redesign Notes to make it more modern, user-friendly, include a great search, and work better on mobile.  This new version of Notes would group notes between you and another deviant into one thread, allowing you to easily find notes you've previously sent or received from that deviant, easing inbox manageability when you have a long conversation with that deviant. (Currently, that conversation would end up scattered between conversations with other deviants).

Collaborative Deviations (Labeling Collaborators on a Deviation)

When deviants work together to create one piece of art, it can become complicated to share that art on DeviantArt. Often, both deviants will submit the same deviation and mention the other artist in the description, but that can lead to comments and favorites on both deviations going unseen by the deviant-creators. While we want to address this, there are a lot of complexities involved. We are still thinking about ways we can provide a better system for collaborators.

Private Favourite Folders

While we acknowledge that some deviants want to be able to make their favourites folders private, we haven't seen a strong community interest in having this as an option.  As such, we don't have any immediate plans to add it as a feature.

Indication on Thumbnails if Deviations are Already in Your Favourites

Deviants have suggested they would benefit from an indication of some kind on thumbnails that made it clear that deviation was already added to their favourites. We agree that this is a great idea, and we'd like to do it for Daily Deviations as well. Having said that, we don't currently have a timeframe for these changes. Last week, we released a journal outlining our ideas for a new thumbnail grid, and we'll keep this suggestion in mind for future iterations.

Better Manage Deviations Page

We are very interested in better deviation management —  particularly how pro artists, or artists with a lot of deviations, can better manage their deviations. As it stands, the experience isn’t ideal; however, we don’t consider this as high a priority as other initiatives and don’t have any timeframes around deviation management.

View Recently Deleted Notifications

Sometimes deviants accidentally delete notifications and want a way to view items they’ve recently removed. Notifications, Watch, and Feedback are features we’re actively working on, and they will begin to dramatically change shape later this year. The idea of “read” vs. “unread” is something we’ll be exploring and will hopefully alleviate these issues, but this will likely not be happening in the coming months.

See Who Purchased Your Premium Content

Deviants who sell Premium Content have requested to see who is buying their digital downloads. We think this is a good idea (if the buyer chooses to share such information), and we’d like to provide deviants with more tools to run their DeviantArt businesses. We want DeviantArt to be a dashboard for your art on the Internet that connects you with your audience and customers. However, we're still mapping the requirements needed to make that happen. Because of this, we don't have a specific timeframe for these changes.

Favourites Subfolders

Subfolders within favourites is a common request from the community; however, we feel that it’s in the community’s best interest to solve this problem in other ways. One problem with favourites folders is that they currently don’t scale well. Having too many favourites will cause your favourites page to become overwhelming and make finding that folder more difficult.

The use of favourite folders is important to DeviantArt as a whole. It makes More Like This more accurate and provides a great experience to discover new art around a topic. Our goal is to make favourites simpler and easier to use rather than adding more complexities.

Multi-image Deviations

Multi-image deviations aren't currently slated on our Timeline. There are workarounds to include multiple images in one deviation — such as including multiple images in one larger file, or including them in a journal — and while we acknowledge that these methods aren't ideal, we don't see enough demand for this as a feature to prioritize it over other features that are wanted or need to happen.

Exclusion Filtering by Tag

We've seen requests from deviants asking for a blacklist feature that could remove deviations with certain tags from the browsing experience. (For example, if you don't want to see deviations tagged #spider, you could add that tag to your blacklist.)  We don't have any plans for a feature like this currently, but we're not opposed to the idea of personalization based on interests. Right now, we're investigating content strategy as a whole — how we decide what displays where — and we're looking into this with the knowledge that this is a feature some deviants might want.  Tip: If you want to do this in individual browse or search results, you can always add a minus sign before the tag (example: "insects -#spider").

Please Note

As you may have seen on the DeviantArt Timeline, today's announcement was originally slated for DeviantArt Shoes.  However, based on the community feedback we've received over the last few weeks, we felt it was more important to address the topic of community feature requests at this time. 

The DeviantArt Shoes announcement has been merged with the Deviousness Revamp announcement, and the combined journal is now scheduled for release on Wednesday, June 17th. The Design Checkpoint journal has been temporarily removed, to be re-added at a later date.  

By next week, we'll have added the next handful of release dates to our Timeline!

Stay Connected

Keep an eye on the DeviantArt Timeline for news and notes about when these projects will hit the site!  Do you have more requests for projects or features that aren’t included here?  Share them in the comments, or check if they’re listed in the Suggestions Forum.





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!




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.





Beginnings of Site Simplification

Wed May 20, 2015, 2:41 PM
Img-01 by techgnotic


 

It’s no secret that DeviantArt is a complicated site.  Have you ever invited a friend to DeviantArt, only to have them ask a bunch of questions about how to get started?  Or have you ever spoken with a fellow deviant about a feature you use daily, only to learn they didn't know that feature existed?  It’s our aim to make a new deviant's first experience as inspiring and welcoming as those who have made this community their home.  We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to make DeviantArt a simplified and unified experience and, as mentioned in the DeviantArt Timeline, today we are announcing the beginnings of a site simplification process.

In the coming weeks and months, DeviantArt will begin to make changes to the way things are named and where they appear.  Each of these decisions is informed by analysis of real member behavior for both logged-in and logged-out deviants.  Our goal is to present experiences we all love at DeviantArt more clearly and reduce instances of confusion that contribute to complexity.  Ultimately, this should improve participation from everybody — adding more favourites, comments, and deviousness to the site as a whole.

Cleaning Up Naming

A while back, we asked the community about collections usage.  In response, we heard things like, “Collections?  Do you mean the folders in our galleries?” and “Do you mean the journals where people feature a collection of artwork?”  These are perfect examples around how the naming conventions on DeviantArt — the names we’ve given products and features — need work.

DeviantArt has been around for 15 years.  As mentioned, the site is admittedly complicated and there are many terms, often with multiple meanings, that deviants need to learn as a member.  When we designed the DeviantArt Mobile App, we were able to essentially start from scratch and focus on keeping things simple.  Now it’s time to bring that same mentality to the desktop site by removing complications and consolidating site terminology.

We’ll provide explicit details soon, but here are some examples of how we might change terms used on the site’s navigation:


  • Favourites, “Collections”, the “featured” folder in your favourites, and +fave could become: favourites
  • Gallery, deviations, art, and artwork could become: deviations
  • Watch, watchlist, deviantWATCH, and +watch could become: watch
  • Messages, notifications, notices, hot topics, and inbox could become: notifications

  • Members, deviants, users, and visitors could become: deviants


Navigation Design: Tier One

When looking at our existing navigation, emphasis is placed on search, shop, and DeviantArt’s home/browse.  However, we know that deviants prefer to visit their messages, profile, and so on. 

Let's take a look at the site's most used features and functions, and see how they can be translated into a new, easier to use navigation.

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 8.04.02 PM by danlev
(Please note: This is just a representation for how the new site navigation could be structured. It is not meant to be a design nor does it use real colors. For now, we're only focusing on the placement of DeviantArt's core features.)
 
In the new header arrangement above, the logo would bring you to your watch, notifications (messages) are represented by the number “264” (not necessarily consolidated into one number), Notes are represented by “8”, search, and explore come afterwards, but are still at the top.

We plan on splitting Messages into three distinct components:

  • Watch, which is currently the “deviantWATCH” section of your messages, is content submitted by the people you watch. Since deviantWATCH is vital to community health and we want to optimize this experience for the consumption of deviations by deviants you +Watch.

  • Notifications will replace what is currently the “feedback” section of messages. In the future, this will be a more powerful experience than what it is today. Based on community feedback, using Messages can often feel like a chore.  We’ve also heard that deviants avoid checking their Messages because of how cluttered everything can become, so our aim is to make notifications smarter and easier to manage.

  • Notes. We have exciting plans for notes.  In the near future, we’ll be bringing them to our Mobile App and, a little further out, we’ll be transitioning them to a more chat-like system.


Search and explore also appear on the top navigation:

  • Search will function similar to how it works today, with an improved design.

  • Explore, which is currently known as browse (and the front-page), will include What’s Hot, Daily Deviations, Today, etc.


Navigation Design: Tier Two

Below is a potential second level navigation:

2nd Level Navigation by danlev

Our watch system is the center of the DeviantArt experience for every deviant and we want to bring it to the homepage of DeviantArt.

The beauty of this design option for our home experience is that these elements can be mirrored on profiles and have the same experiences. If profile “tabs” and home/watch “tabs” were organized in the same manner, DeviantArt would be a lot easier for new people to use. Symmetry would make DeviantArt intuitive. Today, we’re suffering under the load of features and naming conventions that create a giant cloud of confusion.

Feature Symmetry by danlev

We want to streamline DeviantArt’s naming conventions, so that we can present a profile featuring exactly what you are then able to watch: deviations, deviants, favourites, journals, and commissions.

Changes in naming and updates to the interface in this direction will not happen all at once, but will instead roll out over time. Small changes may begin happening as soon as next week.












Share Your Thoughts


As DeviantArt grows, we strive to find more ways to connect you with the things and people that matter to you most, but we're becoming more and more cognizant of wanting to simplify the process — so that we can bring you the best experience and do it well.

  • How will these types of changes impact your experience at DeviantArt?  

  • What other things can we unify or simplify?

  • Which site terms/names do you find confusing?  Which took you a while to understand? 
  • Post a status update about Timeline!










Img-01 by techgnotic














DeviantArt.com will celebrate its 15th birthday in August 2015. While many online communities have come and gone during the last decade and a half, DeviantArt remains because of our passionate and committed community. In that time, we've celebrated many milestones, and it became apparent we were in need of a place to share our victories and our challenges. And since we want to move toward more complete transparency with the community, what better time to also showcase and discuss what’s to come down the road as the future of DeviantArt?


Today, we’re introducing the DeviantArt Timeline, which will highlight the work we’ve accomplished in the past while laying the groundwork for what’s to come. Everything beyond present day on our Timeline acts as a roadmap for the future, welcoming deviants to follow progression and development toward future goals and promises. We want to bring the community along with us while planning our future, and will be constantly engaging deviants about upcoming feature releases and site changes, mockups, and feedback.


Our Timeline is interactive — scroll left, scroll right, click events for additional details.





View the Timeline!











Share Your Thoughts


  1. Did we miss any important events?
  2. How do you feel about what’s to come?
  3. Post a status update about Timeline!











What is DeviantArt? Part 2

Fri Apr 3, 2015, 5:20 PM


lost valley by TylerEdlinArt

Some websites you enjoy for their distinction.  They're like no place else on the Internet because they serve one purpose, and they do it well.  If you want to find out who that actor was in that show you kind of remember, you head to IMDb.  If you want funny, interesting, or informative videos, there are a few options, but you're likely headed to YouTube.  To get reviews on a local business or ideas on where to eat, Yelp is always a good resource.

At DeviantArt, we pride ourselves on being like no place else on the Internet, but the community also represents a cross-section of the world at large — a bustling and inspirational microcosm of society.  We have Groups for everything from beginning artists looking for tips and tricks, to hobby artists coming together over a shared fandom, to artists who donate profits from their art commissions to charities. Whatever your passion, artistic or beyond, you'll find kindred spirits on DeviantArt who would love to talk about it, write about it, and art about it.

In response to my last journal (What is DeviantArt? Part 1), I heard from a few deviants who voiced concern around the site having too much of a certain type of art — whether it's anything from ponies to Mature Content.  It may look like that on the surface, or if you go seeking it out, but we truly do reflect what's popular in the moment.  Artists create these works, art-appreciators fave, comment, and interact with them, and Groups are built around them.  With ponies, for example, DeviantArt houses everything from amateur sketches, to in-depth tutorial studies, to "My Little Pony" fans, including the show's creator.  That's something to be proud of.  DeviantArt is with you, no matter what the step in your artistic journey.

There is a lot of pop culture here, and DeviantArt embraces it.  People interact with what they're passionate about, and the resonating blast snowballs.  Someone might start drawing Sonic the Hedgehog as a 13-year-old, but by the time they're 30, their portfolio of work could have them poised to be creating the next epic video game hero.  And even if they don't, DeviantArt provides that outlet, the community for the arts you call home.

What also makes DeviantArt a true microcosm is the fact that, when something happens in the world, our community jumps at the chance to voice an opinion and express passion through their art.  Our artists have their finger on the pulse of breaking news, and often, the outpouring of heartfelt creations says more than any newscaster or journalist's blurb.  When tragedies such as the tsunami in Japan or the death of Leonard Nimoy occur, deviants are the first on the scene, sharing their homages with all who look upon them.  Happy things, too, like funny twists on topical memes or inspirational stories bubble to the surface to brighten everyone's days.

DeviantArt truly is a cross-section of life, and there's not only no place like it on the world, but there's no community I'd rather be a part of.

~Heidi

P.S. - You are cool, and I am proud of you.


With gratitude:
Pony Anatomy Tutorial by secret-pony
MLPFriendshipIsMagic
fyre-flye
Llama levels by maryfersstiger
Why we fall. by DanLuVisiArt




Skin by Dan Leveille

What is DeviantArt? Part 1

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 4:27 PM



environment commission 2013 by TylerEdlinArt
Although it’s getting rarer these days, I sometimes come across people who ask me what exactly “DeviantArt” means.  Before I begin to explain all the amazing things our community has to offer, they sometimes look at me sideways and say, "Deviant, eh? One of
those websites..."

Most marketing experts would never name a site "DeviantArt," because the word "deviant" has multiple meanings that can be interpreted in different  not always positive  ways.  Yet we are the greatest, most diverse art community in existence.  Few branding agencies would ever make DeviantArt its infamous green/gray color.  Yet we love it, and have become known for it.

Where else can you stunning fan artists alongside the best nature photographers in the world?  Or top comic book artists alongside the most talented storytellers of our generation?  We are DeviantArt, the wild card of the Internet, the raw and truthful force of good that inspires the creative minds of today and tomorrow and the next day, too.

Click on any random deviation and see the kindness we bring to our comments.  Click any random Profile and see the love it receives.  Send a Note to one of our members and see the genuine response that comes back to you.  The most beautiful people in the world live here.  The most beautiful people in the world are artists, and they want to share their beauty with you and see what you have to offer, as well.  It's hard to feel down when that kind of love races through every interaction on DeviantArt.

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.

We’re honored to be able to bring this to you, but more than that, we’re unbelievably humbled by the community who made it this way and continues to grow and nurture itself organically.

As a company, we find ourselves constantly influenced and generally in awe of the community members that make DeviantArt the unique and cultivated home for artists it's become.  Because of that, we developed four core values to emulate on a company level and refined from the purest source: all of you.

We strive to be kindred; a place where artists can come to be accepted amongst each other without question.  We're magnetic, with vast galleries so full of raw talent, you could be appreciating their art for hours.  Yes, we're a little audacious; unapologetic in our efforts to deviate from the norm, even if it raises a few eyebrows from the mainstream.  And, finally, the art you'll find here is inspiring, from the creators who have built whole careers for themselves on DeviantArt to the mentors who reach out and share knowledge with others just because.

All of that is DeviantArt.  It can be a little hard to understand from the outside looking in, but take a chance, see what the community has to offer, and share the love and inspiration with others. We’re glad you’re here.

~Heidi

P.S. - You are cool, and I am proud of you.

P.P.S - What is DeviantArt? Part 2

Skin by Dan Leveille

My #WatchForever

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 7:06 PM


Airplanes by alicexz
I'm jumping on the #WatchForever bandwagon and have compiled a list containing a few of my favorite deviants.  The following artists are not only tremendously talented, but, having had the opportunity to meet a handful in real life, I can also attest that they're good people.

My years on DeviantArt have provided me a wealth of friendships I wouldn’t otherwise have had the opportunity to make.  These friends have opened me up to different ideas, cultures, and points of view.  I'm forever grateful to have talked with every deviant who has crossed my path  at a Deviant Meet, or even in a note, comment, or journal.  
 

Watch Forever  Added to my devWatch! 


:iconalicexz:  alicexz

Rachel Berry by alicexz   Katniss by alicexz   The Boy Who Lived by alicexz

:iconalierturk:  alierturk

Canyonlands, Mesa Arch by alierturk   Hawaii, Freeway by alierturk   Arches National Park, Delicate Arch and Milky Way by alierturk

:iconangrymikko:  angrymikko

ABDUCTION! by angrymikko   Fireflies Of The Night by angrymikko   Night Watch by angrymikko

:iconartgerm:  Artgerm

Deviously Awesome by Artgerm   Pepper Weird by Artgerm   Korra by Artgerm   

:iconbetteo:   betteo

old.postcard by betteo   art.llama by betteo   city.ityc.tyci.ycit.PRINT by betteo

:iconexileden:  Exileden

9th Anniversary Lottery by Exileden   Northern Lights Speedpainting by Exileden   MOO MOO Shizuzakka by Exileden  

:iconlerms:  lerms

This Moi by lerms   Sherlock by lerms   Landscape study by lerms

:iconlora-zombie:  lora-zombie

MATCH AND BADGIE by lora-zombie   SKETCHBOOK DRAWING : Hello Zombie by lora-zombie   CATZILLA  by lora-zombie

:iconratscape:  ratscape

Prince Oberyn by ratscape   Garth by ratscape   Once Upon a Time on Vulcan by ratscape 

:iconsmokepaint:  smokepaint

Once in the summer.1 by smokepaint   ky ky by smokepaint   buuu by smokepaint  

:iconv-l-a-d-i-m-i-r:  V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R

The Conclusion of Origins by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R   American black bear by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R   Little Red-Cap and the Wolf by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R


More Awesome Deviants  :eager: by darkmoon3636 


3wyl, Apofiss, Ayame-Kenoshi, BeccaJS, celesse, Elandria, Franchesco, griffsnuff, kiki-doodle, kyle-culver, lintu47, meta474, pinguino, Qinni, RhynWilliams, Ry-Spirit, sandara, saniika, TsaoShin, shilin, TooMuchColor, trixdraws, TsaoShin


Share the Love  Love 


Who are some of your favorite deviants?  If you enjoyed my list, I encourage you to write a similar journal to share some of the deviants that you'll #WatchForever.  Be sure to use the #WatchForever tag so others can find out who you love to watch!

It was fun to sift through my Friends List and Favorites when putting this journal together.  These are just a few of the many deviants I'll continue to watch, which means I can look forward to creating another journal like this in the future.  Stay tuned!

~Heidi

P.S. - You are cool, and I am proud of you.

Skin by Dan Leveille



As 36.6 million viewers know, The Academy Awards (aka The Oscars) aired last week, and there were some surprising outcomes.  It's very trendy to list the Oscar Snubs that drop your jaw — I'mma let you finish, but "Interstellar" was one of the greatest space films of all time! (okay, that’s a stretch, but I still enjoyed it) — and I can't tell if I'm just watching the wrong things, but it does seem like less and less of the movies I happen to see in theaters actually get nominated.  But, maybe that’s just me.

In the midst of all the head-shaking and "the Academy gets it all wrong" this year, I read a very interesting article that got me thinking.  In this so-called "Worst Mistake in 20 Years," the author posits that not naming "Boyhood" Best Picture is something we laypersons will be facepalming about for years to come.  Full disclosure, I have not seen the film, but I've heard very good things, and the premise definitely intrigued me.  Shot intermittently over the course of 12 years, this film transcended not just the limits of time, but storytelling, evoking real responses in its audience about coming-of-age never before dreamed of.

I'm sure the film's reception has been rewarding for all who were involved in it —  even though an Oscar win would have been very nice icing on the cake — but it makes me wonder about people's relationship with their own art.

Does the time it took to create something add weight to one's connection with it? Should it?  Should Richard Linklater (writer and director of "Boyhood") be satisfied with making a groundbreaking work of art, or should he feel as scandalized as the article recommends?  And what about us as the audience?  Does something that took half a lifetime to complete deserve a modicum of more respect and reverence than something thrown together in a week or a month?  I'm not sure the answer to those things.

What do you think, with regard to your works on DeviantArt and off?  :bump:

  • Is there a piece in your gallery that took you much longer to complete than the others?  Share it and a few words about what it means to you.
  • Is there something of yours that has a special place in your heart, but maybe isn't your most-faved or most-commented-upon piece? What is its significance?
  • Does learning of the time and effort involved in a piece change your opinion of it?

~Heidi

P.S. - You are cool, and I am proud of you.






If you're looking for a pep talk in your artistic endeavors, whatever they may be, please read DamaiMikaz's journal, aptly titled "Make 2015 Awesome!"

It's easy to compare your work-in-progress to someone else's final draft. Sometimes we forget that not everyone came out of the womb with a paintbrush, camera, or typewriter in hand, ready to create the world's next masterpiece. But what we all have within us is the hunger to challenge ourselves, the itch to create, and the discerning eye that sometimes makes us critical of our own works, but also prompts us to accept nothing less than the best from ourselves. While we shouldn't be too hard on ourselves, or listen too closely to those nagging doubts, the discipline behind our internal cheerleaders is an important one to hear out.

So if you're in need of a pick-me-up artistically, or just want some positivity in your day, check out this journal!

I've often found that reflection can spur productivity, so I ask: 
Bump 
- What's within you that's holding you back?
- What are the consequences of not achieving your goal?
- Have you visualized what achievement of your goal would look like?

~Heidi

P.S. - You are cool, and I am proud of you.




Fifty Shades of Fan Fiction

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 5:57 PM


Is fan fiction art?  Those who make a hobby from reading stories based on characters or settings from original works have all said the same exact sentence at some point in their fan fiction travels: "Fan fiction is better than many published books I've read."

I know what you're thinking, and it's probably partly my fault for this journal’s title.  Depending on your cup of tea, fan fiction as a genre gets either a bad rap for tending to have romantic/erotic themes or has the best romantic/erotic themes.  Let's just get that out of our systems for a second.  Adult things exist on the Internet, and when you don't need to worry about "real names" or "publishing house morals," it's definitely a subset of media ripe for the picking (or deflowering).

Fan artists are a gift to this world.  It's not uncommon to commission an artist to illustrate some of your favorite characters or ships in unique, or even adorably canon, settings.  Yet I've always wondered why there isn’t as big of a commerce highway for fan fiction authors to create content specifically for their fans who request it.  If you don’t own the original property, you don’t own the original property.  Why is it more acceptable for fan artists to profit than fan authors?  (Disclaimer: I’m no legal expert, but makepictures is!  If you have fandom-related legal questions, you should ask him or watch his Fan Art Law presentation.)  

Fan-commissioning across all kinds of media should be a thing.  Buying fan fiction at a convention as easily as you'd buy a work of fan art.  Commissioning a songwriter to compose a haunting melody about Mulder and Scully.  Commissioning a short film about what the Avengers do when they're not avenging.   

Changing gears, as you likely know, there's a film opening tomorrow that’s based on a famous — or infamous — "Twilight" fan fiction.  I'm sure I'm not the only one concerned about its existence in mainstream media giving fan fiction a bad name.  Content aside, which anyone in the know will quickly tell you is not aligned with that actual subset of culture, the book is — objectively — horribly written.  Purple prose, extraneous adjectives galore, poor sentence structure. If this is what mainstream audiences are told fan fiction is, we've got an even bigger fight than we thought in order to be legitimized.

What can you do?  Keep reading the good.  Keep supporting the talented.  Leave comments and favorites and kudos to inspire these authors to create bigger and better storylines and universes than anyone thought possible.

Interested to learn more about fan fiction?  Sherlock Holmes
- Wikipedia
- Fan Fiction on DeviantArt
- Archive of Our Own
- FanFiction.Net

Already a fan fiction enthusiast?  Share your thoughts!  Bump
- How did you first get involved in fan fiction? 
- What are your thoughts on commissioning fan authors vs. fan artists?
- What impact will the Fifty Shades of Grey movie have on the notion of fan fiction?

~Heidi

P.S. - You are cool, and I am proud of you.


Putting yourself out there

Wed Feb 4, 2015, 5:54 PM


The Internet is the great equalizer. Household names used to be people we saw on TV, in movies, or writers of the most famous books and syndicated articles. Now, it's not strange for a YouTube personality, online cooking blogger, or comedy tweeter with a 9-to-5 job to be mentioned around the dinner table.

Often these online personalities are a lot more approachable online than celebrities for the simple fact that they engage with their fans. Sure, some celebrities are pretty good about replying on Facebook or Twitter, and, yes, submitting something to an ESPN anchor might get you a shoutout on TV, but for the large part, people who are active online want to talk to you, want to converse, want your feedback, and want to engage.

Kind of like in real life, sitting on the sidelines and cruising the Internet silently is a fine way to get information, but to get that real kindred connection, you need to participate. And, better than real life, you can delete and edit your responses and include humorous and relevant .gifs, all at the push of a button. I've tried re-creating .gifs in real life. It doesn't translate.

With Internet engagement, you get what you give. The most famous artists on DeviantArt didn't get where they are today by sitting back and holding court. They do have amazing talent to back them up, but they were chatting and fave-ing and putting themselves out there just like you. Many artists and writers love getting prompts and feedback from their fans, and a lot integrate fan suggestions into future works. And still others — just like you — simply rely on kind comments as encouragement and inspiration to keep going and creating.

It's not all about "just putting yourself out there." Have you ever watched a journalist on Twitter, maybe someone who works for a popular publication, who does nothing but tweet their own articles? It's nice that they're broadening their reach by having a million fans, but why are they only watching four people? That pretty much means they don't use Twitter at all… or they like really clean feeds. Why do they never reply to tweets, even genuine or complimentary questions, or comments from their peers? It's like their editor just recommended this new Twitter thing, and they just blindly checked the box "Republish all my articles" without ever visiting Twitter again. It works, but for how long?

Even the most established artists, writers, and other creators don't rest on their laurels, awaiting the next big epiphany. They're constantly engaging with their audience, keeping their finger on the pulse of what their fans like to see from them and want to see more of. On DeviantArt especially, Livestreams and tutorials are a way they can give back — to chat with their fans, teach them, and strengthen their brand. They're doing it right.

Finally, whether you're an established artist, an up-and-coming superstar, or just someone who has interesting and evocative opinions you want to share with the world, the key is to be authentic. It's not enough to just blurt out "Like my status if you think sharks are cool" and wait for the fans to roll in. (Okay, bad example… sharks are pretty cool.) You can't sign up for a new site and say "Watch me Livestream! I'm great! Promise!" You can integrate yourself into the community, find people you look up to, who make you better, and build a fan base around conversation and trust. It works. Fans appreciate being heard, and you'll appreciate having a living, breathing connection to everyone who wants to support you in your path to success.

Added to my devWatch!  My +Watch Forever for talented deviants who are doing it right:

celesse
elsevilla
griffsnuff
kiki-doodle 
loish 
Memnalar 
nebezial
PascalCampion
Qinni
Ry-Spirit 
sandara
saniika
TsaoShin
Willow-San
yuumei 

~Heidi

P.S. - You are cool, and I am proud of you.




It's easy to take for granted how cool it is to live in the future. Well, it's the present at the moment, but it's only been a few years now that technological advancements have enabled us to connect with hundreds of thousands of people all across the globe at the push of a button.

I'm not exactly the first to proclaim that the Internet allows amazing personal connections, but join me for a moment. Right now, you're reading these words on your phone, on your laptop, on your Nintendo DS browser. Maybe you're in the room next to me, maybe you're halfway around the world and we can make an Earth sandwich with two pieces of bread. Somehow you've made a connection to me, to DeviantArt, in the hopes that I will bring you quality entertainment -- no pressure.  ;)

But even beyond all that, you come to DeviantArt to connect with a talented artist, an author you admire, a photographer who inspires you -- and perhaps you pay it forward and connect with someone who would learn something from you about your craft. You post a deviation and a complete stranger :+fav:s it -- maybe someone who was too shy to say hi and wanted to make a connection, or maybe someone who found it while browsing and will become a close friend in the future. Each of us has a whole lifetime of stories to share with one another, and we're all here, connected, in a way that wouldn't be possible without the Internet.

The Internet facilitates all kinds of relationships and connections -- that's old news.  Even so, sometimes it hits you as you're conversing with a deviant you've never met, who moved around the world to be with someone they had never met until Twitter brought them together, talking about a TV show you've never seen, but learned about via fandom on DeviantArt. What a time to be alive, eh?  2015 has it all.

What about you? What's your favorite personal connection story facilitated by the Internet?

~Heidi

P.S. - You are cool, and I am proud of you.


Happy Holidays from DeviantArt!

Wed Dec 24, 2014, 6:16 PM by Heidi:iconheidi:
‘Twas the night before Christmas on DeviantArt,
Not a paintbrush was stirring, and creators took heart.
The artists scrolled through Daily Deviations with care
Knowing kindred warm-fuzzies soon would be there.

Deviants were all swiping, all snug on their phones
While visions of inspiration across all time zones
Were zapped to their smart device, quick as can be,
At the tap of a button in a +Fav’ing spree!

When across the Interwebs there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to the Comments to see what was the matter,
“I’m bored,” the Journal wrote, “I’m on a long trip, too.
I don’t have my laptop, and there’s nothing to do.”

I cracked all my knuckles, settled down in my chair,
Then descended upon the keyboard and wrote with a flair:
“Dear Friend, did you not get DA’s early present?
We now have an app, and it won’t cost you one cent!

“On, Watch Feed! On, Browse! On, Explore! On, Today!
Tap-and-hold to fave, share, and ‘More Like This’ – yay!
Read notifications on the go, or scan new search hits!
Check in on your friends, or even Submit!”

The deviant sprang to the App Store (or perhaps Google Play)
To download inspiration to read from his sleigh.
And I heard him exclaim, with all of his heart:
“Happy holidays to all, and to all a good art!”

–Creatively crafted by LaurenKitsune

Our sincere thanks ♥


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Wishing you and yours health and happiness this holiday season.

–DeviantArt Staff



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