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With 13,000 new deviants joining deviantART each day, we want to ensure everyone's user experience is seamless. A common question from new and old deviants alike is: "What do username symbols mean?" Over the years, as we’ve surveyed deviants, we’ve found that very few understand symbols.


As part of our ongoing process to make the user experience cleaner and more intuitive, we've launched a new set of username symbols designed to help easily identify deviant-types.



Easily Identifiable


At a glance, the new symbols are quickly recognizable. When hovering over a username symbol, a tooltip appears, providing a brief explanation of that user's deviant-type. If clicked, a modal appears, giving a brief explanation for each username symbol, with "Learn more" links that lead to more detailed explanations.



A word from Heidi:


Over the years, a few things have come to seem like deviantART mainstays. Deviant green, intricate art categorization, colorful avatars, symbols next to usernames. In our constant re-evaluation of what's best for longtime deviants and new users alike, we do sometimes need to stop and ask ourselves if a makeover for some aspect isn't overdue. Changing username symbols was one of the harder things we evaluated.

I've been testing the new symbols for a few months now, and while I love its sleekness, its clear message, I do occasionally find myself missing my old symbol. Symbols have permeated into deviants’ minds, made their way into works of art, and sometimes defined how deviants thought of their front-facing persona on the site. But I can honestly say in good faith, I think this new design will permeate the community just as the original system did. It beautifully aligns with the design direction we’ll be traveling moving forward, and, perhaps best of all, it doesn't require insider knowledge for understanding.

I invite you all to memorialize the old symbols and commemorate their meaning from ages past in any expression that inspires you. But I know these new symbols will usher in a new era with just as much meaning and visual attachment as ever.

Heidi, VP of Marketing


Looking Ahead


We appreciate that the previous username symbols have a long history and have become ingrained in the deviantART community, and we want to assure the community that this change was not one that was made lightly. Many factors were taken into consideration, most notably that removal of the old symbols allows us to implement more technological advancements in the future, including Mentions. Given time, it’s our hope that the new username symbols will become an emblem of deviantART culture.


As part of our ongoing process to make the user experience cleaner and more intuitive, we've launched a new set of username symbols designed to help easily identify deviant-types.
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:iconveva-the-foxtronic:
Veva-the-Foxtronic Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The new 'thing' though
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:iconspringbonnies:
springbonnies Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
remember when these were a thing
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:iconpantherpl:
PantherPL Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:manhug:
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:iconspringbonnies:
springbonnies Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
i miss these
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:iconpantherpl:
PantherPL Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:huggle:
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:iconswanbreeze:
Swanbreeze Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist
I miss the days when this was legit.

Now: hello, ugly Core logo! :/
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:iconpantherpl:
PantherPL Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:manhug:
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:iconswanbreeze:
Swanbreeze Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist
ikr. *sob* :hug:
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:iconpantherpl:
PantherPL Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
:huggle:
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:iconswanbreeze:
Swanbreeze Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist
Let us hugglez togezzur
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:iconpantherpl:
PantherPL Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
yuzz :tighthugL=:
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:iconjakeukalane:
Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And now gets even worse...
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:iconhomo-stuck-in-action:
Homo-Stuck-In-Action Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehehe orange hurts my eyes
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:iconjakeukalane:
Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconore0s:
ORE0S Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
Thank you so much for linking this.
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:iconjakeukalane:
Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem
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:icongypsybling17:
GypsyBling17 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Professional Artist
what's the f right by the deviantart username means
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:iconmiki-sunshine:
miki-sunshine Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Student General Artist
I still can't quite get used to these. They just look really big, and clumsy.
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:icongeneralflare:
GeneralFlare Featured By Owner Edited Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanted to let this out when I started to get to know deviantart.

I HATE the symbols, it feels like the ones with the star logos next to their name are the coolest to dA and the staff loves them, but non premium members? They get NOTHING until they pay money for their premium membership, but until then, regular members aren't anything to dA because some people think "you get fancy logos for being a good artist, people who don't have a symbol are terrible artists!!!!!!". To be honest, these symbols divide the equality in our members to superiors and low rankers. Can't you get a symbol for being a non premium member?

Because of this, I feel unimportant and that the star badged people are more special than the ones who aren't awarded with these symbols.
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:iconswanbreeze:
Swanbreeze Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist
I know exactly what you're saying. When I first joined I saw lots of deviants with symbols, so I was like what's the deal with that? I tried to make another account with a username with a symbol in it, but dA wouldn't allow it. I then realised that only 'special' members get symbols. This pissed me off, because the symbols seemed to be screaming "Hey, i'm special, all you suckers without me are losers!" Maybe nonPremium member should get a symbol too, or nobody has them. That would be fair. (i sound kinda whiney, but your rant set me off because I totally agree).
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:iconwidyadk:
Widyadk Featured By Owner Edited May 20, 2015  Student Artist
ugh. can u plees reed FAQ #106: What are the symbol next to each deviant's username?
if u wanna u can also contact the help desk.
or u can also upgrade to a premium membership.
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:iconwidyadk:
Widyadk Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Student Artist
whoops i mean contact the help desk
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:iconisspecialist:
isspecialist Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i know what you mean
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:iconistarian:
Istarian Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
As is so often the case, it really seems like top down change for the sake of change.

Except for the staff symbol, they look very unoriginal and meaningless without the chart.
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:iconcenizasgemelas:
CenizasGemelas Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
So in the beggining we all had a symbol to just show our status in the comunity. And now you took every free user his symbol, and only people with $ can get one because it gives us a little false feeling of superiority and individuality. And then some people get to think they need this. Seems like TF2's hat thing all over again... Smooth move Heidi, smooth move.
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:iconcherrylis:
Cherrylis Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I actually doesn't really like the new symbols, it's great and cleaner but the non-premium member's old symbol which is "~" is gone! When I sees my username I feel like no one ... When will they come back?
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:iconswanbreeze:
Swanbreeze Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist
the nonPremium members had a symbol? AND THEY TOOK IT AWAY? God, i would've loved to see a symbol next to my username. geesh, dA is just trying to get more payment for these types of things.
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:iconlaurenpunny:
Laurenpunny Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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:iconswanbreeze:
Swanbreeze Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist
ooh nice. thanks~
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:iconlaurenpunny:
Laurenpunny Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome m8
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:iconswanbreeze:
Swanbreeze Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist
^w^ :hug:
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:iconpainting-puppies:
Painting-Puppies Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish regular members had a symbol too, that's no fun :c
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:iconmjaxmajoran:
MjaxMajoran Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Once upon a time, things could be given for the sake of giving.... now its all about $
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:iconharu-ryuno:
haru-ryuno Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sad isn't it?
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:iconmjaxmajoran:
MjaxMajoran Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
indeed
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:iconsabraka:
sabraka Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
*wonders why a new faq & hover html couldn't be made rather than such a drastic visual change that people feel so personal about..*
...& please don't look, I'm naked :blush:
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:iconauzlopup:
AuzloPup Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never really minded the "~" symbol, but it would be appropriate if the non-premium members had a symbol of their own. And many people agree to this. I personally think a smilyface or the deviantART mascot is okay. It's all up to the staff.
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:iconrazorsharp2199:
razorsharp2199 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is a great idea actually
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:iconbasement-aviator:
Basement-Aviator Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Joined fairly recently, so I have no idea about the "old" symbols, but I'll say the star ones are a bit too big. :P
Other than that, great.
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:iconkninjasticks:
Kninjasticks Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have calmed down now.

I guess they look okay on the deviant's page (if you're going for "only for mobile users"), they look like utter crap in the comments section, tough.

They seem out of place with the rest of deviantart being more square (besides boxes that contain information, but it looks tidy because of the size) they seem like you guys (despite good intentions) decided:

 "Hey! let's make all the non-premium members feel lesser than anyone else so they will try to squeeze out every last penny for something that should be free anyway!"
"Swell idea, Jim! and let's make sure to do it completely out of the blue without a message or a definitive poll or anything to see how our followers feel!"
 
At this point, I would actually dread a new design on the ~ i used to have.

Seriously, though. how does the change benefit anyone? if you were to go around in public wearing a shirt with one of these symbols on it, no one would understand it unless there was an explanation on the back! it would look okay on the shirt itself, but add your username and it looks like you're an advertising attention hog.
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:iconkninjasticks:
Kninjasticks Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I still miss the old symbols. It sort of made me exited when I started off on the site seeing new symbols and searching around to find out what they meant! The new symbols still seem to be a paint-by-numbers inside the lines sort of style. this is an art website for Pete's sake! A place for creativity and ideas! Not a toddler's art lesson! You seriously could have just made the popup to show the meaning of the symbols ON THE OLD SYMBOLS. Again, I feel like I'm pressing buttons on a fisher price toy when I navigate now!

What's next? The infamous 9gag Twitter and Facebook buttons all over our art?? 
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xemnas-reshiram-fan Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not entirely biased on the whole username symbol thing like most deviants below my comment. However, the new symbols tend to be more distracting than the old ones.

So, a thought: how about you (as in the admins as a whole) create a system where we (the deviants) choose which symbols we want to see (i.e. one deviant chooses to see the old symbols while a different deviant chooses to see the new ones)?
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:iconj4142000:
j4142000 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
It's been made clear that the majority of dA doesn't approve of the changes. You shouldn't fight it any longer; You should change them back.
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:iconihamby:
IHamby Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, when are you going to change them back?
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:icondarkmoonphoto:
darkmoonphoto Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student Photographer
Cool. Good job. I think I can remember them all.
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:iconillbuyyourocs:
IllBuyYourOCs Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
I don't like them! And I don't have one!
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:iconsangheilispecop:
SangheiliSpecOp Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Is that why you don't like them then? :p
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:iconhhorseace:
hhorseACE Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have an idea, how about instead of totally popping up that window when the symbol gets clicked, you only open a small pop up that you don't need to go X it in order to move on 
Because that way, the information will still be there to view, but it won't get annoying to people accidentally clicking it all the time (like me XD)
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FantasyLost Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013   Digital Artist
I don't understand why my new, large, rather intrusive, outlined star immediately adjacent to my name "helps to easily identify" me as a beta tester any more than my previously-assigned, much smaller, and more professional-looking symbol would have accomplished if you had just provided the bubble feedback on my previously-assigned symbol. I liked dA better when ALL members had some kind of deviant-type symbol added to their names; the site seemed less segregated then. And the staff symbols look like miniature squished hamburgers to me right after you've unwrapped them from their waxed paper; frankly, I liked the $ better. Just my two cents.
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neverW1NT3R Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Change with the right intentions is always a good thing in my opinion, especially for this site. I love this site and want it to stay current, and relivent as the world changes daily and I agree that its important to keep up to a certain degree. This site IMO has one of the best communities Ive ever come accross and so far you guys have done an awesome job at keeping the site up to date, adding new features, and just any changes in general have worked out great. And I have no reason to trust that what you do is always in good faith and ur consideration for the community is second to none. Keep up the awesome work!
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