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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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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.
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.
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).
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.
Widyadk Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Student Artist
whoops i mean contact the help desk
isspecialist Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i know what you mean
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.
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.
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?
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.
Painting-Puppies Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish regular members had a symbol too, that's no fun :c
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 $
haru-ryuno Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sad isn't it?
MjaxMajoran Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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:
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.
razorsharp2199 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is a great idea actually
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.
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.
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?? 
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)?
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.
IHamby Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, when are you going to change them back?
darkmoonphoto Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student Photographer
Cool. Good job. I think I can remember them all.
IllBuyYourOCs Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
I don't like them! And I don't have one!
SangheiliSpecOp Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Is that why you don't like them then? :p
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)
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.
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!
neverW1NT3R Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student General Artist
And I have no reason ^NOT^ 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!
zorbasy Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
thank you..thank for all devians..
sengster Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
The new symbols look fine. I think people just miss the old look because it had been around since the beginning. I kinda miss it too. Some times I pay and sometimes I don't. I honestly don't care if I get (a symbol) recognized for being a paying member or not. I only care about getting access to the features when I want them. Every member is valuable since they add to the community. It would be nice to have symbols to recognize accomplishments for non paying members.
sketchris Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I have had about no problem with any update you guys have done so far. All of them were very consensual and were focused on improving the site's practicality instead of just making it newer, and I thank you for that. Please mind me when I say that I don't think this is one of those updates. They aren't really solving any big issues and they're highly impractical, also a bit less consistent-looking?? They feel kind of tacky, maybe that's just me. They're not really symbols we can use on other websites. The older ones were based on symbols that we as a whole previously recognized and came to love as we found their representation on this website. It may be too late to change anything back to how it was, but I know that your community's voices are important to you. 
FluffyNinjaBunny6 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Great I love it
RedRobinBlue Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
I miss my ~
ToxicOxygen Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow okay. Um. What was wrong with the old symbols?

Those were such a unique thing to this website. I was that kid who always dreamed of getting that blessed asterisk, but alas I had no money. I see you guys put effort into making these new symbols but I don't see the point in you doing so at all.

My only other criticism I suppose would be that you haven't updated the FAQ yet :\ I'd suggest you jump on it because at least for me that was the first place I looked for answers.
RaggedDreams Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Diznits Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's a bit of an odd choice of symbols- set aside the fire- but my only my only true qualm with these is that I'm going to miss the "=D" at the beginning of my username; the change has no effect on me otherwise.
jade161588 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Apparently Hell will freeze over in seven years...?
I feel like if you really wanted to create an informative way to show who is premium and non-premium and beta, etc, etc, you could have just used the hover over feature that you made on the new icons on the old symbols or the entirety of the name.

I don't mind not having a symbol, though I've been here since a bit after its fourth year anniversary (lurked for two before that though!) and have had that squiggly for just a bit short of a decade now. So I will indeed miss it. But, if I complained about being less special for not having it, it'd be like being angry about DQ club members getting free sprinkles for being a paying club member. Paying people are special. They get the perks. They get the special treatment. They paid for it. They get it. You want it, you pay for it. Easy peasy. So no complaint about that.

However, I do think the stars are bulky and that honestly these symbols are about as difficult as the ~, *, !, =, @, and ^ ever will be to learn. Possibly just me? Possibly.
supermadman Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
not just you...

CreasingTable Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Can't see the symbol, maybe it doesn't load for me, just a big blank. Haven't noticed it until now.
ItsNotFilia Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
$Heidi halp~:help:

The symbol list description modal doesn't show properly on mobile devices with low resolutions, such as my Alcatel OneTouch 918 (320 x 480 pixels). To be frank, it all works as designed, only that the modal is so large, that the content on the second column ends up off-screen and is thus impossible to read.
Okiamu Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
 -->… <--
This is what I think of these "New Username Symbols"
Icons4Free Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I hate the new symbols - and not just because we non-preemies don't get them. They're huge, clunky and take the reader's attention off the names of the deviants. If there's people who don't understand the symbols, then why don't you just do the little speech-bubble-explanations on those? You said yourself that too many images clutter up the pages and make everything crash, so why do exactly what you said was bad?

The old symbols made deviantART look professional, like the awesome art-sharing website it is was. These new symbols make the site look childish with shiny star stickers and hearts. The symbols were part of what made deviantART different and special. Are you just going to take that away and make deviantART unoriginal?

Also, there's the thing about us non-preemies not getting any recognition, but I'm not going to mention that because that'll make me look selfish.

You think we'll get used to these crappy new "symbols"? No, we won't. The old symbols were here since, I don't know, the beginning of this site. You can't just erase them and put up these tacky new ones. You know how all old grandpas are always reminiscing about the "good old days"? Well, the same thing applies here.

Also, the outgoing links. THE. OUTGOING. LINKS. They're BLUE. they CLASH WITH THE GREEN AND MAKE IT LOOK GODDAMN UGLY! Also, you obviously copied the symbols from some website. I've seen them around, and at least they look good on the other websites. The ones here just look...boxy. Out of alignment from the rest of the stuff.

And you know what sucks about this? We probably won't even get recognized. The admins will just brush it off, saying that people "will get used to it." Well, you know what, admins? I know some people who are actually considering quitting because deviantART's changed way too much. To quote some people, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Why don't you revert this back to the old dA? Why change the layout and symbols and bring in more bugs instead of keeping the old stuff that worked just fine? I will never understand these people.
j4142000 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
Couldn't have been more well put. I agree with you.
aadsit22cps Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I second that.
lumos-s Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013   General Artist
good :)
Lulie Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay, cleaner. Nice refresh.

I think most people are making too big a deal out of the symbols.
Darklasso Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The new symbols kick ass!
lovepepperpeace Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student Filmographer
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