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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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GeneralFlare Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  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.
Istarian Featured By Owner 6 days ago
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.
PokiMagicalLyraXD Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Traditional 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?
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.
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