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Lots of high-gloss materials are headed your way to help you understand our recent history and to demonstrate what our future will look like. I wanted to get ahead of it all and just say a few things because the silence is killing me, too.

We've obviously been lagging on releasing the bigger projects we've been working on. We struggled to find the right ... footing? way? balance? However you want to say it, we struggled. We learned how to use the new brand beautifully, and we gained many insights into the current vantage of the DeviantArt community but we didn't find an approach that we could fully release for all. We've been working day and night for 2 years to do this, to update and upgrade DeviantArt with a version that would allow us to reach our mission together faster. Needless to say, it has been very painful for our team and for the community that we've struggled in this way, but fortunately there is good news. 

We figured our $#!% out......... since January, and certainly by February we've been hard at work building a concrete next edition of DeviantArt. One that gradually transforms the platform step by step in a very open, and accessible way. This approach will update our web site, our mobile web experience, our mobile apps and unite them into one overall design approach. The approach embraces the desktop web in a way we didn't think was possible before, which is a key component for our core community members who use the desktop web in above-average quantities relative to other places.

That's a geeky way of saying, DeviantArt has found its way forward. We're conducting tests and experiments and they seem to be working orders of magnitude better than anything we tried the past few years. You'll see changes to your Notification center first. Subtle, helpful changes that are intended to demonstrate to you that you will like the direction we are headed. Once announcements of these changes are made, and once you use the changes we'll continue the updates through the Profile environment, the Browse environment, and so on. That's what we mean by "gradually transforms the platform." This is key! The community loves the legacy of DeviantArt and our way of doing things, but we all want things to improve especially to make our lives a bit easier. But DeviantArt wants to continue to feel very much like itself moving forward, and we now have a very clear method that makes this true while also bringing the new brand fully to life, and extending DeviantArt into platforms beyond just mobile. x`

For those who want hints, you'll get quite a bit of clarity in the weeks to come with screenshots, videos and maybe even functional comps before you get to see these changes in the DeviantArt Beta Tester program and beyond. But if you have an imaginative capacity for design, take a closer look at your Profile. Deviations and Activity, or Posts. The DNA of simplicity & familiarity for DeviantArt has always been right there on your Profile, so we've adopted the Profile approach and applied it to different areas of DA like search results, browse environments, even a new, searchable Watch environment. We call it CommGrid.

CommGrid for Web embraces a larger size screen, CommGrid for Mobile extends the concept of CommGrid into a mobile friendly design.

You've been seeing some Notifications testing (with the new Polls being easier to vote on) and you'll start seeing even more transformative tests with Deviation Stacks, Journals and Commissions in the coming weeks. We'll likely announce the test results to demonstrate how much more feedback we're able to drive to deviants with these new approaches. Poll voting for example are already up over 100% in the past few weeks.

Thank you for your continued patience, it's exciting to be on the right track and it's also about time that various much needed improvements reach a DeviantArt experience near you.. We're continuing to work our butts off to get these things out! Stay tuned! 

-- A 
  • Listening to: robot heart mixes
  • Reading: comments
  • Watching: Star Wars VII
  • Playing: rocket league
  • Eating: Sushi
  • Drinking: coffee

Boosted Boards bearings and belts refreshed, and we're back to operational! Headed to Venice for some action! Happy Sunday!

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We love when Print Shop shipments arrive at HQ!! Also a shot of the old mark still in the lobby, new mark stickers arriving soon :)

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In my last journal, What's going on with DeviantArt, there was a lot of great conversation back and forth and over 400 comments. I read every single one, and my responses started to become repetitive so I stopped.

One of my favorite questions was, "Why do you even want to move Watch out of Notifications? I don't understand why this is so important." So I wanted to address that head on:


Answer: Moar Power. Easier to Use.

The real project here is that we're switching to a Watch that is powered by the same/similar systems Browse is powered by, making it possible to see your Watch as Newest, Undiscovered, Popular, filter by Category, search by keyword, filter by Shop items, Commission items, etc. MUCH MOAR POWERFUL. 

Here's the disconnect:

1. The experience of Browse needs improvement, too.

Browse needs functionality that reinforces why we're all here; To engage with the DeviantArt community, grow in our standing, and otherwise facilitate our creative needs together. The Browse environment is capable of much more and we need to invest resources in improving it so that we can do all kinds of powerful stuff, like:

- See First Deviation Posts easily in any Category.
- Help drive each of you towards Deviants that need Feedback, attention, etc. 
- Help identify deviants who recently posted a deviation and aren't getting attention.
- Help identify deviants who are posting their First Deviation to DeviantArt, which is a big deal. 
- Allow Deviants who post in a category they have never posted in, to connect with other deviants who can welcome them to that category and help them get going.

Once browse is doing these things, imagine how powerful those functions would be for your Watch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 


2. The Watch beta didn't take advantage of the Browse back-end before we went to beta. 

There's more work here to demonstrate the power of Watch when powered by Browse/Search instead of Notifications. Literally, we didn't expose those features on the interface of New Watch Beta. We exposed basic functionality for this environment.

What DeviantArt needs to do is shut the heck up, go back and produce a Watch that seriously takes advantage of the Search backend, and then relaunch the Beta so you guys see why we're doing all this stuff. After that, we'll talk again.


Please support us by reading updates like this one, and giving us your feedback and letting us know if you think we're getting it.

Cheers,
-- Spyed

p.s. My spyed account still has value in discussing issues like this. My angelo account continues to be where I put all of my real attention, my art, my points of view on life. But I think keeping spyed for official company stuff is still the right way. I'm definitely having some sort of DeviantArt identity crisis.. LOL
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  • Reading: comments
  • Watching: Fresh Off the Boat
  • Playing: Battlefront
  • Eating: Sushi
  • Drinking: Alagash White

There's a lot of changes going on with DeviantArt, and we recognize that this is irritating. We don't want it to be irritating, but unfortunately we don't have a choice.

DeviantArt must transform. The live product is failing to interest as many new members as it used to. We've identified many of the reasons for this, and we're making transformative changes to help new users adopt DeviantArt. We especially want new users to come in and Watch Deviants, and begin conversing about Art. Ultimately we want new Deviants to post Deviations and contribute to the community. DeviantArt is meant as the place to support people in the world as they become more creative in their lives. As a community, we represent the journey of being a more creative person. 

The current state of DeviantArt isn't adequately communicating our value to new members. And the products they are using confuse them. We've interviewed new members on the phone, in surveys, via email. We know what the issues are.

To fix these issues DeviantArt is transforming. These transformations are often annoying to existing members. Please don't think we're doing these things to annoy you, we're actually doing these things to improve the community and the ease with which new members can join in on the community. DeviantArt is 15 years old, the world out there has changed a lot over the past 15 years. There are expectations that new members have that older members have become comfortable with.

So. Let's get specific.

We want to remove Watch from inside of Notifications and give it a proper home where it can breathe, and truly allow your Watch to shine. Notifications (where your Feedback and Notices live) will continue on with a similar approach, but will be updated visually to be more attractive. Don't panic, we understand how sensitive such an uplift is. Consider this: We (the team of DA) love the way Feedback works in your Notifications. Everything about it. So the essence of this will not change, but certainly some design tweaks wouldn't hurt it. We also think we can provide a better "All" state that will help you get through your Notifications faster. 

To achieve the extraction of Watch, we run into some dependencies. Things we have to do to get there, especially in light of your feedback to us on the Watch Beta, and the older Watch Beta that's currently live on the homepage.

We understand that it is very important to you to visit your Watch, and see what is New there. The Watch Beta, the other Watch Beta, they both failed at this. They just feed you what's newest, but they don't specifically call out what's changed and what's new in your Watch. And this is a key feature. We would like to do this, but we are having some trouble producing a system that achieves a more powerful method of consuming your watch, while also making it possible to see exactly what is new. This type of thing should be easy. But it isn't. We will solve this, and at that time and with some testing we will roll it out. We will not move Watch out of Notifications until we have proper levels of adoption from long time members so that we know for certain you like the new approach. We aren't there yet. So don't panic. Your Notifications Watch will not change until it is clear in our usage patterns that active, long time members of DeviantArt really like it. We are not there yet.

We are going to put a huge amount of resources on to this problem until we can safely make this transition. We must make this transition. We aim to achieve this over the next 3-4 months. Stating things like, "Don't move the Watch out of Notifications" is not an option. Providing feedback to the staff about how to make the Watch function better than the Notifications Watch is the only option, and it is where we need your feedback. Ultimately, Watch must come out of Notifications. It must. Without this change, the platform of DeviantArt is too difficult for new members to use. All of the data, all of our interviews, all of our traffic models demonstrate that this is the problem.

Don't shoot the messenger. :)

We need your support to do this. So I wanted to explain why we're doing it in hopes that it will bring you to understand the need.

If you have any questions I'm happy to talk to you about it. Some of your questions might be too complicated to answer but I will try my best.

-- Angelo 

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spyed
5D MII 50MM 1.4
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I have the privilege of making the ultimate day-to-day decisions on deviantART in my acting position as Chief Executive Officer. I Co-Founded deviantART in April of 2000 with jark along with a founding team of individuals including matteo most of whom joined around launch in August. Honorary founding team members include: mccann, chris and spot.

PERSON

I've had a passion for building online communities since my addiction to game BBS's (doom, doom 2, heretic, hexen, etc.) when I was 12. I co-sysop'd the Netherworld BBS in Northern Virginia at that time (till I was 15) and fell in love with the possibilities; especially as they applied to a global community. deviantART mirrors many aspects of BBS's and as time progresses you will find even closer comparisons to the quality of community MajorBBS and other platforms were able to support. Of course, most of you have no idea what I'm talking about when I say BBS's. Ugh.

I've now spent more than half my life building online communities. Seeking to deliver a mainstream application that captures the depth and passion that I felt for BBS's in my youth youth, rather than my now youth. :D

I'm very proud of the success of deviantART. Especially the fact that we took the road less traveled and arrived a little later, but on our own pure and untainted terms. We're doing it our way.

And that ladies and gentlemen ... feels like a milli-millillion dollars.

FUTURE

Before you read about the future, read about the past. And I think with a past like that and a team like this, it is a bright future indeed.

It is our intention to create the most powerful outlet in the world for known and unknown artists alike.

Most importantly we intend to take our time to do it right. For the first time in history there is connection and communication between artists and fans on a massive scale. deviantART represents a breakthrough for the promotion and exposure of otherwise stranded artists in all corners of the globe. Our job is to make sense of the possibility, and craft it in a responsible manner.

And that's what I'm here to do along with the strong team we've assembled here at deviantART; until the job is done.

(If you have something real and tangible to propose that may help deviantART in one way or another; Feel free to send me a note. I read every note even if I don't respond. Forgive me on the responses, there are thousands of notes!)

Current Residence: Hollywood, CA
deviantWEAR sizing preference: M
Print preference: Fine Art
Favourite photographer: coxi
Favourite style of art: street
Operating System: OSX
MP3 player of choice: there are no choices
Shell of choice: Sea.
Wallpaper of choice: wallpaper.deviantART.com (changed often)
Favourite cartoon character: Stewie
Personal Quote: y0.
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K-9-Dog Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm just sitting here and shifting through all the drama.
Instead of commenting links to people who need to be reported, why don't you report them instead?
FAQ #238: How do I report people for abuse, harassment, or another issue I think is a problem?

spyed gets a ton of messages here, and he cannot single hand report everything guys. Also, he's not the type of Admin that takes care of this. Just report the people rather then showing them. 
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new-order1 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant
stuff is done here realy fast
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lepii Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  New Deviant
colleagues and managers     step and my photos were stolen . The account is fake accounts. Please let you know as spam ...   I need your help ...
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CynderWa Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Student Artist
Please SPYED CAN YOU STOP  TO HIM!! HE MORE ACCOUNT!!!!! 


YOU HAVE  TO GO CALL POLICE PLEASE !!!!! HE NEVER STOP!!!!! 
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PLEAESE!!!! Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! 
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ThatWasLeftHanded Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
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CynderWa Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Artist
Is not working please he make more accounts, 
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lepii Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  New Deviant
They stole my photo and name. please help. I can not reach you . please help me. fake account is still active ..
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soulcaliber345 Featured By Owner May 16, 2016
The site is showing malicious status on desktop site.
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