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Concept: deviantART.com v6 SLK by spyed Concept: deviantART.com v6 SLK by spyed
This drawing was the very first stab at the requirements for version 6 of deviantART, code named "Sleek" -

The Vision:

:bulletgreen: In v5, refining a browse or search required two search boxes due to the nature of the interface. We wanted to reduce clutter and confusion by having only one search box on any page.

:bulletgreen: In v5, the CATEGORIES are confined to a drop down menu and are generally not given much prominence. This leads to difficulty in navigation, so we wanted to expose the deviantART taxonomy to make navigating deviantART more accessible. But also to educate our visiting audience on what deviantART is about! No better way than to show off the breadth of the community that we support and embrace here, and so in this mock you see the first stab at how we might be able to accomplish that. I think you'll like where it evolved to beyond this... but I did greatly enjoy taking the first stab.

:bulletgreen: Another core objective of this project was to MERGE the front page, browse page, and search pages. This, in effect, was drawn with the idea that it was going to be deviantART.com. And with it, the direct exposure of our wonderful art community in its rawest form right when you load up the web site.

:bulletgreen: The heart menu was the weakest aspect of this drawing and I knew that when I added it in there. The notion was the ability to guide the search with a little search assistant. I remained hesitant to introduce a left hand navigation menu for fear of reducing the amount of thumbnails that could possibly fit on the page. I LOVE how today you can BROWSE and the entirety of the screen is filled with thumbnails and I wanted to keep that in the new interface. But I think the compromise in the final interface is ultimately better for a variety of reasons. (At the time of submission for this deviation, the general public has not seen Final Sleek.)
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:iconnugenic:
nugenic Featured By Owner May 25, 2008
wow... That would be great!
more simplify, sleek, and handy :)
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Frog3D Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
woop woop squared paper! All good designers start with squared paper!
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:iconcaektiems:
Caektiems Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:lmao: That is so true :'D
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:iconmelorix:
melorix Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
that is sooo not true!
all good designs start in your head!
if you need squares you will get too "boxed"
Need evidence?
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you can find more evidence if you click the [link]
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:iconcaektiems:
Caektiems Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I think I was agreeing to web designs starting well on square paper ;)
3-dimensional stuff is good, whatever the paper. Just depends upon whether you're skilled enough :D

That sketch is awesome, by the way :highfive:
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:iconmelorix:
melorix Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
I never draw on square paper, except if there is nothing different in the neighbourhood.
But if I would use SqP I bet that I would do anything to egnore those squares =D

and ehhh hihi thanks ;)
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:iconreaper2111:
reaper2111 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool!
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:iconsesakath:
SesakaTH Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008  Student General Artist
Sleek looks like it's gotta be awesome! Love of how it looks. It's well organized! :thumbsup:
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:icontouchedvenus:
TouchedVenus Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I like the design~ Quite sleek. I can't wait for this to launch. :giggle:
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:iconred5:
red5 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
you've got some wicked skills my friend. ;)
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:iconnicosnas:
nicosnas Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008   Artisan Crafter
Sleek Keels.
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:icon3ddream:
3ddream Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
looking very good
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:iconsilber-englein:
silber-englein Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008   Photographer
It's looking good! I really like the idea with changing the navigation.
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:iconchinaroses:
chinaroses Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
This looks great!

Jess
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:iconathos-of-light:
Athos-of-Light Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
i think i like this. it will take some getting used to. but i like the stream lining effect. and the convince and effectiveness of it all
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:iconmiksago:
miksago Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't help that notice that the design of the header has gone back to similar to v4 and below.
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:iconspyed:
spyed Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
in that drawing.. I guess I was reminiscing... but, final v6 (yet to be published) didn't go this route :)
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:iconmiksago:
miksago Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
ah, kk. The design as it stands there looks very.. hmm.,. what's the word.. Online Email-ish? Like the typical email on the web program.

The feed's thing will be interesting, may I ask, will we be able it import (as well as export) OPML files? Because import/export of opml files would add tonnes of stuff.. However, that could bring the focus of the message center away from the ART, in other words, we'd be deviating. ;p

Also, could the 'widgets' be the first of a deviantART API? Maybe widgets could include 'slots' (frontpage feature).
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AnnonymousVigilante Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
uhhhhhh,that could be a new revolution of the DA ^^
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:iconanthonyshea:
AnthonyShea Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it looks good, putting concepts on paper are normally the most difficult. i would also think that most of us would love to have a much more slim GUI although i am sure this is what you have in mind with the code name being sleek.
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:icongarhoul:
Garhoul Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008   General Artist
is good to see how you make your scketches for the web ;), you are one more person that makes me belive that i can do this
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Fact-N-Fiction Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cannot put an opinion down untill I see a more rendered mock up of the v6, also I could not way if I like it if I do not try it first. However, I ALSO say if it is not broke do not fix it. Still yuo know what you are doing so I will trust you and the dA crew ^__^ I hope to see a better version than paper though =D
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MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
That looks great! I think the merging of those three pages is a really great idea, and the heart along the side is so out of the way, it won't get in the way too badly, I don't think. Will there be a new style that comes along with v6 (like the transition to v5)? And could I request that beta testers get to try out Sleek once it really gets going? :D

Great concept! I can't wait to see the release of it! :D
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:iconchibiviolinist:
chibiviolinist Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
woah that;s cool! first page! XD
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:iconsodalicious:
sodalicious Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
So when do we get to see it?!
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:iconbillybobpeter:
Billybobpeter Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! I look forward to something like this. :D
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:icondivinityarcane:
DivinityArcane Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
Awesome!

Looks to be a lot more functional.
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