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April 16, 2008
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Concept: v6 SLK by spyed Concept: 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 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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nugenic Featured By Owner May 25, 2008
wow... That would be great!
more simplify, sleek, and handy :)
Frog3D Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
woop woop squared paper! All good designers start with squared paper!
Caektiems Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:lmao: That is so true :'D
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?
you can find more evidence if you click the [link]
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:
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 ;)
reaper2111 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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:
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:
red5 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
you've got some wicked skills my friend. ;)
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