At deviantART, we obsess about two things all day, every day: llamas (we're addicts), and how to make your deviantART experience the best it can be. We know every pixel counts when it comes to exhibiting your work, and we take great pride in knowing that you've chosen deviantART to share your art. With the launch of deviantART v7 and our new Super Browse feature, we're solidifying our place as the best way to exhibit your art on the Internet.
The thin navigation in v7 was designed specifically to minimize visual overload, streamline navigation, and help our community's amazing artwork take center stage. It's thinner, and as a result you see more artwork.
On profile, groups, and deviation pages, the new format puts more focus on avatars and artwork. It's designed to work better on more devices and promote greater feedback. We also added a slick comment reminder when people +fav your deviations!
The new navigation paddles on the sides of deviation pages also accessible by hitting left and right arrow keys on your keyboard are designed to give deviation pages a cleaner navigation to cycle through more artwork faster. The new thumbstrip supports the quick viewing of multiple deviations so you can get to the artwork you enjoy.
It's easy for us to toot our own horns, so see what these industry experts have to say about the new deviantART experience:
...The 'Super Browse' feature is a really powerful new way to explore deviantART so you can appreciate very quickly the passion and creativity that exists there. DeviantART has truly empowered a rich and diverse global community of 21st century mark makers
Love it...nice use of cursors (zoom!) and details. I really respect when teams distill a cleaner UI after a product has been shipping for a while. It's very easy to add buttons and menus, and very hard to pick what's important and do it better.
I am truly digging the new version of deviantART! The new scroll feature in the gallery makes it easier to look through artwork and expand for easier viewing. Incorporating this into the journals and Message Center is just icing on the cake. And the new drop down menus and simpler page header is a great addition to making our pages easier to navigate and maintain. Keep it up dA, you have a loyal patron for life!
DeviantART is my first and last stop on the web because I find inspiration here. Version 7 makes it easier than ever to travel through artists' studios on a world-wide scale. I'll travel further than ever in the same amount of time. Well done, guys!
DeviantART is one of our most stumbled sites, and the new version is slick!
Overall, we've saved a whopping 148px in height on the browse pages. That's an extra row of thumbs displayed above the fold at our default page size.
We've simplified the layout, removing 50% of the horizontal and vertical separations on the browse page. V6 has ten divided visual sections, while v7 has just five appearing approximately 30% larger than before.
Profile and group pages are now 60px further up the page. Avatars and names now take ownership of the top of the page like never before.
The v7 header is now the same height as the deviantART iPhone/Mobile site's header. This makes it possible for a similar experience on any platform (desktop, iPad, iPhone).
Site-wide, we've gained 36px in horizontal room that means an extra column of thumbnails on some screens.
The browse page now has just two background colors instead of v6's seven colors. We will also have a unified background color across all pages.
Finally, if you want to completely blow your mind, look at v7 in Firefox's new Full Screen Mode.
Version 7 was a long time in the making, and a true labor of love for a few members of deviantART's Devious Technology team. Much inspiration for v7 was derived from our Portfolio platform released last year. So, many props to $liquisoft, $mhalpert, and $makepictures for their stellar work on Portfolio.
As the project manager on v7, I felt it my duty to absorb as much as possible from uber-genius $mccann (our Chief Technology Officer) and to apply my insider knowledge of the technology realm -- incorporating then-future releases of the iPad and numerous other tablets and browsing applications -- to give v7 an interface that would look amazing on any device and seamlessly propel deviantART into the future.
I had some basic rules:
- Art 100% visible on load
- Beautiful publishing (even MOAR on this aspect coming up in the near future)
- Group and artist brands RISE UP (more here too)
- Big Buttons for your fingers or mouse
- A browsing experience we could all be proud of -- one that can scale up and down from PCs to tablets to mobile devices
Every project has a heartbeat. Simon Murray (aka $pachunka) is one of the main arteries that feeds the heart of deviantART. His contributions to this community are countless. He's helped lead most deviantART version releases since v4 and this time he's outdone himself. As the engineering lead and project lead for deviantART v7 he's put in an effort that, in my view, goes beyond even my already-high expectations. We're all incredibly proud of you, Captain Fast!
A word from $pachunka:
Thank you to the many people who helped make v7 a reality! $zilla774 spent a great deal of time putting together almost a million different mock-ups, until we found and settled on the one would that actually become deviantART v7. The top bar became a whole lot slicker and $liquisoft's logo revamp would finally have the home it couldn't find in v6. $starvingartist then designed our ridiculously cool looking v7 deviation pages, #artbit helped refine the last important touches, and almost half of #dt put together the new larger-image display in time for v7's launch. Major kudos to all!
Last, but not least, thank you to the over 2,000 official Beta Testers who provided 5,000 forum replies. We couldn't have done it without you, as your input helped iron out many, many details.
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