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Watch 2.0 Beta Test Concluded

Mon Apr 18, 2016, 3:25 PM by danlev:icondanlev:

Pozzuoli-Nisida in Wide Angle. by cookiesnap

The heart of the DeviantArt experience is based on viewing and interacting with the art and activity from the deviants and groups you watch.  In November, we launched a Beta Preview for Watch 2.0 focused on uplifting the experience of browsing and interacting with deviations.

Thanks to the help of all our Beta Testers, we’ve learned what features and functions people like most, which are liked least, and have gathered data on how Watch 2.0 impacts activity, behavior, and stats on the site. This feedback is incredibly valuable to us as we move forward and think about the future of DeviantArt.

As of today, the Beta Test has been concluded and is no longer accessible. Stay tuned for more details on what’s to come!

Beta Launch: Notes Search

Tue Nov 24, 2015, 12:46 PM by danlev:icondanlev:

One of the most highly requested features is now here: the ability to search notes! Notes search allows you to do things like:

  • Find all notes you’ve sent to a specific deviant

  • Find all notes from a deviant that contain a keyword

  • Search for a keyword within a custom folder

  • Find all unread notes that contain a keyword

  • Search your drafts

To search your notes, simply enter a keyword in the search box. You can also use the advanced search dropdown to filter your search results.

During the initial launch, only the past year of your notes will be searchable.

Try it out!

Beta Testers, we need your help in testing notes search! Try searches you normally would, and then try some really advanced searches.

  • Search using advanced operators

  • Search within custom folders

  • Search to and from specific deviants

  • Try searching, and then editing your queries

  • Try browsing results and selecting notes

Visit Your Notes

Bugs can be reported in the Notes Search project or as a comment on this article.

Beta Preview of Watch 2.0

Mon Nov 16, 2015, 2:40 PM by danlev:icondanlev:

This preview is available to a small group of new deviants, as well as Core Members who were Beta Testers as of November 11th.  We will continue to add deviants to the preview group in the coming days and weeks.

The heart of the DeviantArt experience is based on viewing and interacting with the art and activity from the deviants and groups you watch. Today, we’re providing an early preview into Watch 2.0 where we’ve taken the activities deviants do most and built an experience geared toward exactly those actions.

Please keep in mind that this is an early Beta Preview. You are likely to encounter bugs and functions that are still being worked on.  

(You can turn it off at anytime.)

Focusing on Art and Discovery

Watch is a feed that aggregates activity (like deviations, journals, collections, status updates, etc.) from the deviants and groups you watch (aka follow). We’ve built Watch 2.0 with browsing art in mind, allowing you to view a screen covered edge-to-edge in art.

The two main sections of Watch are deviations and posts:

  • Deviations: A stream of deviations from the deviants you watch; deviations they’ve submitted, deviations they’ve favorited, and deviations they’ve submitted to groups.

  • Posts: Journals, Status Updates, and Polls from deviants you watch.

Your Deviation Browsing Experience: Reimagined

The core use of the Message Center revolves around viewing deviations from deviants you watch.  We set out to completely revamp the experience of browsing and interacting with deviations, based on what we've learned and the feedback we've heard over the years. We’ve taken a lot of the functionality around deviations in the Message Center, and designed an experience optimized for it.

Watch2 by danlev

1. Saved Items

Saving deviations is a quick way of “bookmarking” them for later. When you click a deviation to see the new pop-up deviation page, the “save” button is located right next to the favourite button.

2. “Show” Menu

The “Show” menu lets you filter specific content types. From this menu, you can choose to display deviations, favourites, and/or group deviations. While on the Posts tab, the dropdown will let you filter by status updates, journals, or polls.

3. Deviants Menu

The deviants menu is a new way of viewing your favorite artists’ activity. Selecting an artist isolates their activity, letting you easily see what they’ve been up to. You can also “pin” your favorite artists to easily access them later.

Pop-Up Display

The pop-up display is a new way of browsing deviations. From this mode, you can view almost everything you can do on a deviation page, including favoriting, reading and posting comments, etc. Views in this browsing mode are counted towards the deviations views.

New Navigation

Along with Watch 2.0, we’re introducing a new global navigation across the site.

Notifications & Notes

Most of the components of the Message Center have been split into two sections: Watch and Notifications. The new notifications dropdown makes it easier than ever to quickly access new comments, replies, mentions, favorites on your artwork, and other notices related to you and your art.

Just like notifications, you can also view new notes without leaving the page you’re on.

Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 1.15.22 PM by danlev

Preventing Message Anxiety

If you’re an active deviant, it’s not hard to amass over 1,000 notifications. While it’s nice to know that you’ll never miss a thing from the people you watch, it can be cumbersome and stressful to have to deal with so many messages, filtering out the important ones. We often hear that deviants are stressed out by their Message Center and occasionally just purge all of their messages, which defeat the purpose of the Message Center.

While the full Message Center isn’t going away, we want to give you a taste of what we have in mind for a smoother experience.

Global Navigation Discussion

Wed Oct 21, 2015, 6:40 PM by 4thofficial:icon4thofficial:

I Love M.C.Escher by MurdocSnook

Beta testers - We're excited to give you a heads up on some upcoming features. One of them will feature a new header and navigation design and this journal explains the rational behind it. If you’ve been following our timeline you might have seen a familiar thread in some of our journals. We've discussed new ideas about the organization and navigation design of the site. For reference: Beginnings of Site Simplification, Cleaning-up Site Naming, Profiles Discussion, Support the Community, New Watch Discussion, and Notifications Discussion.

Your feedback in these journals has been very helpful (thank you). We've learned a lot: For example: Having a notification dropdown menu is useful but you still want easy access directly to those those sections. Another example is to make important sections like Daily Deviations easier to find.

Whether you’ve realized it or not, your comments and feedback has helped us understand how you would like to navigate the site, and this journal presents some of our final ideas for the global navigation of the site. 


3 by 4thofficial


One of our primary goals for the new organization is to make it easier to understand how DeviantArt works. We know that for some new deviants, it's not always easy to know how the site and community work. So we asked ourselves a simple question:  

Q: How does DeviantArt work? 
A: Explore and contribute to the world's largest art community and discover a broad range of art and artists. Watch the artists you'd like to stay up-to-date with. Receive updates and opportunities to support their work. As an artist, you can submit and create a gallery of your art, and build an audience of fans and supporters.

Watch and Explore are the primary activities on DeviantArt.

You might have seen our recent journal about our new Watch ideas? We discussed new navigation ideas to manage the updates from the people you watch: Deviations (Their art and Literature), Posts (Their Journals, Status updates and Polls), Community (How you can support them) and Shop (Commerce opportunities). 

Watch Nav Wires by 4thofficial

Explore contains many of the content sections currently in browse. We plan on adding a few new ones over the coming months: Contests Making it easier to participate in a contest), Trending Tags (Capturing global day-to-day activity), and Categories (Making it easier to find the specific category of art you like). 

Explore Nav Wires by 4thofficial


We're using a dark header with this new design. It will appear on every page of the site and needs to be consistent with how it works and looks. It will sit on top (literally) of many different styles of page across the site, and there are many different kinds of pages: For example: Our profile journal presented the addition of a canvas art header, and the possible option of selecting a unique color for the page background. If we move ahead with those ideas we want to make sure that when someone visits your profile they still know how to navigate DeviantArt. 

Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 5.45.24 PM by 4thofficial

Below is the submit menu and you'll notice the icons. Since the launch of our new brand we've started to look at the role of icons in our designs. If you use our apps you'll see icons for the navigation menu and that's given us a few new ideas for the site. Some are more playfull than others, the intent is to give each section a distinctive identity.

Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 5.46.01 PM by 4thofficial

Beta Test: New Thumbnail Grid

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 11:29 AM by danlev:icondanlev:

In June, we announced an upcoming thumbnail grid. Today, we’re releasing the thumbnail grid and new thumb sizes to Beta Testers and we need your keen eyes! :sherlock:

Highlights of the new thumbnails include:

  • Bigger thumbnails and a new grid system allows more emphasis to be placed on art.

  • The old grid leaves uneven or irregular gaps between images, while our new grid maximizes screen space to create a wall of beautifully displayed deviations.

  • The new thumbnail grid is optimized for bandwidth. Images will use slightly more bandwidth, but less bandwidth used across multiple pages.

  • Thumbnails are optimized for retina and high-resolution screens.

  • We put special care into the look of non-standard image types, such as literature, pixel art, and emoticons ensure that kinds of art are featured respectfully and beautifully.

  • Read more

Please note: During this test, the new thumbnails will only be displayed on search and browse pages.

What to know:

Who has access to the new thumbnail grid?

Beta Testers only.

Will the new thumbnail grid be on all pages?

Eventually, yes. However, during this test, the new grid is only available on browse pages, search pages, and tag pages on the desktop site. The new thumbnail grid is not currently testable on the mobile site, however, it will be once it launches.

What happened to being able to drag-and-drop thumbnails into my favourites?

While the ability to drag and drop thumbnails into your favourites isn't available in the new thumbnail grid beta test, we're working on a new solution that'll let you easily add deviations to your favourites. We'll be sharing more details about this soon.

How can I help test the new thumbnail grid?

Use it!  Tell us what you like and what you don’t.  Do you enjoy the way different deviation types are presented as thumbnails?  Leave a comment on this journal.  Found a bug?  We want to know.

What types of bugs should I look for?

  • Loading issues

  • Cases of specific deviations not displaying properly

  • Alignment and display issues

How do I provide feedback or report a bug?

General feedback can be left in the comments of this article.  If you run into bugs, submit them to the bug tracker under the New Thumbnail Grid project and we'll work to get everything fixed as soon as we can. :bug:  

Please remember that this is a beta test and you may run into bugs. We appreciate your help and feedback on this project and we're excited to share it with the rest of the community! :)


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