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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! :)

Beta Launch: The New Mobile Header

Thu Jan 8, 2015, 3:48 PM
Update: In response to Beta Tester feedback, the Messages item in the menu now displays your message total, so you can see your message count at a glance, from anywhere on the site.

A new header for the mobile website has just been released to Beta Testers!

Our mobile website has always been a condensed version of the desktop site, but the header has been given a minor overhaul to be more mobile-friendly, and with a sleek new look to match.

1. new mobile web header and AdCast area by Leelor

Menu items have been updated for ease of access and use, providing a solid balance of clarity and functionality. Everything that was previously available through the menu accessed by tapping on the logo is still present, so everything you know and love is still one tap away.

More-menu-home-altbtn2 by Leelor  

Screenshot 2015-01-15-16-37-52 by wreckling

Your Feedback

You can check out the new header by visiting the mobile website from your mobile device!

If you encounter any bugs or other issues with the new header, please file a ticket in the devBUG Issue Tracker under the Mobile Header project.

Note: When filing a ticket, please specify the make/model of your mobile device, and the browser you are encountering the issue in.

PLEASE NOTE: These items are available to some Beta Testers and a segment of non-Beta Testers.

The New Today Page

When art news happens around the world, deviant artists are among the first to respond in the most evocative ways possible. We're proud to unveil the Today page — the new human and dynamically powered newspaper for the community that reflects the stories inside of deviantART as they pertain to art, fandom, pop culture, and world culture.

Designed to showcase a variety of content — including editorial pieces, Journals, contests, and even deviants new to the site, the Today page will reflect the undercurrent of what's happening now — both online and off.

The Today page will improve the accessibility of various areas on deviantART, creating new and easier ways for both our logged-in and logged-out audiences to enter the deviantART experience.

Read more from techgnotic and our Content team: Welcome to The Today Page

We’d like your feedback: The purpose of the Today page is to inform you what’s happening, today, on deviantART! We’ll be updating its content daily, and want to know if it’s enhancing your deviantART experience. If so, how? Tell us what’s working! If not, what would you like to see on the Today page? How can we make it better?

If you encounter any bugs or other issues on the Today page, please file a ticket in the devBUG Issue Tracker under the Today Page project.

Watching Collections

You can also now watch Collections made by other deviants. When you watch someone, you’ll automatically be watching all of their Collections — but you can also choose to enable or disable watching Collections on a deviant-by-deviant basis. Collections are surfaced through the Activity Feed, creating a new way to discover and expose artwork on deviantART.

Art curators are among the unsung heroes of deviantART, and with these new changes, we’re now surfacing Collections on deviation pages, allowing you to discover curations of artwork that include a specific deviation.

If you encounter any bugs or other issues involving watching Collections or Collections on the deviation page, please file a ticket in the devBUG Issue Tracker under the Collections project.

PLEASE NOTE: These items are in limited Beta release and not all Beta Testers have access to these features at this time.
In addition to today’s Tags launch to Beta, we’ve also made updates to the site navigation, Daily Deviations, and Activity Feed.

The More Menu

Previously, the site’s main menu could be found under the arrow drop-down in left corner of any page. We’ve often received feedback that it was too hard to find, and that its contents were overwhelming. In response to feedback from our recent Beta Testing release, we’ve taken the opportunity to re-evaluate how it displays.

The main menu has since been moved to the right of the search bar, and has been placed under a “More” heading, for easier discovery and usage. We’ve removed items that are already duplicated in other menus on the main navigation, so that you can find what you’re looking for at-a-glance, with no complication.

For users who prefer the Stick Menu option, it remains available, but has been relocated to your Settings page.

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 2.34.10 PM by danlev

Sticky Navigation

When viewing deviations on the Browse page, the secondary navigation and left sidebar will travel as you scroll, so that other pages can easily be accessed regardless of where the viewer is on the page. With endless scrolling on Browse pages, having the navigation readily available can be handy if you’re deep into a browse experience.

Daily Deviation Updates

We’ve heard a lot of feedback about the absence of Daily Deviations in the footer.  To address community concerns, and to continue to highlight their presence, we've added Daily Deviations to the secondary header available on the front page. A few deviants suggested this exact change, and we agreed that it’s an ideal way to showcase the works in a prominent, easy to find location.

Dds by danlev

Infinite Scroll

Infinite scroll is now available on the Daily Deviations page, allowing you to scroll through previous Daily Deviations dates -- backwards in time, for as long as you like!  (You can also still browse using the previous and next buttons.)

Activity Feed Updates

In the first version of the Activity Feed, deviants could share someone else's Status Update, and other deviants could then reshare that update. We received feedback about the design and loading issues caused by these nested shares, and have we adjusted the way things work. Now, when you share someone else's Status Update, only the original Status Update will display.

Two weeks ago, we announced that this change would require us to delete previously submitted Status Updates. We’re please to tell you that this is no longer the case!  Your previously created Status Updates will be transitioned without any deletions.

Try it out!

You can see these changes by visiting the homepage!  If you encounter any bugs or other issues, please file a ticket about them in the devBUG Issue Tracker, under the respective
Site Navigation or Activity Feed projects.

Beta Launch: Tags

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 3:15 PM
PLEASE NOTE: Tags are in limited Beta release and not all Beta Testers have access to this feature at this time.

You’ve been hearing a lot about tags in the past few months, and we’re happy to announce that they’ve just been fully released to Beta Testers.

Tags create landing pages around topics making it easier to discover related artwork, bringing together artists and art appreciators, and forming communities around common interests. As deviantART grows and creates new ways to discover great content, we believe tags will play an important role in better surfacing artwork.

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 2.10.20 PM by danlev

Tag Your Deviations (and Collections)!

You now have the ability to tag your deviations and Collections. Tags added to your deviations will be publicly viewable -- this is a change from the previous use of keywords, which were private.

Important: Keywords added to existing deviations before tags launched will not display publicly unless you approve them using the Tag Editor, which can also be used to add and edit tags on your existing deviations in bulk. Tagging your deviations and collections will improve their visibility across the deviantART network. Tagging is a crucial part of discoverability and will help your work find the audience that will appreciate it most!

On deviation pages, tags are presented beneath the title and category for at-a-glance reference. Visitors can learn about your work by viewing how you tagged it, and can find more works by you and other deviants based on tags.

Tags can also be used in comments, Status Updates, Journals, and Collections.

Get started now! Use the Tag Editor to approve tags on your deviations.

Tag Pages

Clicking a tag will bring you to its corresponding tag page. Tag pages display different types of content around a shared theme. When on a specific tag page, artwork, Journals, and Status Updates with that tag will display, and tag pages also include a stream of activity around that tag.

Deviants who use that tag and Collections with that tag will appear on the page, so you can connect with other people who share your interests.

Tag Tips

When submitting deviations, add tags to bring your art to the right audience and give your art more exposure. You can add up to 64 tags based on a variety of topics.

To make the most of your tags, keep these tips in mind:
  • Keep it simple. The less complicated the tag, the easier your art is to discover.

  • Be specific. If you take a picture of a rose, tagging it as #flower, while correct, won’t get your art to the right audience the way tagging it #rose will. You can, of course, tag both.

  • Tag efficiently. If your art is based on Lord of the Rings, tag it #LordOfTheRings and/or #lotr. You don’t need to tag every combination; tag the most commonly used.

  • One word tags. Tags are limited to one word without spaces.  That way you can find already existing communities, and your art stands a better chance of being seen.

Try it out!

You can try out tags now by editing your old deviations, tagging your new deviations, or by visiting a tag page (such as #lotr, #stepbystep, or #drawthisagain).

If you encounter any bugs or other issues, please file a ticket about them in the devBUG Issue Tracker, under the Tags project.


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