Top Community Feature Requests and Our Responses
In May, we introduced the DeviantArt Timeline as a method of communicating with deviants and providing transparency about what’s planned for our collective future. During the site simplification process that followed, we received a number of comments from deviants asking why we were working on the features presented on the Timeline instead of other things. Many of the features brought up in these comments are ones that have been requested for years. We want to be more transparent about these suggested features, why some of them haven’t happened yet, and why some of them may never happen.
These requests are from past Site Updates, the Suggestions Forum, surveys, and individual requests we’ve received.
CSS Feature #1Feature #1 - A Day at the Beach
A day at the beach! What could be more fun than playing in the sand, the surf, the sun!!
Building castle and rivers, and splashing in the waves!
There's no better way to spend hot summer days!!
Feature Time! Show us your favourite Beach-inspired skins! Whether it be a shameless selfpromotion or your favourite skin - we want to see them!! Thumbshare your t
We would like to invite you to a project meant to promote your work!
(Yeah, time for some shameless self-promotion! )
What you need to do
a) Create a Journal Entry where you include
some of your works, in a way you think they shine best!
1 to 4 artists you look up to in dA, with 1 to 4 artworks from their work
you can also mention 1 to 3 persons you would like to encourage in their work
a link to this file
The Upcoming Thumbnail Grid
On DeviantArt, your deviations are paramount, and we want to present them in the best way possible, even in thumbnail form. Over the past few months, we've been working on a new thumbnail grid that maintains the integrity of your deviations, no matter their dimensions or content types. Our goal is to be better at displaying art than any other site on the Internet.
Problems We’re Solving
We can do better than the current thumbnail grid, which includes uneven or irregular gaps between deviations. These gaps don't have any visual rhythm, causing your eyes to jump all over the place. Some content types, including literature, journals, pixel art, and emoticons, don’t look ideal. Our new grid focuses on fixing these issues while modernizing the look and feel of DeviantArt.
Below are some concept designs that represent one avenue we’re exploring. (These are works-in-progress and not final. Also note that the category menu
Celebrating Deviousness - June 2015
In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community.
Hello! I’m Eve, mostly known as TheGalleryOfEve. I’m a self-taught artist born and raised in Argentina, currently living in sunny Florida, USA. I’ve always been inclined towards the Art world, my family has been a role model for me in many aspects, especially in the Art arena (my Grandpa was a Traditional painter, my Mom loves music, she plays the piano and sings, and my Grandma used to create some of the most beautiful handcrafts I’ve ever seen!) So when I discovered the wonders of Digital Art, back in 2007, I knew right there what I would be doing for the rest of my life.
As you can imagine, self-teaching techniques and concepts takes hours and hours of looking through all kinds of tutorials, that
Ask a Babe - CSS Tuts and ResourcesI have quite a few behind the scenes CSS articles stashed away in my Sta.sh, long forgotten about. They were originally going to be articles for CSS-DYK but now there were changes to how submissions were going and I have blog write access but not the fancy skin to make the article match the group. Rather than throwing in a monkey wrench, I'll just be posting those old articles as Sta.sh embeds here. Some are still good knowledge. Some are incomplete thoughts. Some have outdated links. Whatever. I'm sharing them now. Do what you will with this knowledge.
I have a lot of articles I've been putting out lately, and no real 'schedule' planned. I tend to do things as I feel like it and am somewhat erratic. I'm sorry for that, but inspiration cannot be tamed by timetables! I'll not commit to saying I'll stick to any specific schedule or give myself an exact deadline. Beca
Beginnings of Site Simplification
Beginnings of Site Simplification
It’s no secret that DeviantArt is a complicated site. Have you ever invited a friend to DeviantArt, only to have them ask a bunch of questions about how to get started? Or have you ever spoken with a fellow deviant about a feature you use daily, only to learn they didn't know that feature existed? It’s our aim to make a new deviant's first experience as inspiring and welcoming as those who have made this community their home. We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to make DeviantAr
Challenge - Week 3Theme Challenge: Rural Nights
Suggested by Quiless
A few weeks ago I camped out in our backyard with marshmallows roasting over the crackling fire pit. The moon was full and the air had a chill to it. I live in a pretty rural area, where, on a clear night, all you can see are stars. Have you ever slept under the night's sky? Or do you day dream about getting away from the city lights and enjoying the dark and calm, no hum of electricity... Let the night inspire you to create a journal skin theme.
Create a journal skin, gallery or custom box bg/widget or other journal/profile resource using the theme for this week. Add the hashtag #CSSChallenge to your deviation or description. (no longer using #cssbabeschallenge exclusively, you can use either tag, I'll check for both)
All skins tagged will be fe
Tuesday Thumbs Up#CSSThumbshare Show Me Your Thumbs
Show it to me, I want to see your thumbs, show it to me ( if you get the reference and the song is stuck in your head)
Let us feature your best, time for some shameless self promotion. And share your faves as well. Or tag a friend and find out what their favorite skins are. We want to see them. I tag SilverPixiGirl, TehAngelsCry, and pica-ae Share your best skin and 2 faves!
:icongillianivy: by GillianIvy
How do you make previews of your skins?
The best way to show off your skin is with a thumb that displays your journal content fairly accurately. Design/background images and other images that aren't a capture would not give the user a good idea of what the skin actually looks like in use.
To make a nice preview of your journal skin, you don't need anything special to take your screenshot. In Windows, you can u
This Week in CSSFeature of recent submissions to the DeviantArt Related > DeviantArt Skins & Scripts > Journal & Gallery Skins category. These were submitted since last week's feature. This feature is currently scheduled for every Thursday.
Actively searching through th
Call to CodeThe State of the Community Address
As many of you are probably aware, there has been a long period of inactivity or a reduction of activity across the entire CSS community. Many have moved on to other things, spend less time on dA or just are no longer interested in CSS. But I would like to change that. I have been discussing the situation in the backrooms of several groups with various fellow CSS mods that there has been a lack of enthusiasm in the CSS community. Many have tried revitalizing it throughout the years, but participation has lolled. Contests getting one or just a few entries, despite offering interesting prizes... Submissions being declined for expiring... As Quiless has put it, dA CSS has fallen asleep. Well, he and I want to brainstorm ideas to jump start the entire CSS community again. So I am asking here for those reading this to bring forth ideas to pique interests.
This Week in CSSLet's have a look at what the community has brought use the latest 7 days. Great skins to pick from, wonderful work, everyone. A few things before I get started, the only prerequisites for this feature are three things, 1. from the thumbnail I can see it is a journal skin/gallery/custom box/etc, 2. the text is legible, and 3. copyrights are respected (Google does not give you permissions). I am featuring all levels of skins. This is a showcase of our community and what we are doing right now.
CSS Design & Commissions
Galleries & Complete CSS
Go make some galleries and uber spiffy profiles!
Custom Box & Journal Gr
Feature: GroupsSince CSS was introduced to dA journals and later to galleries as well, there have been plenty of clubs about CSS right away. Later we got groups and those accounts kept going on with their passion for collecting skins and resources.
Today we are going to present you some of the most popular and well known groups dedicated to dA CSS.
eCSSited is a resources only group. The focus is being a group that provide helpful information, tutorials, code snippets and other useful bits to create CSS around dA.
No finished skins or designs will be accepted here - except for contest or project entries.
This group is sharing knowledge, tricks and tips about CSS on a regular basis. No matter if you are a beginner or already an advanced coder, there is always something new to learn. Everyone can contribute and share their CSS wisdom with other deviants here.
Submission of "Did you know?" articles only.
With this group you have another helpful resource