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this is me following the example of some very brave users commenting on the recent changes of the site. Let me start off by saying that this journal is not supposed to be a hate speech, it is supposed to reveal concern based on observations I've made over the past weeks.
As we all know, presenting unannounced change to a huge crowd of people is difficult. Opinions will be all over the place, criticism will be voiced among all kinds of feedback, be it positive or negative or even neutral.
To me, people's reactions to the changes are not only because change is uncomfortable at first or because the new design doesn't meet with their personal taste. Not this time.
Their reaction is a valid criticism, precisely pointing out how the changes of the community affects its users in a negative way.
Take the logo for example. To sum up a few solid arguments by iAmCloudSky – a well made logo should be:
translate the key message of what the business is about
related to previous logos
Sure, the new logo is somewhat designed and even originates from the dA-symbol. But would anyone ever know if this wasn't explained to us in a video? Does the new logo itself meet any of the criteria stated above? I don't think so.
In the end, if you ask people what they feel this logo looks like, most will say "like a crooked Z" or "a tree branch". That I have read plenty in the comments. Not once have I read something like "this looks like deviantART, only better!" And isn't that exactly what the new logo should actually be achieving?
Also, how come the deviantART team repeatedly claims the community is a big part of the site and must be included in the sites future, when we are simply presented with a fait accompli when it comes to major changes? A question I'd really like an answer to. Why no poll, just to collect some input by the community?
Another example: the site's footer featuring Daily Deviations. Midst of october, the old version of deviantart vanished and took down the footer along with it. The result is that Daily Deviations nowadays get a lot less favorites and comments than they did before. They simply are not being seen anymore by the big crowd. I have read piles of requests not only by the users to bring the footer back, no, even a couple CVs are not exactly happy with an important part of deviantart being taken away without warning. After all, DDs were the best (and probably only) way of featuring unknown art and artists. To sum it up, a lot of voices were raised to bring back the footer and none of them have been heard to this point.
My point being: We are a community. Our words should count for something. Our efforts of putting together journal entries like these should not only be appreciated, they should be heard. I am not requesting dA to start doing exactly as one or another user suggests, but please, hear us out at least. Consider some of our points as we have good reasons of expressing them. Let your words follow actions by actually making us a part of the site's future. Because we are the ones who use the site to promote our art at the end of the day and a lot of us even pay for it.
Dear DeviantARTI understand that changes are essential, whether it’s in term of design or usability. I’ve been using DeviantART for 6 years and a half and in these past years, DeviantART has changed a lot, and I embraced every change. I love changes! (except for the new hideous logo - of course) I love the new layout design and I love the way DeviantART introduced status posts and mentions, these are some really cool stuff.
But I’m concerned about something. I’ve been waiting for deviantART to bring the footer back but I think I’ve waited long enough and I’m sure now, that there’s no way it’s coming back.
I repeat, changes are essential, but if these changes are limiting a user’s activity, you should rethink it.
Back when we had a footer, we had the ability to set “channels” and most users had the channel set to Daily Deviations… Now, what are Daily Deviations? Daily Deviations are FEATURED artworks, they change every 24 hours, a
Dear DeviantArt ......, I'll follow the idea of some truly amazing deviants and speak out loud what troubles my mind. I don't want to spread hate or argue in an unreasonable manner with you. In fact, I really thought this through several times before reading the journals of other deviants, which gave me the final push to speak up.
I'm quite upset about the recent changes of DeviantArt. Not only about changes in functionality, but also when it comes to interaction with the heart of it, the community.
I know, much is expected by the DeviantArt team, and pressure can be heavy on your shoulders, but there are certain things that need to change or otherwise the bonds to the community will disappear over the years.
Let's start with the most recent change, the logo: Yes, you needed a rebranding. Yes, it is hard to create a logo to everyone's liking. But you failed in creating a representative logo. I really like the cut-off when it comes to the first and last letter of DeviantArt.
But what is this symbol standi