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The Timeline of deviantART

Wed Aug 7, 2013, 12:21 AM

The Timeline of deviantART

As of today, it's been 14 years since deviantART was founded. I've taken this opportunity to gather up some historical information with the help of Moonbeam13 and some members of the Community Relations team.

I hope you enjoy taking a step back in time!

Please note: it is extremely difficult to track down some events in deviantART's history (in particular, the first few years) and that some dates are only approximate. founded



  • March 17: After holding a contest to design deviantART a logo, the winner was announced.
  • May 3: A contest was held to create deviantART's mascot.

  • The winner was selected via a site-wide poll - which resulted in devart mascot fella winning.
  • August 7: deviantART turns 1.

Devart Mascot Fella by switched

devart mascot fella again by switched

The first two deviations of Fella.

deviantART version 2


  • February 4: Version 2 launched.
  • June 25: launched - deviantART's first platform for members to submit and sell their prints.
  • August 7: deviantART turns 2.
  • December 13: All major credit cards are now accepted forms of payment for subscriptions, print accounts and other products/services.


  • February: The 1,000,000th (one millionth) deviation was submitted to deviantART.
  • April/May: adCast was launched.
  • August 7: deviantART turns 3 and launches Version 3.

deviantART version 3

deviantART version 4


  • April 28:The today page was launched.
  • May 4: The 'scraps' category was created for deviants to submit their sketches and other scraps into.
  • August 7: deviantART turns 4 and launches Version 4. This versions launch included the BETA release of deviantART Messaging Network (dAmn) and a redesigned message center.


  • June 17: deviantART held a massive deviantMEET called The deviantART Summit. More than 200 booths were at the convention showcasing artwork.
  • August 7: deviantART turns 5.

The deviantART Summit

deviantART version 5


  • August 7: deviantART turns 6 and releases Version 5.
  • November 14: On this day, deviants were given the option to submit their works under Creative Commons licenses, giving the artists the right to choose how their works can be used.


  • March 15: @deviantart joins Twitter.
  • August 7: deviantART turns 7.
  • September 30: deviantART Film category added.
  • December 7: deviantWEAR proudly announces the first ever Fella plushie.
  • December 17: deviantART joins Facebook.

Fella with Holga by Sting1
The first official Fella plushie.

deviantART version 6


  • July 10: Version 6 released. deviantART's biggest "upgrade" to date. Many aspects of the site were given a new yet familiar look - including the message center, front page, footer and channels page.
  • August 7: deviantART turns 8.
  • October 23: The Artist Relations Department is renamed to Community Relations. Gallery Directors were also renamed to Gallery Moderators (GMs) for clarity.


  • April 17: Critique system launched to Premium Members.
  • May 13: The deviantART World Tour begins. Staff Members traveled around the world to different cities including Sydney, Singapore, Warsaw, Instanbul, Berlin, Paris, London, New York City, Toronto and Los Angeles.
  • July 28: Portfolio "The Awesome Version" launched to all members.
  • September 19: New DeviantART Logo revealed by TheRyanFord
  • December 9: The 100,000,000 (one hundred millionth) deviation was submitted to deviantART. SimplyLemie was the writer of the submission and received a lifetime premium membership. Ironically, the deviation has since been deleted off deviantART.

The deviantART World Tour 2009

Portfolio "The Awesome Version" is launched.

deviantART's new logo

deviantART version 7


  • February 11: The Groups platform was launched to all members.
  • March 9: DeviantART Points were launched. :points:
  • April 1: Llama Badges were launched.
  • April 3: Due to the Llamapocalypse that occured on April 1, deviantART launched the Let's Play Llama Trading Game.
  • May 18: Version 7 released to all members. This version was designed to make DeviantART simpler than ever before.
  • June 14: Cake badges are launched site-wide.
  • August 7: deviantART turns 10 and launches deviantART muro - a free HTML5 powered drawing app.
  • September: deviantART joins Tumblr.
  • October 20: In honor of Spirit Day, deviantART wears purple.


  • July 22:Moonbeam13 announces that Gallery Moderators and Message Network Admins (MN@) are now unified and renamed to Community Volunteers.
  • August 7: deviantART turns 11.
  • September 21: deviantWEAR announces that Fella Plushies are back with a new friend, the Super Llama Plushie.
  • October 27: spyed announces and Writer.
  • October 28: News, blogs and journals are merged into one. DeviantART introduces the Journal Portal.
  • November 18: deviantART introduces the deviantART Twitter Network - a series of Twitter profiles that tweet recently popular deviations in specific categories.

Fella and Llama Plushie Set by deviantARTGear
Super Llama and the new Fella Plushie Writer

Creative Grants Program

Premium Content Platform

More Like This


  • March 21: New deviantART Thumbnails are launched.
  • May: deviantART joins Instagram.
  • May 1: deviantART announces the Creative Grants Program.
  • May 8: The New deviantART Muro featuring Redraw is released to all members.
  • May 16: After being requested by deviants for years, deviantART announces that Username Changes are available.
  • June 6: deviantART is honored by Online Trust Alliance (OTA).
  • July 10: The Premium Content Platform is announced and released to all members.
  • September: deviantWEAR is renamed to deviantART T-Shirts & Gear.
  • October 4: The new deviantART Mobile site is launched.
  • October 9: More Like This is released.
  • November 16: The New Comments are launched.


  • January 10: deviantART introduces Commissions on deviantART - a way for content creators to generate real earnings through custom creations.
  • January 22: The new deviantART Submission Process is launched to all members.
  • March 6: After almost 13 years of operation, the Shoutbox on the chat page was removed.
  • March 15: What's Hot (Beta) is launched.
  • April 2: spyed announces a partnership between deviantART and Madefire - Motion Books are now available to browse.
  • May 29: The deviantART T-Shirts & Gear shop closes it's doors.
  • June 3: Multi-submit and Scheduled Submit is released to Premium Members.
  • June 13: Undiscovered (Beta), a new way to browse, is released to all members.
  • June 25: spyed "announces" deviantART v999.
  • July 15: Comments are now fully integrated with Writer, with the launch of The New deviantART Comments.
  • August 7: deviantART turns 13.
  • September 5: Suggestions Forum moved to Zendesk.
  • September 10: Deviation page is updated.
  • October 1: Deviant and Art Mentions are released to all members. New username symbols are announced and implemented.
  • November 30: dAmnIt - the system that allowed users to submit quotes from chat was phased out
  • December 12: Users can now submit to deviantART using the SketchBook app.

Commissions on deviantART

deviantART partners with Madefire

New Username Symbols

Upload artwork to deviantART using SketchBook

deviantART wins People's Choice!

Google Analytics for deviantART profiles


  • February 25: Pageview counts now include all profile sections.
  • March 11: deviantART wins big at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Awards - taking home the  "People's Choice" and "Classic" awards.
  • March 19: Premium Members now have access to Google Analytics for their deviantART profiles.
  • March 29: Sketchfab creations are now able to be integrated in journals.
  • April 5: Verold creations are now able to be integrated in journals.
  • April 10: The  deviation pages on deviantART Mobile receives an uplift.
  • April 18: CSS3 features such as transition and transform are now available for use when creating journal skins.
  • June 12: deviantART introduces Improved Comments, which includes the ability to feature comments, edit comments and hide your own comments.
  • July 10: Deviants can now create and sell Motion Books and store purchased content on their Bookshelf.
  • July 24: deviantART shows its massive presence at San Diego Comic-Con for a fourth year in a row.
  • August 7: deviantART turns 14.

Written by bradleysays for projecteducate
Information Collated by bradleysays, Moonbeam13 and communityrelations

This article will continue to be updated as deviantART grows. :dalogo:

Last updated: 7th August, 2014

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Last Updated: 7th August, 2014
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Windklang Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So cool!
Awesome there are still screenshots of the very first year :) :P For a newby like me this is like... ahahaha :) don't know :)
Urus-28 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Things that could be mention :
The DA v3 was coming with 3 different skins, but due to server overload this feature has been removed to the minimal skin to everyone (4 september 2003).
At the beginning of DA there was a specific application to browse DA and limit the data send over the internet (there was no ADSL at this time), the name was Deviator, it was released in 2002 October the 20th.
A system of comment rating has also been tested... But I have not found traces of it yet... :bucktooth:
cristinewakesuphappy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
14 years! :iconhappybirthdaycakeplz: more years to come! 
jussta Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh, the famous version 4 ;)

Happy Birthday
cogwurx Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Wow! Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
Reixma Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Trip down memory lane... *sigh* Well, 7 years of it anyway! :giggle:

DA really has come a long way since then. It's amazing to see! Well done guys! :clap:
SaimGraphics Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome............... Hearty :heart: Thanks for sharing this treasured info!
Anoya Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014   Photographer
I've loved this to bits for a while. I don't think I ever commented on it, so I figured I just let you know how much I love this. :B
LornaKelleherArt Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Wow, it's so interesting to read about the history. It's funny, I was first made aware of dA around 2003, when a girl in a forum I was a member of at the time was exposed as an art thief! Another member linked back to here and the piece that she stole. Wow, memories.

i don't know why I didn't join back then!
Splaser Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Might want to update the first sentence!
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