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The Timeline of deviantART

Wed Aug 7, 2013, 12:21 AM

The Timeline of deviantART



In 2014, DeviantArt turned 14 years old. Fourteen years is a long time, some of you reading this may be younger than that. I've gathered some historical information with the help of Moonbeam13 and some members of the Community Relations team to help enlighten those of you who have joined in recent years and missed out on a chunk of DeviantArt's life.

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.



DeviantArt.com founded

2000







2001


  • 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

2002


  • February 4: Version 2 launched.
  • June 25: DAprints.com 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.





2003


  • 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

2004


  • 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.





2005


  • 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

2006


  • 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.





2007


  • 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

2008


  • 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.





2009


  • 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

2010


  • 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.





2011


  • 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 Sta.sh and Sta.sh 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



Sta.sh Writer










Creative Grants Program




Premium Content Platform




More Like This

2012


  • 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 Sta.sh Comments are launched.





2013


  • 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 Sta.sh 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


The New Today Page


DeviantArt's new logo


The DeviantArt Mobile App

2014


  • 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.
  • October 16: DeviantArt releases a wide array of new features including Tags, Improved Collections, a Watch Feed and Status Updates,  the New Today Page and the New Navigation.
  • December 4: DeviantArt boldly faces the future by showcasing their new brand and logo.
  • December 11: DeviantArt launches the DeviantArt Mobile App for iOS 8 and Android.




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

This article will continue to be updated as DeviantArt grows. :rabbithole:

Last updated: 16th January, 2015


Check out this timeline of deviantART from 2000 to 2015!

Last Updated: 16th January, 2015

Change log:
  • December 5th, 2014: Journal skin updated to reflect DeviantArt's new brand. Re-wrote introduction of article.
  • January 16th, 2015: Changed "deviantART" to be stylized as "DeviantArt" throughout the whole article.
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:iconmouselemur:
Mouselemur Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
It's really kind of fun to see the growth of dA :aww:
I remember first visiting the website to check out a friend's page back in 2008, but have only been on since 2011. When you look at the screen caps, it doesn't look like much has changed though - it's still a fun place to be and rather user friendly :)
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:iconmidnightmagnificent:
MidNightMagnificent Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Version 2 thumbnail is broken, or is it just me? 
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:iconbradleysays:
bradleysays Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Probably on your end, I can see it fine. :)
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:iconmidnightmagnificent:
MidNightMagnificent Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, managed to load the page/image correctly on a different computer. Thanks!
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:iconworldwar-tori:
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015   General Artist
I still can't believe it looked like that when I first joined :no: it was SO DARK!
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:iconbradleysays:
bradleysays Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Right?!
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:iconpulbern:
pulbern Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh I'm so old. Whens the next deviant summit!? :faint:
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:iconbradleysays:
bradleysays Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Also, terribly sorry for making you feel old every time you see this timeline. :P (comments.deviantart.com/1/3898…)
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:iconpulbern:
pulbern Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It was kind of a sly semi-sarcastic joke cause I'm still in my early twenties. :lol:
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:iconbradleysays:
bradleysays Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
:lol:
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:iconbradleysays:
bradleysays Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
I agree! I wouldn't mind another World Tour either. :P
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:iconpulbern:
pulbern Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
When was there a world tour? Was that in more recent times?
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:iconbradleysays:
bradleysays Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
2009. So not so recent. :)
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:iconujz:
UJz Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Awesome timeline! :D
It's amazing to see how much has changed since 2000!
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:iconbradleysays:
bradleysays Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Thanks! :)
I agree, I can't wait to see where they go next. :D
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:iconpinguino:
pinguino Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
great timeline! :) you guys have grown so much
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:iconbradleysays:
bradleysays Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
It's nice seeing how far they've come. :)
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:iconasspain:
AssPain Featured By Owner Edited Jan 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
I got to meet dA at 2003 - joined a few years later :D
Good ol' times.. :dalove:
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:iconbradleysays:
bradleysays Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
It's always crazy for me when people talk about being here that early. I was 6 years old when the site was founded. =p
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:iconasspain:
AssPain Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
Ahah!! :lolplz:  Oh! ..Then prepare to go full mental Crazy and get institutionalized..  :crazy:  I was born in 1987  Sanity is Overrated


Tomoya Okazaki (Laughing Hard) [V1] 
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:iconbradleysays:
bradleysays Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
:lol:
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:iconasspain:
AssPain Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
:heart:
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:iconseginart:
SeginArt Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah DA... love this website.
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:iconbradleysays:
bradleysays Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
It's great, isn't it?
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:iconwishmasteralchemist:
WishmasterAlchemist Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
2006's version is the first one I have witnessed with my eyes! :)
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:iconbradleysays:
bradleysays Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Me too! It's changed so much since then, for the better in my opinion. :D
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:iconfelizias:
Felizias Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hm, first time I had a look at this page was in 2008. :giggle:
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:iconbradleysays:
bradleysays Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
I'm in the same boat. So much has changed in 7 years!
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:iconpulbern:
pulbern Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm getting old. :faint:
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I sometimes forget what the site looked like when I first joined back in 06. It looks positively primitive compared to today!
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Very well done.  I've been here since January 2005; I enjoyed reviewing the changes that have occurred along the way.

I'm 64.  dA is 14.  Keep growing, keep changing (but never just for the sake of change), keep pushing the envelope.

Steve
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:iconasspain:
AssPain Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
I remember you :D
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Likely enough.  :D
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:iconbluesolitaire:
BlueSolitaire Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Two words, dA: MIND BLOWN.  :love:
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:iconschwannie:
Schwannie Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
Whooo! :la:
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:icongispystriker:
GispyStriker Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great! I've only been on dA for two years, but I'm impressed!
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:iconairukan:
Airukan Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Student General Artist
I remember the version 4 of dA :XD: Gosh, it's been so long...
The version 1 looks the best! lol! It could be awesome to see a revamped version of the 1st one :XD:
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:iconasspain:
AssPain Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
high five on that idea!!! I'm all for old school :hump:
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:iconairukan:
Airukan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Student General Artist
Oh yeah, old school! :heart: :heart:
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:iconasspain:
AssPain Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
:highfive:
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:iconuszatyarbuz:
UszatyArbuz Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014   Digital Artist
The last line:

"This article will continue to be updated as deviantART grows. deviantART" lol. Just sayin'.
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:iconbradleysays:
bradleysays Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
=p
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:iconsynthes:
synthes Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Well known the most of these changes, must think back to 2003 when I joined the community...long time!
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:iconpencil-stencil:
Pencil-Stencil Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow :heart: that made me happy :D I remember years and years ago when I first started searching for art online, I often stumbled upon deviantArt but quickly escaped because the interface looked so dark and complicated so I couldn't manage. Few years later I joined myself and it was the best thing I ever did in my artistic journeys. I often have a very hard time dealing with change in things I love, especially visual change, but looking at the changes through the past few years when I've been most active, and how I used to frown upon them but am so used to currently, I can really see how deviantArt's grown and improved. but... I really must say I hate the new logo :( The story behind it is wonderful, but its design and screeching green.. why so simplified and why so fluorescent? Oh well... I guess I'll just have to learn to love it over time.
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:iconpinkandpurple13:
pinkandpurple13 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, DA has come a long way! This was very interesting to read and learn about!
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:iconjust-to-look1:
Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
5th December is also Father's Day in Thailand. Lol what a nearly big coincidence it would be if the new logo was to be released on this day! :slow:
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:iconlablayers:
LabLayers Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Welp, time to add :rabbithole:
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:iconbradleysays:
bradleysays Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
Added, and with an updated skin, too!
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:icongillianivy:
GillianIvy Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Anyone who complains about changes to dA should see this.  Changes is what helps our community evolve ;D  I joined in 2003, and wow, such a difference.
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:iconrad-puppeteer:
Rad-Puppeteer Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Accidentally found this looking for something else. This is pretty cool! I remember being on DA around 2005 and I remember the layout from 2006!!
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