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New deviantART Thumbnails

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 6:27 PM

In the weekly Site Updates, we've been telling you all about the changes that have been launched to deviantART, getting your feedback, and reporting all the bugs that have been fixed.

This change is a little different, since it involves a feature that has been in place for a long time. We think it deserves an announcement of its own, ahead of time.

The current deviantART thumbnails (the smaller versions of deviations)  have served the community well for years; however, there's always room for improvement.

Some of the problems with existing thumbnails are: they leave a lot of blank space around them, there isn't a lot of room for text for literature deviations, and the thumbnails don't present very tall/wide images well.

The New Thumbnails

Now, we've created a new style of thumbnail, which hopes to solve a lot of these problems.

  • We've made all thumbnails bigger!
  • We're showing them in tidier rows with no unnecessary cropping.
  • For literature thumbnails, we have lightened the background to match the deviation and given it much more room for text.
  • For very tall and very wide deviations, we zoom in on the deviation instead of showing a hard-to-click, hard-to-see skinny thumbnail. We wanted to keep cropping to a minimum, but we think this new approach is much better for the artwork.
  • We've added a frame around wide, small, and transparent deviations to keep each row tidy.
  • The information underneath each thumbnail is aligned to the left for better readability.

Try them out!

To get a better look, try these preview links to view the new thumbnails one page at a time:

:bulletgreen: deviantART Front Page

Give your feedback!

We'd like to hear your feedback about the new thumbnails.
  • How do you feel about the changes?
  • How is your experience browsing art with the new thumbnails?

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Auracle25 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Forgive my ignorance here, but how do you even use the Literature thumbnails in the first place?
NightMargin Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thumbnails are small for a reason! Back then I could easily see up to 20+ on a page without scrolling, but now it is only 6. Large thumbnails cause a lot of lag and also makes the page feel really claustrophobic.
If the thumbnails are too big, there is not much difference from having no thumbnails at all!
alice4cc Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
As for me, I think the option to change thumbnail sizes will make everyone happy - For me, the thumbnails are too large and that makes them very messy.. plus, Another major problem I have with these larger thumbnails is seeing a large picture of someone nude in my face because the artist didn't have enough respect to give the picture a mature tag where it was needed!

*shakes head* Smaller thumbnails were so much better when involving repulsive pictures of that nature.. Thank goodness for image block. n_n
abeamofsunlight Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, you know, there is currently, in beta testing, trying out a resize feature for the now large thumbnails of da.
"Thumbnail Size Testing Tool" [link]
"Today, we're providing you with a tool that allows you to test out different thumbnail sizes.
This is a testing tool built specifically to collect data from Beta Testers and is not meant to be an actual feature."

However, wouldn't it be nice if it WAS a feature? We could choose our own sizes, or, at least, leave our thoughts about the size of the thumbnails we'd prefer to view here on Da?
What do you think? I left my thoughts on that page [link] There's no reason why you shouldn't (if you feel like throwing in your thoughts :heart: )
alice4cc Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Thank you very much for the info. I'll give it a look see. ^_^
abeamofsunlight Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
TheWhitestRabbit Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Also, I can't even view the pictures. They won't load.
TheWhitestRabbit Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
I really don't like them.
Ciniminimon Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please PLEASE change it back, or give an option to switch it, I hate the fact that when I try to look at the site on my tablet I can't see ANYTHING. They're just grey blocks on my screen, and I really miss being able to browse through galleries, even MY gallery is completely messed up.

icadraws Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
pardon me but i have to rain on your parade. but god, i hate that big thumbnails. and it's not just me really. i know a lot of people on deviantart dislike this. seriously. just get the size back to decent normal size.
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