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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.
moonlightdeviant Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Since I'm on my laptop more often, there is much less that fits on screen now and the off-color transparency is visually distracting. Not to mention how the thumbnail on some deviations are broken images, thus really souring a look in anyone's gallery.

My vote: :thumbsdown:
Mori101 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really don 't like the new thumbnails :/ I agree with suggestions for a toggle on/off button. The bigger size is just obnoxious and gets in the way.
insane12 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Please add an option of turning it off, the button "grid view" doesn't really change anything and I really just hate this update. Thank you!
AquaRaptor Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
I don't like them. My browser can't even load them, and consequently, I can't even click on the Deviations.
girlonwantedposters Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
XD Color, not Colorado!
girlonwantedposters Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
I greatly dislike it.
Images wont load for me, I cant view the artists page or full picture because the thumbnail wont open.
I only have my kindle fire to work with for a while. DA is like my second home.
Please don't change stuff on us randomly without informing and testing it on us first. Don't be stupid like is being right now.

As for the lighter Colorado, I honestly didn't notice it.
And I do really like the comeback of titles for pictures/images under thumbnails.
kwuus Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012   Interface Designer
Great! Now it looks like it's rendered using Internet Explorer! The galleries are absolutely terrible, different sizes & spacings for each one and PNGs or anything that doesn't have a certain aspect ratio has a lighter background than the rest of the gallery. PLEASE revert it or give us an option to disable it.
JosiePika Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could you please make an option to display deviations in the previous style?
I like shorter pages and a smaller area to have to look at.
JosiePika Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Derp. Wrong update.
MiniDragonfly Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not much of a fan of this, but it seems nice. Also, I noticed that I can't right-click images to open them in new tabs.:hmm:
Zekkentak Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the bigger thumbnails! :D
I think however, that you should also have the option of having smaller thumbnails too since it might clutter
peoples computer screens here and there. :)

I really like it overall though.
Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The new thumbnails are terrible for those of us who use a dial-up connection, a page full of 'large' thumbnails takes a very long time to load and never fully loads, resulting in a bunch of no-show images with an 'x' in the corner. There needs to be an option as to which version of thumbs to show.
DaphnePlante Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
liddle-wolf Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i like it. strait up. i have bad sight, my dogs chewed up my glasses, so this could be helpfull.
maybe though try to keep the same number of deviations on the the pages as there were before
that's one side
the other side is it might feel a bit over whelming with seeing all of the art that big all at once...
so i have 2 opinions shoot me lol
ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
As a suggestion, love the sizing, perhaps an interesting thing to do would be to make the deviations fall into clumps depending on portrait or landscape ratio. Then if you could edit the order or the arrangement of the clumps like we do our front pages, it could look slightly less disproportionate. Or even just a standard number of deviations per row, like how facebook only ever has four across, regardless of how many down. That way you could even them out across the space like you would center writing on word?
jpb06 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Since you are determined to do this thing in any case, why waste internet bandwith asking us how do we feel?
Howlingwolf246 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't like how the pictures are all different sizes it makes it look less organized and kind of messy. It would be nice if they weren't just scattered around the page in different sizes
LauraBev Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
I really like the bigger thumbnails - I don't have a problem with them at all =)
This is a bit off topic, but something I've noticed recently is that adverts are now popping up occassionally on the front page, with a black screen behind them. It's very annoying!
rontufox Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
The transparency issue still hasn't been addressed? :|

The reason artists use transparent backgrounds is to make their work look as if there are no borders. Slapping a huge light gray square behind them undermines the whole point of transparency. Especially since the artist almost always crops the image right up against the subject, because the web page behind the subject is meant to dictate the canvas size. Now the close cropping is painfully apparent because the background is not transparent.

Please eliminate that box behind transparent images. I'm trying to be patient here, but I will literally rage if it's kept this way. I'd rather not look like a fool who doesn't know how to crop my work properly.
HeliacWolf Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I like the idea of making bigger thumbs, but like many others already said- you made them way too big. I dislike the way it broke the grid and now galleries look messy, have different amounts of thumbs in a row. I think the best option would be to make them smaller just a bit or make them Google's way: when you're searching for a picture it shows you smaller thumbs, but when you put mouse over a picture it shows bigger thumbnail.

I should say that even smaller thumb size looks perfect when you search for something [link]
And even their smaller thumbs look good. Though I'd prefer to have a bit more space between pictures.
enigmaticsmile Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hate the way the Lit tag looks... If we upload a new tag in a larger size, will it go all the way down the side? Or will they always be short like that?
WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
It is really nice to have larger thumbs in order to see the deviation better. Having said that, the thumbs on Firefox on my MacBook overlap, go "off" the base leaving a gray square and get in the way of the dA bar of links. I was working in Groups on my stock site, and the avatars were not centered in the gray box. The thumbs seem to be floating back and forth.
Drayok Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Here is an idea of what I think would look much better:[link]

Obviously rough idea applied to middle row, so by comparison i think it looks much more gallery like.

For ones that are too tall or are not the correct shape, just used a more zoomed in part of the picture. It can still be large...

Just a thought.
Drayok Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think a little cropping would be nice, since they are all different shapes and sizes it looks messy, maybe do what like Etsy does by cropping all pictures the same shape and size and like put a thin black box around it or something so that everything looks nice? The problem with this is it's causing all sorts of odd spaces to appear and such - but I like the larger size!
Bluewyrm Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Could you please add a feature to turn them off?

I have really bad, often incapacitating migraines, and to my unpleasant surprise earlier today when I went to browse the "popular" page and found that the large thumbs had been enabled, they turn out to be something that sets the headaches off.

I love deviantArt, and wouldn't dream of leaving, but the effect the thumbs have on me is bad enough that I don't think I'll be on and looking around at all unless there's a way to turn them off...
Bluewyrm Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Whoops forgot I was in = mode - looks like there's a way to turn them off, at least for now...
PurpleMelons Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Please, no.

Give us the option to turn these things off if you end up using these. Everything's so cluttered, and poorly aligned, that it enrages my normally non-existent OCD. It just looks bad. I'm all for bigger thumbs, but this isn't the way to go.
Nine-MileStudios Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I really wish there was an option to turn this feature off and on.
I'm finding it really hard to focus on the pieces when the rows are offset everywhere and if there's a deviation that's of content that I'd rather not see, it almost always seems to be enlarged and are harder to avoid.
I think I'll be hitting the "search bar" a lot less often now.
And I do not like the way it looks in my gallery. I like it when it looks neat, not sprawled everywhere.
I will admit the highlight background is nice and vertical deviations are much easier to see now but I still ask for an option to turn off this feature, if there already isn't one.
szymkowski Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW It's great! I would like to use it straight away! :) good job guys!
gaaracoon123 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
uhh my friend box thing like at the top of the page where it says "friends" it's blank like not even white it's all black. it's been like this for fays and it's not only me. my friends and a few others i know have been excpeirenceing the same problem. plz fix
gaaracoon123 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
srry this has nothing to do with the updates ^^;
cryptidsaurian Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just curious, has anything done recently altered the message screen layout?
Lik-chan Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Look great !!
Tevc Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
That's great ! I love it !
andrewishy Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
wow really like these new thumbs, can we switch them on and off so we can use them now?
I did notice if I put "?sneakpeek=200h" or "&sneakpeek=200h" at the end of all the urls this seems to let me but I would like to be able to switch them on all the time as they are sooo good
Ninefiftin Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's great ! :iconcheerplz: The literature tag & the lighter background color are perfect. Will these thumbnails be able also in the message center ?
Can't wait for them to be released !
(maybe as an option for the members who don't like this...?)
Kepidemic Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student Filmographer
At first when I saw this I wasn't too keen on the idea, but after comparing the two different homepages I think I could easily come around to this one. I've seen some others mentioning that there should be the same amount of deviations in each row and I have to say I agree with that. It looks a little bit messy for the rows to be all over the place
paul375 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
I really like these New Thumbnails.

Can't wait for them to be released site wide.
Maybe that could be an option soon?
Tsukiakariko Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I really love the new thumbnails. Thanks!
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