DeaviantArt IOS App Review
DeviantArt has been a popular profile website since it launched way back in August, 2000. Since it’s launch it has attracted millions of artists and designers who all love to show off their artwork. Many members have expressed their desire to be able to view the website and their profile through mobile technology. DeviantArt made their website responsive for mobile however this wasn’t enough and several years later, they released their first app.
Recently DeviantArt has changed its branding, releasing a new logo (which I’m not really keen on) and also updating some of the styles through out the website. So this app release is all part of the newly designed DeviantArt. Angelo Sotira, DeviantArt’s CEO stated. “We didn’t jump into mobile apps right away because we wanted to take ample time to understand and design the mobile experience for visual art in order to genuinely enhance discovery and conversation for our expanding community.” So this app was a long time coming.
The application is out for Android and IOS and has many features. Users are able to view their profile galleries, journals and activity, by using the scrollable navigation bar. You are also able to browse artwork just like the desktop version of the website. Hosting millions of images at your finger tips, the best way to find new imagery or you favourite pictures is by using the search or browse functions.
If you are one of the 33 million registered users, you can take advantage of status updates, message centre and also be able to upload your own images. The uploading option will come in handy for those stock image collector and will be able to upload on the move. I cant imagine too many artistic uploads will be made from a mobile phone. Tablets are not supported at the moment however this is something I am sure DA will look into in the future as a lot of people do tend to draw on tablets rather than mobile phones.
I do like this app, it looks really nice on the screen and helps enhance imagery hosted on the website. I have heard that it crashes on some phones but I don’t think that it is a big issue. The app itself looks great, well designed as you would think but also has functionality that once you get used to it, becomes really easy and quick to use. I will be keeping this app, it will be very handy for me to read my messages and reply. Even to keep an eye to see if I have made any points through my PSD sales! Over time I have not spent much time on DeviantArt, this is mainly because I think that it is hard to get your work promoted on there but after downloading this app I will definitely look to start to use it again on mobile and PC.
I hope that this is a new start for DeviantArt, so that they can start to get their loyal community to embrace the website once again and to hopefully push the website and company on to bigger and better things. Good luck DeviantArt.