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Rudy Chidiac
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I'm Rudy Chidiac (formerly *Rudz-is-me) A Surreal artist. Majoring in Graphic Design. Former traditional art and sculpture CV.


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DeviantArt's App Review

Thu Dec 11, 2014, 3:45 AM


Before I start I would like to specify that I'm running DeviantArt's app on an iPhone 5 running iOS 8. The iPhone 5 has a 4 inch screen, with a 1,136 × 640 pixels retina display.


TL;DR: It's a nice app but I like to comment on the littlest things.

Starting with the icon, I'm still not a huge fan of the logo. But it's a nice icon that follows the UI guidelines of the iOS 7 design language. And I'm really fine with it, it looks good on my homescreen.


When I first opened the application I couldn't differ where a post starts and ends because it's too crowded. I don't know about other bigger screens but I'm giving a review based on my humble 4 inch display. Then I noticed how dark the application is. I personally expected more deviant green, at least the new green. Titles are written with blue turquoise and the background is a consistent black-grey gradient with a 45º diagonal shade that never changes (this reminded me of the first iOS apps that were released in 2008, lacks interactivity) But anyway this is a new identity and one should expect anything now.


The iconography is nice, it expresses the new identity beautifully. But there's a little thing that i disliked about them, it's the inconsistency of widths and heights. Like, for example the "watch feed" and the "notification" icons are both rectangles but they don't share the same widths, nor heights. Same thing applies to the profile icons (Gallery, journals, activity, etc)... The "watchers" icon is the only icon that features a grey fill, why that? These are small details, I know, but the point of this is just that consistency is essential in iconography. In case they decide to bring these to the desktop website, I hope they keep that in mind.


Another thing I'd like to comment on about the design, is that a deviant's avatar looks so pixelated on high definition displays, maybe it's time for dA to support bigger images for avatars. (200x200 pixels would do the job... Of course while resizing them 50x50 pixels on the desktop website)


Moving on, I would like to talk about the UX of this application. I honestly think it's very crowded. I know that DeviantART features numerous services, but I think these can be organized in a lot better and clearer way than the way it is now. I first tried to visit my friend Sylwia's profile, I discovered I cannot access a deviant's profile unless I search for their art and click on their username from there.


This makes me think about the search box. It could be a lot smarter! Like for example when I type "STelari" I would like it to give me two options; either to search for deviations titled "STelari" and an another search option to go to the deviant's page. This is similar to the search box of Twitter's mobile apps. I wish you guys would consider that.


I also noticed that there's no way to see the medium of an artwork, the category never shows.


Finally, the performance of the app is not bad, my iPhone is 2 years, old and I'm sure it performs better on newer phones and on better internet connections. It lags sometimes and I had to restart the app several times. But this is a first version and it will keep getting better. And I can't wait for new features such as push notifications and notes.



Thanks DeviantART for the great software.




Unrelated: In the past two years I've been working with my friend Eli on DeviantAPP. We decided that we will keep the development of DeviantAPP regardless of DeviantArt's official mobile application. :heart:


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EvaGataArtist Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm happy to be your friend here <3
thanks a lot for the watch ^^
best mood, luck and inspiration )
Hug Love Huggle! 
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BlueCaroline Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Share a little love... Bunny Emoji-09 (Heart) [V1] A Heart For YOU :LongStemRose: 
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STelari Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Nutella by Zylien
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Loopstore Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
love your artwork!!!
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Arichy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
love your devID :heart: 
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