If you’re an art enthusiast, one that frequents the vast depths of the internet, you’ve probably heard of DeviantArt, which is a website dedicated to user submitted artwork and a community of members built around it who can all share and converse on anything that exists there. DeviantArt has been around a while but up until now they have never provided a mobile app. In line with some of their ongoing site and design changes they have finally released their very first mobile app for Android(and iOS)which claims to put the “world’s largest art gallery in your hand.”
Even though the app is a long time coming, things like this are often better suited for long drawn out development periods where those developing can get the job done right, instead of rushing something half baked out to market and cutting a few corners. The very first time you open up the DeviantArt app, you’ll notice what all that time developing was for. DeviantArt’s CEO, Angelo Sotira, also said that any earlier than now was just not the right time for them to jump into the mobile app space, stating that “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.”
As soon as you open up the app you’re greeted with the possibility to either login or join the community of “Deviants,” although you can also choose to skip the sign-in process for the time being. There are six different categories which include Today, What’s Hot, Undiscovered, Daily Deviations, Explore and Browse. Everything is accessible by swiping either to the left or right to swap between categories, and should you choose to login at a later point(provided you skipped it in the beginning)you can do so by tapping the login button on the top right corner, which sits right next to the search option if you know exactly what you’re looking for and want to jump straight to it. The app has a real fluid feel to it. There’s no Material Design elements but that’s OK, the app still looks great and is easy to use. There is no menu, just the login, search, and category pages. Once you tap on a piece of art you may want to interact with, you have options to share the piece, get more information on it, see more work from that particular artist, comment, and give it a star to favorite it. Reading the comments, it seems there are a couple things here and there that are missing from the app but from a personal standpoint, it feels very well rounded and the development seems to have been executed nicely. Check it out for yourself by hitting the link.