10 years ago at August 7, 2000 a little art community called DeviantART was launched. You could Become a Deviant and share your art. The most uploaded works were application skins, wallpapers and Interfaces. The site was run by °jark and +spyed.
Some deviants and admins of the first days:
°matteo, `TheRyanFord `iMike ~lyonhaert `dangeruss `precurser °spot, ~tech13 ~firefly6 ~xanthic `pyros ~seven ~armageddon ~pilaf `indyrod ~vert ~techspider ~tomsommer
The first Daily Deviations ever:
#1: The very first DD was given to ~tech13 (Michael Bodine II) on August 14, 2000. The deviation had the ID 146 but the title is not detectable anymore because tech13's gallery was completely removed. It's possible that the picture title was "Animated Noise".
See the picture here
#2: The second DD was given to `dangeruss (Russ Schwenkler) on August 15, 2000. This Winamp Skin got known as the first DD ever because it's the first one now listed in the Daily Deviation history.
#3: The third DD was given to `TheRyanFord (Ryan Ford) on August 16, 2000. Due to unknown circumstances the DD feature got lost.
#4: The fourth DD was given to legend - `precurser on August 17, 2000. Due to unknown circumstances the DD feature got lost.
#5: The fifth DD was given to ~lyonhaert (Joel B Fant) on August 18, 2000. The deviation is not on Deviantart anymore.
#6: The sixth DD was given to `indyrod (Rod) on August 19, 2000. Due to unknown circumstances the DD feature got lost.
#7: The seventh DD was given to `endorphine (Paul Friedl) on August 20, 2000. The DD is now listed as the second DD in the Daily Deviation history.
#8: The sixth DD was given to `pyros (Christian Heinrich) on August 22, 2000. The deviation is not on Deviantart anymore.
#9: The seventh DD was given to ~digitalpleasure (Daryl Prondoso) on August 23, 2000. The DD is now listed as the third DD in the Daily Deviation history.
#10: The 10th DD was given to `dangeruss (Russ Schwenkler) on August 25, 2000. The DD is now listed as the fourth DD in the Daily Deviation history.
#11: The 11th DD was given to `endorphine (Paul Friedl) on August 26, 2000. The DD is now listed as the fifth DD in the Daily Deviation history.
#12: The 12th DD was originally given to ~firefly6's firefly on August 28, 2000. Due to unknown reasons after two years the feature switched from the original deviation to another. The DD is now attached to geOSilence by ~stuman. The reason for the mix-up could be the similar IDs of both deviations.
#13: The 13th DD was given to `sirkel (Indrek Sirkel) on August 29, 2000. The deviant deleted his complete gallery so it's not on DA anymore.
#14: The 14th DD was given to ~vinkka (Seire) on August 30, 2000. Due to unknown circumstances the DD feature got lost.
#15: The 15th DD was given to ~eric (Claire Hinson) on August 31, 2000. ~eric's gallery itself is empty but the work is displayed in the art group *seire. Due to unknown circumstances the DD feature got lost.
The Deviousness Award
The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out on the 1st of every month to one selected deviant for special achievements in and for the community. In the beginning Deviousness didn't come with a date or possibly the date was lost because the early awards all show the date December 1999, a time when DeviantART wasn't launched yet.
Deviants with a 1999 Deviousness Award:
`amv `anon-y-mouse °attila `brazensix `cheneymac `computerologist `cooper `dangeruss `doobybrain °euphoria `fuzzydemon `himynameiznate `indyrod `ioco `isonica `itirep `jackdirt `jasinski `jezebel °jsenn `liquify `TheRyanFord `mgee `mysticsick `olya `pbois `precurser `pyriel `pyros $realitysquared !samus `sasso `sephirot `silentkitty `sirmorphix `skyOrange `strangledbyart `talon ~tech13 `treetog !tomgehrke `w00zy
2001 Deviousness Awards:
2002 Deviousness Awards:
2003 Deviousness Awards:
`bookdiva `Hameed `getcarter $starvingartist `mygrane `leloops
2004 Deviousness Awards:
`hprince329 `devilicious `justthorne `frail `nenina `warfish `mick-mick `darkcrescendo `wenstrom $damphyr `eilidh !alchemism
2005 Deviousness Awards:
`Zlatty `Myangelofmusic `garrit `londonxpress `mnoo $y2jenn `sodalicious `dholms `mattdanna `cei- `blackzer0 `insaneone
2006 Deviousness Awards:
`smashmethod `karyaazure `kentsoul `greenie `SteavieLea `kindred `anthonyasael $Moonbeam13 `northengirl `cosmosue `secondmagpie `duhcoolies
2007 Deviousness Awards:
~diamondie `AthenaTT `twexler `zemotion `bananaprincess `SRaffa ~waynemanor23 `lazybutt `lockstock `wholba `Xerces ~glitterdarkstar
2008 Deviousness Awards:
`DanLuVisiArt `larafairie `edwheeler `dahlig `Artgerm ^Beccalicious `karemelancholia `kuschelirmel `spyroteknik `arcipello `snowmask `Nico1
2009 Deviousness Awards:
`CrisVector `cosfrog `wroth `Narfmaster `betteo `Norke `Rushy `moombah `anjules `johnpaulthornton !Cyantre $Ikue
2010 Deviousness Awards (so far):
$DEVlANT `TomWilcox !JurgenDoe `LostKitten `Mollinda `LadyLincoln `whitesidevampire `OpalMist
The DeviantART Versions
The face of the website changed a lot through the ages. In 10 years DA run 7 different versions.
Read more about DA versions 1 - 7 in this news article:
dA Versions - A Trip Down Memory Lane by $Moonbeam13
Screenshots showing the different website versions:
Headers and Logos
Here you see some of the headers, logos and graphics that have been used on DeviantART through the ages.
I wish you all a great day and lots of fun with all the parties around DeviantART!