Journal Entry: Mon Aug 3, 2015, 6:20 PM
Since I joined this website 4-1/2 years ago, it has become progressively uglier. I mean that literally, as in the graphic design of the site.
* The new Deviant Art logo they came out with last year is just baffling and unpleasant. You shouldn't have to read an essay to understand what the logo is supposed to represent. It should be obvious, not obscure and abstract.
* The member symbols for premium members were first made into ugly black stars ( last year ? ), and now they're suddenly replaced by even uglier red stars that look like bleeding scabs all over the monitor.
* And, oh, excuse me, there's no such thing as Premium Membership anymore. It's now called "Core Membership"... and it's exactly the same as the former 'premium' membership, except it has NEW, UGLIER STAR SYMBOLS that look like bleeding sores and jump off the page and assault your eyes, and it COSTS ALMOST TWICE AS MUCH as the former 'premium membership'. That's right. There is no premium membership anymore, it's been renamed 'Core', and the price has doubled. Instantly. Without any advance notice to anyone. This just all happened today.
THIS IS A COMPLETE INSULT
I became aware of this scandalous and baffling outrage when I went online just a bit ago and wondered what that obnoxious red and white circular emblem near my name was. My first thought was that it looked like a Canadian maple leaf symbol, and I wondered why they thought I was Canadian. Then I saw the effect of dozens of these red dots on the screen at once, like on my main page where we have lots of images... each image of course has my name under it, followed by a red zit. And I can't stop being disgusted by this lack of design harmony!!! Raising the price is one thing, but making the site uglier is even worse.
* While some people are harshly announcing that they will cancel their memberships and leave, I will not do this... so long as they keep the background that nice green color, which I love. The membership price is indeed almost double what it was just yesterday, but I will still pay it, because it's worth it to me to not have to see ads all over the place. I hate ads. ( That is not the only reason for having a membership - ad blockers can be used to similar effect - you also have more options for customizing your page, etc. )
Hopefully DeviantArt does away with this whole ill-advised CORE of idiocy, lowers the price again, and reverts back to the old star symbols. Not the hideous bright red ones that look like scarlet fever when strewn across the monitor, jumping out and clashing with everything else. Those are really aggravating me. This is an art website. Do you not think they could have found someone with an eye for pleasant color schemes to advise them?? Why make the member symbols a bright, garish red? What the hell. It's just ugly and I hate it!! They should be a dark green color. Fucking morons!!
I normally don't comment on such matters but I was really disgusted by it and had to say something.