Latest Development Updates Aug 2017

We’ve made many improvements to the user profiles on ArtStation recently!

  • Profile URLs are shorter: artstation.com/username
  • About sidebar on larger screens
  • Default/featured album display
  • Album visibility
  • Manage Portfolio improvements
  • Website theme improvements
  • New messaging features

Also, if you haven’t already checked out the ArtStation App, please do! We’ve been making many improvements to them and continue to do heavy development on them. Get the app at your respective app store: Google Play, App Store.

What’s new

Shorter Profile URL

We’ve changed the profile URLs on ArtStation so that it’s now artstation.com/:username.

Don’t worry – the old URL will redirect to the new ones, so don’t panic if you already published the URL on business cards, etc. This shorter URL is great and makes it easier to find artists on ArtStation.

About Sidebar

Screenshot from Jeremy Chong‘s profile.

One of the problems we had with the previous profile on ArtStation was that information about the artist was tucked away in an About page. Because of this, people looking for artists always had an additional click to see this information. When researching with many artists, we found this to be a widespread problem.

The updated profile now has a sidebar that shows on larger resolution (1920+) displays. By default, the sidebar is closed so that you can focus on the art. When the sidebar is open, it will remain open for all other profiles you visit until you close it.

This is great for those of you who want to see information about artists at a glance and not have to click into an additional page.

Currently the feature is in Beta. There is a poll to get feedback, so please leave your feedback on the sidebar.

Default/Featured Album – Pro

Pro members now have the option of setting a specific album to be their default (featured) album on the community profile. This is really great for situations where you only want specific or featured artwork to show, and then be able to hide all the other works into albums.

To access this feature, click on “Portfolio display options” while viewing your profile and select a Default Album to display.

Album Visibility

Pro members can now set the visibility of albums on lists. Just like projects, you can now select if an album should be visible to the ArtStation.com community, your website or both. This is great for those of you who have specific albums that you want to show only on your website or community profile.

 

Manage Portfolio Improvements

Screenshot from Sylvain Sarrailh‘s profile.

We’ve made significant improvements to the Manage Portfolio screen. This screen lets you see your portfolio at a glance and be able to sort/reorder your projects and albums.

Here’s all the new stuff you can do:

  • Filter projects by their visibility – whether on ArtStation.com or on your website.
  • Filter projects by status – published or draft.
  • Batch assign to album – there are checkboxes on each project where you can select multiple projects and then assign them to a project.
  • Reorder “All” album – you can now reorder the “All” album and Pro members can even turn off its visibility on album lists.

Website Theme Improvements

Magdalena Radziej using the Insta theme on Artstation pro. Check out the website.

We’ve made many improvements to the Pro website themes based on user feedback. Too many to list here but here are the highlights:

  • Select a default album to display on Basic, Mosaic and Insta themes.
  • Adjust the height of home page images on Horizon theme.
  • Next/Previous navigation on all themes have been improved to be more intuitive.

Messaging Improvements

We shipped some improvements to the Messaging platform and have taken it out of Beta:

  • Ability to search!
  • Archive and delete conversations
  • Move conversations between Business and General

Onwards and upwards

Thanks again on following us on this ArtStation journey! If you have any questions, comments or concerns, feel free to reach out to us via [email protected].


About the author

Leo is the CEO of ArtStation.