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Literature Portfolio v.1 by HtBlack Literature Portfolio v.1 by HtBlack
Full view to read what's written on there, of course.
Also, :iconthewrittenrevolution: members, as I love you all... any thoughts and critique on this?


:lol: Joseph strikes again, my friends. He and his evil deeds, apparently.
To those of you who didn't give a damn about this deviation I just posted, the apologies are at the bottom of this Comment.

I started thinking of this when =StarBoyDeath started writing a news article about some featured that writers seriously need... and I ended up doing a whole draft of how it should look like, which was included in the news article that =StarBoyDeath posted HERE.

I do not precisely know if this is completely “doable”, but I tried to make it the simplest possible and at the same time, the most appealing to writers.
At the same time, however, you saw I wrote “version 1.0”, so that means I’d love to hear your opinions on how this should be modified and which other things you’d like to be able to put inside such a Portfolio designed specifically for writers. :) Critique is requested and appreciated, so yeah, fire away.

I have implemented some “new” things in this project, so let me explain something about those, and others that I will soon implement.

The three new “Gallery Styles”
It goes without saying that literature differs much from visual arts. To be attractive to the visitor, a Literature Gallery needs more than just those few preview words from thumbnails, or a synopsis. It needs the proper presentation.
I of course gave a thought as to how these three Gallery styles should look like; my ideas are nothing close to perfect, however the three names I chose give away a lot as to how they should appear.
“Antique”, of course, should recall an old book feeling. Parchment, leather-bound books, ink and serif fonts are the key points around which everything should be created.
“Modern” is the contrary: it should be sleek, professional, with an almost “austere” air to it. Sans-serif fonts, a clever use of transparency and opacity and a sprinkle of futurism are what this Gallery style needs to really do the trick.
“Vintage” is neither of the two, yet a bit of both. Damask patterns, grunge and typewriter fonts and well-thought textures to give a sensation of ominous elegance can make this Gallery style a beauty to the eye.

Of course, each of them has a different colour palette to match the “Light” and “Dark” layouts that you choose at first.

The two “deviation display options”
The “Preview Image” deviation display option is quite simple to explain. When choosing this option, you’ll be able to upload an image which will display above the title of your deviation on the Gallery page. You may think that this is similar to how thumbnails already work, but it actually isn’t… being able to upload files of bigger size than thumbnails, you can use banner-like images to display the title of your piece, or the cover of your story.
Also, this and the “Titles” option have both the possibility of showing, on the bottom of each deviation, a short synopsis or “introduction” to the piece itself, thus making it easier for someone to pick a piece to read based on their tastes.

The “Titles” option takes away completely the preview image and thumbnail: it only will show the deviation’s title in bigger font and below that, if desired, the synopsis/introduction.

Thumbnails would work in exactly the same way as here on deviantART, with the scroll-down thing and literature tag. If anything, it would keep things “constant” between the Portfolio and the dA account of the writer, which is not as unimportant as it seems.

About works divided into chapters
This is an idea that I haven’t yet created “visually” (simply because of lack of time), but it will come as well… just so you know. :)


So, I feel like I rushed this thing a little bit, but =StarBoyDeath will leave for five weeks soon and we had to do this before he left. Either way, this will be edited if and when I receive feedback, and also according to my -always changing- ideas.

Thank you for surviving this, and I am sorry for wasting your time. If I did so, I didn't mean to. :(
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Daily Deviation

Given 2010-07-05
The current version of the dA portfolio does not allow writing, but Literature Portfolio v.1 by =HtBlack is a very sensible, easy-to-understand suggestion of how it could be implemented.
Suggested by: =medreaming

This suggestion will surely make the literature lovers out there happy because their masterpieces will be presented in a new manner, in a portfolio way.
Suggested by: =jcroxas

[dA related > deviantART Suggestions > Visual Suggestions] ( Featured by ginkgografix )

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innocencedied2nite Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Student Writer
:w00t: Why haven't they done this yet?? We really need it. An amazing idea, my dear.
HtBlack Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
:noes: sorry for the late reply, work's been taking up most of my days.

I know, right? It's crazy they haven't yet. :noes: I really need to update this with new ideas, like for example implemented CSS in the portfolio for Premium Members.
AlloenDreams Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
Eep, this is just amazing. :heart:
I think something such as this is definitely in order as literature becomes more popularhere on DA, because what we have now just feels so limited to me.
HtBlack Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
Sorry for the such late reply, and thank you so much. :hug: You are right, it IS limited.
AlloenDreams Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
Oh, no problem.
I just feel like literature gets the backseat on deviantart, even when it's becoming almost as popular as art deviations on here. It's just, really unfair.:steaming:
HtBlack Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
Well, non visual arts are harder to showcase properly, but I hope things will eventually change. I had a chat with a couple of admins some time ago, and they ARE making an effort. We just need to wait and suggest them what we can, so they get ideas.

I suppose. :D
AlloenDreams Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
It's great that you're taking such a pro-active approach, I'm hoping to see some change soon, even if it's just slow.:aww:
Sladin5Ever Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This would be wonderful to have too for us writers. That way we can strut our stuff too
HtBlack Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
:nod: it would be, yes.
mklouie Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I googled today whether or not DeviantArt has updated their 'portfolio' feature to display written works... not yet, I guess... but I came across this awesome (and well-thought-out) pitch.

I really hope the DA engineers took a serious look at your idea. :) And yay for meeting new writers via DA. :)
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