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What is this... by pica-ae What is this... by pica-ae
[I am talking about this ]

There is this new trend on dA, that every few weeks I am greeted by a wall of black images with white text on them when I browse the Digital Typography gallery on dA.

Usually those are all submissions by the same person. They get an flabbergasting amount of favorites and comments, which obviously makes them most popular deviations for a short time.

If I am not disgusted enough and actually look at the artworks, I seem to find that the message of these submissions is either an unoriginal modern day proverb, a lame joke or something supposedly witty. Font choices are usually poor. Typography is not really existing.

I guess that these artworks are posted in Typography is due to the fact that it is the only acceptable place on dA to submit it to. That is, of course, if you think they should be on dA at all. To me, they probably would be better placed at tumblr or facebook only. Maybe even just photobucket. I don't like flickr, but it would be an insult to flickr too, if they were submitted there. As I think it's generally an insult to submit that kinda stuff to an Art site as deviantART is one.

Yes, today I did the same. It will remain with this one submission tho. And ffs I used at least Helvetica :P Reminds me of the New York City subway system now :lol: :love:

I think it is a shame, that these submissions flood over actual good and artistic Typography. Makes it hard for me to find the good works that I may eventually feature as Daily Deviations.

There is nothing I can do against this, only discourage people to submit that kinda files. And respect the real artists that submit to these galleries.

And, well, create this kinda protest ;)

Obviously the description says more than the actual submission :giggle:
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BatmanWithBunnyEars Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013   General Artist
Great minds, right? [link] :D

I seriously don't mind it as long as the uploader also wrote the quote. Then it's more like visual literature, however simplistic it may be. What I can't stand is when they steal a quote and leech off of someone else's cleverness to gain popularity.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Haha indeed :XD:

I just don't like the lack of creativity these things show… it is "merely" typesetting (which is an art itself, but not these :lol:).
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Misnathrop Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student
next bg :D
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
:lol:
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StrixCZ Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Each to their own. Even though I generally agree with your point, I've seen MUCH worse like-to-be-art around here. I don't get these works but they don't offend me so I'll just ignore them... :)
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Indeed, there are other types of submission that should cause the same reaction :)

I was basically just shocked when browsing the gallery and seeing nothing but black images… with some spare beautiful and amazingly done works. It was a depressing view, so much black :/ There was at that point no way to ignore them, cos they were the only thing there :B
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Pronus Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Great message. Faved to join your protest.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:la:
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Nocturnal-Doll Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU. I never thought in a million years I'd fav some text on black background, but I'm faving yours as my own personal protest sign.

I'm not against people making these at all, but there is an appropriate place for this nonsense and it's not here. Typing up a lame sex joke, or some overused bumper sticker slogan is not art. It's not remotely creative and 99% of the time stolen from something else in interwebz-land. I wish others would do us all a favor and keep this crap on Tumblr where it belongs. Kudos to you for making the one and only fav worthy special-snowflake-quote. xD
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Vashtastic Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012   Digital Artist
i kind of expected comic sans or papyrus lol
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:evileye:

I may be sarcastic, but not masochistic :B
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Vashtastic Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012   Digital Artist
lol good point
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:P
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zuhr Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But is there anything that we can do ? I tried to see the page to report them but there isn't a category for anything like this
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Well, no not really :)

I guess the best way to go about it, is to fave other deviations more often ;)
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PRSman Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They're far from original quotes. They're just stupid things that have been said for years and are suddenly making the light of day on Facebook and dA.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
that is true :nod: :hug:
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Cylir Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Completely agreed.
Most of these things aren't even original content, they're stolen quotes. They're not impressive or charming or witty or cute. They just cry "look at me, I'm being cute and random" and it's annoying. I hope this fad dies soon.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:hug:
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kori-hibana Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student General Artist
the thing that really bugs me is that they're other people's quotes. yes, the person who puts them up does state that, but could we show our appreciation for more original art that has more effort put into them?
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I agree with that :nod:

There is such amazing typography, using quotes, that actually required effort and showed passion for the subject :)
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Apollyon999 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
I completely agree with you. Those posts are not art at all. And I've noticed most of it is "YOLO" type messages; "Do this random stupid thing at this random place, or in this random way. Lol k bai." It bugs the crap out of me that these submissions would even be allowed on this site. Those type of submissions are memes not art, and they belong ONLY on webpages meant for such posts.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:hug:
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Etragen Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You do realize it's the type of art that goes in your mind? Not just the picture. It's what the picture shows in your mind. So please don't diss what your mind cannot see. We will be watching.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I understand art. But I don't have have to like every kind of art now, do I?

To me, and I said this often before, art is something that moves you in a way. Yes, inside your mind ;) If something doesn't move me in any way… it's not art to me :shrug:

You are welcome to agree or disagree. Makes this world so much more interesting than if we always all agreed on everything :XD:
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Etragen Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I just don't think you should of put a link to tons of peoples favorite artist saying "This is what I'm talking about." Saying how you dislike it. If your going to hate someone, do it without posting who they are.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I put a link to a screenshot :B there are no names visible on it, only the works… as they are visible for everyone browsing the category :B So, whoever was interested enough in the situation could have just clicked on browse and seen it :shrug:
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GlassMan-RV Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't get this fad. I don't understand it at all. It just makes me want to put a plain background and write the words "Moose Poots" on it in some crazy font. Or Comic Sans. That would sum up the fad quite nicely.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:giggle:
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MediaViolence Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
There is so much random "stuff" allowed on DA these days I hesitate to even call this an art site anymore :/
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:hug:
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LuthytheKitty Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i laughed when i saw this on front page. and i highly, highly agree with you!
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:D
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JRC1325 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And I thought art comes in many forms. writing, painting, photos. geez Just because you dont like some guys form of art doesn't mean you have to go out and spit on it. Sometimes the most simple things can be seen as art. You sound like you're trying to become some kind of WBBC crony.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
It does. But I don't have to like all of them :)

The only intention I had was to express my opinion. If you don't agree with it, awesome! Would be really boring if we all agreed all the time :XD:

I had to google WBBC and then I had to laugh dearly :D The best result was "Wireless Boombox Camera in Color" :giggle: But I guess you may refer to something Baptist, that made me laugh even more ^^
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JRC1325 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
well whatever covers your fancy but now you got people spamming this crap
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Well, if they agree with me, they are welcome to spread the image I posted :)

I don't make anyone agree or disagree with me, I believe those people have minds of their own
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442 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012   Digital Artist
At least you seem to have kerned the thing; bless your soul, random stranger.
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PRSman Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bad keming is the worst.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:lol: :hug:
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WeicxMan1013 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
So true.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:)
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WeicxMan1013 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
An imploded CRT-TV is better then there "art".
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:giggle:
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WeicxMan1013 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
I'm assuming that's a yes.
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:iconpica-ae:
pica-ae Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
yes ;)
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WeicxMan1013 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Okay!
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bloodrain101 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Well said.
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