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Guide to Devmeets by raygirl Guide to Devmeets by raygirl
YAY DEVMEETS! A gathering where deviants from all over the world who are joined through one art site can meet up and have a right laugh

While the successful DA Summit was talked about a lot on DA, the little devmeets that go on all over the world rarely get a mention on DA. Because of this, many deviants have never been to one, or don't even know what they are.

So, I was encouraged to write up this tutorial about Devmeets based on my own expeciences with the idea of encouraging people who have never heard of a devmeet to take part. Because as we all know (or should know) DA isn't just about the art, it's about the community and sharing the things you love. What better way to do that than in real life with a brunch of other crazy deviants?

THIS FILE CAN ONLY BE VIEWED BY DOWNLOADING IT. Download the zip file to your desktop, open it up and view the HTML page specially designed by the talented and super :iconzilla774:. It's that easy! (trust me, if I can do it, anyone can)

This document will tell you all you'll need to know about taking part of your first devmeet, how to make the most of your day, and what to expect when you get there. The catagories in this document include:

What is a Devmeet?
When and Where do Devmeets take place?
How do I become part of a Devmeet?
Finding the Devmeet
Planning your first Meet
Arrival at the Meet
At the Meet
Safety Tips
The end of the Devmeet
After the devmeet
Organising a Devmeet
Things to Consider



Even if you're a Devmeet veteran, feel free to browse the document and see if you agree/disagree with what I've said. I can only base this document on my own experiences, but I hope I've covered all the bases!


:star:Special thanks:star:

I have mentioned these people at the end of the document, but they need to be thanked as often as possible for being such super, wonderful people

:iconmaxwell-heza: - Talented artist and community member extrodinare. Without her i may never have written this guide. She knows how important the community on DA is, and she's a welcomming and lovely person all round. She's not only been my proof reader, but more importantly she wrote the section about Organising your own devmeet, a hugely useful topic for anyone thinking of starting up their own meet. :hug:

:iconzilla774: - the amazingly talented programmer who made this zip file out of my word document, so it's much nicer to read and easier to browse through. Another Devmeet organiser and regular attendee who cares about the community spirit of DA. I can't thank him enough for taking time out of his busy work schedual (and juggling DAv5's launch with the other directors) to put this file together, cause it looks AWESOME :hug:

And of course, thanks to all the people who have ever organised or attended devmeets, without you guys the DA community would be a lot less fun and welcoming. You guys make DA what it is, a place for people of like minds to share art and good times!


This guide is approved by :iconbritain:, the club for brit deviants and britain-based devmeets. Keep up to date with all the latest meets!
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Given 2006-08-19
Guide to Devmeets by *raygirl is the answer to your prayers if you've been wanting to hold a devMEET but haven't been sure how to go about it. Extremely comprehensive! ( Featured by blackice )
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FlyingSkySnow Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
found this extremely helpful thank you x

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Tsubaki-chan09 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Wow.. You have... opened me up alitle now!
Thank you, I mean, im a shy person around strangers, and I think ill try and force myself to open up a little now. ^^
Since im going to some cosplay meet-ups, I should open up. ^^;
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:iconmartin-fredskov:
Martin-Fredskov Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the post, useful to a newly promoted Event-manager :dance:
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:iconraygirl:
raygirl Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Fantastic! i hope your future meets are a great success :)
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:iconmartin-fredskov:
Martin-Fredskov Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks :) Got some plans already, just need a bit o' air below the wings of the idea
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:iconshireen-yogi:
Shireen-Yogi Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
I missed the one last Month so I'm definitely going to this one!
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:iconkarkatwontmarryyou:
karkatwontmarryyou Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
I know this is old but I'm thinking of going to the this year one and this helps a lot. o3o
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:iconraygirl:
raygirl Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
it would be MOST AWESOME if you could!
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:iconkarkatwontmarryyou:
karkatwontmarryyou Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
I know right? 8D~
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:iconrushy:
Rushy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
How is it that I never :+fav:'d this before??
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:iconraygirl:
raygirl Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I dunno man, but thanks!
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:iconmeursaultx:
meursaultx Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
This was an engaging and easy-to-understand guide. :) Thanks for writing it.
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:iconraygirl:
raygirl Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much for your kind comment! I'm glad you enjoyed reading it ^_^
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:iconmeursaultx:
meursaultx Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
I certainly did. :D I might even be going to #britain's next devmeet. If I do go, it will be my first devmeet - so your deviation was just what I needed to read. :D
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:iconraygirl:
raygirl Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
How exciting! Do you mean the Bristol one? I hope you have lots of fun ^_^
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:iconmeursaultx:
meursaultx Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
No, I mean the one in Hyde Park. :paranoid: As advertised here: [link]

Thank you. ^^
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:iconraygirl:
raygirl Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
No way! I'm hoping to go to that one too (I hope, hopefully nothing will pop up before then XD) I can't wait ^_^
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SapphireRhythm Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey just to drop by to say that the information is great and very useful! >w< Will keep this as a guide to discuss about my home town's next Devmeet >w<
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:iconraygirl:
raygirl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Oooh how exciting! I'm so glad this guide could help you a little bit and i hope your next meet is a roaring sucess :D Thanks!
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SapphireRhythm Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol not a little bit~ XD a lot actually XDD
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:iconraygirl:
raygirl Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Aw shucks ^-^ Glad to help any way i can! I applaude you, despite writing this guide i've never arranged a meet myself ^_^*
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SapphireRhythm Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But you do write an easy to understand Guide! I assume you go to Devmeet a lot then? XD
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:iconraygirl:
raygirl Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009  Professional Filmographer
I've been to quite a few yes, made some great friends in the process :D i suppose that's given me a bit of knowlage in that area, but i'm far too disorganised to make one myself!
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:iconsapphirerhythm:
SapphireRhythm Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol a few means a lot XD I have only been to 1 devmeet XD not enough experience but still arrange one lol XD
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:iconraygirl:
raygirl Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Then you're a braver being than i! I hope it's a big sucess :)
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dreamerinREALITY Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
Hey thanks! this helped ALOT! because i'm organizing a devmeet in Singapore this saturday! :) :waves:
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:iconraygirl:
raygirl Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Oooh how exciting! I hope everything goes well, you guys have fun ok? :D
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:iconaileene:
Aileene Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007   Writer
I haven't yet had the opportunity to go to a Devmeet, but this guide is full of excellent advise, not only on how to enjoy the meet to the fullest, but also in the safest way.

Thank you for taking the time to create something like this for the rest of us. The tips you have I think cover all ages and maturity levels.

Very smart guide,
--Aileene
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:iconraygirl:
raygirl Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007  Professional Filmographer
thank you very much for your very kind comment :D I'm glad you found this guide useful, and I hope you get the chance to go to a devmeet in the future cause they're a whole barrel of fun :)

thanks for the fave too! Any advoice or info you'd like to give to update the guide would be welcome :)
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:iconlady-twiglet:
Lady-Twiglet Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007  Professional Photographer
hi!! i've featured this in my manchester devmeet article, hope you dont mind! :hug:

[link]
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:iconraygirl:
raygirl Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Mind? why would i mind? I'm thrilled that you think the guide is useful enough to feature. Thank you! :hug:

Hope the meet goes down well :D
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:iconlady-twiglet:
Lady-Twiglet Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007  Professional Photographer
me too, i'm a bit nervous!

and thanks!
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:iconraygirl:
raygirl Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007  Professional Filmographer
aw i'm sure it'll be a blast ;D Shame i can't come, bit far away for me :(
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kiriromano Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay! Awesome idea, and more people should bring poi to devMeets, it's always fun.

You going to Max's in the summer?
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:iconraygirl:
raygirl Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007  Professional Filmographer
I don't think I can, it's in Cardiff right? i'll be in London ;_;

Poi's are indeed awesome and made of win. i can't use them myself but they often appear at devmeets with their owners XD
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:iconkiriromano:
kiriromano Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Awww pity.

You should get someone to teach you... XD
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:iconraygirl:
raygirl Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007  Professional Filmographer
I did try using *stressedjenny's poi once, it was really hard XD I'd like to give it another go though :)
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:iconrushy:
Rushy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2006
Works for me :D
I do much prefer to just attend rather than organise but I always have a ball :nod:
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:iconraygirl:
raygirl Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Ditto, I have the organisation skills of a dead rat >_< I preffer to just show up and hug people :D
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:iconrushy:
Rushy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2006
:highfive: Works for me :hug:
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carbon-12 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2006
good read
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:iconraygirl:
raygirl Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Professional Filmographer
thanks!
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chezza-t18 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006
this is gonna be very helpful! thank you! :D
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:iconraygirl:
raygirl Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad! Thank you :D
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Shiver1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2006
heh, it's all so differnt
how many people come to the devmeets in the UK?
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:iconraygirl:
raygirl Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Wot Max said. It depends where it's held, and what time. But yeah, on average it's between 25-30
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:iconmaxwell-heza:
maxwell-heza Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2006
It can vary enormously, it depends how accessible the place it's held is, but we've had as many as 60 people at a meet before now. Mine tend to be generally around the 30 mark.
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:iconpaperlila:
paperlila Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2006   Interface Designer
eeee
I'd like to see what devmeets are like :)
congrats on the dd (and well deserved! :D)
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:iconraygirl:
raygirl Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Aw thank you :D

Yes! I definately reccomend that any deviant should at least try a devmeet once. Even if they don't think it's their thing, anythign is worth a try one right?

I hope to see you at one some day! Where are you from?
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:iconpaperlila:
paperlila Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2006   Interface Designer
I'm from Australia so I doubt you will.. unless you come here? :lol:
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