I go by Ayame, Yams, or my true to life name, Toby. I used to work for DeviantArt in Marketing.
Now, I've joined the ranks at JibJab in their Marketing/Communications department as we work towards our goal to make billions of people happy. Specifically, I work a lot with their latest endeavor, StoryBots, who are curious little creatures who make learning fun for kids and parenting fun for grown-ups. I'm currently focusing on early education, so if you're a pre-k or kindergarten teacher, send me a note!
Outside of DeviantArt, I enjoy traveling, hiking, obsessing over the greatest state in the Union, playing video games, reading non-fiction, and watching excellent improv.
If you’d like to know more about me, check out my interviews here and here. Alternatively, you can always send me a Note.
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Holiday Card Project 2006 Wrap UpdeviantART would like to sincerely thank everyone who participated in the 2006 Holiday Card Project. With the help of nearly 700 deviants, we were able to deliver well over 1200 holiday cards to patients in the hospital during the holiday season. Judging by the postage stamps from all the boxes and envelopes we received, deviants from 44 different countries/political regions participated in the Project, helping to make 2006 our best year yet.
Cards were delivered and distributed at five hospitals: UCI Medical Center in Orange, California; Childrens Hospital Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California; Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York; Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and The Toronto Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario.
In southern California, home of deviantART headquarters, spyed, JaninaZ, blueminneapolis, simplesound, and Heidi passed out cards at UCI
Holiday Card Project 2006This year marks the third annual deviantART Holiday Card Project. With the goal of bringing a little cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the Holiday Card Project connects deviants from all around the world and applies their tremendous artistic abilities in designing and creating get well holiday cards.
Last year the Project received a little over 1100 holiday cards sent in by over 600 deviants. Those cards were then divvied up and distributed in person by dA members at the UCI Medical Center in Orange, California. Extra cards were given to various hospitals in the U.S. and Canada for their staff to hand out to patients. Deviant participants sent in cards from many countries including Finland, Australia, Singapore, Israel, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Norway, Portugal, Belgium, Russia, Estonia, Greece, and Canada just to name a few.
The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is to simply try and do someth
Holiday Card Project Wrap Up - Part DeuxJust when you thought the Holiday Card Project</b> was done and over, we have another update. Today, deviantART received a very thoughtful letter from Childrens Hospital Los Angeles thanking the community for its outpouring of support.
January 6, 2005
Dear Angelo and Friends:
We were delighted to receive the beautiful greeting cards made by all of you for the patients of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. You cant imagine how your talent brightened the spirits of our little ones who had to spend their holidays in bed.
You are all amazing artists! We were astounded at the care and love that went into each card. On Christmas day each child had one of the cards attached to the gift pack that was given to them by Santa Claus. It was the perfect touch.
For over 100 years, Childrens Hospital has provided the very best is pediatric care to children all over
Holiday Card Project Wrap UpAs some of you may or may not have heard through the grapevine, deviantART's Holiday Card Project defied all expectations. The deviantART community successfully came together and contributed well over one thousand holiday cards to patients in hospitals during the holiday season. Deviants sent in cards from Finland, Australia, Singapore, Israel, the United Kingdom, Canada (every province), Italy, France, Norway, Portugal, Belgium, Russia, Estonia, Greece, and more.
On December 21st, spyed, Skittleboi, oedalis, penguinpalace and Heidi all donned Santa hats to pass out cards at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. The patients who we visited were excited to not only have visitors, but receiving specially made holiday cards really brightened their day.
More cards were passed out by fluffy, sparksterrk, and :de
Holiday Card Project 2012
It's back! With the goal of bringing a little cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the deviantART Holiday Card Project connects deviants from around the world and applies their tremendous artistic abilities in designing and creating uplifting holiday cards.
In past years, the Project has received more than 5,000 cards sent in by more than 1,000 deviants from 50 different countries/political regions. Cards were then divvied up and distributed in-person by deviantART members to local Los Angeles, CA hospitals, with additional cards given to various hospitals in the U.S. and abroad for hospital staff members to hand out to patients.
The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is simple: do something nice for others. However, if you're looking for even more incentive, every deviant who submits a card will be given a free one-month Premium Membership to deviantA
deviantART Holiday Card Project The deviantART Holiday Card Project
Would you like the chance to bring a little cheer to people who are stuck in the hospital during the holiday season? Would you also like to receive a free deviantART one month subscription, plus the chance to win other prizes? deviantART is proud to announce the Holiday Card Project just for that purpose. The idea behind the project is to simply try and brighten the days of those who are undergoing hospital stay by sending them cards.
Please read the following text for more information on the Holiday Card Project.
1. What is the deviantART Holiday Card Project?
2. Exactly who receives the cards?
3. What should I write in a card?
4. Can I make a card myself?
5. Can I use holiday cards purchased from a store?
6. How much is postage for sending a card?
7. Can I send more than one card?
Holiday Card Project 2008This year marks deviantART's fifth annual Holiday Card Project! With the goal of bringing a little cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the Holiday Card Project connects deviants from all around the world and applies their tremendous artistic abilities in designing and creating get well holiday cards.
Last year the Project received well over 1300 holiday cards sent in by more than 750 deviants from 50 different countries/political regions. The cards were then divvied up and distributed in-person by dA members at the UCI Medical Center in Orange, California. Extra cards were given to various hospitals in the U.S. and abroad for their staff to hand out to patients.
The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is to simply try and do something nice for others. However, if that isn't enough incentive, every deviant who submits a card will be given a free one-month subscription to deviantART, as
Holiday Card Project 2005 Wrap UpdeviantART would like to sincerely thank all of the participants who sent in cards for the 2005 Holiday Card Project. With the help of nearly 600 deviants, we were able to deliver over 1100 holiday cards to patients in the hospital during the holiday season.
Cards were delivered and distributed in person by dA staff members (spyed, spot, Waveswinger, and Heidi) to UCI Medical Center in Orange, California. The kind patients at UCI always welcomed seeing the smiling faces that passed out the homemade cards. Each patient enjoyed learning that the cards were sent in by artists from around the globe. Everyone had a great time and there was even a holiday song or two thrown in for good measure. (Even though we're no American Idol finalists, the hospital patients and staff clapped anyway.)
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All deviants can now write Critiques Be a giver!
Sometimes you come across a deviation that deserves special attention. It catches your eye in such a way that you're compelled to craft a response that goes above and beyond a normal comment. Or perhaps a fellow deviant is having a tough time with a particular aspect of their work, and you know just what they need to take their art to the next level. As a good Internet citizen and art enthusiast, you want to help them out, but a normal comment doesn't quite suit your purpose.
For these situations and more, we've given everyone the ability to write a Critique.
What is Critique?
DeviantART's Critique system is designed to help artists get in-depth, critical feedback and commentary on their work. Valued feedback through Critique promotes creative growth as an artist and draws special attention to work. Critiques are also a way for committed art enthusiasts, connoisseurs, and fans to publish real criticism,
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News, blogs, and journals have been merged into one, unifying these systems in order to make them simpler to use and more consistent in appearance and functionality. In bringing them together, now categorized as deviations, they're able to receive the same great benefits as all deviations on the deviantART network. Including the following:
Using the Journal Portal, you'll be able to look through an endless stream of content. Much like deviations, you may now flick through journals quickly. View Newest to find what's hot right now in the deviantART community, or view Popular
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Updates on my home:
June 29, 2011: I received my new office, comprised of two, large, cardboard boxes. I cut a hole in one as to have more space. Much happiness abounded.
July 9, 2011: After one too many drinks, I took one of my boxes home for a night of hot, uncivilized fort making. I dumped him the next day.
August 1, 2011: Heidi and I began stealing items from megturney's desk. Mainly small things, like a ribbon, book, mitten, etc. These thieved items were used to decorate the inside of my box.
August 5, 2011: I enjoyed delicious cake in celebration of deviantART's 11th birthday and held a chat event, all from the comfort of my box.
September 28, 2011: jorobins sat on my box. I almost cried. He felt no remorse.
October 4, 2011: megturney discovered Heidi and I's clever ruse. My box has been emptied and declared a Meg-free zone until further notice.
October 12, 2011: Meg is now allowed near my box on a supervisory basis. Her visiting hours are every other weekend from 6 - 6:30 AM.
January 9, 2012: spyed walked around the office taking pictures of staffers in their natural states. I, of course, promptly got inside my box.
February 27, 2012: Thanks to aunjuli and BlissfullySarcastic, my box now houses Timothy, and is 10% fancier.
May 11, 2012: SGonzalez threatened to take away my box, but thanks to the support of megturney and spyed, Foxy Boxy is here to stay.
June 16, 2012: While US Airways rudely denied me the ability to take my box to the dt retreat in France, I found a substitute just in time for our group photo.
November 26, 2012: Foxy Boxy is now home to all of the cards received from the Holiday Card Project.
June 15, 2013: I ended my employment at deviantART, and despite best efforts to keep Boxy going, it was time to put him to rest. RIP, dear friend.