Let's design a new DIY Drones header! (prize to the winner)

You may have noticed some slight design changes here over the past day, which are simply me band-aiding a situation where the external site that hosted some of our design files shut down, leaving a bunch of broken images and mangled CSS here. For now I've reverted to some native Ning design features and brought back an old header (above), but this strikes me as a good time to start the process of a proper redesign. 

In Spring, Ning (which we're hosted on) will roll out a bunch of new design and functionality features, which should improve things here considerably. It still won't perfect, especially for very long comment threads, so we're going to launch some new forums for product/software discussion/support on the new manual/wiki site that we'll be previewing in a few weeks. These new forums will be based on a very good WordPress forum plug-in, so they should be a big step up from what we've currently got. And by pushing product/technical support to a separate site, DIY Drones can focus more on its original function on news and discussion about civilian UAVs and technology in general. 

In the meantime, it's time to update our header. So I'd like to launch a competition for the best design. The winner will get an APM 2.5+.


  • Create a rectangular graphic (width 955 1,000 pixels, height anything from 100 to 200 pixels) that will replace the above. 
  • The name should stay the same ("DIY Drones") but the tagline should change to "Amateur UAVs, Contests, Products and More" Revision: I've had advice to lead with "community", so let's try this: "The Leading Community for Amateur and Civilian UAVs" Another revision! After yet more advice, let's go with "The leading community for personal UAVs"You can use any style you think looks best (caps or lowercase).
  • There should be some image of a UAV. Ideally, it should look cool and "drone-like" but not look military or threatening. Fixed wing or multicopter, it's up to you.
  • Post your submissions in the comments below
  • The competition will run one month, until March 23rd

Last time we did this, back in 2010, we got some great submissions. I'm looking forward to seeing what the design talent in this community can come up with this time!

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on February 23, 2013 at 10:04am

I think it should say UAS not UAV Chris, I am going to be flamed for that. Perhaps its should even say RPAS as ICAO is beginning to direct people to use that. I'm ready http://www.rpasnews.com 

I look forward to the cutting edge stuff coming to the front again.

Comment by Kyle Hamilton on February 23, 2013 at 10:27am

How cool! I'll definitely try to throw something together for this...

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on February 23, 2013 at 11:32am

Gary, I hear you, but "UAS" feels to me like a defense industry term of art, and I want to distance us as much as possible from that. Plus, in my informal surveys, nobody except for industry insiders knows what it means. (I had to look it up: "Unmanned Aerial System"). 

Comment by Pedro Luis Jiménez Soler on February 23, 2013 at 11:49am

It is very important to change the word "DRONES" with another one. Would a drone by any other name sound as threatening?... Maybe UAV or UAS  check this out http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_22616753/unmanned-storm-c...

Comment by Kyle Hamilton on February 23, 2013 at 12:01pm

DIY UAS just doesn't have the same ring to it. I agree 'drone' has a military connotation right now but as consumer and commercial use grows over the next couple of years that will wear off. 

Comment by Reto on February 23, 2013 at 12:08pm

What about "Recreative Flying Robots, Contests, Products and More" or "Amateur Aerial Robotics, Contests, Products and More" ?

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on February 23, 2013 at 12:31pm

UAV / UAS..  No love for rovers? :)

Comment by J on February 23, 2013 at 12:36pm


DIYdrones is critical to the branding/marketing. Good luck convincing anyone to change something which significantly effects the bottom line, it's not going to happen. Chris appears to be making a compromise on this topic by removing the sexy image of the done pornstar from splash page, which is a step in the right direction.

Comment by Bill Bonney on February 23, 2013 at 1:00pm
Nobody had any idea what i meant when i said UAV/UAS. I get some better reactions by calling them micro aerial vehicles. I think it's much better to own the term 'drone' than run away.
Comment by Carl La France on February 23, 2013 at 1:03pm

@ J  you are right it should focus on Diy  Drones the name the masses are familiar with . Diy Drones the Upgrade!


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