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 Matt Gunn on February 23, 2013 at 7:54pm

Not a problem. Like I said before, the images are very easy to change out...

Comment by Jack Crossfire on February 23, 2013 at 7:58pm

Didn't even notice it reverted from the MQ-9 to the more fabled MQ-1.  Like any dot com, it's not about functionality.  It's about the IPO.

Comment by J on February 23, 2013 at 8:16pm

Hey a Predator is a Predator. And what's wrong with that? Why all the military bashing on this site? If it weren't for DARPA, we would all be playing with Hotwheels. Certainly there would be no socialdrone.com to put up for IPO.

Comment by LanMark on February 23, 2013 at 8:49pm

Matt that is my favorite so far.. I like the centered logo since, plane + multicopter and treatments..  as a multicopter guy I don't like the logos that feature a plan over the quad, and vise versa... so having both I think is ideal

Comment by Gary McCray on February 23, 2013 at 9:02pm

Really great Matt,

That does look a lot like a X100, and while they undoubtedly hold patents, it is extremely unlikely that they have a patent on the appearance of their plane.

There are a lot of small UAV's that look very similar to this.

Bottom line very nice and crisp logo.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on February 23, 2013 at 9:06pm

I do like Matt's latest, but no Rover love?

Comment by Gary McCray on February 23, 2013 at 9:17pm

I don't know Robert, I agree with you, but with a name like DIYDrones, ground vehicles are hard to fit in.

Maybe DIYDroids, we are moving in that direction after all.

Comment by Britt on February 23, 2013 at 9:17pm


Comment by Andrew Rabbitt on February 24, 2013 at 12:03am

I think I should be figuring out PPM encoder code instead, but here's my doodling...

Comment by c j g on February 24, 2013 at 1:49am

... i think, scale could be a psychological issue as well. Military are mostly seen as the BIG maschines ... so a (abstract) logo, maybe with a family and a UAV could show size and also helps to seperate diy more

(in my imagination, i see parents and a child with a balloon UAV)


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