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 J on February 23, 2013 at 1:06pm

"I think it's much better to own the term 'drone' than run away." Agreed, in fact I vote those who don't like it can take a hellfire in the rump.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on February 23, 2013 at 1:48pm

On the advice of my social media friend to lead with "community", I've updated the post with a new proposed tagline: "The Leading Community for Amateur and Civilian UAVs"

Comment by Max Levine on February 23, 2013 at 2:10pm

note: the banner should be 1000px wide.  

Comment by Matt Gunn on February 23, 2013 at 2:25pm

No problem, easy text update... thanks

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Comment by Chris Anderson on February 23, 2013 at 2:34pm

Thanks Max. Ning said 955, but I guess that's changed?

Comment by Gary Mortimer on February 23, 2013 at 2:35pm

How about flying robots...

The main issue as I see it from the regs point of view is that ICAO have accepted that the V of vehicles is not enough. They just don't fly without a command and control link so that brings in the S for system. RAF and USAF pilots are a tad unhappy that people believe there is no man in the loop so they are pushing for RPA, ICAO want the S in there. (T'he Army are quite happy just flying and having a lower accident rate because they don't try and hand fly the landings as much)

Oh dear I am in full rant mode.

Move along nothing to see here.

Comment by LanMark on February 23, 2013 at 2:43pm
I wish the site had a more formalized wiki that covers different uav areas.. Select people would be authorized editors/experts.. Content driven by different threads in that topic area.. the long threads are painful but with great content and experienced and knowledgeable users.

Comment by crystal garris on February 23, 2013 at 2:45pm

I think we should use this as the pack ground image

what could be better then my two favorite things. drones and chicks in bikinis! Lol

Comment by Jesse on February 23, 2013 at 2:58pm

Comment by Matt Gunn on February 23, 2013 at 3:01pm


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