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 3:02pm

Ahem that's a military airframe stage right Jesse. (well if its what I think it is) I like the grass is greener idea though ;-)

Comment by Matt Gunn on February 23, 2013 at 3:02pm

Comment by Gary Mortimer on February 23, 2013 at 3:06pm

Skylark Matt......

Comment by Matt Gunn on February 23, 2013 at 3:11pm

I think its ok Gary, the idea seems to be to stay away from the ominous look of military Reapers and such, especially when the general public steps in for a look, do you agree? Additionally, I can change the airframe pretty easily, but the outline on the right hardly screams death from above.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on February 23, 2013 at 3:16pm

Sorry Matt, seems like a long day here the entire world is sending silly emails to me about evil flying things. Stop designing logos and get back to your new born ;-)

Comment by Matt Gunn on February 23, 2013 at 3:31pm
Lol! You are right, baby to take care of...

Comment by Brian on February 23, 2013 at 5:08pm

It still should say drone just by seeing the picture, otherwise  it could be a regular rc.  BTW a few years ago if you said drone, people thought Bee, as in male honeybee with bigger eyes and no stinger.  Sounds like our kind of drone!

Comment by Gary McCray on February 23, 2013 at 5:51pm

Hi Chris, just a quick thought on this. Given all the negative connotations getting heaped on drones due to their unfortunate association with invasive surveillance and outright killing, I think that whatever illustration you use ought to be as far away from military drones as you can possibly get.

Chances are the multicopter and specifically the quadcopter is going to be the center of development for this field in the civilian and hobby market for the foreseeable future.

So if you can come up with a friendly looking quadcopter as the main feature I think that you are pointing in the right direction both for the hobby and for civilian and political acceptance. 

Seems like you could also include a plane, maybe one more like what you displayed on your interview with Gary Mortimer, but nothing like a Predator.

Public perception is getting to be more important every day.

To that end the design by Matt Gunn above is in that vein, possibly something more detailed and 3 dimensional.

Comment by Tilman Baumann on February 23, 2013 at 6:17pm

Oh yes please. I always hated this logo. Looks military and mean.

In fact it originally turned me so much off that I did not follow this scene for a long time. Looked like there are just some military fanboy drone nuts here. Which turned out to be largely not true. But you see how it effects peoples perception.

Comment by Matt Gunn on February 23, 2013 at 7:32pm


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