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 Petrus Botha on February 25, 2013 at 4:32am

Where do we post our submissions?

Comment by walthero on February 25, 2013 at 5:38am

I think DRONES is the best word but bad as well.

DIY Flying-machines and some cartoon stuff would not be threatening in any way.

Just some thoughts.

Comment by Petrus Botha on February 25, 2013 at 6:07am

1st design, Non military, slight change to logo font and colour scheme

comment please

Comment by walthero on February 25, 2013 at 6:11am

I love black with orange....

You are on the right way for sure.

Comment by Petrus Botha on February 25, 2013 at 6:25am

Of Course I can help you with a design, please forward your requirements and I will see what I can do

Comment by Jethro Hazelhurst on February 25, 2013 at 6:58am

Very nice design Petrus!

Comment by Sean Headrick on February 25, 2013 at 7:23am

Petrus gets my vote for sure. !!

Comment by Olivier Dufayt on February 25, 2013 at 7:51am

+1 for Petrus...

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on February 25, 2013 at 7:53am

Petrus has my vote too! Nice graphics and color scheme!



Comment by Petrus Botha on February 25, 2013 at 8:05am

Thank you all for the very nice comments, should you wish to change, tweak and maybe try other colour schemes, let me know


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