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3689505297?profile=originalYou 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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  • Hachemi.. cool..  I would get rid of some of the bluryness in the DIY Drones part.. I like clean text, where with the shadows and such it seems blury to me.. seems like a smudge or something was used around the letters making them blend in..  not bad overall.. the word 'the' seems a bit close to the edge.

    But that is just my opinion which doesn't hold much weight.. pretty cool overall.

  • Hi all,

    Here my banner design, I hope you like it :)


    Font and colors can be changed.

    Best regards,


  • Let's get rid of military drone criticism. Let's try something new:
    1338834738-cat.jpg?width=300Just kidding. +1 for Petrus !!!

  • +1 for petrus.

    why not shift the focus more from diy drones to "The leading community for personal UAVs" and made Diy Drones smaller and the phrase bigger (maybe full length or changing the direction of the lines to upper-left to down-right, so you gain more space ... ?)

  • Petrus my suggestion for your design is to move the title away from the border.  It seems uncomfortably close to the border.. where really it probably should have some padding around it.  I like the design and its fresh feel.

  • @Chris Can elaborate on this "There should be some image of a UAV. Ideally, it should look cool and "drone-like" but not look military or threatening" 

    I can understand that Petrus' submission would not look military or threatening to those on this thread. But what audience are you addressing?

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



  • +1 for Petrus...

  • Petrus gets my vote for sure. !!

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