3D Robotics

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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  • @Mark Lanning, I recommend that you delete your comment yourself, as it is also borderline personal attack.

  • Just to let everyone know.  I deleted KernalPanic's last comment.  We will not have that kind of language on this board. We are all mature adults here.

  • oh I don't know, I kinda liked it despite some of the profane imagery... i like to think of this as levity. Passion is what this world needs.

  • not bad Mike.. personally I would add some sort of background around the logo part, and change the font to a more serious (edged) font instead of very rounded font.  Just something about it.. likely the font choice that sticks out as less serious.. which I guess could be good or bad...  I tend to think that we are more serious and thus should have a more Corp feel and less backyard tinkering... but that's probably just me.

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  • +1 for Petrus

  • I was alluding to the fact that we're focusing on the 3DR product in the brand identity. If we're going to do that in the menus, it would be good to do it in the banner as well. Consistency is always important in design.

  • @J, I am hardware agnostic.

    Love the quip about the web cam spying.  Except, the banner would be for suspected terrorist.  Everybody is a suspect! ;)

  • If we're going for the police state vibeI vote we put in some code to take over the users web cam & post their photo in the banner as a wanted fugitive.

  • Great Job Petrus.

    The Second one with the Colors of the Last one. Super!

    Also Like Robert said something a bit more Robotic looking for the Rover Maybe with a camera or something.

    Sooner probably rather than later we are probably going to have to lose the "Ardu" thing because the PX4 is on its way in and it's probably going to get even more interesting after that.

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