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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  • @ Dany, mmmmmm,that would be getting back to an earlier design I have done.

    This is just an test of how 3 of the previous design would look like comment please. Please forgive the rover in the meantime, I am still working on a final design


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    Now that you point it out I agree... the more blue background works wonders... but I really like these Fonts used by Petrus.  (and of course we need a new blueprint for the RC Car / rover. 

  • I actually don't like those colours too much.  Looks a bit "military" to me.

    I'd prefer white, grey, sky blue, leaf green, etc.  More peaceful and upbeat looking.

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    guys I know I should not had done this... and I did a dirty overlay  but I kind of merged Petrus and Adrian design in one, Took the latest font/text from Petrus and put it on my latest favorite from Adrian... :) 

    I DONT WANT TO ENTER THE CONTEST, just showing what I like best so far! 

    From Petrus desing : I really dig the font used and colors of the text...

    From Adrian design, like the blueprint / design elements of building and it shows platforms. 


  • my vote

  • Rotational header doesn't sound like a good option. Better to use random image per request if we are going to use several headers.

    And as for me, headers posted by Petrus on February 26, 2013 at 10:32am still rock.

  • D'oh, can't believe I used the 'D' word!  I meant to say "looks like a RC Race car, not a Rover".  ;)

  • Thanks @R_Lefebvre, I will consider your suggestions!

  • We can do a rotational header instead of  resizing, maybe 5 seconds per image

  • So far, I like the last two designs of Petrus the best.  I'd like to see a traditional heli represented as well.  Maybe make each a third the size of above and include them all or just make an animated logo that rotates through each image.

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