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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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  • Developer
    On the Drone/UAS/UAV/RPA issue....
    All are correct, all are applicable, RPA is used by military, UAS is used by military, UAV is used by the military, and Drone is used by the military....
    A rose by any other name is still a rose. What ever they are called officially in the end, people will know that a drone is something that flies without a person in it.

    That's all that matters with the name, the press in Australia are quite confused by Drones, they use them to film sports, and other things, so they are not wanting them to have a bad rep, as they want the use of them to remain open.

    Forget about the name... This is DIYDrones,
  • Trying something different that focuses on the DIY and community spirit. Clean line drawing on chalkboard.


  • Developer
    Adrian, that is awesome
  • Excellent! I sure can't do any better than that.

  • the last is animated, click on it. ;)

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  • I think the logo should show projects built by the community and not be abstract or generic drawings.  Maybe something like this:  (all of these are mu builds except for the sailplane)


    or other color variations to suit like this:


    Cheers to all !

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  • Yup.

    I've been browsing for images of non-military UGV.  Man, it's even worse than UAVs!

    It seems all there is are pictures of the Mars Rover, everything else has a gun on it and/or is painted camo.

  • Distributor

    More like this: 


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