400 x 400 Design Challenge

Entry for the 400 x 400 Design Challenge is now closed.

Call for entries


The Plymouth Design Forum would like to invite entries for the 400×400 Design Challenge.

The 400×400 Design Challenge is inspired by the number ‘400’, as we look to connect design and creativity with the 400 year anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, which takes place in 2020.

A monthly ‘theme’ will be unveiled each month via social media and entries should be submitted which creatively express ‘400’ in the relevant ‘theme’.

Entries must be 400mm x 400mm in size, with print and digital/motion artworks accepted. Digital submissions should be 1080px x 1080px with motion submissions kept to under 10 seconds. (Full specifications below)

The 400×400 Design Challenge is open for monthly submissions between 1st April 2019 to 31st July 2020. Entries can be submitted by design professionals, students and non-professionals (i.e. everyone!)

Entry to the 400×400 Design Challenge is free.

All monthly entries must be received by 12.00am (midnight) on the last day of the month.

Every entry will be posted on social media and a shortlist of 25 will be selected by a small (but perfectly formed) panel of Plymouth design professionals each month. These will then be reviewed and presented at the following month’s PDF where possible.

For reference, the judging criteria will be as follows:

1 – Strength of the creative idea
2 – Impact of the graphic layout and overall aesthetic
3 – Technical execution

By submitting your artwork you agree for it to be used by Plymouth Design Forum. Image rights remain with the artist and each piece of work will be credited.



Month 1 (April 2019) – Freedom
Month 2 (May 2019) – Technology
Month 3 (June 2019) – Equality
Month 4 (July 2019) – Courage
Month 5 (August 2019) – Humanity
Month 6 (September 2019) – Friendship
Month 7 (October 2019) – Territory
Month 8 (November 2019) – Destruction
Month 9 (December 2019) – Compassion
Month 10 (January 2020) – Fear
Month 11 (February 2020) – Imagination
Month 12 (March 2020) – Environment
Month 13 (April/May 2020) – Isolation
Month 14 (June 2020) – Faith
Month 15 (July 2020) – Change
Month 16 (August 2020) – Future

Download The Brief


Artwork Specifications

Please ensure you supply two files, one print-ready and one screen-ready.


_Actual size, 400 x 400mm
_3mm bleed
_Crop marks
_Either .pdf .jpeg .jpg

Digital (Still)

_400 x 400mm (1150 x 1150px)
_No bleed
_Either .png .jpeg .jpg

Digital (Animation/Film)

_Actual size, 1080 x 1080px
_Must be .mp4
_Ideally no longer than 10 seconds
_Maximum file size 40MB
_Animations must also include a print-ready version of either a still or a sequence of minis to the design specifications.


Please ensure all files are named as follows:


You should be submitting two files – one with the intent to print and one for posting digitally.

Please upload your submissions in a zipped/compressed folder(s) named as follows:

Your Name – 400×400 – Your Submissions Title

Enter your work

Maximum file size: 25MB
Allowed file types: zip, jpg, jpeg, pdf