400 x 400 Design Challenge

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. PDF attendees will then have the opportunity to vote for their favourite design with the overall winner announced on the night.

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

‘400’ Themes:
Month 1 (01 April 2019) – Freedom
Month 2 (01 May 2019) – Technology
Month 3 (01 June 2019) – Equality
Month 4 (01 July 2019) – Courage
Month 5 (01 August 2019) – Humanity
Month 6 (01 September 2019) – Friendship
Month 7 (01 October 2019) – TBC
Month 8 (01 November 2019) – TBC
Month 9 (01 December 2019) – TBC
Month 10 (01 January 2020) – TBC
Month 11 (01 February 2020) – TBC
Month 12 (01 March 2020) – TBC
Month 13 (01 April 2020) – TBC
Month 14 (01 May 2020) – TBC
Month 15 (01 June 2020) – TBC
Month 16 (01 July 2020) – TBC

Download The Brief


Artwork Specifications


_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: 40MB
Allowed file types: zip, jpg, jpeg, pdf