In response to the climate emergency, Portsmouth City Council (PCC) have set up a Board, who seek to facilitate a transformation of our city into one that is greener, healthier and carbon neutral.

This means much less cars, and much more trees, wildlife and bike lanes. It also means excellent public transport, a thriving green tech sector, better insulated, warmer homes, and a circular zero waste economy.

On the board are major employers such as the University, NHS, Gunwharf Quays, PFC, alongside community groups such as Hive, Shaping Portsmouth, Friends of the Earth etc.

A design competition open to Portsmouth residents

We have decided on a name - the Portsmouth Climate Action Board - and now need a logo and supporting tagline (text phrase), that succinctly communicates our objectives in an emotionally engaging and inspiring way.

We want someone who lives in Portsmouth to come up with the design; we'll be promoting the competition in The Portsmouth News, on local art and design courses, and within our vibrant creative sector.

The winner's design will be featured across the city on the Climate Board's communications, posters and presentations. The winner will not only gain exposure, they will also be given the opportunity to work with a professional design team to develop their entry. 

Please note the deadline for submissions is Monday 10 February 2020.

Design part 1: Logo

The logo should:

  • Have good tonal contrast to maximize legibility -- gov.uk has an excellent article on colour contrast and why it matters
  • Be capable of different arrangements so it can be applied to landscape, square, circular or vertical contexts
  • Be capable of reproducing satisfactorily in a single colour
  • Have a version that can remain legible in a small round social media icon -- Instagram's can be particularly small

Design part 2: Supporting tagline

The tagline could be:

  • matter of fact, including words such as 'Targeting Net Zero'
  • or more metaphorical, using a phrase such as 'sea change'


It should:

  • be short
  • express something about the scale and nature of the challenge
  • emphasise a positive outcome

Submit your design

We will make selections from ideas received by Monday 10 February 2020.

Please submit your ideas to Tristan Thorn: