There’s something profoundly fulfilling about making your own signs and protesting in the streets. Handwritten signs are personal and compelling. Signs can become an interface between crowd and city, a device to intervene in the public space and a tool for counter-narrative to the mainstream media. Sign making is an artistic form of social engagement. Sign Making Workshop is a chance to think about your message, time to bring voice to your thoughts and give body to your message. It is also a chance to learn from people with different views and priorities.
In the workshops we reflect on protest signage we’ve seen recently and talk about different ways to create a simple and compelling message by asking the following:
- How do we make signs that start a dialogue instead of shouting messages in one direction?
- What are effective strategies for communicating complex messages and emotions concisely?
- Where does public demonstration have value as a political and performative act?
- How can we bring artistic practice closer to activist praxis?
Together we will go, step-by-step, through conceptualization, sketching, layout, and execution, following the design process with a group discussion. Hands-on activities will help you create personal protest signs that give voice to your thoughts and body to your message.