Thinking about the emotive, funny and playful language often used in writing for banners we also wanted to share some other takes on how one could approach the act of protesting and signs;
See here activists action for a 'non protest protest' with blank banners in London
See here theNorwegian performance group Baktruppen's intervention in Hong Kong in 1995 entitled 'We Agree'
http://www.baktruppen.org/ and the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-WDleC6o48&feature=PlayList&p=C30D59F2C97CF73C&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=5
Makeshift cardboard signs are used in the British theatre group forced entertainments piece '12am and looking down' http://www.forcedentertainment.com/page/3076/Video+Gallery
Or the british artist Gillian Wearing's piece 'Signs that Say What You Want Them To Say and Not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You To Say'
Also less makeshift but very much an intervention of texts into the city the American Artist Jenny Holzer's work projects onto urban landscapes such statements as 'protect me from what i want' http://www.jennyholzer.com/list.php
Perhaps many of these artists were inspired by this early Bob Dylan video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA9tw_ohmhM