Sep 2, 2008

Creative Messages for Your Yard

You may have heard something about "My Yard, Our Message" or about "The Unconvention", but in case you didn't, here is the story...

A non-partisan collective of citizens and cultural institutions, The UnConvention provides a forum for promoting the democratic and free exchange of ideas during and after the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota from September 1-4, 2008.

"My Yard our Message" is part of "The Unconvention" initiative, and with the sponsorship of the Walker Art Center and, they started a user-created yard sign project, launched in conjunction with the United States presidential election.

The project was divided into three phases: in June 2008, artists and designers were invited to submit political yard sign designs exploring ideas about what it means to actively participate in a democracy. Beginning July 1, with designs submitted, a month-long public voting process began, where browsers could cast votes for their favorite yard signs. The citizenry has spoken already and the 50 designs that have received more votes were chosen as the winners.

There are signs for any taste and any ideology. With almost 300 submissions -as it tends to happen with any open contest-, if you browse all of them you will see some very creative signs and some very quirky ones.

If you don't have the time to go through all of them, here is my personal selection:

Your Right, Your Privilege

Just do it!

Make the Majority Count

Innocent Until Proven Guilty

The Geeky One (if you don't know HTML it means "Stop War")

Apathy Gets You Nowhere

Brother in Law

Sister in Law

Good People Can Do Harm

No Joke

Want to Complain?

Last but not least, my two favorites. As a comic fan, I found these two just great:

Your Superpower

Simply Vendetta

The 50 winners are available for individual purchase for just 20 bucks and if you have the time and want to see all submissions, you can find them at "My Yard Your Message"website.

1 comment:

Belinha Fernandes said...

hello!!Just found your blog in the Widget!What a great post!!Loved the signs you choose.I'm portuguese and live in Portugal.But I follow USA politics as many in the world as what you matters to us a lot.I am going to check the site for the rest of the signs.I also like comics and loved that one about Superman and the geel one...and "My red neck..."