Have you ever traveled to a different country where you didn’t know their language/were too lazy to learn/didn’t have a local dictionary?
That is now a problem of the past!
IconSpeak produces T-shirts with 40 universal icons that can be combined with “gestures, vocals and mimics to create interaction.”
Simply point to the symbol that indicates what you’re trying to say, and let body language handle the rest!
Three Swiss adventurers, George, Steven, and Florian, came up with the idea after a couple of drinks and an unforgettable experience in Vietnam.
“Many times we were confronted with a language barrier that was only to be overcome by drawing signs, symbols or icons on a piece of paper, map, or into the dirt,” they explained in a blog post. “We thought it would be great to have an essential set of icons with you, permanently, so that you could just point on whatever you need – and people would understand.”
“Soon the notepad was pulled out again and we started listing more or less essential icons that would have been of great help during not just ours, but basically anyone’s trip.”
They also sell hats, beanies, bags, and other products that follow their iconography theme. Check it out and maybe book your next trip!