Whenever you visit a new country, it is always thrilling and it makes your travels exceptional. It is irreplaceable to go on a journey, learn new things and taste different cultures. But, you might experience some communication problems when you are visiting a non-English speaking country. In that case, Iconspeak is your perfect solution.
In such situations, body language turns out to be the only solution. However, but the things you need might be hard to communicate without words or signs. Therefore, in case you lack even the basic drawing skills, this t-shirt is giving you a chance to break the language barrier nicely.
The Iconspeak t-shirts consists of all the icons that cover your needs and you can point to a picture to communicate what you need to do. Florian, George and Steven, who are traveller guys are the people behind this idea. They have named it, “Iconspeak World.”
It has been mentioned on their webite that they created the design after a long trip around Vietnam. They discovered what they required after all the incredible experiences of their trip and therefore planned to make it for all the other travellers out there, expecting to make their journeys easier for them.
“When were you the last time in a situation where no language or hand gesture that you master was sufficient to get you what you wanted? Imagine you are abroad – in a foreign country, in a foreign culture, maybe while travelling the world. That’s what we did, travelling the world – partially, well the three of us combined almost completely. In the furthest and deepest corners of our world we were repeatedly left with no words, either in breath-taking awe due to the sceneries or in empty silence, due to our lacking linguistic talents. Such situations got us thinking about how to bridge language barriers with utmost simplicity, on a global level. The answer came to us after a remarkable experience in the depths of Vietnamese backcountry; ICONs. Because with ICONs, you can SPEAK, you can SPEAK to the world.”
ICONSPEAK was established in 2015 after a long time of brainstorming and work and it is still running. The major reason behind the making of this shirt was to bring simplicity in communication. As it was further explained by them:
“Simplicity was always a trait that unites us in many forms, call it lazy or genius, but we like to keep it simple. And hence follows our starting point of how to bridge the language barriers of our world: a shirt. Through a shirt you can – in the most rudimentary ways – combine gestures, vocals and mimics to create interaction. A shirt does not need to be recharged and still, you can have it on as long as you please. Furthermore you won’t have to worry that we will send you software updates to your shirt which will make it uncomfortable to wear, slow to wash or any such thing. It’s a shirt. This is where we start, but not where we will stop – the challenges on our way to bridge the language barriers of our world are manifold and will lead us to platforms and mediums other than textile as well…”
The ICONSPEAK shirts, tanktops and totes are available in different sizes, colours and designs, and you can buy your choice for only 33$ from their website iconspeak.world.