It can be daunting to travel to different countries wondering how you’ll be able to communicate with the locals if you don’t know the language. Well, with the help of this t-shirt designed by IconSpeak, you can kiss some of that intimidation goodbye!
This t-shirt has 40 different universal icons printed on it to help you communicate easily while traveling around the world. Whether you need to find a place for an overnight stay, food, or the bathroom, you can simply point to the icon on your t-shirt to effectively communicate with the local people.
The shirt was thought up by three “Swiss pen-pushers, wannabe explorers,” as it says on their website after they had a language barrier experience of their own while traveling. Read more about their story here.
George, Steven, and Florian said, “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,” explain. 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.”
This shirt, combined with gestures and mimics to create interactions, is breaking down language barriers in the simplest of ways. I personally think this is pretty genius, but what do you think?
If you’d like to get your own shirt or bag, check out IconSpeak’s website and SHARE this story with your friends and family on Facebook today, especially those travel lovers you know!