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The Genius of the ICONSPEAK T-shirt

May 11, 2016

Remember a situation where no language or hand gesture could 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 three Swiss friends; George, Steven and Florian did, travelling the world and repeatedly left with no words to bridge language barriers. The answer came to them after a remarkable experience in the depths of Vietnamese backcountry when their motorbike broke down and they found themselves using images to speak.

After drawing various  symbols on a sheet of paper, the travellers then used the same technique for different situations throughout the world. And hence began their starting point of how to bridge language barriers of the world; through a shirt with icons. The company and brand that has become the genius of ICONSPEAK was born.

The Iconspeak T-shirt is targeted at worldly travellers and is printed with nearly 40 icons of common discussion points. Its symbols cover the likes of hotels, banks, telephones and first aid, allowing the wearer to simply point at what they are looking to find. ICONSPEAK, which comes in a range of colours and styles can be purchased online here.


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