Language barrier has always been a huge problem for people traveling internationally. A new startup company has a solution: Icons will speak for you. That’s what Iconspeak T-Shirts are about. Simply point to an icon on your T-Shirt, if you need to ask for help.
This news is especially exciting for western visitors to Russia and Ukraine, as the countries have a different alphabet (Cyrillic). You may not be able to read the signs but you always can have your Iconspeak T-shirt to assist in any situation.
Iconspeak T-shirts for International Tourists
Many tourists have no idea how to communicate in the country of their visit. Actually, it is almost impossible to learn all the existing languages, but this fact does not diminish people’s desire to explore the beauty of foreign places.
Imagine how amazing it would be if all the people in the world could easily understand each other? The team of the Iconspeak was inspired by the same idea, when they started to design clever T-shirts for travelers.
The developers were biking in Vietnam when they needed a help of a mechanic. According to George Horn, they could not get any help from the natives: nobody in the local village understood English or French. That’s how the idea of the smart icons was born.
The team started with pictures on pieces of paper. Then they realized how much benefit this approach could bring and decided to create T-shirts with the same figures, so that the communication would become more comfortable. The broken bike brought about a creative language solution for tourists.
The clever T-shirt incorporates 40 basic icons that help travelers to explain major needs to natives in any country. For example, one can point to the “bed” picture, when he is looking for a hotel or choose the “plane”, when a ride to the airport is needed. The product is designed purposely in order to omit any negative situations: there are no religious icons but instead drawings representing “love and peace” are shown.
The founder George Horn reported that the idea of clever T-shirts is successful and continues to expand. According to him, the product has been travelling all around Europe and currently is being tested by the Iconspeak team member Florian in Latin America.
Would you like to join the team to test it on your next trip to Ukraine or Russia?
The Iconspeak is a young company, founded in 2015. The owners recently started to grow the business internationally, so that more and more tourists can enjoy smart products and forget the embarrassment of the language barrier.
Besides the T-shirts, users can also purchase other stylish elements such as bags, hats, tops, long sleeved shirts, and so on.
The slogan of the startup inspires travel lovers to explore dream places without the fear of being misunderstood.
Really, if the ICONS can allow anybody to SPEAK and feel comfortable in any foreign country, what are the reasons to skip an overseas vacation? Travelling is an important part of human life, so it is good to have tools to avoid potential problems during trips.
Photos: Facebook Iconspeak