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 breathtaking 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 (see more in our blog, Chapter 1); ICONs. Because with ICONs, you can SPEAK, you can SPEAK to the world.
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…
We provide you with multiple gadgets and utensils – that some would call necessary, nay indispensable even! Indispensable for your many travels, endeavors and adventures upon which you will make contact with the language barriers of our world.
ICONSPEAK was founded in and is driven forward since 2016 by two friends and lunatics. This makes our goals ambitious, brainstorming sessions chaotic, organization comic and results mesmerizing. We are committed to provide you with what we promise: amazing simplicity and honest quality in all our products.
Florian and Georg