How to order nasi lemak with icons: a fun and accessible design project

Man pointing at the icons on his nasi lemak ordering shirt.

Hey everyone, I’m super excited to share with you my latest accessible design creation: a nasi lemak order guide for tourists in SE Asia!

A happy couple wearing their cool nasi lemak ordering shirts

Nasi lemak is a delicious dish of rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaves, served with various side dishes like fried chicken, anchovies, peanuts, eggs and sambal (a spicy sauce). It’s a popular breakfast or lunch option in countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei.

But ordering nasi lemak can be tricky if you don’t speak the local language or have dietary restrictions. That’s why I designed this handy guide that you can wear as a t-shirt or carry as a reference card. It has a series of icons that you can point at to indicate your preferences, such as meat or no meat, spicy or mild and even portion size.

Close up of icons used in the accessible design

This way, you can enjoy nasi lemak without any hassle or confusion. Plus, you’ll look cool and trendy with this unique design.

I was inspired to create this guide by what I learned in my instructional design course about accessibility and universal design. I wanted to make something that would help people overcome language barriers and cultural differences, and also have fun while traveling.

If you’re interested in getting this reference guide on a shirt, poster or something else, you can order it from my Redbubble store.