There’s nothing more embarrassing than going into the wrong bathroom. That’s why humans all over the world use toilet glyphs to help everyone find the right door. And, just like that, toilet glyphs become the universal representation of gender, meant to be easy to read and understand by anyone, anywhere.

But toilet glyphs also say a lot about society and the context in which they were created: male vs. female, gender neutral bathrooms, family friendly bathrooms, cultural references, concept art, functional designs…

The Toilet Glyph Project was born in 2016 to explore how gender is represented and understood around the World.