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Making Barcode Design Fun

Posted August 30, 2013

Most of the time when we use the term ‘barcode design’ there really isn’t much design work involved outside of making sure the right data gets encoded in the right symbology. Creativity and barcode design software don’t often make it into the same sentence but it’s one area where you can really improve and have some fun with your product packaging.

Artist Steve Simpson has been making the most of UPC barcodes with some very interesting and creative takes on how a product code can be better integrated into packaging design. He even provides some tips and rules to follow to make sure the code is still readable.


Barcode Architecture

Posted June 28, 2013

ku-xlargeThough they may not take center stage most of the time, barcodes are a part of everyday life even if we don’t realize it. From every product you buy or use to tracking patients at a hospital, barcodes have become deeply integrated into modern life.  It’s no surprise then that such a culturally embedded technology would effect other realms like architecture and design.

These are some of the more interesting examples of buildings that take their design inspiration from the humble little barcode.
 
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Barcode Hair?

Posted April 26, 2013

While barcodes are a crucial tool for trade and commerce, they have also sneaked their way into cultural norms as well. From being used as props in sci-fi films to barcode tattoos, the humble barcode has become such a commonplace item that it is only natural it has become an object of popular culture.

Probably one of the funniest uses of the term barcode comes from Japan. “Barcode hair” is a commonly used term to describe a balding gentleman that comes over his hair. As you  can see in the image, barcode is the first thing to come to mind. Not the most endearing term but definitely descriptive.

I wonder if a 2D imager could read this?


The UPC Barcode – The Most Scanned Barcode in the World

Posted April 24, 2013

In has been 40 years now since a group of grocery store executives collectively decided to help unify product identification with the use of a barcode. No one would have know at that time that a simple set of black and white lines would become one of the most important technologies for trade in the 20th century.

The Universal Product Code (UPC) was the first movement to a standardized tool that every manufacturer and retailer could use to easily track products, maintain inventory better, and help speed up check-out lanes at the point of sale. The humble UPC hasn’t changed much since its creation in April 1973 but continues to provide an easy and efficient means to manage any product throughout its life cycle.

To better illustrate the UPC bar code’s extensive use and importance, Brussels-based nonprofit GS1, which maintains international UPC standards, has posted an online ticker to count the number of bar codes scanned around the world each day. According to GS1, the average number of daily scans clocks in at more than 5 billion! To think all this started with the first scan of a 10-pack of Juicy Fruit gum at a Marsh Supermarket in Troy, OH in 1974.

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Bling In The New Year!

Posted December 20, 2012

Looking for the perfect way to accessorize your look over the holidays? Or simply looking for a fashionable way to hold you New Year’s Eve party credentials. BarcodesInc has the solution for you.

Shop our large selection of lanyards to find the perfect fit. We have hundreds of lanyards of different styles, sizes and lengths. We even can customize the look for all your special occasions – including New Year’s!

So Bling in the New Year’s with lanyards from BarcodesInc


Barcode Scanners Back for an Encore in Latest Star Trek into Darkness Trailer

Posted December 18, 2012

Just 12 seconds into the latest trailer for Star Trek into Darkness the same barcode scanners that decorated the bridge of the 2009 Star Trek movie, come barely back into focus as set pieces in the latest installment.

Star Trek into Darkness barcode scanners

The barcode scanners are the same ones and in the same positions as in the previous movie. This is understandable given that one of the barcode scanners they use (the Honeywell MS9540) is also know as the “Voyager”.

From the trailer it looks like the Enterprise(?) comes in for a crash landing at some point during the movie, so maybe Paramount will need to buy more barcode scanners from BarcodesInc for the third movie. 🙂

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1,300 Taiwanese Form Human QR Barcode

Posted December 7, 2012

More than 1,300 Taiwanese people formed a human QR code in an event designed to promote the island to the world by cashing in on the rising use of smartphones which can read the barcodes.  QR codes are commonly used to direct users to websites, videos or social media sites.

Forming the QR code, highlighted by a blue word “Hi” in the middle, involved a total of 1,369 people carrying umbrellas on the square of the Taipei City Hall, organizers said.

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Barcodes Installation Unveiled at the Spokane Street Viaduct

Posted November 9, 2012

Barcodes are a common part of your everyday shopping experience or maybe even on your ID card to the gym, but they also can be found in public artworks.

SODO, created by California-based Merge Conceptual Design artists’ Claudia Reisenberger and Franka Diehnelt, is a visual narrative that catalogues more than 200 years of SoDo’s history. Created in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation, the artwork consists more than 500 painted columns as part of the Spokane Street Viaduct Widening Project.

Large stenciled and barcode designs adorn the concrete columns that hold up the existing and new portions of the Spokane Street Viaduct between Sixth Avenue South and East Marginal Way South. To distinguish and identify each theme within the artwork, the artists created their own unique barcodes encrypted with the name of each field for the project.

Contact us at BarcodesInc to find all the ways you can put barcodes to use.

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Happy Birthday! The Barcode Turns 60!

Posted October 16, 2012

Now a common place tool used at almost all levels of business, the barcode is now celebrating 60 years of use!

The now-ubiquitous patch was first patented in 1952. The first design, invented by Norman Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver, resembled a circular bullseye. Originally created to help speed up the check out lines at a grocery store, they are now use to track almost anything.  Asset management, inventory, POS, and ID issuance are just some examples of processes that would be much more difficult with out the help of barcodes.

Today, 60 years after the barcode was first patented, there are more than 5 million individual barcodes in use around the world.  Oddly enough, one of the first retail products to use a barcode was Wrigley’g gum!  Through the years, many different types of codes have been developed, but none as popular and well-known as the UPC barcode, used on retail items, and the quickly advancing QR code you can scan with your smartphone.

Wherever you look you can find the barcode hard at work.  With advancements in scanner technology and more flexible barcode development, we’ll hopefully see another 60 years of barcodes!


Open Source Beer Recipe in a QR Code

Posted September 14, 2012

The applications you can put QR Codes to use may range from coupons to advertising campaigns but this has got to be one of the more unique applications.

The New Zealand brewing company Yeastie Boys incorporate several QR Codes on the labeling of their Digital IPA.  These codes lead customers to various web pages including Facebook and Twitter accounts but one of the QR Codes lead to the full recipe of the beer, which essentially makes Digital IPA the world’s first open source beer!

If you are looking to incorporate 2D barcodes in your business and need help getting started, contact us at Barcodes Inc.


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