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Colin O'Dowd Makes the Bar Code the Center of Design with the BEEP Mug

By: Jessica Marcel - Published: • References: colinodowd and design-milk
Based on the statement on the bottom of the BEEP Mug, designer Colin O’Dowd seems to think that the bar code has been highly undervalued by designers. I can’t say I agree with him. If anything, bar codes have become way too prevalent in our daily lives.

The design of the BEEP Mug is, however, unusually interesting. A bar code wraps around the mug instead of just being a small addition to an otherwise complete design, and it also has the functionality of a real bar code--you can scan it on any bar code reader.