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70 Brazen Barcode Finds

From Scannable Seating to Musical QR Codes

— April 21, 2012 — Tech
The act of product scanning has assumed new forms, as seen in these brazen barcode finds. Originally created to match data with particular goods and services, the barcode has now been worked into abstract art, high fashion and domestic furnishing. The familiar strips of geometric shapes bring about thoughts of grocery store purchases and the peeling off of numbered stickers. While the intricate mixes of numbers and lines may be an afterthought for many, they have been the centerpiece of these barcode creations.

The QR code, or rather the technical term for the barcode, has become emblazoned on marketing campaign launches and abstract paintings. The design has a certain authentic feel to it, a colloquial representation of the relationship between goods and consumers. These barcode creations rework this relationship, contrasting it with unrelated motifs and atypical productions.
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Child Labor Avoidance Apps
Child Labor Avoidance Apps
The Free2Work App Scans Barcodes to Unveil Standards of the Company
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Scannable Postage Stamps
Scannable Postage Stamps
The QR Code Stamp Lets Croatians Stalk Their Snail Mail
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Product-Picking Apps
Product-Picking Apps
Smoopa for Android is a Barcode-Scanning Comparison Application
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Etched Hair Strands
Etched Hair Strands
The Gillette Proglide Vies for the Guiness World Record for Smallest Ad Ever
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Scannable Rooftop Marketing
Scannable Rooftop Marketing
Phillips & Company Blue Marble Takes Advantage of Google Maps
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Bar Code Buildings
Bar Code Buildings
The Facebook HQ QR Stamp is Spotted from Space
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Billboard Placemats
Billboard Placemats
These ReMakes Placemats are Made Out of Old Advertisements
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Secret Message Stickies
Secret Message Stickies
Qrawr's QR Stickers Turn Public Places into Virtual Bulletin Boards
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Blurred Barcode Captures
Blurred Barcode Captures
Ralf Brueck's 'Distortion' Series Explores Digitally Manipulated Reality
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Smartphone Purchasing Apps
Smartphone Purchasing Apps
QkR by MasterCard Simplifies the Shopping Experience
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Avian-Infused Barcode Designs
Avian-Infused Barcode Designs
The 'Stupid' QR iPhone App Ads are a Graphic Piece of Art
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QR Restaurant Waitlists
QR Restaurant Waitlists
Scan and Reserve Tables With the Convenient WalkIN App
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Realistically Rendered Receipts
Realistically Rendered Receipts
Janice Wu Illustrates Mundane Items with Stylish Precision
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Interactive Body Ink
Interactive Body Ink
The Random Tattoo by Fred Bosch Can Be Scanned
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Musical Barcode Apps
Musical Barcode Apps
The Barcodas App Turns Barcodes into Pianos
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Mundane Material-Made Codes
Mundane Material-Made Codes
David Sykes Creates a Real-Life QR Code
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Interactive iPhone Commercials
Interactive iPhone Commercials
AXA Insurance Lets Consumers Step Into Their Ads Via Smartphones
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Printing Without Labels
Printing Without Labels
Barcode Imager Prints Directly on Packages
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QR Code Nightlife Apps
QR Code Nightlife Apps
The Turquoise Cottage 'Buddy Stamp' is for Before and After the Party
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Daring Digital Chest Art
Daring Digital Chest Art
QR Code Tattoo is the First of its Kind
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Scannable Artwork
Scannable Artwork
The Barcode Gallery Boasts QR Code Canvases as Wall Art
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Suitcase Barcodes
Suitcase Barcodes
Trace Me Luggage Tracker
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Scannable ID Apps
Scannable ID Apps
Skanz App Creates a QR Code For Your Digital Identity
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Bar Code Currency
Bar Code Currency
The Dutch Royal Mint Plans to Print the World's First QR Code Coin
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Secret Coded Websites
Secret Coded Websites
Google Commemorates the First Barcode Patent
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Barcode Translators
Barcode Translators
The Finger Reader Makes Grocery Shopping Easier on the Blind
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Pill-Popping Portraitures
Pill-Popping Portraitures
This Scott Blake Self Portrait is Made Entirely from Ecstasy
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Digitally-Encoded Desserts
Digitally-Encoded Desserts
QKies QR Code Icing Links the Consumer to the Baker's Virtual Message
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RFID Grocery Tags
RFID Grocery Tags
Replacing Traditional Bar Codes Could Lead to Faster Checkouts
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Striped Stoned Furniture
Striped Stoned Furniture
The Barcode Table is a Classic Interpretation of Hi-Tech Patterns
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Abstract Barcode Paintings
Abstract Barcode Paintings
The Kyle Trowbrdige Politics of Time Exhibit is Inspired by QR Patterns
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Tortilla QR Codes
Tortilla QR Codes
The Edible QR Competition Creates Tasty Mobile Marketing
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Personalized QR Code Stickers
Personalized QR Code Stickers
The Heineken 'U-Code' Sends Customized Messages
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Visual Barcode Scanners
Visual Barcode Scanners
See Assistive Techology Makes it Easier for the Blind to Shop
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Foods as Barcodes
Foods as Barcodes
Belgian Food Banks 'Donate a Barcode' Ads Help to Feed the Hungry
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Tech to Connect Physical & Digital World
Tech to Connect Physical & Digital World
QR Codes For Mobile Marketing
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Tantalizing Technicolored Technologies
Tantalizing Technicolored Technologies
JESS3 Makes QR Codes Works of Art
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Designer QR Codes
Designer QR Codes
Louis Vuitton & Takashi Murakami Make QR Codes Fashionable
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Scannable Album Pre-Orders
Scannable Album Pre-Orders
The Lupe Fiasco QR Code Interactively Promotes 'Lasers'
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Mobile Box Office (mbo.com): Order and Recieve Tickets on Your Phone
Mobile Box Office (mbo.com): Order and Recieve Tickets on Your Phone
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QR Code Chronographs
QR Code Chronographs
Clocks for Robots Can Be Read and Interpreted by Artificial Eyes
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Sweet Scan-Able Cookies
Sweet Scan-Able Cookies
The RedPepper Oreo QR Code is Technology You Can Lick
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Code-Embedded Coffee Tables
Code-Embedded Coffee Tables
The Rev--> Table is Built with a Digital Imprint of its Design
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Musical QR Greeting Cards
Musical QR Greeting Cards
Playlist Cards by Stupid Require a Smartphone to be Read
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Digitally Determined Crate Contents
Digitally Determined Crate Contents
'What's in the Box' Takes a Look Beneath a Shut Lid
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Scannable Wooden Seats
Scannable Wooden Seats
The QR Code Stool Shows the Physical Form of Virtual Codes
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Costly Coffee Cups
Costly Coffee Cups
Colin O'Dowd Makes the Bar Code the Center of Design with the BEEP Mug
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Scannable Snacks
Scannable Snacks
The QR Code Cupcakes are the Best Thing to Come Out of Montreal Since Parizeau
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Clever Brand Melding Ads
Clever Brand Melding Ads
The Seat QR Code Ads Personify the BlackBerry Barcode
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Wearable URLs
Wearable URLs
P8tch Velcro-Backed Scannable QR Code Patch Routes to Websites
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QR Code Gift Cards
QR Code Gift Cards
JC Penney Offers Recordable 'Santa Tags' for Your Presents
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Repackaging Communities
Repackaging Communities
'A Box Life' Tracks the Lives of Reused Cardboard Shipping Boxes
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Wear Your Website
Wear Your Website
Scan Tshirts With Mobiles
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Bar Code PSAs
Bar Code PSAs
Kristina Cancelmi's Illustrations Share the Sad Stats of Human Trafficking
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QR Code Belt Buckles
QR Code Belt Buckles
Customize Your Belt With Personal Messages or URLs
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Scannable Architecture
Scannable Architecture
Barcode House Applies Horizontal & Vertical Lines for a Modern Effect
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Barcode Art
Barcode Art
Celebrity Barcode Portraits by Scott Blake
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Scannable Inked Art
Scannable Inked Art
The QR Code Tattoo Reads "Hold On" When Scanned
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McDonald's QR Codes Pull Up Nutritional Info on Camera Phones
McDonald's QR Codes Pull Up Nutritional Info on Camera Phones
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Shopping Cart Concierge
Shopping Cart Concierge
Self-Serve Checkouts are Taken a Step Further
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Augmented Reality Dressing Rooms
Augmented Reality Dressing Rooms
The KinectShop Aims to Revolutionize the Retail Experience
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Funky Barcodes
Funky Barcodes
D-Barcode Spices Up Packaging
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Periodic Prescription Packaging
Periodic Prescription Packaging
Independent Remedies Streamlines Drug Administration
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Patterned Bar Code Prints
Patterned Bar Code Prints
001 by MDKtm Forms Readable Textiles that Link to Tweets
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Barcode Art
Barcode Art
People Finding Ways to Get Creative With Everyday Mediocrity
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High-Tech Shopping Carts
High-Tech Shopping Carts
The Hypermarket Vehicle 'UNIT' by Liubov Kurzanova Makes Shopping Easy
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QR Code Art
QR Code Art
'Space Invader' Makes Street Art With Digital Codes
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Bare Barcode Campaigns
Bare Barcode Campaigns
These Victoria's Secret QR Code Ads Intrigue Passers-By
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Temporary Barcode Tattoos
Temporary Barcode Tattoos
Brand Yourself This Halloween With Scott Blake's Customizable Fake Codes
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QR Donation Apparel
QR Donation Apparel
The Charitable Pray for Japan Red Cross Shirt
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