So 2012 is coming to an end, and I am pretty sure that by now everyone is aware of QR Codes, or has at least seen them before. Today QR Code Design is getting awfully creative – some stores have even gone so far as to create a QR code structure that only allowed people to scan it’s “QR Code Shadow” during ‘noon time’ of the day to increase lunch time shopping lol. That is pretty intense. But in addition to that awesome innovation of QR Codeness – we also have some very nice QR Code Illustrations (some actually work) and we even have one from in-game Minecraft! LoL. Before we get ahead of ourselves, if some of you aren’t familiar with QR Codes… let us get our learn on. Shall we?
What Are QR Codes?
if you aren’t hip to the jive of QR Codes, here is what the wiki has to say about it
QR Code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) first designed for the automotive industry. More recently, the system has become popular outside the industry due to its fast readability and large storage capacity compared to standard UPC barcodes. The code consists of black modules (square dots) arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be made up of four standardized kinds (“modes”) of data (numeric, alphanumeric, byte/binary, Kanji), or through supported extensions, virtually any kind of data.
The QR Code was invented in Japan by the Toyota subsidiary Denso Wave in 1994 to track vehicles during the manufacturing process, and was originally designed to allow components to be scanned at high speed. It has since become one of the most popular types of two-dimensional barcodes.
Unlike the older one-dimensional barcode that was designed to be mechanically scanned by a narrow beam of light, the QR code is detected as a 2-dimensional digital image by a semiconductor image sensor and is then digitally analyzed by a programmed processor. The processor locates the three distinctive squares at the corners of the image, and uses a smaller square near the fourth corner to normalize the image for size, orientation, and angle of viewing. The small dots are then converted to binary numbers and validity checked with an error-correcting code.
Dang, I didn’t even know QR Codes have been around since 1994! Seems like we just started using them the other day. Today the most practical use of QR Codes is on printed items, or product packaging so that people can just whip out their smartphone, scan it, and go to a certain url on the internets. I’ve seen a lot of awesome uses of the QR Code, and I have seem some really dumb uses of QR Codes. (I personally think any use of a QR Code online is overkill, the best use for them is in the real world when people are away from their computer, and only have their smartphone with them – but thats just my 2 cents lol). Whatever you are working on, if you are working on some type of tangible product, packaging, or print publication – get inspired by these creative QR code artworks and create some! Or just … ENJOY! 😀
This is what I was talking about with the store above – this was Emart’s idea – Shadow QR codes that only work in certain sunlight, check out the video below for more info
What was your favorite QR Code design? Have you seen a QR Code that just blew your mind? Let us know about it in the comments below! Thanks for Reading!