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The Smallest Piece of Graphic Design

Barcodes are those boring little graphics combined with lines and numbers. I assume no one would pay attention to them except for cashiers. Perhaps a well designed package can bring an enjoyable shopping experience to customers. So why not also design barcodes? A Japanese design firm called D-Barcode is now putting creative ideas onto products by transforming original barcodes into interesting iconographies. These examples are fun to look at and they might make you smile.



  1. Kelly Sharon wrote:

    These are so fun! As someone who works retail and stares at barcodes all day, I think this would make staring at the barcodes a bit more enjoyable.

    Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 6:24 pm | Permalink
  2. Kristin Billings wrote:

    Very clever, it’s interesting to see how they decided to play with the barcodes. The Waterfall one is my favorite. Too bad that isn’t more popular in America. I wonder if it would require specialized scanners or anything?

    Monday, November 30, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Permalink
  3. Sewit Gebremichael wrote:

    Very cute. Some people can think so outside the box.

    Friday, December 11, 2009 at 11:56 pm | Permalink
  4. Natalie Andrews wrote:

    This was a really neat idea. I would have never thought to spice up barcodes. Neat find!

    Monday, December 14, 2009 at 6:00 am | Permalink
  5. i like it ,very creative job
    plz sand a oneway writing barcoad

    Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 9:41 am | Permalink