Amazingly Creative Japanese Barcodes

Posted on September 29, 2008

What’s in a barcode? More than you might imagine, when idealized through the eyes of some very creative Japanese artists.

You will be amazed at what can be done with a few straight lines and a push to think outside of a very ordinary box.

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UPC symbols are ubiquitous and constant reminders that we are a civilization of consumers. Up until now, there was no distinguishing one from the other.

That’s all changed since a Japanese company named D-Barcode came up with some very creative and innovative ideas on how to make these uninteresting lines actually enjoyable to look upon.

It is said that barcodes are the bane of the modern graphic designer. Many distribution people compound the headache by insisting on conspicuous white rectangles, which may or may not fit the context involved. The changes are little and subtle, and yet at the same time, enormous.

Now picking up a bottle or box at the supermarket may bring a smile to your face, not because of a price reduction but rather form a funny unexpected face or form smiling back at you from the label on the back of the package.
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This enhancement of the consumer experience is brilliant on many levels. But why keep talking? Check out these cool barcodes below and judge for yourself!

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Happy barcodes!

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MDeeDubroff

M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry (http://www.ingestandimbibe.com) feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.
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15 comments
Badjoe
Badjoe

www.finemay.com with many funny barcode design..................

thiago
thiago

genius! this is the answer for a simple question that anyone didn't before: why does it have to be boring? tks

Some Guy
Some Guy

I thought Hallmark had been doing this for ages.

MR J
MR J

Can it really be read? Japanese sure know how to take things to extreme!!

Yaowadee
Yaowadee

That’s really very cool....so much, but I can used in XMPIe, Printshop and VIPP Design.

michelle
michelle

Interesting.. i like this!

Harimau
Harimau

haha that's really very cool.

Robyn
Robyn

I swear I saw bar codes like that in MAD Magazine way back in the 1970's when bar codes were first being developed!

MDeeDubroff
MDeeDubroff

Hey everyone, Thanks for your comments. I was amazed at these barcodes too. Shows what can happen when you just take the time to think outside of the box!

starboykb
starboykb

this was the most creative barcode i ever seen. really hope it appear in my place.

SaruKid
SaruKid

Haha! I wish our barcodes looked like this over here too :D It would sure be a nice change to look at.

Gee-man
Gee-man

Those are some very creative and cool barcodes. I hope we get to see some of those over here in the states in the near future.