Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Belly Up to the Bar Code

Does the barcode on a can of beans look like art to you?
It might, if you live in Japan.

A few days ago, after I finished rolling on the floor laughing over (and remembering how my own goofs kept the entire French city of Clermont-Ferrand entertained,) I moseyed over to the site's blog for a look-see.
I will never badmouth barcodes ever again. At least I won't if we start using the Japanese ones!

Aren't those great? I found them at's page, here. These geniuses designed them.
Why not enjoy a few more?

How fun!
Of course, the folks at aren't the only ones to make art from barcodes.

That one was discovered on the streets of Copenhagen.

I like this one too, found in London.

Thanks to artist Scott Blake, you can own your very own barcode art. And so can your dog!

Photo by Scott Blake
Click on the dog to zoom over to his etsy store, and be sure to check out his website as well. His barcode portraits are incredible.
See what I mean?

All made from the lowly barcode!

So what do you think? Would you like to see your face in barcodes? Do you wish we could banish the barcode and return to the days of the tiny sticky price tag? Personally, I'd love to find some barcode creativity on my next stop to the Bi-Lo.

Have a wonder-full Wednesday, y'all!
Love, Becky


jama said...

Becky, you find the coolest things! I have a new love for bar codes now :).

Renee said...

people have such amazing ideas. i must admit i love the bar code in japan, but i don't think i could stare at it forever


rochambeau said...

Hi Becky,
This is a great post! But oh how I wouldn't like to see my face on one!!!!

I like the Japanese art barcode the best!!

Have a nice week!

Nezzy said...

Thanks for poppin' over and leavin' your sweet comment. I LOVE the creativity of the bar codes. They might make shopping a little more interesting. This Ozarks farm chick was not born with that shoppin' gene.

Ya'll have a fantastically blessed day and in the words of Granny Clampett, "ya'll come back now, ya hear!!!"

lotusgirl said...

Barcodes are great. I love the getting creative with them. How fun is that? The things you find amaze me.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I wouldn't have seen these as fodder for artistic expression--which goes to show how limited some of us can be!

CC said...

You've just totally educated me here! Thanks!

adrienne said...

Clever art! All those black and white stripes are giving me flashbacks to my principles of design classes...

Susan Tuttle said...

however cool, i think an exhibit like this would make me dizzy:)

Attic Rat said...

sounds like fun!


Pocket Full of Prettys said...

Thank you for your kind, sweet words. Sorry I haven't been by in awhile. Life has been so crazy, trying to sell house, move, new job, sick kids etc....Hugs***Renea

barcode software said...

The dog image is great! I love that!