• 13th July 2011 - By Graphire

    QR codes, short for Quick Response codes, are starting to get popular these days. If you are not yet familiar with QR codes, here’s a simple introduction about it. QR codes are similar to bar codes that we see everyday on consumer products. Bar codes are used by retailers for inventory and product pricing for POS. Now what’s the difference between the two? Bar codes are only linear one-dimensional codes which can only hold up to 20 numerical digits, while QR codes are two-dimensional (2D) matrix codes that can accommodate thousands of alphanumeric characters or data. Which makes QR codes more practical to use for a lot of purposes.

    How does QR codes work

    QR codes are scanned with mobile devices like iPhone, Android, or other camera enabled Smartphones. With QR codes, you can link users to your site’s URL, download content, activate phone functions and easily connect the mobile device to the internet.

    So how do you generate QR codes? There a numerous QR code generators around. You can try two popular QR code generators, Kaywa and Zxing Project QR Code generators. You simply enter the data you want to send with your QR code, a web page link, text, phone number or SMS. Generate the code and it will provide you your own unique QR code instantly.

    Reading QR codes will require your mobile device an application or a QR code reader/scanner. Searching for QR code readers will give you ample choices compatible with your particular brand and model of mobile phone. Head on to Mobile Barcodes for a list of the best QR Code reading software available for download.

    Practical applications of QR codes

    There are many ways you can use QR codes. Here are some of the most common applications for QR codes these days.

    1. Business cards
    2.  Corporate or product brochures and other marketing
    3. Posters and announcements
    4. Product packaging and tags
    5. Signages and billboard ads
    6. Clothes (QR codes printed on shirts are a big hit these days)
    7. Magazine or newspaper ads
    8. Website, email or any online campaign
    9. Name tags
    10. Books
    11. A whole lot more than you can think of…

    Designer QR codes

    QR codes doesn’t have to look boring. You can design QR codes outside its black and white mazed like box. QR codes are very potential marketing tools, and presenting visually appealing QR codes will surely enhance your branding and appeal to your audiences.

    Here are a few short tips on how you can enhance your QR code’s looks and create your own stunning designer QR codes.

    1. Add colors to your QR codes. They don’t always have to be black and white. You can add colors as long as you maintain proper contrast between the dark foreground and light background.
    2. Soften it with rounded corners. Softening the corners will dramatically reduce the visual stiffness of QR codes. Soften it and see the difference.
    3. Use other graphic elements to add dimension to your QR codes. You can add images or any design element like your logo on your QR code. Just make sure you don’t obstruct some of the important boxes that contain data.
    4. Use trial and error. You might ask on the previous tip, how do I know which of my QR code blocks I can mess around without affecting code readability. Well, technically you can do the math to compute which blocks aren’t necessary and can be played around or removed. But doing computations like that is unnecessary, you can just do your design, scan and test it as you go along.

    Be sure to try different code readers. Different mobile devices and code readers may read your QR code differently. Make sure also that your designed QR code will be read instantly and will not take more than a few seconds to scan and generate results. If it takes a while to scan it, you need to redesign, simplify and try again.

    I tried it out and here’s my first crack in doing designer QR codes for designfreebies. I quickly made two vector QR code designs using Illustrator. You may try and scan them and see if they work giving you designfreebies home page link.

    To give you more ideas on how you can create your very own designer QR codes, here are a few examples of beautiful and creative QR codes that you can check for inspiration. If you have any designer QR codes you want to share, please let us know by mentioning it in your comment. Enjoy!

    1. Zophia

    Design: QR Arts

    2.Corkbin

    Design: Corkbin

    3. HBO’s Boardwalk Empire Promotion

    Design: SET Japan

    4. IPA QR Code

    Design: QR Arts

    5. Collective Architectures Book

    Design: Buenos Diaz

    6. Louis Vitton QR Code

    Design: SET Japan/Takashi Murakami

    7. WIRED Magazine

    Design: SET Japan

    8. Brainy

    Design: QR Code Workshop

    9. Qubism and QRcodes

    Design: QR Arts

    10. Telstra’s MUM 2.0 Campaign

    Design: SET Japan

    11. Coffee QR Code

    Design: QR Code Workshop

    12. Jameson

    Design: QR Code Workshop

  • 8 Responses to “Designing QR Codes Plus A Dozen Beautiful and Creative Examples”

    • Jermaine Hargraves on July 24, 2011

      Greetings from California! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to browse your website on my iphone during lunch break. I enjoy the info you present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m amazed at how fast your blog loaded on my phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, great site!

    • Charlesetta Loveless on July 25, 2011

      I’m curious to find out what blog system you’re working with? I’m experiencing some minor security issues with my latest blog and I would like to find something more risk-free. Do you have any suggestions?

    • bored on September 15, 2011

      trying to find you, you got facebook or myspace?

    • Robaire McCoy on October 24, 2011

      Extremely good thank you, I think your trusty readers might just want even more information like that keep up the excellent effort.

    • design qr coder on October 27, 2011

      “design QR codes” are originally invented by IT DeSign Inc.
      http://www.it-design.co.jp/

      You can see the samples as below:
      http://d-qr.net/info/sample.htm

    • mohammad saad on November 10, 2011

      9th one is simply awsum. i liked all great stuff on the top. Nice work man !!

    • Dothan on June 20, 2012

      I really like the QR code. Thanks for the great list.

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