A barcode is an optical machine-readable representation of data relating to the object to which it is attached. That's Wikipedias definition and Steve Simpson, a illustrator from Dublin, Ireland makes sure that the representation is very accurate to the brand of the product by creating super cool illustrations with the barcodes.

Barcodes grace almost every product we sell. Considering how much package real estate they command, why shouldn't they be more fun?

Fun with Barcodes by Steve Simpson

Fun with Barcodes by Steve Simpson

Fun with Barcodes by Steve Simpson

Fun with Barcodes by Steve Simpson

Some tips from Steve

  • Colours can be changed but requires good contrast for scanning readability.
  • The number string is only there to help a human reader interpret the barcode; change the god damn font!
  • Space should be left at either end so the scanner can recognise the beggining and end of the code.
  • For readability; there should be a healthy sized horizontal strip of uninterupted code.
  • Test it! Print it out and check it using a barcode reader app on your smart phone.

Fun with Barcodes by Steve Simpson

Fun with Barcodes by Steve Simpson

Fun with Barcodes by Steve Simpson

Fun with Barcodes by Steve Simpson

Fun with Barcodes by Steve Simpson

Fun with Barcodes by Steve Simpson

Fun with Barcodes by Steve Simpson

For more information visit: http://www.stevesimpson.com/

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Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop Tutorials and Illustrator Tutorials. Of course there are other softwares conteplated like Pixelmator, Fireworks, and web design tutorials.