Barcodes with pizzazz

11/10/2009 | Fast Company online

Japanese graphic designers are jazzing up the humble barcode, using the familiar black and white lines to create machine-scannable pictures of stockings, wind-farms, forests and flowerbeds. "Barcodes grace almost every product for sale," notes Cliff Kuang. "Given how much package real estate they command, why shouldn't they look cool?"

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