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steve simpson creative barcode design

Today we wanted to share some creative barcode designs from Irish artist Steve Simpson.

Simpsons work mostly focuses on customizing the traditional barcodes on products, specifically the UPC/EAN code type. While many of are familiar with customized QR codes, finding creative and inventive UPC/EAN code designs is a rarity. Here are some tips from Steve for creating custom UPC/EAN codes:

–        Colors 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 both ends so the scanner can recognize the beginning and end of the code.

–        For readability, there should be a healthy sized horizontal strip of uninterrupted code.

–        Test it! Print it out and check it using a barcode reader app on your smart phone.

And here are some of Steve’s awesome designs: