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Did you know that bar codes could be designed? Nether did I, until a recent discovery. Usually barcodes are black and boring, they don’t contain any type of design or creativity. A vanity barcode is a product UPC (or Similar) barcode that’s been turned into a decorative design, yet still scans like a regular barcode. They’re a powerful marketing tool (Example: Cow UPC below could be used on a steak packaging) that can transform a boring, space-hogging barcode into a terrific brand asset. Today we have gathered some simple yet creative UPC barcode designs for your inspiration. For more information and examples check out  http://www.vanitybarcodes.com.

What did you think of this unusual collection? Please comment below and let us know!

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Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. I have a passion for photography, design, typography, architecture, deep house music, adventure, creativity, and building cool products from start to finish. I'm the founder of Inspirationfeed and Fancycrave. I love sharing meaningful content that educates and inspires people to bring their dreams into reality.

12 Comments

  1. Wow! Fantastic Creativity. Simple and Dull Barcodes are made into works of art.

  2. Wonderful creativity

    Thanks Igor

  3. Some very clever designs. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Great barcodes good ideas for logos too.

    Thanks Igor

  5. This is one of those ideas thats just so obvious I can’t believe I haven’t seen it before. Just excellent.

    If I was manufacturing any product that had to have a barcode on it, why would I use this idea?

  6. This is one of those ideas thats just so obvious I can’t believe I haven’t seen it before. Just excellent.

    If I was manufacturing any product that had to have a barcode on it, why wouldn’t I use this idea?

  7. Great idea! Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. These are fantastic! I had no idea barcodes could be designed either. I hope this catches on and companies begin to introduce this on real products. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Wile I appreciate the creativity and design ideas, I would rater insert an Invisible Barcode into a beautiful image or illustration.

    Go check CLIC2C (The Invisible Barcode) at http://www.clic2c.com (CLIC2C The Invisible Barcode)

  10. I saw this in a book a few years ago–something like the Graphic Designers Workbook–maybe that’s not the right title, but, anyway, this isn’t a new idea.

    I like the ones best where using the barcode makes sense as part of a design that would have lines in it (ex. paintbrush bristles) rather than just pasted into a graphic (ex. pie slice with barcode.Although if the designer had put it on top in a scoop of ice cream, it could have been pie slice a la barcode. Whatever.)

  11. this is great stuff!

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