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QRt – QR Codes can be beautiful!

Have you ever heard of QR codes? you may have seen them on posters, flyers or business cards. Since a while i keep on following how designers use the creative opportunities you get with error correction code written into the QR Code encoder that allows up to 30% deterioration of a QR Code while remaining readable. Basically it means, you can scratch off and redesign a bit of code here and there and it will still scan correctly thanks to the error correction technology used for QR codes.

Here are some of my favourites…

The best examples i have seen to date are how japanese designers implement QR codes into advertisement designs:

and my favourites are the¬†QR designs by SET from Tokyo who totally raised the bar in what is actually possible designing beautiful and clever designs which are still readible by a simple phone app. an inspirational country as always… ūüėČ


and contrary to the standard quick copy&paste job banning the QR code into some corner where it is just sitting and looks boring…some other ads for well known brands are cleverly weaving QR Codes a bit more subtly into their layout as can be seen here and here.

finally, a gallery of some more examples i found on the interwebs during a google picture search, (copyrights of course belong to its respective owners and designers) enjoy!

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Germany

It’s two weeks now since i left London… time goes by so quickly…
I spent some days with my family recharging my batteries and had lots of conversations about my life in the uk and are dealing now with the situation to be back to my home country again.

Last saturday i did a last minute job as a stage hand at an event of the turkish community in stuttgart who celebrated the 50th anniversary since turkish guest-workers and their families came to live and work in germany. i helped to move sound and light equipment into the building, set up the stage for 3 traditional turkish bands and moved it all out again (until 3am in the next morning.) The line-up and music was rather exotic and not the tracklist i would play or dance to Рbut it was interesting to hear them perform live.
why not stay open minded… it was a new experience and almost like a day in turkey. ūüėČ

Yesterday i decided to register officially with a new address in Stuttgart and start soon to run a small business organising and helping out at events in germany and making webdesign, flyers etc. to raise some money for the next journeys.

And apart from that i’ll keep on doing my art and music on the side and really need to brush up some skills in FL10, HTML5, CSS3 and Kanji. keep on reminding me and ask for some updates… ūüėõ i’ll keep on posting here and on¬†twitter.

My next stops are:
Vienna  Рplanned for November 2011
Berlin – definitely in 2011

Tokyo – End of Dec 2011/Jan 2012
meeting lots of friends and hopefully the tokyo hackspace and peaceboat to help out with some volunteering in tohoku

Taiwan – 2012
Turkey – ?

Day 54 – 3/7/11 – Amsterdam (NL)

last day in amsterdam.
breakfast.
flipping through the book street knowledge. more about art in a seperate post.
meeting later with my good friend jon from london who has been travelling with me a couple of times in the past. we try to keep up the game of meeting in other cities, like berlin and now amsterdam. hopefully it will be tokyo one day…

after some daytripping we went to cafe belgique for some belgian beer. apparently the london police painted there as well and designed a logo for them. and they have something called the wall Рa place to come and see if you like street art.

now leaving to stay a night at zeeburg camping site with jon.

catching a train to hoek van holland, then a ferry to uk and a train to london. more about that tomorrow…

street art, graff and japan… some inspiration pt. I

i keep on researching about other artist’s artwork inspired by japanese culture – and new artists from japan. here are a few i found quite interesting.

when flipping through the book street knowledge compiled by king adz:

… a quite interesting book, i liked the work featured on the book cover by uk artist hush

like myself, he is into geishas, kanji, graff, tags, streetart, stencils – the whole lot of all the good things a man must like. for me it’s always interesting to see what other artists are coming up with if they are into the same things. good stuff, mr. hush!

browsing a bit more and also found very good work by another artist called copyright .

he did a collab show together with hush in the brick lane gallery¬†and also seems to be into tattooed¬†asian girls and graff like me… quite easy to like both of them! ūüėČ

last but not least a quick update on the busiest graffiti artist from vienna, mr. nychos.

apparently he painted at the graffiti for japan show in bagnolet. respect!

 
photos: (c) by gabriel-b

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browsing a bit further i also found the japanese illustrator yumiko kayukawa.
different style but also quite inspiring!

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also worth mentioning: lady aiko Рone of the founding members of faile .

i’ll keep on posting about about this particular topic – as it is one of my favourite.
more to be updated soon…