An (almost) ultimate link list to QR Codes, Barcodes and Mobile Tagging




Recently launching the QR Belt Buckle, a buckle you design yourself with custom QR Codes, I thought it’s time to take a look around the QR Code Universe and check out what other people do with QR Codes.

If you are not familiar with QR Codes, here is a short (Wikipedia) introduction to the two dimensional pixel-pattern:

A QR Code is a matrix code (or two-dimensional bar code) created by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994. The “QR” is derived from “Quick Response”, as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed. QR Codes are common in Japan, where they are currently the most popular type of two dimensional codes. Moreover, most current Japanese mobile phones can read this code with their camera.

If you want to learn more about the Codes read  this more detailed description of Bar Codes and QR Codes or watch the video guide to Bar Codes. Additionally check out the slide shows “Whats the power behind 2D Barcodes” and “Trends also gives  you some useful information about the codes in their free ebook “Mobile Tagging – Getting Started”.


I conducted the following list to provide you with an idea how useful QR Codes can be and what people really do with them. If you know other great sources or more cool appliances of QR Codes and Mobile Tagging please drop us a line!





Lendorff.Kaywa Scarf: lk1

Lendorff.Kaywa is a collaboration between London based pixel-knitwear designers Office Lendorff and mobile enthusiasts Kaywa from Zurich, Switzerland.




Fluid Forms QR Belt Buckle:

Turn your custom QR Codes into a belt buckle with our online design-interface




QR Art on Flickr:
Different approaches to QR Art can be reviewed on the Flickr Foto Pool with QR-Art


Pet Shop Boys Video “Integral”:
British popgroup Pet Shop Boys used QR Codes for the artwork of their download-only single Integral in 2007.
The videoclip for the song also features QR Codes




Decode QR Codes online or download the reader software for your apple, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung or Sonyericcson mobile phone




Generate QR Codes with the Kaywa QR Code Generator




Mobile Tagging Blog (German):

The Mobile Tagging Blog covers developments, news, and stories concerning the world of mobile tagging

Mashable on QR Codes:
You don’t know how to use QR Codes?
Find 5 reasonable answers in the mashable article “5 Unique Uses for QR Codes”

More sources:

All About Mobile Life Blog – The Kaywa Blog about mobile life

2d code - News, views and analysis about QR Codes and two dimensional bar codes

Article on David Harper’s Blog – Different Things Mainstream America is ready for Bar Codes – Converging “Realspace” and “Mobilespace”

Article on Norbert Hillinger’s Blog Filmvermarktung 2.0 - Mobile Coding – Neue Wege (auch) für das Kinoticket und die Filmpromotion (Article in German)


Facebook & QR Codes:

The QR Code page of the University of Graz is a great academic source to QR Codes. Find descriptions, links and videos (in German)

Comments & more suggestions welcome!!!

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    I like the Bar Code applications you featured here. Some of the most innovative I have seen! But mobile bar codes are very unappealing visually.

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