Most Creative Barcode Designs Ever

Posted on Design 26

The humble barcode has come a long way since it was first invented by Norman Joseph Woodland, an American inventor who received a patent for the ubiquitous black and white stripes found on pretty much everything way back in 1952.

Check out this awesome list of creative barcodes to see what we mean. From bird cages and fish bones to tree roots and accordions, these clever designs prove that good package design can turn an ordinary barcode into something extraordinary.

Oh, and by the way, did you know that the first product with a barcode was scanned in a supermarket in Troy, Ohio, on June 26th 1974? It was a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicey Fruit chewing gum, and you can find it on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.

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1 These Spaghetti Have A Pretty Clever Barcode

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2 The Barcode On My Shaving Cream

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3 Barcode On The Back Of A Children’s Book About Thunderstorms

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4 Accordion – Black Prairie Album

Image source: BarcodeBabe

5 The Roots Of The Tree Are The Barcode

Image source: RaffiGeukdjian

6 Organic Wheatgrass

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7 A Waiter Carrying A Stack Of Plates

Image source: OsakaJob

8 This Barcode

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9 Weirdest Barcode

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10 Fisherman

Image source: Penélope Lira

11 Wine With Blended In Barcode

Image source: helderbergwinery

12 This Barcode Is A Bird Cage

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13 This Barcode Is The New York City Skyline

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14 Gaiety Tea

Image source: Sarah Cameron, Jia Ying Gnoh, Alex Butenko

15 The Barcode On This Beer

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