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Often for many designers adding barcodes, legalities and other practical aspects can be an afterthought. When these aspects are afterthoughts - the odds are they will have a major negative impact on the overall design. These aspects become to a designer the equivalent of acne - an ugly inconvenience to an otherwise beautiful design. Whilst these aspects can be ugly and disruptive to an otherwise clean design they are also an inevitable addition and they play an important and functional role. In saying that, their commercial nature can seem to be at odds with an artwork. So how can we change this? I believe attention to detail is really the critical aspect that elevates a truly greater designer and design from the average designer and design. This attention to detail must be relentless extending to the back labels and even the barcodes. I don't believe barcodes need to be a burden. In fact, clever solutions can elevate them into becoming a true asset. Following are some clever barcode ideas which will change your perception of barcodes forever and open your mind to the endless possibilities often overlooked.
BARCODE IDEA ONE: Think outside the box!
BARCODE IDEA TWO: Use the barcode as shading to create unique forms
BARCODE IDEA THREE: Taking on a whole new dimension
BARCODE IDEA FOUR: Cutaway all sides to create unique forms
BARCODE IDEA FIVE: Upside down, side to side and angles
BARCODE IDEA SIX: Artwork all around
BARCODE IDEA SEVEN: Artwork over the barcode