Monday, June 27, 2011

Bar Code Appreciation

A belated tribute to Alan Haberman, who was one of a handful of people responsible for bringing the UPC barcode into our lives. The obit is definitely worth a read, as it describes the joint efforts of retailers and manufacturers to adopt a universal system to encode product data. If not for his efforts, we might be looking at bullseye patterns or other random geometric symbols instead.

And what a pity if that was the case, because we're just starting to see some great offshoot designs that begin with the barcode as the base of all the inspiration.


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