beyond boring barcodes

Is there a place for library barcodes that go beyond their basic utility and exhibit something more? I’m not a fan of libraries sullying up the covers and spines of their items with barcodes and cataloging info, but maybe there’s a missed opportunity here. Could you grow your users affection towards the library by turning something otherwise unnoticeable into something clever and unique? If you do, just put it on the title page.

Check out the designs at Barcode Revolution, a Japanese design team. [via]

2 thoughts on “beyond boring barcodes”

  1. What I don’t understand–why the front cover? I get the ease of inventory, but isn’t it just as easy to scan it from the back when tilting out from the shelf. When I’m queen… ;D

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