Every day we see some new technology, some new application of ‘internet’ technology that adds new possibility to our life … and usually adds one new thing to learn too.
Fortunately many of the new technologies overlap or borrow from one another reducing our learning curve. In our ‘google it’ world there’s usually an online example, a ‘how to’, and an example to download too.
Such is the case with ‘QR code’, the tag for quick response code, which we see on everything from automobiles to oranges.
Now you can create your own for free! Place it on your T-shirt. Place it on your merchandise, place it on your business card. Place it on your Christmas card.
Our smart phones can scan QR code and now it’s pretty easy to create your own, to promote your products, link to information, or just have some fun.
There are several sites that offer free QR code generation. I like
Here you simply login in to their site and right up front is your composition window that displays the QR pattern you will generate with the text you enter. You can enter anything but we think of crisp taglines with few words, a url for your website, a call to action for current topic.
You can scan it right away with your QR code reader. Readers are easy to find and usually free to download.
I like ‘Qrafter’ for my Iphone. It is free app from Apple.
Of course if you ‘Google’ qr code reader or something similar, you will find many hits for readers, downloads, reviews, for all of our smart phones.
Now – let’s create a QR code.
Check the Examiner http://rootshed.com
I entered the text above at http://qqr.me, downloaded the png image file and pasted into this document. It took just seconds. Just for my curiosity I scaled the image down a bit for this document, pulled out my trusty qr reader and yes, it is the special pattern created by this software that ‘carries the message’. Scaling it’s size had no effect on the ‘readability’ of the message it holds. Try it ! Scan the image, you should see the text we entered and it will probably recognize the web link and show the examiner link, that will take you to the Examiner site.
QR code is hot and trendy but also very practical. Listening to NPR I came across this ‘walk on the wild side’ application of QR codes. Check out this article in the Examiner:
Believe it or not, this story is about ‘cyber grieving’ and digital mourning.
“Social media provides a universal and accessible platform for people all over the world to mourn someone’s passing, without having to travel.”
It may seem a little bizarre at first, but a little creative way to add some joy to this painful moment.
So, you have all the tools you need. Let’s see what kind of QR code creativity you can come up with!