12 June 2011

QR codes...

You are here:
Wait, what?
QR codes—seeing them everywhere!

And got totally caught up in my
geek-mode playing with them!

QR codes = Quick Response codes

They’ve been around since 1994 and
currently becoming very popular.

Why, you ask?

Because they are easy to generate (I did it!)
and incredibly versatile!

They can: link to your website/blog/Facebook...add contacts to your phone...get directions...send a text/email...advertise your business...store info on your business card...

stitch them...
Yes, could not resist trying to stitch one! 

Erich from Black Duck Inc created one,
and dared me to try one too.

So how do you read them?

with your smartphone, iPhone or iPad
(apologies if you don’t have one of those devices and don’t
want to leave you out, so I’ve included a QR code monogram too)

First you need an app for scanning QR codes
I went to the App Store, searched for ZXing, and downloaded this free app called Barcodes Scanner

Then just point your app at QR codes to scan—easy!

Want to make your own QR code?

There are many free sites out there, I found Kerem Erkan has quick and easy to follow instructions. 
(suggestion: chose bit.ly in the form to shorten your code)

Now test it on my stitched QR code!

So...what do you think?

Great?  Or just too geeky?

QR code monogram as promised…

quiz time...anyone tell me where this QR code takes you?

it's just embroidery, have fun with it!


Silver Magpies said...

Oh Cathy -

That is too cool! It took me to the place where I first heard about you. Don't want to ruin the surprise for anyone else!!

Tricia Rose said...

Oh Cathy, you are waaaay ahead of me!

Sarah said...

Have no idea where this one takes you, but it made me smile. I like it! ~ sarah

The Entertaining House said...

clever quirky silly and genius!!!

Susan T said...

I have only just worked out what bar codes are for!

The Buzz Blog said...

You finally got me to download a barcode scanner - how fun! I've seen these things everywhere and have wanted to try them for sometime. Thinking of getting a t-shirt with a big QR code on the front...

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

I have seen these things everywhere too-- such a fun idea to embroider!! Take care, Caroline

Kelly Frances Dunn said...

Amazing what you come up with, learn, create and share my friend!! I think you're latest creation is just as creative as ever. I didn't see that coming! Your QR is a QT :) XO, Kelly

Ms. Bright said...

This is SO very clever!

So glad you stopped by because now I can enjoy all your creativity. I'm blown away right now!!

I'd love to do a feature post soon!!

Jennifer Cox | NNEP said...

Fun - it is going to be really fun to see what embroiderers do with QR, and all the different ways it can be used!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Um, given that it took me over 2 hours to load my facebook page onto my blog let's just say I am not too computer literate. :)

If you have a chance, please stop by my blog and enter my giveaway.

Happy Monday!

Ridgely's Radar said...

Love this! too cool for words! ;)

pretty pink tulips said...

You are so on top of things!!! I've seen these but haven't really started using them yet. Love how you incorporated them into embroidery! You're so cool!!

xoxo Elizabeth

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I love this!! What a great idea to embroider something so Modern and Funky!!! You're amazing, Cathy, with the way you manage to make all your incredible designs.


Debby said...

Hmmmm... I don't know where it takes you but very cool! xo

Natasha said...

I have been trying to work these things out but never quite knew what to do. Thanks for the great tips!

I love your blog too. How fabulous to meet you and find your blog via twiiter!

Best wishes,

M.T. Pocketts said...

Ah, you are so talented! I love to check in and see your latest designs. I feel so inadequate--but in a good way! (If that's possible!)