There’s no denying that QR codes are incredibly useful, but they’ve always been a bit too dull for my liking. The monochrome color palette feels too formal, and the lack of visible variation between different codes makes them appear extremely regimented.
A couple of hours ago, I stumbled upon an open-source project that’s dedicated to bringing a new lease of life to QR codes by letting you embellish them with an image, color, and even animation. They’re all very minor things, but collectively they create a much more personal code.
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You generate a custom QR code much the same way as a regular one, but there are a couple of additional steps. Simply head over to this website, input the target URL, upload the image you want to embed (JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF or SVG), then decide whether you’d like to inject it with color.
Granted, the picture in the codes isn’t going to win any awards for either clarity or quality, but I’m sure you’d agree that it’s still pretty neat to have the option to make the matrix barcode a little more enjoyable and engaging should you want to.
I’ve been playing around with them for a while now. You can see what I’ve come up with below.