Anyway, I wouldn't be the first to try and jazz up the humble barcode. Remember Barcode Battlers?
But I digress. So barcodes are everywhere, yes? And they're pretty dull, yes? Just a dull arrangement of vertical black bars, some wider than others. Totally tedious, but then they're only there to fulfill a function. Nothing we can do to make them more interesting, right?
Wrong! They could look like this:
MUCH better. This seems to be mainly a Japanese phenomenon, mostly the work of a company called D-Barcode. Hooray for them!
More info and plenty more examples HERE, check 'em out.