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by Tony Karp
Art and the Zen of QR Codes -- Making QaRt
 - This is a factory-issue QR code, unmodified and straight out of the box.<br>Yes, I know it's boring -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
This is a factory-issue QR code, unmodified and straight out of the box.
Yes, I know it's boring
Some trends have come and gone before I even got a chance to ignore them.

QR (Quick Response) codes can store a lot of information in a space not much bigger than a bar code. They were designed for tracking parts through factories and for attaching machine-readable labels to the finished products and on their packaging.

But then the techies got involved and started attaching QR codes to everything. "Point your smartphone here and read our special offer!" The pundits predicted a new form of communication based on QR codes. QR code consultants and marketing experts sprung up and there were even books on how to use QR codes to boost your business.

As the next greatest thing, QR codes for the masses never caught on. Somewhere, there's a warehouse full of old, unused QR codes. I just know it.

As a Techno-Impressionist artist, I believe that the real use for QR codes is in creating art. So I've taken some old QR codes that I found lying around the studio and created art from them. Our marketing department came up with the term "QaRt" codes. And some of the images take QR codes into the 3rd dimension.

Many of the examples that follow can actually be read on your smartphone. It's amazing how you can shmush up a QR code and still read the data.
 - An Escher-like 3D QR code. The shadows are deceiving. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
An Escher-like 3D QR code. The shadows are deceiving.
 - This 3D QR has been tilted to expose its edges. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
This 3D QR has been tilted to expose its edges.
 - A little bit of curving action turns this QR code into Sanskrit. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
A little bit of curving action turns this QR code into Sanskrit.
 - A QR code designed for the factory that makes Nerf items. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
A QR code designed for the factory that makes Nerf items.
 - This 3D QR code has a cool blue look. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
This 3D QR code has a cool blue look.
 - Art and the Zen of QR Codes -- Making QaRt -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
A very fancy 3D QR code.
 - Uh oh! This is what happens when your QR code gets infected by a virus. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
Uh oh! This is what happens when your QR code gets infected by a virus.
 - A minimalist QR code. Only the outlines remain, -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
A minimalist QR code. Only the outlines remain,
 - The last view of a QR code just before its sell-by date. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
The last view of a QR code just before its sell-by date.
 - This QR code was originally designed for marking PC boards. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
This QR code was originally designed for marking PC boards.
 - A QR code that has been shaken, but not stirred. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
A QR code that has been shaken, but not stirred.
 - Maybe a red outline will help this poor QR code. Probably not. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
Maybe a red outline will help this poor QR code. Probably not.
 - Never leave your QR code out in the sun on a hot day. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
Never leave your QR code out in the sun on a hot day.
 - The original plan was to make this QR code from chocolate. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
The original plan was to make this QR code from chocolate.
 - Your QR code should be flexible. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
Your QR code should be flexible.
 - A QR code for snowboarders and skateboarders. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
A QR code for snowboarders and skateboarders.
 - This is a QR code for people with tunnel vision. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
This is a QR code for people with tunnel vision.
 - My first attempt at a QR cube. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
My first attempt at a QR cube.
 - Here, the QR cube is sitting on the lawn behind my house. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
Here, the QR cube is sitting on the lawn behind my house.
 - A QR code valentine for the artist's muse. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
A QR code valentine for the artist's muse.
 - A Borg cube built from discarded QE codes. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
A Borg cube built from discarded QE codes.
 - The Borg QR cube lands before the Louvre in Paris, sitting on La Pyramide. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
The Borg QR cube lands before the Louvre in Paris, sitting on La Pyramide.
 - The Borg QR cube makes it to the Big Apple, landing in front of the Metropolitan Museum. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
The Borg QR cube makes it to the Big Apple, landing in front of the Metropolitan Museum.
 - The Borg QR cube leaves the Earth. You will be assimilated. -  - Art and the Zen of QR Codes - QaRt - making art from QR codes. - Tony Karp, design, art, photography, techno-impressionist, techno-impressionism, aerial photography , drone , drones , dji , mavic pro , video , 3D printing - Books -
The Borg QR cube leaves the Earth. You will be assimilated.

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