Slowly but surely QR codes are starting to appear everywhere. I’ve found them on promotional flyers, advertising stickers, business cards, and even in the classroom. But I realize that a lot of my peers still don’t understand quite exactly what they are or how to use them. These funky, pixelated graphics can seem a little intimidating, but I am hoping this guide can be an easy transition into the wonderful world of QR codes.
Here’s a little background: QR is actually the abbreviation for a Quick Response Code, and it was first designed by an automotive industry in Japan. The reason QR codes are becoming so popular is because of their fast readability and capacity to store more information than standard barcodes. A QR code consists of black square dots, also called modules, arranged on a square grid typically on a white background. So now, how do we use them?
How to scan a QR code:
First off, you need to actually download a QR Reader onto your device. One popular example is Quick Scan-QR Code Reader by: iHandy Inc. Most of these apps are pretty self-explanatory and simple to use. Typically, the application will open straight up onto the main screen which will allow you to use your camera to scan the code that you are trying to use. Sometimes your camera scanner can be pretty finicky so you might need a steady hand, or try putting the QR code on a flat surface while you scan.
How to create a QR code:
Creating a QR code for your website, company, or store is almost more simple than scanning the QR code itself. You will need to find a good ‘QR code generating’ website, which can be done just by googling QR generator. I like using QRStuff.com because it is truly basic. All you have to do is choose what data type your link is, insert your link, choose the foreground color, and BOOM you’ve got yourself a QR code that can be downloaded, printed, emailed, and much more.