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Print your QR Code onto your stationery and printed material as well
Why not print your QR Code ("Quick Response Code") onto your stationery and printed material as well? It's a simple to do as there are lots of QR code generators on-line as well as loads of Apps available for Apple iPhones (via iTunes Store), Apple iPads (also via iTunes Store), Blackberry, Android and other smart phones and tablets.
We would always suggest that you print the QR Code no smaller than 1.5cms although that's dependent on the actual distance of the QR Code from the smart phone plus how good the camera on the smart phone is. But generally anything produced from 2010 (circa Apple iPhone 4) onwards should have a decent enough (5mp) camera to focus on it and quickly scan in the information. Any current 8mp+ smartphone cameras should be able to pick any printed QR code up at a snap. Also depending on the complexity of the QR code, will also determine the size required for it to be printed on our printing presses. Generally if you're only adding a single piece of information like your website or a YouTube video link to a QR code then the dots on its will be simple, however if you use a fully-features "MeCard" then that adds an enhanced level of complexity to it and thus will either require a good smart phone camera or that it will be printed at a size bigger than 2cm width. Also be sure to leave the white border or "quiet zone" alone on the code as that's important.
You should always test that your QR Code works first via a laser or ink-jet proof. Also bear in mind that if you only scan it off a PDF proof on your computer monitor then that will obviously be a much bigger image than will actually appear in print. But it's still worth checking to see that the QR code's content is all relevant and correct no matter what. Trade Printing UK would also recommend that you try it on multiple smart phones, so if your colleague has a Blackberry and you have an iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, or even if a client has an Android phone then ask them all to try it from your laser or inkjet printout, or computer monitor as a minimum.
So can I print a QR Code with any ink colour on Trade Printing UK's printed products?
Absolutely, however in general most folks leave it as Black ink for simplicity and easier, quicker smart phone scanning. But as long as you choose a dark ink colour and there's lots of contrast you'll be okay as the QR codes themselves have between 7% and 30% error correction redundancy (depending on how high the error correction level is set to when it is created) built in to them so that means that there can be nearly one-third of it obliterated or removed and it should still give up the information it contains. It's wonderful that way!
What information can I print within a printed QR Code?
There are lots of amazing things you can do with them. Here's a good anecdote of how folks are thinking out of the box... a guy had a Tattoo of his Facebook profile tattooed on the back of his head so that folks could go up to him with their smartphone and scan his QR code in and visit his Facebook page. Even QR Codes are being added to the Women's Volleyball teams at the 2012 London Olympics. Or the QR Code Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012. These are some of the cooler uses for printed QR codes, but really, they would normally fall under the simple list of printed QR Code uses below, or if someone just wants more details on your company (Web, Tel No, Company Name, Address then you'll need a "MeCard").
So what can I use QR Codes for in general and in printing?
The simplest QR codes are for one piece of information such as:
YouTube video hyperlink
Facebook or Twitter page hyperlink
Google Maps location
WiFi login - only currently available with Android smartphones
PayPal Buy Now hyperlink
Apple iTunes Store link
What can I print QR Codes onto?
You can print QR Codes onto lots of things, bearing in mind their Fit-For-Purpose usage and the resolution of people's current smartphones:
printed Presentation Folders
printed Business Cards
printed Desk Pads
printed Invoice Books
printed Receipt Books
printed Carbonless Forms
Plus other types of stationery and printed matter including:
Wedding Invitations with an RSVP encoded link
Wine Bottle label linking to vintage and production information
Property listings linking to an Estate Agent's website listing
Large Format posters and pull-up Display Stands in shops