If you read last weekâ€™s F*%k You Friday, you may have gotten a taste about how much I hate QR codes.
Iâ€™ve yet to see a use of QR codes that isnâ€™t forced and is actually helpful to the user.
QR codes drive me nuts because they take me out of my current experience. QR codes make it easy to avoid creating a unique and creative experience using the materials the code is printed on.
When I see a QR code, this is what happens. I have to whip out my smart phone, download a QR code reader (because I donâ€™t have one built in), and then scan the code.Â At this point, Iâ€™m more likely to be playing Angry Birds on my phone because Iâ€™m easily distracted by shiny things and Iâ€™ve forgotten the reason I started downloading this QR app in the first place.
So, are QR codes a fad on their way out? How much longer will I have to put up with these ugly little squares? Has anyone made them pretty, or useful?
Maybe one day, I can wake up in a world without ugly, square barcodes that serve no useful purpose. I call that day 1999.