Six (almost) Effortless Steps to Create QR Codes

As with any technical adventure, creating your own unique QR codes can get complicated. If that is what you want to do, I am sure there are tons of expert courses, codebooks, and educational material out there. For those who are less technically inclined or crunched for time, this is a basic QR Code crash course designed to equip you in reading and creating your own unique QR codes that can be used to share different information across a variety of media outlets.

1. Know what is out there! – To investigate the types of information you can share using a QR code, you have to be able to read the codes you find in your investigation. If your phone does not already have a QR reader application, you can find a free download for the i-nigma reader here. The i-nigma reader is compatible with most phones. Once the reader is installed, you will be ready to scan the QR barcodes and link to mobile internet to access a wide variety of information. Make it a challenge to find as many QR codes as you can in a day’s time!

2. QR code generator – To create your own unique QR codes you need a quick response generator. You can use a QR generator free at the i-nigma site by clicking their Create Barcodes tab or you can download a free QR code generator from a number of sites. Once you have access to a code generator it is a matter of following the steps given in the generator instructions to input the information you want your code to contain.

3. Size dictates data limits –A minimum 2cm x 2cm (approximately one inch) square can hold a shortened URL address or about sixty characters. The more data you want your code to contain, the larger the increase in size. Keep in mind that the size of your QR code also determines how close you must be to scan the information. The small 2cm square code is best accessed at approximately a five-inch distance. The further away you anticipate others accessing your code, the larger it will need to be.

4. Remember everyone and everything needs space – Your QR code is no exception! For best scanning results, leave at least an eighth of an inch (4mm) of white space around your barcode. This open space not only helps your barcode standout and gets the attention it deserves; it also makes it easier to scan.

5. Check it out/ Test it out! – Worse than no QR code to share with family and friends, is a QR code that does not work! Once you have created your QR code – Save it to your computer as an image then open the file and try scanning it! (Now you see another reason why getting that QR reader was a necessary first step!) When you have successfully read your newly created QR code, you are ready for the important final step.

6. Share It! - The QR codes you create are best displayed on flat surfaces. With that consideration in mind, there really are as many display options as you can dream up! Websites, social network profiles, emails, newsletters, print media, cards, and T-shirts. There have even been huge QR codes displayed on Times Square!

While there are numerous free generators out there, avoid any that redirect the user to their own product pages. (You want no strings attached when downloading free software!) Keep links as short as possible and information easy to read on mobile devises. This means for the most part, short and to the point! Now that you have successfully completed the Six (almost) Effortless Steps to Create QR Codes, go forth and display your codes proudly. Have fun and if your codes bring a bit of profit, naturally your fun will increase accordingly!