yuri suzuki : barcode book at tokyo designtide
yuri suzuki : barcode book at tokyo designtide yuri suzuki : barcode book at tokyo designtide
nov 08, 2010

yuri suzuki : barcode book at tokyo designtide

 barcode book, 2010 image © designboom



at designtide exhibition in tokyo earlier this month, designboom met yuri suzuki who showed a few recent projects: among them – the barcode book.



barcode book image © designboom



the barcode book by london-based product/sound designer yuri suzuki tells a story through illustrations made with barcodes. sound is played using a barcode reader, connected to a speaker. this project is technically based on 80’s old texas instruments toy ‘magic wand reader’.



barcode book image © designboom


a barcode is an optical machine-readable representation of data, which shows certain data on certain products. usually barcodes represent data in the widths (lines) and the spacings of parallel lines. they also come in patterns of squares, dots, hexagons and other geometric patterns.



the barcode book is are read by an optical scanner photo by hitomi kai yoda



suzuki applies an ‘audio barcode’, a technology that allows data such as text information to be carried and transmitted on sound waves in the audible range (music and spoken word). barcodes appear frequently in advertisements and magazines, and allow users to access related websites by scanning these figures with mobile phone cameras. audio barcode represents and transmits data in a similar way. data embedded in sound waves are picked up by target devices with a microphone, analyzed by special software, and then extracted. data to be transmitted is embedded by acoustic OFDM (the technology behind audio barcode).



photo by hitomi kai yoda



photo by hitomi kai yoda



oscar diaz and yuri suzuki at the tokyo designtide exhibition. they have collaborated recently on a few project and have shared the space at designtide. image © designboom


the barcode book in use



the use of the barcode book



here is a video of an earlier version of the developing process.

credits for barcode book project: design by yuri suzuki, graphic design by benjamin weetman and laurie robins, story by noriko fujioka and rowena finlayson.

yuri suzuki is a product designer and electronic musician who produces work that explores the realms of sound through exquisitely designed pieces. ‘sound interjection!’ is playful and interactive, encouraging the viewer to become part of the final design by creating sounds. suzuki believes that not enough thought has been given to noises produced by everyday appliances, and began to include sound-scapes in his products. yuri suzuki was born in tokyo in 1980. between 1999 and 2005 he worked for japanese design firm maywa denki, where he developed a strong interest in music and technology. in 2005 he moved to london to study at the royal college of art. during this time he worked on some projects for yamaha and moritz waldemeyer, and after his graduation in 2008 he opened his own studio.

  • Incredible. Just thinking about other applications, I guess
    we’ll see more of it in the next future.

    Klaus Yi! says:
  • Wonderfully visual, graphic and interactive. Yet more commercially viable (and child proof!) to just print copy and have buttons incorporated into a book – as already done in various ways.

    Harty G says:

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