Tech and Fashion – QR Codes and Clothing

With mobile technology being a permanent fixture in our culture now, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t start being part of our fashion too, right? Well, with QR Codes printed on apparel – digital now meets textile. A QR Code is a two-dimensional barcode that stands for Quick Response. No doubt you’ve seen them before – probably most recently in a magazine advertisement or on a billboard or poster. They are readable by cameras and mobile phones. Once it’s scanned, the information in the code will most like likely point you to a URL somewhere online.

While QR Codes on t-shirts and scarfs are nothing new, Seattle designer Sam Trout is pushing the geek chic a bit further with his new QR Code t-shirt line.  Says the designer: “with the QR code as its base, the men’s design adds strength and boldness across the chest, while the women’s design adds length and accentuates the waist and neckline.”


Men’s QR Code-a-licious……………………………….Women’s QR Code-a-licious

When you scan the codes on the shirt, you’ll see different photos chosen by Trout. He intends on announcing a scavenger hunt at a later date that will start from one of the codes on the shirt with prizes awarded to the winners. Check out his site for more info. For info on where to find an app that works for your phone, check out this link:

3,114 Comments on "Tech and Fashion – QR Codes and Clothing"

  1. Ali says:

    love the creativity and the incorporation of fashion and technology.

    but i have to be honest, i would not be caught dead in that “dress”…

  2. Iain Haywood says:

    Bit of a shameful plug I know, but since everyone’s so keen on QR codes all of a sudden, I made a little QR code generator that everyone can use :)

  3. Eric says:

    No worries Iain! I’ll check it out.

    Personally, I don’t see them as adding any particular value to me as a tool. What do you use them for?

  4. HexInverter says:

    On the topic of geek clothing, I figured I’d mention the fashionable jewelry I make from discarded electronics circuit boards for some shameless self promotion.

    Ever wanted to wear part of a motherboard as a necklace? Now ya can :)


  5. Eric says:

    @HexInverter – Sick! Can you make me a tie?!!!!

  6. Sam says:

    @Ali – Are you saying that because it’s too short? It’s actually a tunic style t-shirt. We just happened to be on the beach that day and it worked with the model. I can totally understand why you wouldn’t wear it as a dress.

  7. HexInverter says:

    @ Eric

    Hey! Thanks for the comment :)

    Hmm. A tie…I don’t know how I would go about doing that to be honest. I could make the tie shape but then fastening it around your neck in typical tie fashion would be tricky.

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