ARCHIVE: HIGH CAPACITY COLOUR BARCODE
Submitted image (click to enlarge): High Capacity Colour Barcode.
Submission title: High Capacity Colour Barcode
Submitted by: Jérémie Héroux-Hamelin
Participant’s field of work/interest: IT, information and technology
Participant’s Image Description:
“High Capacity Color Barcode (HCCB) is a technology developed by Microsoft for encoding data in a 2D "barcode" using clusters of colored triangles instead of the square pixels conventionally associated with 2D barcodes or QR codes. Data density is increased by using a palette of 4 or 8 colors for the triangles, although HCCB also permits the use of black and white when necessary.”
HCCB or High Capacity Colour Barcode is a Microsoft invention that is just old enough to be “out” but at the same time too new to be “in”. These barcodes were invented by Microsoft as explained in the Wikipedia pages cited below:
Translated by Geneviève Moisan, woven by Sophia Borowska and Geneviève Moisan.
Pointcarré weaving simulation (click to enlarge).
Translation to Weaving
The participant thought that it was interesting to think about these ‘inventions’, these new ways to try to store more and more data in a visual way that can be scanned but also how they can become ‘in’ or ‘out’ regarding the laws of marketing and how catchy or not they are. These barcodes were outdated before they even reached the market. He mentioned it as an outdated way to store data that looked just like a quilt.
In the woven cloth, we wanted to keep as much as possible of the image's visual qualities so, if one day possible, it could still be scanned. We chose the brocade technique for its capacity to add as many colors as necessary while keeping the sharpness of the shapes in the barcode. The idea of the quilt, mentioned by the participant, made the choice of weaving this barcode into cloth even more interesting. Keeping information and data over generations is what weaving and quilts have done for centuries. Let’s keep outdated data storage technology in cloth. We never know.
Weaving structures - click to access full set of structures - available to WDRG members only.
Technique and Process Notes
The technique is a two white wefts and four added color brocades (black, yellow, pink and blue). The weaving process was interesting.
A different weaver wove each of the two images: the two weavers sitting next to each other at the loom.
Threads Used: Warp is white 2/16 mercerized cotton. Wefts are white 2/8 cotton and white 2/16 mercerized cotton. Brocades are colored 2/8 cotton.
Colour reduction for weaving design (click to enlarge).
This was an experiment in four hands weaving and team work. It made the weaving process shorter, but needed a lot of compromise!
Original Dimensions: screen capture from the Internet
Number of Picks: 2560
Woven Dimensions: 12.5” X 14”
Weaving Density: unspecified
Images of Final Woven Samples
FRONT (ABOVE), BACK (BELOW).