Today Google celebrates the issue of the patent of the barcode (US Patent 2,612,994) on 7 October 1952 by turning the repetitively primed Google logo into a minimalistic barcode we humans generally have very few affinity with and associate with products. Only barcode readers, machines or code-enthusiastic humans, have a literal interaction with the code. For the rest of us – me included – every barcode is like a portrait of figures with family resemblance, apparently randomly ordered thin and thicker vertical black lines. Imagine one could write barcode by multiplying the cursor. Even simpler than Morse code: just lines and spaces.
BTW: Reminds me of counting 1-2-3 in Roman numbers, I-II-III, or in Chinese.