Brian Suda

Connecting The Digital To Analog


“Going digital” is all the rave. From apps to QR codes, everyone’s trying to bring you online. This talk focuses on the other direction; taking digital objects and projecting them into the analog world. From print-on-demand to just-in-time analog information, there is a lot of power and usefulness with paper. To do this, we don’t have to give-up any of our existing knowledge.

We’ll go through how to use web APIs to fetch data, responsive design techniques to repurpose information for various paper sizes and HTML to PDF generation to control print outs. We’ll observe how people use paper and it’s affordances to bring all the great things about the Internet to them in a more analog form.

About Brian

Brian Suda is an informatician currently residing in Reykjavík, Iceland. He has spent a good portion of each day connected to Internet after discovering it back in the mid-01990s. Most recently, he has been focusing more on the mobile space and future predictions. How smaller devices will augment our every day life and what that means to the way we live, work and are entertained. People will have access to more information, so how do we present this in a way that they can begin to understand and make informed decisions about things they encounter in their daily life. This could include better visualizations of data, interactions, work-flows and ethnographic studies of how we relate to these digital objects.

His own little patch of Internet can be found at where many of his past projects and crazy ideas can be found.

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