A ‘wave’ of new social conversations

Social media plays an important role in our tech savvy lives. Social media sites like FacebookTwitter, Digg etc. dominate many social conversations. In the midst of all these conversations, Google introduced Google Wave in September 2009.

A ‘wave’ that combines all social conversations and gives it’s users the opportunity to ‘communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps and more’. The cool bit is that this past weekend the developers of Google Wave brought it to Massachusetts. Massachusetts GTUG (Google Technology User Groups) hosted the Google Wave Hackathon event on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at the Google offices in Cambridge, MA. The event was open to the public and free to attend. However, prior registration was required and users/developers could register by going to the GTUG website. Also, GTUG was giving free Google Wave invitations at the event. Yes, Google Wave is an invite only social platform. The invite only process is quite similar to how users interacted with Facebook about 4 years ago.

What is Google Wave?

Google Wave is a revolutionary tool –  a platform that combines many different social conversations. It can be classified as a real-time chat room that enables users to perform multiple tasks simultaneously like  edit documents, upload and share photos, search on twitter, etc. In some ways Google Wave will replace the need for opening multiple websites and logging onto 3-4 social networking sites. Now all you need is Google Wave to manage friend lists, tweet, update your blog, manage your photos, etc. Google Wave is a futuristic tool that will revoluntionize online communication.

The Google Wave team explains Google Wave in their video on youtube:

Image from Google Wave website

Article also posted on http://www.amvona.com/blog/a-wave-of-new-social-conversations.html

Portfolio

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Sunniya_Saleem_Portfolio

Design Inspiration from Halloween

Inspiring Halloween decor - OakPark, Illinois 2009

Illinois & Frank LLoyd Wright

2 weeks ago I took a trip down to Chicago to visit an old friend, we went out exploring the historic city of OakPark, Illinois. Just for inspiration we decided to explore the old architecture of this city and came across Frank LLoyd Wright’s Unity Temple Church.

The Unity Temple

The next day we decided to explore a bit more and came across Frank Lloyd Wright’s house and studio. A fabulous example of design with such intricate detail.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio

Frank Lloyd Wright home & studio

It looked like a normal house from the outside. My first reaction was that this isn’t anything special but the minute we entered the studio Frank Lloyd Wright’s magic started to work on us. It is a an amazing example of perfect harmonious design and explain’s how sustainable products can be recycled to create an exquisite effect. The entire house was made using recycled materials. A tree grew from the middle of a wall and connected the studio to the main house. It was fabulous and ofcourse we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside. The house was decorated with intricate stained glass patterns and wood carvings. There was a fireplace in almost every room. Frank Lloyd Wright had taken inspiration from various cultures here namely from Roman, Italian and Egyptian cultures. The house had a feel of grandeur and was very well put together. I could see the symbology of the square, circle and hexagon coming together. The architecture was very modern for it’s times and very inspiring.

After oowing and ahing over his home and studio we decided to go around the neighborhood and see more of his work.

A house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the neighborhood

Sustainability and Design Presentation

Pecha Kucha Slide 1

Intro slide

I got the opportunity to design and deliver a presentation on Sustainable Design Practices for the Boston Pecha Kucha 13. It was a very interesting experience. The event took place on Oct. 14, 2009 at Mantra in Boston and about 200+ people showed up. The link below highlights the entire event.  http://pechakuchaboston.org/blog/2009/09/

http://www.pecha-kucha.org/night/boston/newsletters/998/

“Pecha Kucha (Japanese for “the sound of conversation”) is a fast-paced event where designers get to meet, network, and share their work. A forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown, Pecha Kucha Night has become a global phenomenon, spreading virally to over 200 cities around the world.”

Pecha Kucha Presentation 2009

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