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Designed to Connect: Video Conferencing with Skype

by Susan Welker, AIA Texas Architects New Media Committee, Chair Simplistic in its features, video conferencing like Skype, can benefit your firm by allowing people to place both audio and video calls to each other, call ordinary phones, and send SMS messages. A. SIMPLISTIC With most electronic devices already equipped with a camera and microphone, the hardest part of getting started with Skype is the download.  With a three-step process, you can be video chatting in no time.  This link provides a “Skype for Dummies” install instructions. http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-download-and-install-skype.html  .  After you install the software on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or…

Designed to Connect: Twitter for Architects

by Andrew Hawkins, AIA Texas Architects New Media Committee One of the more popular social media platforms is Twitter. You hear more about it every day. Twitter is a fast-paced 140-character conversation stream, and it is full of Architecture/Engineering/Construction professionals. With Twitter, you can increase an awareness of your firm or yourself within the AEC community. It provides an endless stream of conversation and information waiting for your interaction. You can grow your network of professional contacts across the country and the world. Twitter is a convenient method for finding current information about architecture, design, and construction, along with other…

Designed to Connect: A Series on New Media

Andrew Hawkins, AIA New Media Committee From productivity to documentation to marketing, the Designed to Connect series will cover various tools available to architects. Technology can aid an architect in many of their endeavors. It should not be viewed as an adversary. It should be integrated into everyday practice. The series strives to provide insight into “new media” from an architect’s perspective. Connect: (verb) to join, link, or fasten together: unite or bind. This is the possibility that new digital media presents for architects and the AEC profession. New digital technologies provide us with opportunities to connect others to our…