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b2ap3_thumbnail_IQ.jpgThe most advanced member of the hugely successful SMART kapp product family, kapp iQ is a sleek, ultra-high-definition display that enables game-changing collaboration for meeting rooms, breakout spaces, offices and classrooms. SMART kapp iQ combines the simplicity of the "walk-up-and-use" practice of the original SMART kapp whiteboard with an incredible, multi-way, multi-device collaborative experience.

Like the original SMART kapp, kapp iQ simply connects via any Android or iOS device. Users can then invite any Web-enabled device to join for unrivalled, real-time collaboration. Anything written on the display is shared in real-time with anyone, anywhere in the world. The magic with SMART kapp iQ is that participants can collaborate and contribute back in real time by making notes on their devices that immediately display in the collaboration session – making it the only multi-way, interactive display that combines the simplicity of a traditional whiteboard with the power of an ultra-high definition display.

This magical experience is accomplished without the need for IT involvement or the need to connect to a corporate network, meaning SMART kapp iQ is less costly to maintain than most front of the room displays. And just like SMART kapp, kapp iQ uses the existing SMART kapp app, but with upcoming iQ premium features, such as digital inking over content. In addition, because SMART kapp iQ uses the same panel technology as the SMART Board 6000 series, many existing customers will be able to retrofit their boards to acquire the power of kapp iQ.

"With kapp iQ, SMART is combining the simplicity of the whiteboard with the utility of a front of room display that often is left unused," said Zeus Kerravala, principal, ZK Research. "It's a unique solution that helps the agile worker collaborate easily whether it's ad-hoc or a formal sit-down session."

"Our new SMART kapp iQ display brings incredibly simple, walk up and use whiteboarding, multi-way sharing, and collaboration," says Neil Gaydon, president and CEO, SMART Technologies. "It embraces and connects the modern world, where multiple devices with different operating systems are in constant use. We are excited that it is going to revolutionize the regular meeting display and collaboration experience."

The SMART Kapp IQ is available in June. Contact Joel Fenske at Huston Electric to Pre order yours today.

b2ap3_thumbnail_peru2.jpgHuston is thrilled to have worked with Peru Schools over the past two years in updating the signs at each of their schools – Peru High School, Peru Junior High, Blair Pointe Elementary, and Elmwood Elementary.  Each school now has their own full color Daktronics electronic message center.  Huston turn-keyed each of these projects by providing new sign bases (excavation, concrete, steel supports), the electronic message centers, identification cabinets with the school names, electrical, cabling, wireless communication, and in-person software training.
 
The message centers are great for providing information to students, parents, and staff on upcoming events at each school.  The full color graphics and animations are eye-catching and are a fun way to keep the community informed on school activities.  The staff at each of the schools do a fantastic job at keeping the content of the signs up to date.

Huston Signs provides and installs electronic message centers, channel letters, architectural letters, monument signs, pylon signs, neon signs and blade signs.  Huston has physical locations in Kokomo, Lafayette, Westfield and Indianapolis, Indiana.

Huston Signs/ Eight38 Graphics is a full service branding, graphics and custom signage company serving central Indiana. We specialize in helping our customers create their brand and then assisting them in marketing that brand to the public. We help our customers visually communicate their brand in the following ways: business cards and letterhead, vehicle wraps and vinyl lettering, interior wall wraps, construction site signs, post and panel signs and way finding signage.

 
Huston Inc. was founded in 1939 and has divisions specializing in electrical contracting and service, home and business automation, telecommunications, visual communications and signage, generators and compressors. To learn more about Huston/ Eight38 graphics, please visit us www.hustonelectric.com and www.eight38signco.com.

b2ap3_thumbnail_chrystler_interactive.jpgHuston continues their partnership with Chrysler LLC providing Interactive displays for the new Tipton Transmission plant.

Hustons Technology division has been working closely with Chrysler on multiple Interactive displays at various Plant locations. Recently Huston’s SMART Interactive displays were purchased to do a  “virtual walk through” of the transmission plant using 3D BIM Modeling. Technology like this can help companies review and make any needed changes on the spot during the construction phase, saving a lot of time and money.

b2ap3_thumbnail_jane_Pauley.jpgHuston was given the opportunity of creating and installing a new sign for The Jane Pauley Community Health Center. Hustons team chose to go with a illuminated, face-lit channel letters style. In a clever twist we devised a way for the letters to appear black and bold during the day and bright and white at night. We were able to make this possible by using a special perforated vinyl.

We, at Huston, were excited for the opportunity to work with Marc Hackett on this project.  We believe strongly in branding and the power of marketing using nice bright and bold signage that both delivers a message during the day as well as night.  The Jane Pauley Community Health Center does an excellent job of branding their business and we are thrilled to be a part of their new location.

Huston Signs/ Eight38 Graphics is a full service branding, graphics and custom signage company serving central Indiana. We specialize in helping our customers create their brand and then assisting them in marketing that brand to the public. We help our customers visually communicate their brand in the following ways: business cards and letterhead, vehicle wraps and vinyl lettering, interior wall wraps, construction site signs, post and panel signs and way finding signage.
Huston Signs provides and installs electronic message centers, channel letters, architectural letters, monument signs, pylon signs, neon signs and blade signs.  Huston has physical locations in Kokomo, Lafayette, Westfield and Indianapolis, Indiana.

Huston Inc. was founded in 1939 and has divisions specializing in electrical contracting and service, home and business automation, telecommunications, visual communications and signage, generators and compressors. To learn more about Huston/ Eight38 graphics, please visit us www.hustonelectric.com and www.eight38signco.com.

b2ap3_thumbnail_signage_20150728-144405_1.jpgHave you been by Financial Builders Federal Credit Union lately?  Chances are you’ll hardly recognize it!  Financial Builders has changed the whole layout of their parking lot which now offers parking space at the front of the building instead of just the sides.  During this exterior overhaul they decided to update their signage and called Huston for help!
 
Financial Builders knew they wanted a sign with an electronic message center to advertise to people driving past on Lafountain and another one to advertise to customers waiting in the drive thru lanes.  From there, Huston’s graphic designer provided several renderings for design options.  Once the design was decided upon Huston worked closely with Perkins Contracting and, together, brought the monument sign design to life!
 
Perkins provided the stone base and pillars while Huston provided the signage for the monument.  The electronic message center is a Daktronics Full Color 16mm that is housed in an aluminum cabinet with routed sign faces and push-thru acrylic lettering for “FINANCIALbuilders” “FEDERAL CREDIT UNION”.  The method of routing the faces and using push-thru acrylic makes for GREAT illumination of the lettering which really stands out!
 
Huston also provided a Daktronics Full Color 16mm electronic message center over the drive-thru canopy.  This way, customers who are waiting can view the promotions and specials that FBFCU is offering—all from the comfort of their vehicle!
 
It takes a lot to make these types of signs functional and Huston specializes in turnkey installations.  Who do you know that can provide electrical conduit, CAT5 cabling, wireless communication, IT programming, and in-person software training?  Huston is the answer!  Call us if you are ready to begin planning signs like these for your business!
 
Huston Signs provides and installs electronic message centers, channel letters, architectural letters, monument signs, pylon signs, neon signs and blade signs.  Huston has physical locations in Kokomo, Lafayette, and Westfield, Indiana.

Huston Signs/ Eight38 Graphics is a full service branding, graphics and custom signage company serving central Indiana. We specialize in helping our customers create their brand and then assisting them in marketing that brand to the public. We help our customers visually communicate their brand in the following ways: business cards and letterhead, vehicle wraps and vinyl lettering, interior wall wraps, construction site signs, post and panel signs and way finding signage.

Huston Inc. was founded in 1939 and has divisions specializing in electrical contracting and service, home and business automation, telecommunications, visual communications and signage, generators and compressors. To learn more about Huston/ Eight38 graphics, please visit us www.hustonelectric.com and www.eight38signco.com.

b2ap3_thumbnail_IQ_20150728-144809_1.jpgThe most advanced member of the hugely successful SMART kapp product family, kapp iQ is a sleek, ultra-high-definition display that enables game-changing collaboration for meeting rooms, breakout spaces, offices and classrooms. SMART kapp iQ combines the simplicity of the "walk-up-and-use" practice of the original SMART kapp whiteboard with an incredible, multi-way, multi-device collaborative experience.

Like the original SMART kapp, kapp iQ simply connects via any Android or iOS device. Users can then invite any Web-enabled device to join for unrivalled, real-time collaboration. Anything written on the display is shared in real-time with anyone, anywhere in the world. The magic with SMART kapp iQ is that participants can collaborate and contribute back in real time by making notes on their devices that immediately display in the collaboration session – making it the only multi-way, interactive display that combines the simplicity of a traditional whiteboard with the power of an ultra-high definition display.

This magical experience is accomplished without the need for IT involvement or the need to connect to a corporate network, meaning SMART kapp iQ is less costly to maintain than most front of the room displays. And just like SMART kapp, kapp iQ uses the existing SMART kapp app, but with upcoming iQ premium features, such as digital inking over content. In addition, because SMART kapp iQ uses the same panel technology as the SMART Board 6000 series, many existing customers will be able to retrofit their boards to acquire the power of kapp iQ.

"With kapp iQ, SMART is combining the simplicity of the whiteboard with the utility of a front of room display that often is left unused," said Zeus Kerravala, principal, ZK Research. "It's a unique solution that helps the agile worker collaborate easily whether it's ad-hoc or a formal sit-down session."

"Our new SMART kapp iQ display brings incredibly simple, walk up and use whiteboarding, multi-way sharing, and collaboration," says Neil Gaydon, president and CEO, SMART Technologies. "It embraces and connects the modern world, where multiple devices with different operating systems are in constant use. We are excited that it is going to revolutionize the regular meeting display and collaboration experience."

The SMART Kapp IQ is available in June. Contact Joel Fenske at Huston Electric to Pre order yours today.

b2ap3_thumbnail_b2ap3_thumbnail_PERU.pngThe students, parents, and staff at Peru Community Schools are now enjoying a new full color electronic message center at the Middle School! This summer Huston replaced their static changeable copy reader board with a new full color Daktronics LED digital display. Schools often give announcements over loud-speakers for students to hear information and also mail monthly newsletters to their homes, but now they are able to communicate with parents and students daily using the digital sign. School administrators can now publish information on the sign regarding sporting events, extra-curricular activities, and more to keep students and parents informed on school events.

Huston also provided Peru’s High School with an electronic message center in January of 2013 and it has worked out so well that they decided to do the same for the Middle School. Huston has been a long-time electrical contractor for Peru Community Schools and we are privileged to work with them on their signage needs as well.

If you feel your business could benefit by advertising your products, specials, and sales on a new electronic message then please contact Samantha Milburn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

b2ap3_thumbnail_PICT0722_20150722-185429_1.jpgThe Tipton County Fairgrounds are really “getting the word out” with their new electronic message center!  What better way to advertise their special events than with this awesome new digital sign?!  

The Fairgrounds previously had a static sign with changeable plastic letters so they were only able to advertise one message at a time.  Now with the new Daktronics electronic message center they can change their message every few seconds to inform the community of their events.

Huston Electric’s Account Executive, Samantha Milburn, worked with Lary Graves of the Tipton County Fairgrounds on the planning of this project.  Lary felt a digital sign would be a great way for the Fairgrounds to let more people in the community know about the various events they host throughout the year.  He was tired of having to change the plastic letters on the old sign and knew that a digital sign would get more attention.  Because so many businesses in Tipton utilize the Fairgrounds’ indoor and outdoor facilities they have come to have close relationships with many of these business owners.  Lary thought some of these businesses would be interested in sponsoring the new digital sign so he approached several of them with the idea and it was a hit!  In return for their sponsorship Lary decided to display these sign sponsors’ logos or business names on the aluminum portion of the sign as well as market their information digitally on the sign.

Huston removed the previous sign and provided and installed the new Daktronics electronic message center, ID cabinet with painted sign faces reading “TIPTON COUNTY”, and black aluminum shrouding with sponsor decals.  We also provided wireless radios to communicate with the sign and trained on how to use the software.  

If you feel your business could benefit by advertising your products, specials, and sales on a new electronic message then please contact Samantha Milburn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

b2ap3_thumbnail_b2ap3_thumbnail_Eight38GraphicsLogoCreation.jpgWhile Eight38 can work with ready-made artwork, or utilize your existing logo and copy to create graphics for your business, vehicle, print media, or signs, we can also help you from the very beginning with all your branding and logo creation needs. 

When opening or rebranding a business there are tons of things to consider, but it’s important not to overlook your logo which sets the tone for your business and becomes your customers first impression as they view your advertisement, website, or look for your sign when driving to your business.  Your logo is often seen not only on your sign and storefront, but also on shirts, letterhead, business cards, vehicle graphics, websites, social media, and much more.  Beyond having a quality logo, it’s important to have clean logo files – and to be the owner of those logo files.  At Eight38 we not only help you to create your logo, we also give you the files in multiple formats - which you’ll need when you sponsor that little league team, or take an ad out in the paper.  We also give you information on your pms colors, and discuss early on how the logo will transfer to different uses such as using a single color logo or utilizing your logo for embroidery on uniforms.

Daniel Ellrich, who specializes in logo creation, is one of Eight38’s Graphic Designers.   We asked him about his approach to designing a logo, of which he said, “When I’m asked to create a logo for a new company, I tend to dive all in. I usually start out by simply typing the name of the company and staring at it for several minutes. I look at the letters, I look at the spacing between the letters, and I look for balance in the words/name of the company.  I start to sketch out concepts and anything that I can think of that relates to the company name. I always try and get my coworkers involved in the process because great design is hardly accomplished by one person. “

We also asked what makes his logos STAND OUT.  Daniel said, “I try to incorporate the essence of the business, as simply as possible, into my design. I love to include subtle hints as to what the business does into my designs. For example Grants Heavy Duty Service repairs large trucks and heavy machinery so I wanted to incorporate a wrench or a tool somehow without just drawing a wrench. I played with the G and was able to hide a wrench head in the letter.  In the logo for Integrity Towing and Roadside service I was able to turn the Y into a tow truck arm and dot the “I” with the Hook, its taking something ordinary and turning into something original.”

What does your logo say about you?  Is it something that you’d be proud to have on your business?  Your car?  Your shirt?  If you are in need of a new logo or a logo update call Eight38, we’ll make you and your business STAND OUT!

Huston Signs/ Eight38 Graphics is a full service branding, graphics and custom signage company serving central Indiana.  We specialize in helping our customers create their brand and then assisting them in marketing that brand to the public.  We help our customers visually communicate their brand in the following ways: business cards and letterhead, vehicle wraps and vinyl lettering, interior wall wraps, construction site signs, post and panel signs and way finding signage.

Huston Signs provides and installs electronic message centers, channel letters, architectural letters, monument signs, pylon signs, neon signs and blade signs.  Huston has physical locations in Kokomo, Lafayette, Lebanon and Indianapolis, Indiana.

Huston Inc. was founded in 1939 and has divisions specializing in electrical contracting and service, home and business automation, telecommunications, visual communications and signage, generators and compressors.

To learn more about Huston/ Eight38 graphics, please visit us at www.hustonelectric.com  and www.838graphics.com

While Eight38 can work with ready-made artwork, or utilize your existing logo and copy to create graphics for your business, vehicle, print media, or signs, we can also help you from the very beginning with all your branding and logo creation needs.

  When opening or rebranding a business there are tons of things to consider, but it’s important not to overlook your logo which sets the tone for your business and becomes your customers first impression as they view your advertisement, website, or look for your sign when driving to your business.  Your logo is often seen not only on your sign and storefront, but also on shirts, letterhead, business cards, vehicle graphics, websites, social media, and much more.  Beyond having a quality logo, it’s important to have clean logo files – and to be the owner of those logo files.  At Eight38 we not only help you to create your logo, we also give you the files in multiple formats - which you’ll need when you sponsor that little league team, or take an ad out in the paper.  We also give you information on your pms colors, and discuss early on how the logo will transfer to different uses such as using a single color logo or utilizing your logo for embroidery on uniforms.

Daniel Ellrich, who specializes in logo creation, is one of Eight38’s Graphic Designers.   We asked him about his approach to designing a logo, of which he said, “When I’m asked to create a logo for a new company, I tend to dive all in. I usually start out by simply typing the name of the company and staring at it for several minutes. I look at the letters, I look at the spacing between the letters, and I look for balance in the words/name of the company.  I start to sketch out concepts and anything that I can think of that relates to the company name. I always try and get my coworkers involved in the process because great design is hardly accomplished by one person. “

We also asked what makes his logos STAND OUT.  Daniel said, “I try to incorporate the essence of the business, as simply as possible, into my design. I love to include subtle hints as to what the business does into my designs. For example Grants Heavy Duty Service repairs large trucks and heavy machinery so I wanted to incorporate a wrench or a tool somehow without just drawing a wrench. I played with the G and was able to hide a wrench head in the letter.  In the logo for Integrity Towing and Roadside service I was able to turn the Y into a tow truck arm and dot the “I” with the Hook, its taking something ordinary and turning into something original.”

What does your logo say about you?  Is it something that you’d be proud to have on your business?  Your car?  Your shirt?  If you are in need of a new logo or a logo update call Eight38, we’ll make you and your business STAND OUT!

- See more at: http://838graphics.com/index.php/blogs/entry/your-first-impression-logo-creation-and-branding#sthash.TdFylLwe.dpuf

b2ap3_thumbnail_TaylorPowerSolutions3242014_20150722-192942_1.jpgTaylor Power Solutions—Lafayette, IN

Michelle Wells, with Taylor Power Solutions, has been a long time customer of Eight38. The staff at Eight38 has wrapped many of her vehicles with both digital prints and cut vinyl, as well as used printed perforated vinyl on back windshields. This vehicle is the latest full wrap we have done on one of her brand new fleet vehicles. We worked with her to match their branding, and showcase their products. This wrap will help protect the resale value of her vehicle by protecting the paint from scratches, salt, dirt, and other normal wear and tear, all while keeping her top of mind, lending credibility to her brand, and helping her STAND OUT!

 

Please keep in mind that your fleet vehicles can serve as moving billboards. A custom wrap by Eight38 will help you get noticed and grow your business. Your vehicles are already on the road, so why not make them drivable marketing materials?

Michelle said of her experience “Huston 838 walked me through the whole process and made this experience a great one. I would recommend Huston 838 for all my wrap and vinyl needs!”

Huston Signs/ Eight38 Graphics is a full service branding, graphics and custom signage company serving central Indiana. We specialize in helping our customers create their brand and then assisting them in marketing that brand to the public. We help our customers visually communicate their brand in the following ways: business cards and letterhead, vehicle wraps and vinyl lettering, interior wall wraps, construction site signs, post and panel signs and way finding signage.

Huston Signs provides and installs electronic message centers, channel letters, architectural letters, monument signs, pylon signs, neon signs and blade signs. Huston has physical locations in Kokomo, Lafayette, Lebanon and Indianapolis, Indiana.

Huston Inc. was founded in 1939 and has divisions specializing in electrical contracting and service, home and business automation, telecommunications, visual communications and signage, generators and compressors.

To learn more about Huston/ Eight38 graphics, please visit us at www.hustonelectric.com and www.838graphics.com