The road to designing a custom box can be frustrating. There are a few things that can make the process much easier and keep you a happier designer.
Corrugate v. Paperboard Boxes
What you need depends on how the box will be used.
If you are carrying heavy wood, tile or glass samples, using the box as a mailer or protecting a delicate sample you may want to use a corrugate box. There are different thicknesses of corrugate giving you strength options along with the visual composition of your box.
Paperboard boxes, on the hand, are great for information or lighter samples. These are not great as mailers except in the small sizes. They can be used for organizing information (like patient medical information) with a set of tab dividers. This way variable information (each patient is different!) can be easily added as needed.
Customizing you boxes
Whether you are offset printing, foil stamping, direct printing (corrugates), using spot UV highlights, both paperboard and corrugate boxes offer a wide range of options depending on the look and feel you design. If you can design it, chances are it can be done!
International Paper created these two beautiful ‘Ethisphere binders’. A two part series highlighting the ethical and sustainable beliefs of the company, these binders are one of the most sustainable, recyclable binders you can find.
These three ring binders are made with FSC certified 100% post consumer waste paperboard with and digitally printed FSC certified cover. They left the inside un covered, so the bare board shows through.
The binder is then flush cut – with the covered board and paper being trimmed at the same time. This offers a clean edge and eliminates the need for lamination on the sheet.
The International Paper binder is one of the most recyclable, sustainable 3 ring binders you can make. It combines less manufacturing steps with FSC certified recycled papers to result in a long lasting, beautiful binder that is also easily recyclable.
What is the Ethisphere?
The liner of a 3-ring binder is not just a blank space that the interior pages cover, it is a rich design space that adds life, information and interest to your design project.
Good things to know about 3 ring binder liners:
All of the Corporate Image 3 ring binders are 100% recyclable and printed with soy inks on FSC certified papers. Our sustainable 3 ring binders are strong, long lasting, and winning design awards all over the country! See More!
When you are creating art for a 3-ring binder, pocket folder, tab dividers, or custom box you need to double check that the art Corporate Image is printing is exactly what you envisioned.
How do you double check? We send you a proof! We have three different kinds of proofs depending on the need.
Oris Proofs for offset printed jobs
The Oris proof is calibrated to the press and gives a good idea of color along with art placement, and content. This is a proof of how the job will print, so all the details like fonts, lines and text show up as you set them up.
The Oris proof is a physical proof we will send to you for approval. This proof will be used at the press to insure the press sheets match what you approved.
Digital PDF Proofs for offset printed jobs
PDF printed proofs help you to check for placement and content. Because monitors are all calibrated differently, these proofs are not for checking color. These are very useful if there were small changes to text or art placement on your Oris proof.
Digitally Printed Proofs for Digital Binder Proofs
It is possible to get a digitally printed proof for your digital binder.
These proofs are printed on the same digital press that your digital binder will be printed on to give you an exact look at what your art will look like on the binder. These proofs are laminated to show exact final color. Generally, these are unnecessary, but if you or your client are concerned, ask your sales rep about the digital binder proofs.
Working on information packaging projects? Sample Kits? 3-Ring binders? Cool pocket folders? and out of ideas?
Here are some of the presentation folders, ring binders, boxes and other cool custom projects that went through Corporate Image recently. We thought we might share to show you some cool print design projects to get you psyched about your own projects!
Don’t for get print in your campaign! Print offers you a tactile connection to your customer, stimulating sales and a strong commitment to your brand. Check out these 8 awesome print design projects and start drafting your own!
Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu, is beautiful, idyllic and needed some presentation materials. We got excited.
Turtle Bay Resort is an absolutely gorgeous resort on Oahu in Hawaii. When they contacted us about creating some 3 ring half sheet binders and custom boxes, we knew we were the right people for the job.
Even though we didn’t get to go stay at Turtle Bay, we all felt a little more relaxed working on this one. And the project turned out great! Check out the custom half sheet binder and really cool sales box below, and read more about the project here!
An Iowan motorcycle manufacturer, design firm and 3 ring binder manufacturer walk into a bar…
Indian Motorcycle and Performance Marketing created a dealers guide as classic and elegant as their motorcycles.
Ordering binders tip #27
3-ring folders, ring folders or pocket folders with rings are just other ways of saying presentation binders.
A presentation binder is a pocket folder with rings. Made from sturdy paperboard, these ring folders are lighter than a full cased and lined binder and can have pockets on the inside of either cover. This makes them great for conferences and meetings where there is set information that everyone needs, but also the possibility of variable data that also needs to be organized.
The benefits of ring folders / presentation binders
Specs for 3 ring folders / presentation binders
GDUSA just announced their 2015 package design award winners and three of the winners are projects Corporate Image worked on!
Check out the projects here!
These projects stand out for the amazing design both graphic and package. See more of what Corporate Image can do here!
Presentation packaging is a wide open field ranging from 3 ring binders, pocket folders, and boxes.
Unless this is all you do, getting some new ideas of what other people are making can be very useful! Corporate Image manufactures some of the best, most innovative binders, folders and boxes around, so we have some great projects.
So here you have it, 12 great presentation packaging projects – some new, some older – that span presentations for financial, manufacturing, fashion and interior design.
The Northeast is seeing a pretty major storm (winter storm Juno!) rolling through, so be aware that there may be shipping delays for the next few days.
see for yourself on the NYC Snow Cam
Winter Storm Juno: Blizzard Warnings for New York City, Boston, Parts of 7 States; Potentially Historic Northeast …
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Note: Be sure to tune in to The Weather Channel Sunday night from 7-11 p.m. for “Winter Storm … The New York City area is forecast to see a foot or more of heavy snow.
Hazardous road conditions caused by snow and ice are preventing service in the following ZIP codes:
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UPS Freight is monitoring road conditions in areas affected by this winter weather and adjusting its operations accordingly. This service advisory will be updated as often as necessary.
Be careful and stay warm out there!
For years Corporate Image has been working with healthcare and medical professionals to design presentation materials just for them.
Our focus is to create better designed pieces that last longer, have more design possibilities and are not the non-recyclable, toxic vinyl and plastic they had used in the past.
We have worked with the industry to create 3-ring binders, presentation binders and folders and kits and boxes for everything from patient information kits to medical device boxes – all 100% recyclable and strong!
So we were very excited to hear this:
Good news indeed for both employees and patients in hospitals! New measures are helping green healthcare furniture!
Naked Binder would like to applaud all of the Furniture manufacturers, Healthcare Facilities, Facebook and others who have pledged to eliminate these toxic chemicals from their businesses. (Now to pledge to eliminate vinyl binders?)
Fascinating 3 ring binder information
You can use this information to rule the world of presentation material Trivial Pursuit and destroy at office supply Cranium!
When was the 3 ring binder invented?
That depends on where you are and who you ask.
Loose-leaf paper was patented in 1854. Also in 1854, patents were filed for both the 2-ring and 3-ring binders by Henry T. Sisson of Providence, Rhode Island. Sisson recognized the need to be able to protect pages, although he was not yet exactly sure how to fix the problem. No loose-leaf binders were available on the market at that time.
Fast forward a few years and go to Germany where Friedrich Soennecken is said to have invented ring binders in 1886 in Bonn, Germany. He also registered a patent on November 14, 1886, for his Papierlocher für Sammelmappen (“paper hole maker for folders”, or hole punch).
In the US, the Chicago Binder and File Company was one of the 1st companies to offer a binder for sale in 1899.
How are binders made and has that changed much? Yes and no…
Originally, 3 ring binders were made like hardcover books – three pieces of board (binders board – a heavy paperboard) held together with book cloth covers and end sheets. As plastics got invented, vinyl binders appeared – again three pieces of board but with two sheets of thin vinyl heat sealed at the edges and hinges. Not as strong, but easier to make.
Of course, people realized vinyl is toxic.
So now, with US binder manufacturers like Corporate Image, who are concerned with the long life of the binder as well as the health of the person using it, the best 3 ring binders are made from one sheet of binders board, cased and lined with printed sheets ( or in Naked Binder‘s case recycled papers or bare board) with a hinge pressed directly into the board. No weak spots and no vinyls, these 3 ring binders are 100% recyclable and non-toxic. It is also the strongest 3 ring binder hinge and allows for round spine binders.
How many 3-ring binders are made every year?
We have wondered the same thing, but there is no good count. In the US, our best guess is that between 40 and 60 million 3 ring binders are sold every year – mostly cheap, vinyl, disposable imported ones. That is a lot of landfill.
For fascinating binder information and history to come!
Corporate Image has created 3-ring binder for the modern brand – sleek, sustainable with a huge range of options. Before you go planning window cuts, spot UV and other finishing options, make sure you have a good grasp on the basics.
What are you putting in your 3 ring binder?
Before you make any other decisions or hunt through hundreds of pictures of 3 ring binders, find out how many pages and other materials you need. This will clarify ring size, which gives a clear picture of what style of binder, 3-ring mechanism and how strong your binder needs to be.
Knowing the page count of your materials (and whether it vary) is key to determining ring size. Adding pamphlets, samples or give-aways, USB drives or other objects lets you know how large the spine of the binder might need to be.
How many sheets of paper does a binder ring hold?
This depends on what style of ring you choose. A D-ring and a round ring hold the paper differently and have different benefits.
In a D-ring, the paper is held evenly on the right, meaning that your tab dividers all line up and there is a clean line of paper. Some people find the harder to turn the pages than a round ring ( though a slant D-ring solves this problem). A D-ring always mounts on the back panel of a binder – not the spine – so the paper rests on the flat part of the ring when it is closed. This makes the cover a little wider. If you need a small ring, it is good to know there is no 1/2″ D-ring.
Round ring binders (O ring)
A round ring can mount on the spine of a binder, so the covers, front and back, are a little shorter. It is easy to turn pages since it is a continuous curve. The issue with seeing tab dividers toward the bottom of the stack of information is negligible in smaller rings and up to you to decide if it is an issue in large rings. A lot of people don’t see it as a problem. For people with small paper needs – you can get a 1/2″ O ring binder!
The loose leaf binder has been around since about 1860, and since then the design has had only minor changes. During the latter half of the 20th century the vinyl binder came about, billed as a cheaper modern version of the 3 ring binder.
Since those days, we have discovered that vinyl binders not only fall apart quickly, but are impossible to recycle and actually toxic.
Corporate Image started manufacturing 3 ring loose leaf binders 30 years ago and wanted to do better than what was already on the market. They designed some of the first turned edge flex hinge or European hinged binders ever made in the US.
Because the hinge of the binder is pressed directly into the board, these loose leaf binders are super strong. The covers will never just fall off with normal use or because it is cold. Also, these binders could have offset printed covers and liners allowing the artwork to be a fine piece of art.
Over the last 30 years, Corporate Image has pushed sustainability, using soy inks and 100% post consumer waste board, and design, creating a huge range of custom options for 3 ring binders.
From portfolio closures, round spines, custom window cuts, special finishes and sustainable materials, Corporate Image has pushed the loose leaf 3 ring binder into the 21st century and created a binder for the modern brand.
“We gain interested people through our online campaigns. We gain customers when we get our materials in their hands…”
Not using print materials is slowing you down even in the age of the internet.
People respond to tactile things. There is a deep need to feel, to touch, that stimulates different parts of the brain than visual stimulation alone. Even if you are a completely online company, the chances are you can gain more clients and customer by having print materials.
Print is an experience -The psychology of print
Perception is an active process. Touch includes information about you (e.g. your muscles, joints) as well as about what you are touching. To “be in touch with” a product, company or person is a primary urge. Our first intelligence is sensory refinement.
The experience of holding something in our hands changes how we perceive a product. Retail stores know that if you pick something up, you are much more likely to buy it. From Apple computers to clothing, stores are set up to engage you tactually and emotionally.
Printed materials offer a chance to present your brand quality, strength, and other qualities (eco friendly, glossy, solid, trustworthy) through a second channel. What you say can be backed up through more primal clues that reinforce and strengthen the logical arguments.
Print offers permanence
Corporate Image is a print manufacturer and 70% of our marketing is online marketing. What we understand is that we gain interested people through our online efforts, but we get customers when we get product and samples in their hands.
For you web pages, you get excited if people spend 1 minute or more on a page. The sad truth is, people surf and are very distracted online. It is a busy, shifting medium. A well designed print piece creates a more focused, concentrated way to engage your customer’s time and attention.
Once it is read, that information can sit on a shelf for reference. This shelf presence means you are always in front of your audience, even when the power goes out.
Print builds confidence
A beautifully printed piece shows that you have pride in your message, your product and your company. It can build your sales, give your sales people a great tool as well as generate interest in your company long after someone has forgotten your URL.
Whether you are showcasing building products for the contract industry, handing client’s financial information, or providing medical information, the experience and solidity of your marketing materials gives your customers confidence.
Corporate Image has been in the business of printing and manufacturing presentation materials for over 30 years. Their products have won awards from Best Binder in the World to GDUSA packaging awards and CMA awards. We specialize in 3-ring binders, pocket folders, presentation binders and boxes of all sorts. Our products are sustainable, recyclable and printed with soy inks.
The Construction Marketing STAR Awards for 2014 were just released and Corporate Image clients won a four of them!
Corporate Image created this cloth and foil stamped binder for WT Shade and they won at the Super STAR level – the highest level possible.
This cloth 3 ring binder is spectacular. It is clean and easy to read, the color makes it stand out on a shelf at the architects office, and the finger pull makes it easy to get off of a crowded shelf. This binder was FSC certified.
We supply window coverings that provide natural lighting solutions that are innovative and superior in quality. We strive to provide our customers and end users with informed service that is responsive, respectful and resourceful.
Windowtex was established in 1977 and over the years has become an industry and technology leader in sun control roller shade systems.
Windowtex is committed to on-going innovation by developing our own proprietary technologies and products including unique hardware systems and electronic controls for motorized systems. Operating from a 30,000 sq. ft facility in Garden City Park, NY, Windowtex is equipped with state-of-the-art fabric cutting, heat-sealing equipment, production software, and all the other major tools necessary to produce top-of-the-line solar shading products.
For an industry that works with beautiful fabrics, choosing a cloth 3 ring binder makes perfect sense. It is easy to see why this won the CMA Super STAR award!
Some designers change the way we think about the world, everyday items and how the world views itself. Ray and Charles Eames are two designers that saw design as an agent for social change, helping to improve lives and connect people.
Whether creating amazing furniture or influencing on modernism their message of simplicity, great design and innovation is one to check out.
You can learn more about them here and start to bring that “serious fun” to everything in your life. And Happy 102nd Birthday Ray Eames (as of December 15th)!
Ray Eames (1912–1988)
CMA Star Awards – 2014
The annual Construction Marketing STAR awards honor marketing excellence of construction industry professionals across a broad range of functional marketing disciplines.
Simonton Windows – Star level
An amazing corrugated box with inserts, a 3-ring binder and product pages. One neatly packaged sample kit shows window samples and all of you options.
Universal Forest Products – Eôtek - Super Star level
This ringless tri fold portfolio binder is being used as a sample kit for Eotek siding. Their smart use of spot UV on the photos really pops the elements of this piece.
WT Shade - Super Star level
Add a beautiful cloth, foil stamping, finger pull and printed liner and you get an amazing FSC certified 3 ring binder that won a Super Star award.
Corporate Image is the best binder and print manufacturer in North America and has won international awards for our products. Our team works with you to create exceptional presentation materials. Whether you are looking for custom pocket folders, sales boxes and presentation kits, 3 ring binders or a whole lot more, we can help you stand out and get noticed.
We can help you reach your target audience with full-scale printing and packaging solutions.
The marketing tools you hand people act as stand in for your company. Well crafted, thoughtful, strong materials feel good in the hand, appeal to their sense of style and build confidence in your brand.
Our customers have won awards nationally and internationally from “Best Binder in the World”, numerous Addy awards, GDUSA Packaging awards and Construction Marketing awards. The awards they win are just the added benefit to the strength their presentation materials bring to their business.
Whether you need offset and digital printing, Corporate Image can get you exactly what you need. Our in-house package designers work side by side with print and production professionals every day to insure you get the exact product you need. We create templates and mock-ups based on your specifications so you can check and double check how your product works and feels.
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Our team acts as an extension of your team. Our staff have an incredible depth of knowledge in print, packaging and product design. From sales, design, pre-press, press operators and everyone who touches your product our main concern is helping you get exactly what you want, when you need it. We listen to you to make your life easier.
Corporate Image takes sustainability seriously. For over 30 years, we have created world class products which are 100% recyclable, with no vinyls, no plastics. The binders board we use in our 3 ring binders is 100% post consumer waste and we can FSC certify your project if you wish. We also print with soy inks! We can help you meet or exceed your sustainability goals.
Corporate Image has been using 100% post consumer waste board for our binders for over 30 years. We have huge resources of recycled papers to match the look feel and print quality you need and nearly everything we run is FSC certified. On top of this, everything we make – from our 3 ring binders, pocket folders to sales boxes – is recyclable.
We believe in recycling as a way to protect our natural resources and prevent waste. But, when is it best to use recycled papers and when is it a greater impact? Sappi paper has a new resource for you.
Here is a first look on why it is important to recycle paper:
WASTE REDUCTION IS A FUNDAMENTAL TENET
There are many facets to recycling, from the process itself to the benefits and concerns. Sappi has worked to bring a resource that addresses many of these issues.
Upcoming Corporate Image Holidays
We at Corporate Image want to wish you a stress free, safe, happy and fun Thanksgiving. If you are driving, be safe – I know the midwest has new snow as does New England!
Corporate Image is closed November 27th and 28th for the holiday, so no shipping, production, mock-ups, samples, estimates or other useful information will happen then.
If you have hard deadlines, our holiday hours are a good thing to pay attention to, but don’t worry – your sales people and the production crew are already thinking about your job and making sure everything is going well and on time.
Corporate Image will be closed from December 24th to the 26th ( Wednesday through Friday) and Thursday January 1st.
Winter is here.
While we work to meet every deadline, weather can become an issue in shipping. For orders during the winter months, if possible, try to allow a few extra days to make sure there are no delays.
Remember, all of our offices and manufacturing are in Iowa, so what matters is the path from us to you. On a side note, we have been shipping and manufacturing Corporate Image products for over 30 years and there just are not that many issues even with winter!
Designers across many industries have asked us this question, so we feel it is time to address it here. How many pages do pocket folders hold?
1 or 2 pocket folders with flat pockets
A flat pocket in a pocket folder and a flat spine will hold about 15 sheets, which means a two pocket folder can hold 30 sheets. This may mean your folder feels pretty full though.
1 or 2 pocket folder with a capacity spine
The capacity spine is very helpful, even with a flat pocket. The pocket folder doesn’t bow open and so sits better when full. Added bonus, each pocket can hold 20 sheets. So a 1 pocket folder would hold 20 sheets, a 2 pocket – 40 sheets.
Pocket folders with capacity pockets
There are two possibilities here.
Expandable pockets can hold up to 50 sheets of paper (each). These pockets sit flat until you need them, then they fold out. Great if you have variable amounts of data that you need to hand out.
Box pockets in pocket folders are the other option. These can be as big as 1/2″ to 3/4″ so they hold a lot of paper. We would suggest looking at other options at the 3/4″ size, as the weight of the paper can become an issue. Also, if you are creating a 2 pocket folder with box pockets, you may consider 1 flat pocket and 1 box pocket or two smaller box pockets for stability.
When designing your next custom pocket folder, try to get an idea of how it will be used and if there is a set amount of materials going into it. The expandable pocket folder offers the most range if the materials are variable.
Pocket folders can hold a lot more paper than you might think. Once you know what is going into your folder, all of your pocket folder options become clear!
What should you expect from a 3-ring binder manufacturer.
Presentation and 3 ring binder manufacturers are not all alike. If you are new to the game of ordering custom printed products, we’d like to give you a few ideas of what to look for in your print manufacturer.
Innovations… Styles… Options… Strengths….
Print and presentation packaging vary heavily from job to job – many of the questions may be best answered or collaborated on with your printer. Digital or offset printing, 4 color process or 4 cp plus a spot color, the best closure for cost, strength or looks (bearing in mind that what is best for one is not always best for another). Many times your project becomes a collaborative venture as you get input from the product designers, production and sales reps, which results in a fantastic product.
Innovation from your manufacturer is also important. Knowing the capabilities best and what has worked over a large range of products allows your manufacturer to be proactive in finding you solution.
Your sales team will help you navigate your process from start to finish so you want them responsive, knowledgable and able to listen. Any printer worth their salt should be able to provide samples, estimates, mock-ups for new products, templates, proofs and double check your art.
Does your print manufacturer have product designers on staff who can create products to your specifications and work with you to get exactly what you need? Even standard products are designed. Make sure your manufacturer is not just copying a template they found on the internet.
An example: Our product designers create for strength, looks, ease of use and to work with your materials. Even in something as seemingly simple as pocket folders, we re-designed the top 25 pocket folders so you know exactly which envelope they fit in, greatest range of pages, longevity and simplicity.
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Can you reach your representative when you need them? This can lower your stress by more than a little.
Learn more about how Corporate Image works with you here. If you have a question or want to discuss a project, give us a call. Cynde will be more than happy to answer your call and connect you with the right person to take care of your needs. Ask for samples or quotes here!
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At Corporate Image we deal with paper all day and really love the flexibility of the medium. Admittedly, much of ours goes into packaging and presentation materials, but that doesn’t dampen our enthusiasm for other forms of paper art!
Brooklyn-based multimedia artist Michael Hambouz creates stunning cut-paper artwork, and thanks to The Durst Organization and chashama, 18 of his large-scale cut-paper collages are now on display until November 21, 2014, in the Lobby Gallery of 1133 Avenue of the Americas in New York City.
In a celebration of both cut-paper artwork and small-town manufacturing, Factory Made utilizes a 140-year-old French Paper Company’s own renowned paper stock to give viewers a rare glimpse into the operations of one of the last independently owned paper mills in America.
On View: September 10-November 21, 2014
And after you’ve seen Factory Made, make a day of cut-paper artwork by heading down the street to the Museum of Modern Art, where the blockbuster show Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs is on display until February 8, 2015.
- See more cut paper art!
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