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!
For the last 20 years we have heard that the world is going paperless, and yet companies are printing materials all the time. So what is happening?
The Psychology of Print
People respond to physical, tactile materials. Look at books. Some people read on kindles or other devices, but for most people I know, the feel of the book, the weight and even the turning of pages are part of the experience of the book. Books are experiences, not a collection of words.
Your presentation and marketing materials are experiences. People respond to the craftsmanship and heft of quality objects in a way an email can not mimic.
Sometimes you just need printed materials.
Some industries need to make sure the information they produce is always available.
Healthcare- From patient files to forms, this industry is paper-intensive, and predicts to be even more so over the coming years. This is one industry that if the lights go out, that information needs to be in the patients hand and available.
Also, it is a lot more comforting to have the information to read in hand instead of just receiving a web address (“You need surgery – go to this website for more information.” is not what I would want to hear…)
Legal – Papers need to be signed, stamped, delivered, read and re-read. Imagine a wedding certificate as an email. Much less romantic.
Financial / Real Estate / Insurance – All these industries produce paper that you need to have access to. If you are investing in a house, stocks or a new business it is nice to have a strong, well made folder or binder to hold your papers. It builds confidence that the organization you are dealing with exists, is legitimate and is planning to be there for you.
Print is just one component of your marketing and presentation, but it is an important one. Companies are printing less, but smarter – creating stand out pieces that have great feel, outstanding print and graphics and work with their branding.
Less but better is the mantra. Maybe you used to print 40,000 pocket folders every year. Much of that was sent to prospects that were not very warm or even pulled from lists. Now you make 10,000 folders – beautiful, a little heavier paper, maybe soft-touch lamination for a great feel – and send them to better qualified prospects. Your returns are higher and your costs are lower. That quality difference will be noticed and pay off with the clients.
What to look for in your Print Manufacturer? Your Success.
You don’t want to align your company with cheap folders, 3 ring binders that fall apart or a box that won’t close, and yet that is often what you get.
A print manufacturer should stress quality, knowledge, service and have the internal design staff to help you get exactly what you want and need.
Corporate Image has been creating custom presentation materials – from 3 ring binders, pocket folders to boxes of all types – for over 30 years. We come from a book binding tradition that started over 150 years ago and developed into what we are today.
From winning “Best Binder in the World” to GDUSA packaging awards, we have delivered the quality products that help make our customers successful. We don’t rest on our laurels, Corporate Image is constantly creating new solutions that give you quality with other attributes you need. From our eco-friendly tuck lock boxes and glue-less pocket folders to the worlds strongest 3 ring binders (flexed 250,000 times without failing!), we give you quality that will help you shine.
Print is alive and well and still helping you stand out with your clients! Contact us to get more information on how we can help you!
Corporate Image has always promoted healthier living from non-toxic presentation materials to healthy lifestyles for our employees. Now we take that to the workplace!
As you have heard, sitting is the new smoking. According to doctors:
Scary. But we have the answer! Our new Sit/Stand desks keep us moving and active. Not to mention they are super fun and we will now apparently live forever.
Paper Weights are confusing.
As a print manufacturer Corporate Image deals in all kinds of paper stocks, but we find not all of our designers know all the nuances. Whether we make a printed 3-ring binder, a pocket folder or a cool sales box, paper stocks will vary heavily.
Lets look at this question which you might run into if you want to put a 3-ring binder in a sales box.
Question: If you have 18 pt. and 100# papers how do those compare?
First off, lets find out what it all means:
Now the question is how those translate.
Up above we were looking at 100# offset text vs 18pt stock. Actually these are pretty far apart. So as we look down the list, we see that 100# text paper is only about 6pt (listed as caliper on the chart). Much lighter paper, which you would expect. 18pt., as we find out, is a very sturdy stock – useful for strong pocket folders or paperboard boxes. 100# text is great for printing that might wrap your 3 ring binder.
Paper weights don’t have to be confusing. Now when you are working on a new design and printers are quoting papers, you can have an easy resource to insure you know exactly what they are talking about.
Ready to hop on your bike to go to the grocery store to get your veggies for dinner? Check out this handy cardboard carrier – sort of a bike friendly paper bag but reusable. The whole page is here, but we provided a synopsis for you here!
One thought we had is that if you live in Seattle, or other traditionally damp areas, you may want to wax those panniers.
Thoughts from the packaging experts at Corporate Image:
Conclusion: 4 stars out of 5
Very cool idea and in a pinch to have this option at the grocery store would be amazing. As a branding opportunity it is great exposure and we can see these being used at bike rallies and grocery stores.
For many of you when you think of Iowa, you may be thinking Idaho (potatoes) or Ohio (Cleveland). We get it.
So besides being the best place for young professionals and apparently the new hipster capital of the country, lots of corn and soy beans – What else does Iowa have?
This North Face Store’s Floor Disappears, Forcing Startled Shoppers to Climb the Walls Sudden sporting challenge for visitors.
What? This is great. The truth is that most people who buy outdoor gear (clothing is just a part of that) never go farther than from the door to their car in bad weather. In fact, in general, even people who buy tents and packs generally only use them once.
The idea of forcing the clientele to scale the walls and then leap for product is genius. Shopping as an adventure sport.
Born 100 years ago on August 15th, Paul Rand created some of the logos you take for granted.
First off, don’t get excited one way or another. He is not Ayn Rand or Rand Paul.
Paul Rand, he did this:
In essence, you grew up looking at this guys designs. For you graphic designers, you have much to thank him for.
According to graphic designer Louis Danziger:
A moderist through and through, Rand had issues with post-moderism theory and aesthetics. Some took issue with his dismissal of it (including his resigning from Yale when Sheila Levrant de Bretteville was hired), but we here at Corporate Image prefer to look at the positives of his career so you will have to read about that elsewhere.
The core ideology that drove Rand’s career, and hence his lasting influence, was the modernist philosophy he so revered. He celebrated the works of artists from Paul Cézanne to Jan Tschichold, and constantly attempted to draw the connections between their creative output and significant applications in graphic design. In A Designer’s Art Rand clearly demonstrates his appreciation for the underlying connections:
Paul Rand, folks. A great designer and very much not ayn rand or rand paul.
Working on a printed presentation piece and wondering if you should go digital or offset (litho) printing?
This info graphic (found here) helps explain the basics of it.
Offset or litho printing still offers higher quality, but digital printing has been catching up quickly. There are a few things digital just can’t do (yet) that make offset printing a real stand out option.
The long and short of it is: big job and specific PMS or metallic inks? Offset. Short run and 4 color process? Digital. Be aware that both this and the info-graphic are not complete so talk to your printer about what you need (our people are well versed in the subtle strengths and weaknesses of each.)
Remember, if you are on the fence about which way to go with your printing, call us and we can work with you to get everything you want!
Your company believes in being environmentally friendly and wants great design, printing and quality. Your job: Find a index tab divider for their information kits that fulfills all of these needs.
Corporate Image has a quick guide for what to look for in index tab dividers!
Organizing with tab dividers is just one aspect of what you need when you are ordering tabs.
Can you print your index tabs to match your other printed materials?
If all of your materials are printed with spot PMS and spot UV, being able to match that is makes your whole kit stand out. Know whether you can print either offset or digital and how close it will match your other materials.
How many tab dividers do you need?
Do you need a bank of 5, a bank of 10 or three banks of 6 tabs? Are your tabs standard square tabs or rounded or custom? Are there templates and are they easy to use?
How many tab dividers you order will obviously depend on how many categories of information you are separating. Whether you get a bank of 10 or two banks of 5 will depend to a degree on how much information you are putting on the tab itself as well as the aesthetics of how you like the tabs to look.
Recycled, recyclable and eco friendly tab dividers.
Seriously, with all the choices out there, how could you not get a tab divider that is printed by a green printer and is 100% recyclable. Soy inks, recycled papers and the ability to recycle the divider actually don’t really affect quality, price or options. To get anything else would go against your companies responsibility statements and ruffle feathers all the way to the top.
Whatever you need for your tab dividers Corporate Image can help you.
We have been making index tab dividers along with our sales boxes and 3-ring binders for over 30 years! Custom or standard, digital or offset printed, we are experts in helping you get exactly what you need. Great templates and an in-house product designer can make your life easier!
Get the best price, or make it look great. This marketing dilemma has been handed down for ages.
Lets face it, in order to represent your company or your client well, quality is key. If what you hand out to your customer is poorly made, badly printed and falls apart, what does that say about your company?
On the other hand, there are only so many marketing dollars and they have to last as long as possible. Justifying a major printed expense when budgets are tight is nearly impossible.
So what is the answer? Both are right.
The real question is why you can’t have both? Take the above piece as an example. Great printing, easy display, strong presentation and in a sturdy binder making it easy to keep handy on a shelf.
Could this have been done in a way that cost a lot more? Absolutely. Is it a design that offers a great answer to the problem of showing 9 pieces of stone? Yes it is.
If you have issues with quality vs cost, perhaps you need to talk to your packaging manufacturer more. Corporate Image has been in crafting 3-ring binder, pocket folders and boxes of all types for 30 years. Our quality is unmistakable and well know in the design community. Equally important is our experience with product design which allows us to envision a range of solutions that can give you the quality within your budget.
Don’t get me wrong, we love the super complicated, multi-piece jigsaw puzzle-ism marketing kits that just blow everyone’s mind. Everyone from production to product design gets to rethink what is possible for those! That doesn’t mean we down’t love the clean lines of a great presentation piece that solves a problem just as hard – balancing the budget and getting great presentation materials.
If anyone tries to convince you that there is a choice between your budget and quality, find a new presentation manufacturer. In fact, call us!
If you are looking to up your 3 ring binder game, look into a cloth binder.
A cloth binder offers a sense of elegance and permanence that you don’t find in plastic or vinyl binders. Plastic and vinyl project a feeling of impermanence, cost cutting as well as being toxic.
Cloth binder options:
Color. and lots of it.
Why not merge the beauty of cloth with the branding of print? With printed spine wraps your 3 ring binder can have it all.
This binder is a great example of a print and cloth mix. A printed spine wrap visually pops next to the classic look of the foils stamped cloth.
The brand is supported and enhanced by the contrast.
Foil stamping is on cloth offers a range of options and colors allowing you to match corporate colors and logos. Sometimes subtle, sometimes bold, foil stamping gives a unique look for your binder.
The benefits of cloth go beyond looks and feel. Book cloths are incredibly durable making a cloth binder stronger than almost any other binder you can find. The cloth binder you make today can easily still be in use (and looking great) 30 years from now. How do we know? We use our own product and Corporate Image is 30 years old.
If you are considering using a 3 ring binder to represent your company, a cloth binder gives you a feel, look and branding that is unique. Contact us to learn more!
Neenah paper is working to make specing paper for your job even easier.
We all have cabinets, shelves and drawers full of paper swatches, but really we gravitate to what we know best. Neenah is trying to make it easier to browse, sort color and find the exact paper you need.
If you want the Neenah Cabinet app on your Mac desktop, make sure you have OS10.8. I sure don’t ( I am behind the times!), so I couldn’t load it. It will have to live on the ipad for now.
Admittedly, for me the feel of the paper is key, but if I can narrow down my choices ahead of time it will save me a lot of time.
Want it? Check it out on the Neenah website here.
Irving Harper is an amazing designer and paper artist.
The Herman Miller site has much more information and I would recommend checking it out!
Also if you can get to the Rye Arts Center get yourself down to see the exhibit!
Corporate Image is a binder manufacturer that has set the bar for quality 3-ring binders.
With international awards like Best Binder in the World and Best Binder in North America, Corporate Image is a Midwest printer/manufacturer with world class quality.
So how do we make our amazing, strong, award winning 3-ring Binders? Click here and see for yourself!
Are you going? Corporate Image is!
Come say “Hi” to us at Design Camp!
Want to know more? Read this:
AIGA MN Design Camp
October 3rd thru October 5th
Recycling a 3-ring binder is easy - ( assuming you don’t have a vinyl binder )
If you have a paper based binder – not plastic or vinyl, you are already working with a much more eco friendly binder. The core of ever Corporate Image and Naked Binder is 100% post consumer waste binders board. Every binder is recycled and recyclable.
This Naked Binder video shows you how you can have your eco friendly 3-ring binder ready to recycle in seconds.
Tools You Need:
Flat head (standard) Screwdriver.
Recycling a Vinyl Binder is harder. There is no option to just recycle a vinyl binder the way you can a paper one. They fall apart faster and yet are basically landfill – somewhat toxic landfill. Naked Binder tried to find a way to recycle vinyl binders. If you like you can read about our quest here.
First, pop out the ring, just as you saw above.
Next take a knife and cut open the vinyl about a half inch from the edge of each panel and on the spine. You will probably need to split the vinyl on at least two sides of each panel to remove the chipboard panels inside.
Now that you have the components, the board can go in the paper recycling, the metal in the metal recycling and the vinyl? Now there is a good question. time to get on the phone to find out if your city/county/state has vinyl recycling capabilities. You will find they don’t. While the industry says it recyclable “there are currently no vinyl recycling programs available.” (from thread post).
If you have 6 binders, this is a pain, takes about 30 minutes, and a bit of garbage that will go to landfill. If you are a corporation with 10,000 binders, this is more serious. Besides the time to separate each component, Landfills consider vinyl a toxic asset in large quantities. The 3,000 pounds of vinyl you have will need to be shipped to a special landfill or stored indefinitely.
In these cases, the per binder cost sky rockets. Including labor, storage and shipping (along with short life and toxicity) into the binder price may convince you that the initial cost savings were not worth it.
The moral of this tale is to use paper based 3-ring binders. They are stronger, look better and 100% recyclable!
We saw this at Designers Pages and thought you might be interested:
August 08, 2014 As office interiors become more like home environments, office furniture is also becoming more relaxed. Upholstered pieces that work well in both the office and the living room incorporate light, rounded wood frames that create curved, encasing backrests, decorative legs or flat platforms.
Why is this important to you?
If you are in the contract industry, you want to know what trends will affect office furniture and design for the next series of years. Also, this is what your clients are looking at – what is going to make their office environment more current, relaxed and easier to work in.
This trend will also move into presentation materials both for presenting these moves in the contract industry to what people are putting in their offices. Make sure that you are considering how your promotional materials and information kits fit in with the styles of furniture, tiles and everything else you are presenting.
If you need help with that, we have amazing consultants who can help you find a great fit!
At one point or another as a designer, you will work with healthcare providers or medical device manufactures.
At Corporate Image, we have worked with many designers and healthcare facilities to develop patient friendly and beautiful information kits. Whether you are creating patient information packets and medical supply information kits everyday or for the first time, we would like to share what we see happening in medical information kits.
From custom presentation binders, pocket folders, 3-ring binders and boxes, we see the trends as they happen.
Come check out our page on the trends we see in patient and medical information kits! We update as we get new projects in, so it is worth checking in regularly!
Ready to see amazing projects that designers are putting together? Fasten your seatbelt! From presentation binders to great sample kits, there are a lot of great ideas to stimulate you for your next project!
The project cover presentation materials for everything from the financial industry to medical, building to manufacturing to retail – so the chances are you will find an inspiring piece for what you are working on.
This piece holds flooring samples in an easy, well branded way that allows customers to quickly see their options and not have to juggle 5-10 different samples to see what they want.
Whether you are new to 3-ring binders and box design or an old hand, we can help you with your own presentation kits from our in house packaging design team to award winning manufacturing.
For us meetings are serious affairs.
Serious about stacking our drink cozies made from out 100% post consumer waste board that we use in our binders.
Yvonne’s meeting with Adcetera was a rousing success. Now everyone here is looking to stack round drink cozies…
Sorry to get all Buzzfeed headline on you, but some projects are so special you just have to share.
We worked with Q2 down in Austin, Texas. What resulted is kind of special!
It starts with a corrugated slipcase with another corrugate box inside. Both of these are printed, laminated with soft touch laminate with lines of spot UV.
When you pull out the inside box, you have a tray with a paperboard box resting inside. This custom box matches exactly with the corrugate from the printing to the soft touch lamination and the spot UV.
Under that box is a book. A present in a present.
But wait. you are not done.
Inside the paperboard box is a pocket folder with a box pocket. This folder acts like a four flap enclosure (yes, one of our sister companies is Archival Products and in preservation they use a lot of four flap enclosures). Open the custom pocket folder and find a brochure (whose main image peeks out at you from a custom die cut in the folder).
Scroll down and check out the great design. Wouldn’t you be happy to get this presentation?
Corrugate and paperboard custom box presentation boxes, with matching pocket folders.
1 PMS printing with spot UV
Soft touch Laminate
Designed by Q2 in-house design team
This is a guest post by Lori Owens
Sometimes you need a little help writing a Custom Binder RFP/RFQ
Writing an RFP (Request For Proposal) or an RFQ (Request for Quote) for custom printed 3-ring binders (or finding a binder option for that variable data) can be a tough undertaking. There are a lot of variables involved, from the purpose of the binder, the artwork, the size, and even the material.
Whether you are looking for a customized printed 3-ring binder or a binder that allows you to print your own labels to provide that variable data for your binder project look no farther – Corporate Image and Naked Binder can help with your needs.
What do you need to specify for your binder RFP or RFQ?
There are some basic things to consider right off. How the binder is being used will be key. How much information is being put in, how it will be used and how it needs to represent your brand are the basic questions.
What Size Custom 3-ring Binder Do We Need?
The two key things to know here are what size paper are you putting in the binder and how much.
Is the paper US standard, half sheet or A4? If you are in the US or Canada, generally it will be 8.5″ x 11″ paper. If not, the chances are your binder will hold A4.
The next measurement to look for is capacity. For a custom manufacturer binder size is actually a measurement of ring capacity, and not the width of the spine of the binder.
In order to determine ring size in reviewing responses to your RFP, we have provided a quick overview of what ring size would be appropriate for your custom binder application, the table below is based on the number of sheets of 20# bond paper. As you can see D-ring binders hold more paper than Round ring binders. If you have a larger ring size and are using tab dividers, a D-ring also holds the paper flatter on the insuring your tabs are visible.
What are Our Priorities in this Custom 3-ring Binder RFP/RFQ?
Before we can quote a binder, you need to decide the look and feel of your binder. (See a gallery of 3-ring binder styles here!) How you are using it and what art and finish you want will determine whether it is a lined and cased binder or paperboard binder, or whether it will print digitally or offset.
Look and Feel of the binder – how it is used – how it fits with your brand
Binder Options (options list here)
Production Time, Methods, and Preferences
Another key consideration you should outline in your RFP is your anticipated project date, and whether or not the “required by” date is firm. We would specify if the request is doable right away. If the required by date is flexible (or far enough out), it allows us to consider all possible options in meeting your request, and maximizing your budget.
Corporate Image and Naked Binder’s manufacturing plant is located in Des Moines, IA, we are happy to say our binders are made in the USA. This allows for a quick turnaround time and also knowing shipping costs would be less than importing binders.
Outlining these preferences in your RFP/RFQ is helpful in generating an accurate response and enabling us to find the most effective solution for your custom binder project.
How Flexible Are Your Custom Binder Specifications?
These options might include ring size, type of paper, turned-edge, flush cut, bare board binder, or paperboard binders, finishes, D-ring, slant D-ring or round ring, artwork… any one of a number of variables. By indicating which specifications may be able to be modified in order to make your project work, this will provide us with the information needed in order to make a proper and accurate response.
Custom Binder Warehousing, Drop Shipping, and Fulfillment
It is important to include information in your RFP about the implementation of your binder program.
Will your binder program require drop shipping to multiple locations, either at the start of the program or throughout the year?
If you’re drop shipping, will it be “blind drop shipping” or white labeling?
Need More Help with Your Custom Binder RFP or RFQ?
Have Questions? We’re always willing to help. Please feel free to contact your sales consultant and let us help understand your project and provide the best possible solution for your binder project. We look forward to working with you! Contact us and let us give you a hand!
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