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Why print? People respond to it.

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This is part of our ongoing discussion about print in the modern age. This article is from MPA and talks a bit about how print connects in the mind.

Print engages the mind differently.

Here is an article that suggests that when people read print, they read more carefully, which benefits you with a more focused potential customer.

Everyone in marketing has by now heard of haptic marketing – the idea of appealing to the sense of touch to stimulate areas of the brain that influence decision making (that is the thumbnail description). Print fits that bill. Research has shown the physical act of turning pages results in the brain better encoding the information so you can remember it.

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The article was created by MPA, the association of magazine media, so I don’t claim it is completely unbiased, but there have been many studies out that have had similar results.

Corporate Image is a print manufacturer in Des Moines Iowa. Employee owned, we have manufactured top quality custom 3-ring binders, pocket folders, boxes and packaging for over 35 years.


What should you expect from a 3-ring binder manufacturer?

Innovations… Styles… Options… Strengths…

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.

Corporate Image has been manufacturing custom 3-ring binders for over 30 years. We have designed, innovated and pushed the boundaries of binder manufacturing to give you a product that can be flexed 250,000 times, has a huge range of customizing and print options.  From roundback binders to bare board binders and creating eco friendly 3-ring binders that are 100% recyclable we offer you superior quality, service and value.

Our roots are in book binding starting in the 1860s in Chicago.  We value the craftsmanship that goes into our products and work to make sure that our products are exceptional.

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Getting the job done.

We love what we do. Everyday we get to work with talented people to produce beautiful materials that help others succeed in their businesses.

Corporate Image is 100% employee owned, so we take our work very seriously, some might say we are obsessive, but you can always count on us to give our best to every project.

Customer Service

Getting the job done right starts with your first phone call to us. You’ll work with a single point person at Corporate Image. That’s why we have experienced sales representatives and customer service managers focusing on helping you create the materials that best meet your needs. Your sales representative will help you navigate our process start to finish and in addition provide:

Samples — We don’t expect you to buy something without seeing the kind of work you’ll get. So, we’re happy to send samples. But, please keep in mind that our samples are current job overruns, so we may not have printed samples of a specific style on hand. Current samples of our work can be viewed on our project gallery.
Or for the real thing … call us and we’ll put samples in your hands.

Estimates — Naturally time is of the essence in communications and sales, so we’ll turn your quotes around as quickly as possible. Generally within 24 hours on standard items. However, additional time may be required for custom projects or large quantities. Our prices are based on the information provided at the time of the estimate. If specifications change for any reason, our estimate will be revised to reflect the new criteria. And we’ll seek your approval on the new cost. Hey, nobody likes surprises.

Digital Templates — When you’re ready to begin the final design phase of the project, we’ll email a template to you. This ensures that your final product will match your design and eliminates the worry about critical details like score lines, glue strips, tuck flaps and die-cutting tolerances.

Artwork Preparation — We’ll provide all the production specifications and information you may need for the project. We can output your digital files from a disk or you may upload files to our FTP site. Please provide a full set of laser proofs or a PDF of your final art.

Proofs — We’ll generate a digital proof for your approval. And we’ll mock up the end product so that you can get a precise idea of what you’re getting. If need be, we can send a PDF proof as well. We’ll work with you to get what you need as efficiently as possible.

Press Checks — We welcome press checks. Just let your sales representative or customer service manager know in advance if you wish to press check your job. We’ll do our best to accommodate your schedule.

Quantity/Scheduling — The minimum quantity order is 50 or 250 pieces depending on product and printing type. Once you’ve approved your proof and returned it to us, your sales representative or customer service manager will contact you with a ship date. We generally ship within 10 days of art approval, often much less.

Design Support

We’re here for you with a team of talented package designers that can help on any aspect of your project. We love a challenge. So, let’s collaborate on something really special.

Custom Prototypes — We’ll help sell your idea. There’s no charge for producing an initial prototype of a custom product, built to your specifications. Multiple copies for presentations are available for a small fee.

Accounting

Bean counters. We love them because they understand numbers and they’ll make sure the payables process works smoothly and efficiently.

Credit Policy — If you’re a new customer, a credit application is needed before a job can go into production. Please allow adequate time to complete the process. Pre-payment may be needed, especially for first-time orders. We also accept Master Card, Visa and American Express.

Overruns or Under runs — You will be invoiced for the exact quantity of product shipped, not to exceed 10% over or under the quantity you have ordered.

Payment Terms — Jobs are invoiced the day they ship. Payment is required within 30 days from the date of invoice.

We’re here for you.

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!

Our office hours are:
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm CST

515.262.3191
800.247.8194
888.262.3839 FAX

info@corp-image.com

1801 Thompson Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50316


Financial Direct Mailer: Project of the Week!

So you think insurance and financial marketing is boring? Not these!

We made these awesome custom kits for Sammons Financial Group.

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These direct mailer kits started with a 7-1/8″ x 5-1/8″ x 1/2″ deep sales box with a full flap. The 5″x 7″ cards that slide in them are printed and adhered to 110pt binders board – so they have strength and heft to them. From the art to the package design, this is a remarkable piece of design work. See for your self!

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Get your project started today!


Combining Quality and Sustainibility in a 3-ring Binder

 

Sustainability in a 3-ring binder means more options, longer life, and fully recyclable.

Great design includes the craft and full life cycle of the binders.

As a US print manufacturer, we pay attention to the materials we use. Our goal is to create a 3-ring binder that has cradle to cradle thinking: Crafted from recycled and renewable resources, built to last a long time (while looking good!) and 100% recyclable at the end of it’s life.

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Sustainable Materials

Unlike vinyl or many plastics, our custom 3-ring binders are 100% recyclable. We make them using 100% post consumer waste binders board. Our printing stock can vary from 10%-100% recycled content depending on the needs of the client.

Long life cycle

Our binders were lab tested to 250,000 flexes, making them arguably the strongest 3-ring binders. This translates to 20 uses a day for over 30 years. Because they last so long, we laminate much of the printing with an inert film to ensure the artwork will look great as long as the binder lasts.

Recyclable

This whole binder is then recyclable. Simply pop the rings out and recycle the board and rings.

Quality

Over the last 5 years, Corporate Image binders have won Best Binder in North America 4 times and Best Binder in the World once. Our clients projects have also won numerous awards in industry and advertising competitions.

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Check out our options for sustainable binders here!


The Best Print Manufacturer in Iowa

Iowa is our home.

Iowa is booming and we are here to help you succeed.

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We lead the industry in innovative design, printing and manufacturing of presentation products that exceed expectations.

We create beautiful and strong 3 ring binders, eco friendly inspiring pocket folders, and custom boxes of all sorts right here in Iowa. With 35 years of packaging experience and 80 years of printing in Iowa, we have the experience to make the process easier.

Innovative company, simple process.

We create custom templates and mock-ups to insure you are getting exactly what you want,and provide exceptional service to take the stress out of printing and manufacturing.

Need inspiration? We can come by and work with your team from brainstorming a project to showing the latest in cutting edge presentation marketing materials.

Our custom products range from

  • Pocket folders (1 pocket, 2 pocket, tri fold, four flap, glueless, custom die cuts and more)
  • 3 Ring Binders (Round or square back, standard, notebook sizes, oblong, portfolio, cloth, printed, wood and custom)
  • Tab dividers and interior information pages (Index tab banks of 2-15, half moon, standard or custom cuts, interior pages for binders – full color or black and white, cut sheets, and more!)
  • Packaging (corrugates, paperboard, rigid boxes, sales boxes, information kits, and an in house packaging design team)

Take a look at a few of the projects we have created recently:

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custom paperboard boxes and packaging

Let us know how we can help you today!

Get Samples                Get Quotes                Get Inspired!

 


The Best Presentations for Financial Marketing

Upgrade your Presentation materials for your financial products.

Corporate Image specializes in financial presentation materials

Banks and financial organizations are known for their attention to detail. We work with them to make sure their marketing materials meet their standards.

Pocket Folders

Versatile handouts for new accounts, tax returns and conferences, pocket folders offer a wide range of options for creating a unique folder that represents your brand and stays within your budget.

 

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Physical options. Pocket folders can be as unique as your products. Our options include vertical pockets, card cuts, brochure slits, portfolio closures, and cut-outs.

Printing options. Explore the full range from spot UV, debossing, foil stamping, spot varnish, PMS colors, and much much more.


3-ring binders

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For employee on-boarding, fundraising, board meetings and more, a 3-ring binder offers the tactile solid presence that reinforces your brand.

With endless design possibilities from cloth and print options, foils and debossing, and a whole lot more, your products can stand out no matter where they are.

Corporate Image can help you with your binders, the tab dividers, and the inside pages.


Boxes and Marketing Kits

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Some projects need more and a custom marketing kit can help keep it all together.

Need help designing your project? No problem. Our in house packaging designers will help you create the package, as well as make you custom templates and full size mock-ups.

Paperboard, Corrugate or Set-up boxes. No matter what kind of box you need, we can help you. From paperboard boxes for smaller, less heavy samples to corrugate and set-up boxes for your heavier needs.

Make everything match. Since we create everything in-house, the printing on your folders will be as high quality as your boxes and binders.


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Sample Folders and Marketing for the Contract Industry

From architectural proposals to building supplies to furniture, get presentation materials as amazing as your products.

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Because good is not good enough.

We believe in aiming high. We deliver excellence from service to finished product. Sustainable papers and board, stronger hinges, innovative designs, and a wide range of finishes combine to help your presentation rise to the top.

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Binders with the strength to perform, and the flexibility to be what you need.

Whether you are showing flooring, tile, glass, carpet, wall covering, windows or the information for your vision, these cased and lined boards are ideal for you. Customize with cloth, print, foil, Spot UV and Varnish and custom window cuts to get the exact look and feel you want, while protecting and showcasing your product.

Our binders and sample books were lab tested to 250,000 flexes, meaning you could use the binder 20 times a day for over 30 years. If your binder is your product catalog, this ensures it looks and works well long after your competition has fallen apart.

Made of sturdy 100% post consumer waste binders board, cased and lined with printed sheets or cloth, our binders and sample books start as a blank canvas for your project. We flex a hinge directly into the board, creating not only a strong hinge, but a unique opportunity for different options such as round spines.

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Easily show heavy samples for flooring, siding or tiles. This offers a clean design that is easy to work with at home, or at the office of an interior decorator.

Have a lot of samples? Showcase them in an attractive box.

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Grand Rapids Chair showcased their metal finishes in this concise, well designed box. The magnetic closure added more elegance and a satisfying “click”.

We help you with product design.

Corporate Image understands that your projects are unique and can work with you to find a solution that works for what you make. Our in-house product designers work with your sketches and ideas to create mock-ups and templates. You will know exactly what you are getting before you order.

A sample book can take many forms, and different materials require new solutions. We can help create a beautiful sample book no matter how you want to showcase your products and finishes.

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Not all proposals and sample kits are huge: custom pocket folders and portfolios.

A custom pocket folder can make a memorable impression. Corporate Image offers you options from working with high end printed folders and boxes, to using fabric and specialty papers along with foil and debossing.

From glueless folders, portfolio closures, oblong and standard folders, Corporate Image has the knowledge and range to make your proposal stand out. Need a non-standard folder to fit your materials? Not a problem. Let our product designers help you get it right.

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Architectural firms, building suppliers and the full range of the contract industry from windows to furniture need great materials to get noticed and get jobs. Corporate Image has spent over 30 years building our knowledge, perfecting our skills, and innovating new products to make sure your company looks its best. Let us help you move forward on your next project.

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Corporate Image: Who we are and what we do for you.

We help you get and keep your clients attention.

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Having quality presentation materials creates the interest and drive which brings you customers.We print and manufacture custom printed turned edge binders, pocket folders, boxes and packaging for people like you who understand the quality of their presentation will bring them business.

 

Quality and Reliability = Value

Corporate Image is committed to practical solutions, quality craftsmanship and customer satisfaction. As an employee owned business, everyone in our company is watching out for you, resulting in the most reliable and high quality presentation products possible for your company. For you, this translates to one thing you don’t have to worry about on your list. You know your clients are going to love what they get, and get it on time.

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Award-winning

In 2015 alone our client projects have  won awards from marketing industry groups, including: Construction Marketing Awards, Health and Wellness Awards, Best Binder in North America (2012,2013,2015),  GDUSA In-House Design Awards, GDUSA American Package Design Awards. While we’re proud of our awards, we’re most proud of our long-term relationships with our clients.

Customization

Corporate Image is pioneering the future of sustainable presentation packaging. If you want something new, we can make it. From concept to mock-ups, templates to completed projects, our in-house product designers and team with years of experience work as your consultants to help you find the perfect solutions. We want your project to be extraordinary.

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Production

Presentation packaging is more complex than most other types of marketing materials. We prefer 15 working days for most pieces. If you are in a rush, let us know and we will bend over backwards to get you on deadline.

Contact us, get samples or get a quote. Let us help your materials be extraordinary!


Marketing and Sales Kits for the Contract Industry

From architectural proposals to building supplies, get presentation materials as amazing as your products.

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Because good is not good enough.

We believe in aiming high. We deliver excellence from service to finished product. Sustainable papers and board, stronger hinges, innovative designs, and a wide range of finishes combine to help your presentation rise to the top.

3 ring binders with portfolio closures- Corporate Image

Whether you are showing flooring, tile, glass, carpet, wall covering, windows or the information for your vision, these cased and lined boards are idea for you. Customize with cloth, print, foil, Spot UV and Varnish and custom window cuts to get the exact look and feel you want, while protecting and showcasing your product.

Our binders and sample books were lab tested to 250,000 flexes, meaning you could use the binder 20 times a day for over 30 years. If your binder is your product catalog, this insures it looks and works well long after your competition has fallen apart.

Made of sturdy 100% post consumer waste binders board, cased and lined with printed sheets or cloth, our binders and sample books start as a blank canvas for your project. We flex a hinge directly into the board, creating not only a strong hinge, but a unique opportunity for different options such as round spines.

Custom Printed Sample kit - Corporate Image

Easily show heavy samples for flooring, siding or tiles. This offers a clean design that is easy to work with at home, or at the office of an interior decorator.

Have a lot of samples? Showcase them in an attractive box

A custom box makes an excellent sample presentation. When you have too many options for a binder, a custom corrugate solutions can get you exactly what you need. With all the customizing options, your sample kit will have great shelf and desk presence as well as ease of use. Corrugates have a wide range of print options and can be designed to hold almost anything you need them to!

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We help you with product design

Corporate Image understands that your projects are unique and can work with you to find a solution that works for what you make.Our in-house product designers work with your sketches and ideas to create mock-ups and templates. You will know exactly what you are getting before you order.

A sample book can take many forms, and different materials require new solutions. We can help create a beautiful sample book no matter how you want to showcase your products and finishes.

Corporate Image innovates and delivers exceptional products for you. Let us help you get the support and quality you need for fantastic presentations, and lower stress levels! 


Presentation Packaging Consultants – any time, any where.

Need a consult on your presentation project? No problem. Talk to the manufacturer.

Corporate Image is available for video meetings for product design, development or just getting an idea of options to help your business.

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It can be hard to get all of the decision makers on a design project on the same page. The Corporate Image team can set up a video session with your team to help get a project going or smooth out details and direction of a project.

Learning sessions: Bring the team up to speed on product options.

Have a learning session for your team! This opportunity is great to keep your design team informed on the latest trends and options in anything from 3 ring binders, pocket folders, packaging, and boxes. When your team speaks with the end client, they will all have the knowledge to find the right solution easily.

Working on a project?

Get everyone on board and save the time and confusion of information being passed from team to team. This is a great option for exploring options and finishing details quickly and efficiently while tossing out ideas and getting feedback. If needed, we can have product designers and production experts involved.

From printing option, technical specifications and a range of finishing details, our knowledgable team can help you get answers. Interested in fabric options? We have 241 colors and textures! Want to see a range of ideas for boxes? We produce everything from paperboard to corrugate and set-up boxes.

Interested? Perfect. Lets set up a chat!

 


From 3-ring binders, tab dividers and pages – we do it all.

Stop juggling vendors and print quality!

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Corporate Image can offer you the same amazing quality that you get on your custom binders and tab dividers on your interior pages.

Corporate Image has been manufacturing 3-ring binders and tab dividers with world class quality and printing for over 35 years. Now we can offer you the same quality and attention to detail on your collateral.

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When your presentation needs to be stunning, Corporate Image is here for you.

Let us show you what we can do for you. Contact us today for more information!


Custom short run 3 ring binders – New options!

Short run custom printed 3-ring binders 

Quality and Craftsmanship in small quantities.

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Square or Round Spine 3-ring Binders

If you order a 3-ring binder in quantities from 50 to 350 pieces, we have a great binder option for you!  Our short run binders offer  full bleed full cover art with a white or black liner. Because these short run binders are running digitally, artwork will be submitted in PDF form.

Check out our binder options!

Short Run Binder Sizes

  • Standard – to hold 8.5″ x 11″ paper (US standard)
  • Half Sheet Notebook – to hold 5.5″ x 8.5″ paper New!

Short Run Binder ring sizes:

  • 3/4″ D-ring  – holds 180 sheets of paper (20lb. copy paper)
  • 1″ D-ring  – holds 220 sheets of paper
  • 1.5″ D-ring  – holds 350 sheets of paper
  • 2″ D-ring  – holds 450 sheets of paper
  • 2.5″ D-ring – holds 550 sheets of paper New!
  • 3″ D-ring – holds 600 sheets of paper New!

Binder spine options:  

  • Square spines
  • Round Spines New!

Lamination

  • Natural Matte Lamination  (Liner is laminated also)

Printing

  • Cover + Black liner
  • Cover + White liner

Finishing options

  • Window cuts New!
  • Finger pulls New!
  • Business card pockets New!

Quantities

Available in quantities of 50 up to 350 binders. Over 350 custom binders, your binder will print on the offset press, giving you more flexibility and even more printing options!

Can I get a Portfolio Binder digitally printed?

Not at this point.

How fast will I get my binders

We will ship your binders 10 business days after receiving your artwork.

 

Can I get tab dividers with that?

Absolutely.  Our standard tab dividers print digitally so your art will match exactly.  To top it off, they look great (as you can see here).

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Artwork and Design Questions

Submitting your binder Artwork 

When you decide what ring size you need, get a template from you sales representative. All art will be submitted in PDF form, with one copy showing the template to insure placement of art. All files should be print quality (300 dpi or higher) – lower resolution files will not print well!

How small of a typeface can I print?

If it is legible, it should print fine. Generally that means 6pt and above

Can I overprint?

Since we are printing these digitally, you can’t overprint.  It is best to have your artwork exactly as you want to see it and flatten it without layers.

File Formats Accepted for Artwork

We accept PDF files for your completed artwork. Please use one of the following “Adobe PDF Settings” to generate your PDF: PDF/X-3a:2002 PDF/X-4:2007 (use this setting to export out of any Adobe  application)

You will generate two versions of the art – one exactly as you want your binder to look and another with the template overlayed on your artwork.  This way we can tell before we print it if there will be issues with alignment.

What do I need to know to convert artwork from a previous job?

The templates are slightly different for the digitally printed binders, so you will need to move your artwork onto the new template to check alignment.  For the most part, that is it.  You will need to generate the output as a PDF (see formats).

Payment and Shipping Questions

Binder Costs

Cost per binder goes down as you order higher quantities, so we will give you a quick idea of costs.  Contact us to get an exact cost for your specs.  (Larger rings will generally be more expensive)

White liner   Black Liner

qty 50:    1″ D Ring           $17.35         $17.91      each

qty100:   1″ D Ring           $11.69         $12.17      each

qty 200   1″ D Ring           $8.70           $9.13        each

qty 350   1″ D Ring           $6.96           $7.32        each

Payment options

For most orders, we would prefer to place the order and shipping using a credit card.

Shipping Options

We are happy to ship on your Fed Ex or UPS numbers.

Orders under 200 binders can ship FedEx or UPS ground, so you would not need a loading dock.

Orders over 200 binders can be sent via UPS  but are generally much cheaper and safer if we can ship them freight. If you do not have a loading dock that can handle a semi, or shorter truck, we will work with you to find the least expensive, safest way to ship your materials.

Need short run binder? Let our team help you get the best 3 ring binders!


How to Measure a 3-ring Binder ring

3-ring binders: how big a binder do you need?

Before you look at printing, designs, window cuts and spot UV for your next presentation binder, find out how much binder you need.

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What are you putting in your 3 ring binder?

Page Count: 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.

If your information is in protective sleeves, we will also have to make sure tab dividers and front and back binder covers fit.

Page size: Generally, in the US, parts of Mexico and a large part of Canada your paper size is going to be US standard 8.5″ x 11″.

A4 paper sizes are used in Europe and most of the rest of the world. A4 paper is 8.3″ x 11.7″ which is very similar, but the binder needs to be resized to make sure it fits correctly. If you are in the US and think the A4 size looks arbitrary, it is a much more intuitive paper sizing – with A1 half of a sheet of A0, A2 is half of A1 …. Clever.

Notebook or Halfsheet sized paper can vary, but generally a half sheet of US standard paper. The sheets are 5.5″ x 8.5″ so you get a nice small binder. These are also generally a 3 ring set-up.

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.

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Round rings v. D-ring binders

D-ring binders

In a D-ring, the ring is shaped like a backward “D” so the paper is held evenly on the right, your tab dividers all line up and there is a clean line of paper. Some people find the harder to turn the pages quickly with a D-ring binder ( 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!

 How to measure a binder ring:

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Binder rings are measured on the flat part of the D-ring and the inside diameter of a round ring from side to side.

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON RINGS AND STYLES OF 3 RING BINDERS CLICK HERE!

Get exactly what you need by measuring a 3-ring binder. Spine width is not a great measure of how much paper fits in a binder, so we recommend learning to measure the rings.


Print Facts: The Sustainability of a 3-ring Binder

Business is seeing the benefits of creating a more sustainable workplace.

From health benefits, happier employees, benefits to the environment and sizable savings in spending, sustainability is a winning, and growing, movement.

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Together with our sister company, Naked Binder, our 3 decades of being a sustainable manufacturer have helped us raise the bar for the entire North American binder and presentation products field. Corporate Image creates products that will last, but not at the cost of the environment.

Why not vinyl?

Why not vinyl? So many reasons.

Economic: Vinyl binders fall apart. The hinges are weak and affected by both heat and cold. This means you replace them constantly. A well made binder – like those made by Corporate Image or Naked Binder – has been tested to 250,000 flexes – so the cover won’t fall off even if you use it 20 times a day for 30 years.

Health: The plasticizers in your vinyl binder are toxic. A vinyl binder will off-gas for it’s lifetime, affecting the air in your office or home. These toxins are released into our ground water from landfill and add to issues of the approx 9300 landfill fires every year.

Sustainability: Add to this, that vinyl is not recycled in the U.S. except for a small amount during the manufacturing process, and massive amounts of vinyl are being landfilled every year.

Recyclable save money.

Money spent on waste disposal can be cut down, especially in large corporations where you can potentially have a warehouse with 10-30,000 vinyl binders that need to go to hazardous waste disposal.

Cutting down your waste stream by diverting recyclables to where they be reused saves you money, protects the environment, cuts landfill and uses less resources than making products with virgin resources.

Recycled materials save the planet.

Corporate Image uses 100% post consumer waste board to create better binders, and we work with many recycled stocks including Neenah papers and folding papers to make your folders, boxes and packaging!

 

So many more options for sustainable binders, folders and boxes.

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Great range of options and benefits

A sustainable 3-ring binder, box or pocket folder from Corporate Image is not only crafted with outstanding quality, our products are stronger, have better printing and more options. Our 3-ring binders were tested to 250,000 flexes (opening and closings) without failing. That means your binder could last over 30 years if you use it 20 times a day. Instead of replacing your materials every few months you can use them for years, saving you money.

Print options: Need spot UV or varnish? 4 color process with spot colors? Mixed materials – say a cloth and printed binder? Foil stamping and debossed logos? Vinyl and plastics don’t have the same range of options we can offer you to make your presentation or sample kit stand out.

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Best of all, our 3-ring binders, pocket folders, boxes and packaging are all 100% recyclable and don’t off-gas. No landfill or toxic gasses in your office.

Sustainability in presentation materials is a real thing. Protect the environment, support your green initiatives, save money and increase your influence with a move to better materials!


Naked Binder: a sister company to be proud of.

The Naked Binder Woodie won the Best Binder in North America in 2015.

Last year Naked Binder and Corporate Image released their wood binders  – real wood in birch or cherry wood over our 100% post consumer waste board – and won an award for Best Binder in North America. These beautiful design elements that enhance your office or home even as they keep you organized. At Naked Binder, you can buy one (or 10) for your home or office, while Corporate Image can help you with customized wood binders. And then this:

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Then our Hang Tag won a design award from GDUSA (Graphic Design USA magazine)!

Hang Tag Designer: Scott Thornton

We are proud and honored to be innovating award winning products!

Naked Binder! Proud to be seen for our great design of binders and materials!

 


an interesting list of amazing architects.

From Architectural Review:

Women in Architecture Awards 2016: shortlists revealed

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The AR is delighted to announce the shortlists for the Woman Architect of the Year and the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture

The shortlists feature women who are at the forefront of design – and bring together architects from China, England, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the USA.

The Woman Architect of the Year category names four female architects – Tatiana Bilbao, Jeanne Gang, Kazuyo Sejima and Charlotte Skene Catling – who have demonstrated through their recent projects an outstanding impact on the sector.

The Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture shortlist features women who are using innovative architecture to effect positive social change.

Read the whole article with all the candidates (with photos of their work) here.


Why print? People respond to it.

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This is part of our ongoing discussion about print in the modern age. This article is from MPA and talks a bit about how print connects in the mind.

Print engages the mind differently.

Here is an article that suggests that when people read print, they read more carefully, which benefits you with a more focused potential customer.

Everyone in marketing has by now heard of haptic marketing – the idea of appealing to the sense of touch to stimulate areas of the brain that influence decision making (that is the thumbnail description). Print fits that bill. Research has shown the physical act of turning pages results in the brain better encoding the information so you can remember it.

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The article was created by MPA, the association of magazine media, so I don’t claim it is completely unbiased, but there have been many studies out that have had similar results.

Corporate Image is a print manufacturer in Des Moines Iowa. Employee owned, we have manufactured top quality custom 3-ring binders, pocket folders, boxes and packaging for over 35 years.


The Secrets of 3 Ring Binders: learn more to get what you need.

3-Ring Binders have evolved from the binders of your high school days.

Todays binders are non-vinyl, sustainable, recyclable and a whole lot stronger.

If you are ordering a custom binder for a proposal, conference, sample folders (ringless binders for holding samples!), information kits, or school kits, there are better choices and more variables that can make your project a stand out!

 

Picking the right binder ring.

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The spine of a binder is not the best way to measure a binder. How much paper a ring holds is much more accurate. When you plan your custom binder, know the range of materials you want to put in – say between 200-275 pages for the proposals. This way you know you would need a 1.5″ D-ring binder or a 2″ Round ring binder.

Get the full binder ring size chart here.

How would you like to customize your binder?

Printed binders

Printed binders offer you a canvas for your art. With printing options that encompass photos, PMS colors, spot varnish or UV coatings, foil stamping, and debossing, the real limit of your binder is your imagination. Munsell-notebook-look-1-2

Corporate Image offers a full range of print options from our 6 color offset press to digital printing. Our team is here to help you figure out the best way to get the effects you are looking for.

Cloth and custom paper covered binders

With added strength, elegance and the tactile feel of cloth or a textured paper you can engage your customer on a number of levels. To customize these, you are generally working with foil stamping and debossing.custom cloth and debossed binders - Corporate Image

The results, as seen with this Haworth furniture binder, can be stunning. Corporate Image has 240+ colors of cloth in stock and many textured and specialty papers. If you are trying to find a unique look, we can help get you there.

Now to finish your binder.

Finger pulls.

For crowded shelves and larger binders, a finger pull can make it easy to get a binder off a shelf. For Architectural offices and interior designers who have a lot of samples and idea books, this can be a great added value!finger pulls for binders - Corporate Image

Portfolio closures.

Your binder can also close like a box. Our portfolio closures are built directly into the binder, so they are made of the same strong board the binder is. The portfolio closes with either standard velcro, magnets, snaps or straps.

The portfolio protects the contents of your binder, allows a much more finished look and offers even more room for your art and message.

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More custom custbinder options:

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  • Custom window cuts
  • Business card holders
  • Pockets
  • Landscape and oblong shapes
  • Bare board and flush cut binders
  • Paperboard ring folders / Presentation binders
  • Handles and straps
  • Foil stamping, debossing, Spot UV, Spot varnish
  • Lamination in natural matte, gloss, and soft touch
  • Fully printed liners
  • Binder clips
  • Pocket pages, tab dividers, cut sheets
  • Interior pages
  • Sample folders / samples kits

Creating a custom binder is more complicated, but a lot more fun than it used to be. Your binder partner can help guide you through the options, find what is right for you, your budget and your brand.

We would be happy to help you at any point in your process with samples, custom templates, consultation, and crafting your new presentation binders!


Alternatives to the Standard Pocket Folder

Upgrade the Look of Your Current Pocket Folder with a Custom Folder

Every business needs a pocket folder. And Corporate Image produces pocket folders that really stand out. We use heavier paper, provide higher lever of print quality, and finish our folders with film lamination that enhances graphics and adds strength. We offer a wide range of economical standard folders that can be customized to fit your needs. You can select custom paper stocks, foil stamp, emboss, deboss and custom die-cuts. Aqueous coating, varnish and spot UV printing are also available.

In addition to our standard 2 pocket folders, we offer folders with file tabs, folders with expanding pockets, glueless folders with a box pocket and tri-folders. Standard business card cuts and brochure cuts can be added to horizontal folder pockets at no charge.  We have a standard or custom folder to fit every budget and every business.

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Paperboard and Folding Board Packaging

You are working on a packaging project and need to decide on what material you want to make it with. Lets talk options.

Paperboard and Folding Board

wikipedia:

Paperboard is a thick paper-based material. While there is no rigid differentiation between paper and paperboard, paperboard is generally thicker (usually over 0.25 mm, 0.010 in, or 10 points) than paper. According to ISO standards, paperboard is a paper with a grammage above 224 g/m2, but there are exceptions.[1] Paperboard can be single- or multi-ply. Paperboard can be easily cut and formed, is lightweight, and because it is strong, is used in packaging. Another end-use would be graphic printing, such as book and magazine covers or postcards

So is folding board different?

Short answer: No. There are grades of all paperboard, so a Neenah folding board will be a very high grade paperboard that is made not to crack when folded into a box or pocket folder.

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How versatile is a paperboard package or box?

Think origami. Paperboard packaging can be die cut, bent, scored and folded into an amazing array of shapes and sizes. From standard folders, to uniquely folded boxes for luxury packaging and retail applications. Send us a sketch of what you are thinking of and what your are putting in the package and our in-house package designers can help find a way to create it.

On top of the range of shapes and ways of shaping paperboard packaging and boxes and a the full scale of printing options, the paperboard can be combined with cloth or specialty papers to create elegant, unique packaging. With a huge range of cloth (Corporate Image has almost 240 colors in stock) and specialty papers (from faux leathers, quilted, wood grain and many many more) – you can find a way to have your brand stand out. Great with foil stamping or debossing.

 

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For printed paperboard projects, there are no limits. From 4 color process, spot colors, spot UV, foil and varnishes, what ever art you can devise can be printed on paperboard.

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Check out our capabilities and let us help to get started on your packaging project!


Short Run Custom Printed 3-Ring Binders

Short run 3-ring binders:

combine quality and craftsmanship in small quantities.

 

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• What options can I choose from?

• Artwork, Design, Manufacturing Questions

• Payment and Shipping Questions

 

 

Square or Round Spine 3-ring Binders

If you order a 3-ring binder in quantities from 50 to 350 pieces, we will print your binder digitally.  This saves you money and the environment a lot of waste.  

These binders have full bleed full cover with a white or black liner. Because we are running digitally, artwork will be submitted in PDF form.

 

Options

Short Run Binder Sizes

  • Standard – to hold 8.5″ x 11″ paper (US standard)
  • Half Sheet Notebook – to hold 5.5″ x 8.5″ paper

Short Run Digital Binder ring sizes:

  • 3/4″ D-ring  – holds 180 sheets of paper (20lb. copy paper)
  • 1″ D-ring  – holds 220 sheets of paper
  • 1.5″ D-ring  – holds 350 sheets of paper
  • 2″ D-ring  – holds 450 sheets of paper
  • 2.5″ D-ring – holds 550 sheets of paper
  • 3″ D-ring – holds 600 sheets of paper
  • 3.5″ D-ring – holds 650 sheets of paper

 

Binder spine options:  

  • Square spines
  • Round Spines

Lamination Types

  • Natural Matte Lamination  (Liner is laminated also)
  • Gloss Lamination
  • Soft Touch Lamination

Printing

  • Cover + Black liner
  • Cover + White liner

Quantities

Available in quantities of 50 up to 350 binders. Over 350 custom binders, your binder will print on the offset press, giving you more flexibility and even more printing options!

Can I get a Portfolio Binder digitally printed?

Not at this point.

How fast will I get my binders

We will ship your binders 10 business days after receiving your artwork.

Can I get tab dividers with that?

Absolutely.  Our standard tab dividers print digitally so your art will match exactly.  To top it off, they look great (as you can see here).

 

Artwork and Design Questions

Submitting your binder Artwork 

When you decide what ring size you need, get a template from you sales representative. All art will be submitted in PDF form, with one copy showing the template to insure placement of art. All files should be print quality (300 dpi or higher) – lower resolution files will not print well!

How small of a typeface can I print?

If it is legible, it should print fine. Generally that means 6pt and above

Can I overprint?

Since we are printing these digitally, you can’t overprint.  It is best to have your artwork exactly as you want to see it and flatten it without layers.

File Formats Accepted for Artwork

We accept PDF files for your completed artwork. Please use one of the following “Adobe PDF Settings” to generate your PDF: PDF/X-3a:2002 PDF/X-4:2007 (use this setting to export out of any Adobe  application)

You will generate two versions of the art – one exactly as you want your binder to look and another with the template overlayed on your artwork.  This way we can tell before we print it if there will be issues with alignment.

What do I need to know to convert artwork from a previous job?

The templates are slightly different for the digitally printed binders, so you will need to move your artwork onto the new template to check alignment.  For the most part, that is it.  You will need to generate the output as a PDF (see formats).

Payment and Shipping Questions

Binder Costs

Cost per binder goes down as you order higher quantities, so we will give you a quick idea of costs.  Contact us to get an exact cost for your specs.  (Larger rings will generally be more expensive)

White liner   Black Liner

qty 50:    1″ D Ring           $17.35         $17.91      each

qty100:   1″ D Ring           $11.69         $12.17      each

qty 200   1″ D Ring           $8.70           $9.13        each

qty 350   1″ D Ring           $6.96           $7.32        each

Payment options

For most orders, we would prefer to place the order and shipping using a credit card.

Shipping Options

We are happy to ship on your Fed Ex or UPS numbers.

Orders under 200 binders can ship FedEx or UPS ground, so you would not need a loading dock.

Orders over 200 binders can be sent via UPS  but are generally much cheaper and safer if we can ship them freight. If you do not have a loading dock that can handle a semi, or shorter truck, we will work with you to find the least expensive, safest way to ship your materials.


Be Beautiful. Designing a 3-ring Binder.

Practical. That is a word people use for 3-ring binders.

Imagine a 3-ring binder that goes beyond practical and becomes a design element, marketing tool and a work of art.

Some of the design issues you are going to run into have nothing to do with the practical thoughts of ring size (how much stuff are you putting in there) or the difference between round and “D” rings. (get binder ring info here!)

  1. Printing.
  2. Liners.
  3. Tactile.
  4. Closures.

Printing your custom binder.

offset printed 3 ring binders - corporate Image  No matter what you design, we can print it on your binder. We print both offset and digitally printed binder options depending on your quantities.

The cover, spine and back cover of your binder are all on one printed sheet. Unlike vinyl slip sheeted or screen printed binders, your artwork is seamless with unmatched quality.

Remember that the spine of a binder is what is seen when it is on a shelf. This is an opportunity to create some visual excitement even when your binder is not in use.

Printing your binder liner (the inside)

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If you are working on an offset printed binder, printing the liner is free! This gives you more room to make your statement, add information, and connect with your end user.

Haptic Binders – tactile marketing in just getting started!

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Marketing seems to be just discovering the role of touch in our decision making process. With over 240 colors of book fabrics, debossing, UV printing, custom die cuts, soft touch laminations and foil stamping, you have a range of options that make your 3 ring binder tantalizing to touch.

3 ring binder closures

Most 3 ring binders don’t have closures, but there are many ways to keep your information safe and your binder closed when you are not using it. Start with a portfolio binder, which has a flap that comes around to the front cover.

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The most common closures are velcro (in white, black or clear) and magnets (square and round in many sizes). Both of these offer secure ways of keeping the covers. Straps are available also.

 


Best 3-ring Binder in the United States and Canada

Corporate Image has won a lot of awards for the custom 3-ring binders we manufacture.

We are proud to announce that for the 4th time, Corporate Image has won First Place for the best binder in the United States and Canada!

We are proud and honored to receive the Eska Frog Award for 2015!

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The 2015 Best Binder was our first in-house binder to win the competition. We created the wood 3-ring binder for both Corporate Image customers and Naked Binder, our off the shelf, sustainable binder company. These sustainable sourced wood binders offer all the joys of real wood with a core of 100% post consumer waste binders board. Available in cherry and birch wood.

Naked Binder sells these individually and without customization, but at Corporate Image we offer foil stamping for these binders to create a custom 3-ring binder that really stands out! These were for Graphic Wood Technologies:

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Corporate Image is an employee owned manufacturer making all of our products in the United States. We love design, so we are constantly working to find better, more interesting, longer lasting options for how all of our products are made. We are leaders in innovation and service, helping our clients get results!

Whether you are looking for a wood 3 ring binder or not, Corporate Image can help you get the best binder in the world for your company!


A year in the life of a 3-ring binder manufacturer.

Corporate Image makes custom, strong and recyclable 3 ring binders for an amazing list of customers.

We believe that design encompasses function, style and message, so we work with you from product design to production to innovate the best products in the world.  As an employee owned company every person in our building is watching out for your project.

Every binder we make is custom – from art and printing, size and rings, papers and cloth, window cuts and finishing options, we are set to create a special product that exactly matches your branding and message.

the best US binder manufacturer

On top of all those binders, we also made pocket folders, tab dividers, binder interior pages, cut sheets, paperboard boxes, corrugate boxes, rigid boxes and a number of custom products.

Corporate Image is an employee owned manufacturer making all of our products in the United States. We love design, so we are constantly working to find better, more interesting, longer lasting options for how all of our products are made. We are leaders in innovation and service, helping our clients get results!

If you are working on a new idea, sketching a presentation packaging thought, let us help you make it real. Our in house package designer team can take you from bar napkin to design award ceremony!


Happy New Year from Corporate Image

Happy New Year!

We wish you all a safe, happy and adventurous New Year!

Happy New Year from Corporate Image


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