Design Project of the Week: Playworld custom 3-ring binder, pocket folder and tab dividers.
Playword and Corporate Image are a great match.
Playworld makes beautiful, green playground equipment. From eliminating 99.99% of PVCs from their equipment and being certified cradle to cradle, they care about children’s health and the environment. On top of being super sustainable, their playground equipment is amazing.
When we started working with them on a project we knew eco-friendly was going to be key. Since Corporate Image specializes in sustainable, green marketing pieces, we were excited.
The final pieces are a flush cut 3 ring binder with a custom die cut, a custom pocket folder with the same custom die cut as well as the most awesome set of custom tab dividers.
Sustainable and green aspects of the binder and folders:
3 Ring Binder
The project was beautifully designed and a job to make. From the flush cut binders to the amazingly fun tab dividers, this project was a favorite in production. That is high praise indeed. Our production crew work on some of the highest end presentation projects in the country every day and they are connoisseurs of packaging and graphic design.
Some jobs are just fun to run! Having all these pictures of kids playing brightened up the plant!
You just ordered custom 3-ring binders and you are ready to do your marketing – so why are they falling apart when you use them?
Traditionally, 3-ring binders are made sort of like books.
This is where the book comparison ends. In a poorly made 3-ring binder front board, back board and spine board are held together by either a small piece of vinyl, paper or cloth. Other options we are going to discuss involve using one piece of board and wither routing a spine into the board or flexing the spine directly into the whole board.
Vinyl Binders. The Weakest Hinge.
The reason vinyl binders break is simple. Even in the heavy duty vinyl binders (shown here) the hinge, the part of the binder that gets the most stress, is a very small thin piece of vinyl.
With perfect weather conditions, this is a recipe for disaster; when it is cold, left it in the sun or left in fluorescent light vinyl gets brittle. Since most of you are not using your binders in a cave, that means the hinge of the cover is going to fail.
If you get the regular vinyl binders it is good to know that to save money, that vinyl has been getting thinner and thinner for a long time, and so weaker and weaker.
Any binder made this way is going to have problems. Whether the hinge is made of paper, vinyl or some sort of spine tape these will fall apart at the seams.
Routed 3-ring binders. A bit better.
A slightly better construction uses a single board construction, taking your board and routing out half or more of the board so that the hinge flexes more easily.
While stronger than a vinyl hinge, you are still counting on 1/16th of an inch of recycled paper to hold your cover on. This hinge is still going to fail, but is not so dependent on the weather.
Flexed Single Board Construction. The Strongest 3-ring Binder.
The best and strongest 3-ring binder is made from one piece of board and the hinge is flexed directly into the board – nothing is shaved off or cut, so there are no weaker parts of the binder.
Corporate Image and Naked Binder only construct our 3-ring binders this way to insure sustainability – a binder that breaks before its useful life is over is a waste of resources, money and the time it takes to get another.
We have lab tested our bare board binder to 250,000 flexes without failure. That is 20 uses a day for 34 years. Not bad.
A well made 3 ring binder will not fall apart at the hinges. When you are specing 3-ring binders for your marketing or in-house use keep in mind how they are made. A well made 3-ring binder can save you money since you don’t have to replace them as often and, really, how does it reflect on your company if your marketing materials are held together by duct tape?
In case you wondered if Corporate Image is the premier binder manufacturer in North America, we have just won the Best Binder in North America title for the third time in 4 years.
And we are pretty excited about it!
The 2015 binder winner is very simple: Our 100% post consumer waste binders board with a cherry wood cover and liner. The binder is flush cut, showing the binders board on the edges.
Simple, but elegant. We released this binder about a month ago, and already it has been used around the US and Canada.
In answer to your questions about the wood 3 ring binders:
Can I customize a wood binder?
Absolutely. These binder look great with foil stamping on them, and it is also possible to laser etch them.
Is it real wood?
Yes it is – very, very thin wood. The logs used by the mill are sustainably sourced in the United States, and then roll cut into sheets. This wood is not only hand picked, but for every log they plant 10 trees.
What if I only want a few of these?
We can do that. Go to our Naked Binder site and you can order as few as one!
Is this binder solid wood?
No. The thin wood we use goes over our 100% post consumer waste binders board (the same board used in your hardcover books). What you are getting is real wood cut so thin it wraps like a paper!
What are people using them for?
Popular uses for the wooden binders:
As a proposal binder, these stand out. With foil, laser etching or well designed labels, your proposal will be noticed!
For manufacturers of furniture, building materials, or other wood related products, presenting your samples in a wooden binder keeps your brand consistent and makes it a joy for your clients to look at your materials.
Just making your office a happier place to work.
Have the classiest office ever. You spend a lot of time in your office, so adding a beautiful 3 ring binder that compliments your design elements is an easy choice.
The wood binder is part of a pattern at Corporate Image of creating the best binders (as well as boxes, folders and a whole lot of other things!) in the world. You can lose the worries and be relaxed in knowing your clients will be happy with the finished products. Add that to our in-house product designers, amazingly knowledgable sales team and you may find that the production of your work is the most enjoyable part of your day!
Go Natural with your Presentation Binders and Boxes
From Brooklyn to San Francisco, marketing materials are taking a turn toward kraft and natural materials. With a huge range of options from rough and DIY to elegant, refined and comfortable, Naturals can match your image and brand no matter who you are.
Corporate Image offers a huge range of printable natural and kraft papers, but not everyone knows about the natural cloth options we offer for your custom binders and boxes.
A cloth binder or box can be foil stamped or paired with a printed wrap for a wide range of customizing options. The options we are showing below are just a few of the natural options we have available, but hopefully give you some ideas for the next client presentation project.
Fabric: Casomo Color: Lamb Fabric: Cotton Linen Color: Oatmeal
Fabric: Linen Buckram Color: Tan Fabric: Lino Color: Alabaster
Fabric: Cotton Lino Color: Beach Fabric: Lino Color: Berber
Fabric: Lino Color: Oyster Fabric: Record Color: Wood
Fabric: Verona Color: Bisque Fabric: Verona Color: Parchment
There are a huge range of cloth options for 3 ring binders or boxes.
Woven materials offer another option for luxury markets, interior design and contract industry, and the financial industry. With cloth, the added durability means your materials will wear well and well as making a big visual impact.
Imagine you binder or box covered with a beautiful two color woven fabric. As the light changes, so does the color of your binder or box.
This cloth, Duo, could set your information apart from your competitors and let your clients know the quality and attention to detail in which you excel.
With our logo foil stamped onto the binder / box, you are going to make a huge impression.
With it’s natural texture and wide range of colors, Iris works well on 3 ring binders or set up boxes.
Cloth covered binders and boxes offer a modern feel that is deeply rooted in tradition.
This cloth foil stamps well, and is great with both deboss and embossing.
Space is a shimmering cloth with an iridescent coating.
If your project is about to “take off”, try wrapping your samples in a box made of this. A matching binder with your product information, will add even more “wow” factor.
Natural Cotton / Linen
For a project a little closer to home, these natural cotton / linen fabrics offer elegance with nature. Uncoated fabrics with a great feel in the hand, these have made some lovely 3 ring binders. We would love to see these in a cloth covered box!
These are just a few of the cloth options you have for custom binders and boxes. With about 21 other cloth lines to choose from we are sure that you can find what you need.
UV coatings are one of the range of print finishes and textures that you can use to make your art jump off of the page (or binder). We have found that a lot of designers haven’t worked with these finishes a lot, so we are offering a little series on print finishes.
What is spot UV and how can I use it on my binders, folders, and boxes?
UV (ultraviolet) Coatings start as a clear liquid that is dried or cured with an ultra violet light. This is printed in-line on a UV press. This is often seen in a gloss or matte, though it is available in textures (like sandpaper among others). While you can flood an entire piece with UV, we most often see it used in spot coverage, highlighting text and images, or in the case of the image above, the spot UV IS the text. Subtle, but effective.
If you are printing a pocket folder, binder or box, you are probably laminating your materials to protect the whole piece from the rough and tumble life marketing materials go through. The nice thing about spot UV is that it can be applied after the lamination offering more opportunities to pop your art even more.
Now when you need custom 3-ring binders for a conference, meeting or proposal, you can get all of the quality with beautiful printed images.
Corporate Image has produced 3 ring binders that have won both ‘Best Binder in the World’ and ‘Best Binder in North America’. Our production team are craftspeople, producing strong, sustainable binders with better quality printing that match to detail and craftsmanship that you put into every aspect of your company.
Low quantity custom binders are no problem.
Our short run binders are digitally printed with a high quality printer giving you full bleed images that cover the entire binder. The printed sheets are then laminated with a natural matte laminate that protects them from scuffing and water damage.
Fully cased and lined like a hardcover book, these binders look great, are stronger than any other binder.
How does this compare to a vinyl binder?
It doesn’t. Corporate Image makes recyclable binders that are non-toxic. Our printing is better, the binders last longer, don’t poison the environment or go to landfills, and they look much, much better.
When considering your brand or corporate image, consider whether a vinyl binder sums up what you are trying to say. If not, let us send you a sample to show you how much better your materials can look and feel.
Custom Digital Binder stats and information:
The Corporate Image digital binder combines all of quality we are known for with the lower quantities you sometimes need. Get samples to experience the quality of our short run binders for yourself!
Why a Notebook Sized Binder?
In a word: Convenience.
Notebook binders are portable in a way that full sized binders are not. Whether you are carrying a purse, or riding to the office with a messenger bag on your bike, a half sheet notebook binder will fit.
Custom Compact Binder Options
Binder Spine Types
3/4″ – 2″ Round or D Ring
Printing (cover and liner)
Digitally Printed (qty 350 and under)
Offset Printing (qty 250 and up)
No Printing – Bare Board Binders – Often with foil stamping
Lamination options – all of our laminates are inert and recyclable
Flush Cut (eliminates need for Lamination)
“We gain interested people through our online campaigns. We gain customers when we get our materials in their hands…”
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In a world of sensory overload, communicating by touch is the only way to connect emotionally with your customers.
Print is fun for us because it offers so many things just on the production end. From the craft, the smell, the feel of good paper, everyone in our building has a strong connection to our products.
The thing is, that same connection works for you too.
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.
Experience enhances information
Perception is an active process. To “be in touch with” a product, company or person is a primary urge. Our first intelligence is sensory refinement.
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
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 3 ring binder 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
Whether you are showcasing building products for the contract industry, handing client’s financial information, or providing medical information, the experience, quality 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
How much a pocket folder holds depends on the folder. Let us help you get the pocket folder that fits your needs exactly!
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.
Corporate Image offers both offset and digital printing depending on the job. Our team will work with you to determine what will work best for your job, but it is good to have the information for working with your clients. Offset or litho printing 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:
When to use Offset Printing:
When to use Digital Printing:
Be aware that both this and the info-graphic are not complete so talk to us about what you need (our people are well versed in the subtle strengths and weaknesses of each.)
Paper Weights are confusing.
As a print and binder manufacturer Corporate Image deals in all kinds of paper stocks. 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.
Is this list absolutely, always going to be exactly right? No. How a paper is made can affect both the caliper and weight. Some papers are denser, but have the same caliper as another paper. But this is a rough guide.
Paper weights will always be a bit confusing. Tag this blog so when you are working on a new design and printers are quoting papers, you can have an easy resource to ensure you know what they are talking about.
Corporate Image makes the best custom 3 ring binders in the world: eco friendly, recycled and recyclable with exceptional quality and printing.
But did you know you can get the interior pages of your binders printed here also?
Corporate Image offers 3 ring binder finishing services! From index tab dividers, both offset and digitally printed, to interior pages.
When you are putting together a proposal, board meeting or conference Corporate Image can handle the whole job for you – no stress, no juggling vendors and ship dates, since we will coordinate the interior binder pages to ship with your binders in collated and shrink-wrapped sets.
High quality printing for your whole project
Your binders, tab dividers and interior pages can now all have the same quality, craft, and attention to detail you expect from Corporate Image. A beautifully printed set will build your sales and generate interest in your company in a tangible long lasting way.
We use our high quality digital press and an opaque paper for your pages, producing clean, crisp sheets with stunning images. Whether you need black and white or color pages, we offer you exceptional quality.
Sustainable, award winning printing and manufacturing you can trust.
With over 30 years of expertise and innovation, Corporate Image has a proven track record. Our products have won awards from Best Binder in the World, GDUSA Packaging Awards and Construction Marketing Awards. Work with us to get the quality, sustainable materials you need!
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 …
The Weather Channel – 11 hours ago
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:
In addition, limited pickup and deliveries are being made in the following areas:
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?)
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