The Construction Marketing STAR Awards for 2014 were just released and Corporate Image clients won a four of them!
Corporate Image created this cloth and foil stamped binder for WT Shade and they won at the Super STAR level – the highest level possible.
This cloth 3 ring binder is spectacular. It is clean and easy to read, the color makes it stand out on a shelf at the architects office, and the finger pull makes it easy to get off of a crowded shelf. This binder was FSC certified.
We supply window coverings that provide natural lighting solutions that are innovative and superior in quality. We strive to provide our customers and end users with informed service that is responsive, respectful and resourceful.
Windowtex was established in 1977 and over the years has become an industry and technology leader in sun control roller shade systems.
Windowtex is committed to on-going innovation by developing our own proprietary technologies and products including unique hardware systems and electronic controls for motorized systems. Operating from a 30,000 sq. ft facility in Garden City Park, NY, Windowtex is equipped with state-of-the-art fabric cutting, heat-sealing equipment, production software, and all the other major tools necessary to produce top-of-the-line solar shading products.
For an industry that works with beautiful fabrics, choosing a cloth 3 ring binder makes perfect sense. It is easy to see why this won the CMA Super STAR award!
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.
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!
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.
Guest post by Jenny Wolf, sales consultant at Corporate Image
Thinking of Rebranding?
First, you need to decide if it’s the right time to do so – then contact Corporate Image for all your new presentation
Haha, but in all seriousness, it really needs to be the right time for your company to rebrand. All companies will
at some point come to the decision to rebrand. For some, it happens early on once they’ve discovered who they
really are while with others, it occurs after many years of having grown (or outgrown) their brand. For many
companies they decide they are bored with their logo, sick of their color scheme, need an updated mission
statement, etc. and go on a whole tangent of wanting to change everything. Rebranding your whole company is
not for the faint of heart. It requires changing EVERYTHING- from your letterhead, to your website, to your office
signage so you really need to ask yourself if it fits within your goals for your company.
With my past experience working in a Marketing firm I know the steps it takes to develop a brand that people
remember, respect, and trust. A good brand consists of the right customer (positioning), a promise, and a
commitment from your team to instill it into the customers. The graphic below really depicts the best questions/
reasons your company has for rebranding. Ask yourself these before making the leap!
Image from Douglas Business Magazine
Designing any object, whether a 3-ring binder or a building requires thought into use, environment and user. For years, the idea of healthier environments was not a high priority – people smoked at work, the convenience of plastics out-weighed many other concerns -but with greater information on how things affect us, healthier is becoming a larger component of design.
I thought this article was interesting as a perspective from an architect designing the spaces we all spend a lot of time in:
From our perspective as a manufacturer, what goes inside the building is equally important. We spoke with an architect who had a LEED building fail it’s initial air test because of the furnishings and office supplies. With 60 million + 3-ring binders being sold in the US each year, we believe that from carpeting to binders, each element of your environment needs to be considered.
At Corporate Image, we design every component of our products. From inert laminates to soy inks, recycled papers to 100% recyclability, we track what we use to give you a healthy product that looks and works better than anything else you can find.
A lot of designers work at one point of another with healthcare providers or medical device manufactures.
Whether you are creating patient information packets, medical supply information kits or anything else everyday or for the first time, we would like to share what we see happening in medical information kits.
From 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!
How do you decide between a pocket folder, presentation binder or a 3-ring binder?
First off I am going to assume that you know what each of these items are. (if not, scoot down to the bottom of the post – just don’t tell anyone)
Time to talk to yourself. If you can answer these questions, it will make your choice easier:
Get a 3-ring Binder -
if over 220 sheets of paper, it needs to last and or is heavily used.
The more paper you need to use and the more heavily used your information is, I would suggest a 3-ring binder. The heavier board means it will stand up to abuse better and keep looking great. And also, the weight of all that paper risks pulling a rivet out of a presentation binder.
These are great for proposals – especially in Engineering and Construction – interior design, sample kits, car companies, and a lot of other uses. Also ideal for conferences and important meetings. Added bonus of branding for quality, sturdiness and design possibilities.
Get a Presentation Binder -
if under 220 sheets of paper, paper needs to be locked in and/or there is some variable paper (presentation binders have pockets too!)
Presentation binders straddle the hardback 3-ring binder and a pocket folder in that they have pockets and a ring. The paperboard is not as sturdy as a 3-ring binder, so if it is going to be heavily used over a longer period of time – consider going to the 3-ring binder.
Many healthcare information packets use presentation binders for a few reasons: It only gets heavy use for a limited period of time, pockets allow extra information to be easily stored and the rings hold the important information in place.
Get a Pocket Folder -
if you have a smaller amount of paper that may need to be accessed out of order.
Sometimes a pocket folder is the ideal thing. Great branding possibilities, easy to cary and organizes all of your papers in a flash.
We have seen a lot of these in healthcare and financial information packets, and for anything that just needs to hold less, but important, paper.
Printed or plain 18pt or 22pt paper with pockets that is folded so the pockets are on the inside. Usually with 1 or 2 pockets that can be horizontal or vertical. All this brings a huge amount of variations of pocket styles, capacity pockets…
A heavy recycled board (in our case 94pt to 110pt and 100% post consumer waste) that can be bare, wrapped in cloth or printed paper sheets with a 3-ring mechanism to hold various amounts of paper. We case and line our binders like a hardcover book. Why? So they are the strongest 3-ring binders in the world.
Versatile Marketing and Sales Kits
Sometimes you need to present information, samples and instruction books and want to tie them together with a unified look, quality and design. Corporate Image has the packaging experts to help you with what you need.
Sales boxes are a valuable option when you are looking to present your materials whether you are showcasing product of just information. Why?
Case study #1: Construction and Architecture sample kits
Simonton Windows: Complete sales and sample kit that includes product samples and information:
Finding an ingenious way to package window samples with information on all of the finishes and styles of windows you offer is not easy. Simonton along with our packaging designers created a beautiful kit that speaks volumes about the company even before you open it.
Case Study #2: Health Care Patient Information kits
Delta Dental: Health plan information for multiple plans.
Delta Dental put together a phenomenal patient information kit that is humorous, beautiful and organized. With two pocket folders, and a series of tabbed folders for different health plans, this custom box makes healthcare look fun. For that alone they should be applauded.
Whether you are designing sales and marketing kits for the healthcare, construction, energy or financial sectors, these custom boxes can help keep your information organized with consistent branding.
Marketing materials – from in-house information binders to sample kits – say as much about your company as the information in them.
There are a lot of manufacturers and printers out there who can do some things well, but when you start working on your marketing materials you don’t want to be limited by the few things they can do.
Corporate Image has been making quality marketing and presentation materials for almost 30 years. From 3 ring binders (voted best in the world) to pocket folders, sales boxes, sample kits and tab dividers, Corporate Image has the highest quality and largest range.
Our in house packaging designers can make sure you exceed your expectations. Need to show 120 tiles? No problem. Window sashes? Sure. Patient information kits? Absolutely. We can create a solution for your needs or use one of the many hundreds of dies that we already have.
Corporate Image is a green FSC certified printer. We can spec papers up to 100% post consumer waste and use soy inks. Our products can all be FSC certified. If you need a fully eco friendly 3-ring binder or pocket folder we have a range of options for you.
You should not have to settle.
2014 AIA Gold Medal Recipient
Julia Morgan, FAIA | 2014 AIA Gold Medal Recipient
By Zach Mortice, Managing Editor, AIArchitect
The American Institute of Architects Board of Directors on Dec. 12 posthumously awarded the AIA Gold Medal to Julia Morgan, FAIA, the early 20th-century architect whose copious output of quality work secured her position as the first great female American architect. Morgan is the first woman to ever be given the AIA Gold Medal. By receiving the award, Morgan was elevated to the College of Fellows. (The AIA National Board voted unanimously to waive the eligibility rules, in this instance, that require active membership in the AIA to be elevated to Fellowship.) The last posthumous AIA Gold Medalist was Edward Larrabee Barnes, FAIA, in 2007. The AIA Gold Medal is the highest honor the AIA confers on an architect. It acknowledges an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Morgan’s legacy will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago.
AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA, notified Karen McNeil, PhD, a historian and Julia Morgan expert that was a member of the steering committee that sponsored her nomination, by telephone immediately after the Board made its decision. “Fantastic! Thank you so much!” McNeil said. “You’ve made my day. I’ll tell the team; they’ll be thrilled.”
P.S. Bit of Trivia: As far as we can tell, Julia Morgan is the first woman to ever win the AIA Gold Medal. We at Corporate Image are excited on both counts, being big fans of her work.
Engineering and Construction firms have special marketing needs. Corporate Image has worked in this industry for many years giving us the insight and expertise to help you get exactly what you want.
We have found solutions to showcase window frames, bricks, tiles, carpets as well as the best proposal binders you can find.
Our products are eco friendly from the 3-ring binders to the corrugate boxes, printed with eye popping color soy inks on FSC certified papers.
Whether you are in the contract industry, engineering or construction let us help you get the quality and impact you deserve.
Should your Sales Boxes and Marketing Kits be corrugate boxes or paper board?
When you are looking for boxes for sales kits, information packets or sample marketing kits it helps to know more about your materials, possibilities and printing options.
The world of boxes is vast – do you need a corrugate box to help architectural samples or a heavy paper stock that can hold patient information kits or a bottle of perfume?
Looking for a sales box or marketing kit but not sure what you need?
You have a few choices and if you want to stick to recyclable materials the best are corrugated boxes or paperboard boxes. These both have advantages so if you need a custom marketing kit, sales box or sample presentation kit a quick read may be in order.
Lets break it down.
E-flute, single faced, double wall – all of these are corrugates and all of them have interesting properties and uses for your design projects.
The main thing you get from corrugates is strength. If you need a sturdy box to hold samples or need to convey a greater sense of solidity with your brand, corrugates may be the way to go.
Printing and more:
The best quality printing (4cp +) is done on a C1S (coated 1 side) sheet which is run through an offset press and then adhered to the corrugate. There are also options of foil stamping and debossing and direct printing.
Die Cuts and Custom Dies
Corruagate cuts well, so the shape of your box, window cuts, custom closures and flaps are all possibilities.
Printed heavy paper stocks can be made into an amazing array of boxes for anything from patient information kits for healthcare to financial portfolio or organizational kits and more.
Customizing Paperboard Boxes:
These stocks print like a dream, so you have the same wide range of options from 1 color PMS to 4cp+ and spot varnishes.
Printing two sides is also not a problem, allowing your to have the inside of your box as well branded as the outside.
Die Cuts and Custom Dies:
Corporate Image has a wide range of sales box and paperboard box dies to choose from already, but if you have a need for custom windows or looks, you can work with our package designer to get what you need.
Corrugated packaging from Corporate Image can take on many forms, so your project and brand stand out in the crowd. Choose from either a litho-wrapped sheet that can be applied to the box for a high-end look or print directly on kraft or bleached white corrugated stock for a more economical solution. Either way, your project will look the part and have hands reaching for what’s inside because the right package gets opened immediately.
Our custom packaging helps open doors. Whether you’re delivering printed materials, product samples or promotional gifts, we help you get noticed. It’s lightweight yet durable enough to give you the structural and design flexibility you need. New branding and packaging can take your sales to the next level.
When you want a powerful presentation
Every company must have the standard pocket folder, right? It’s a business staple – practically as crucial to daily operations as ballpoint pens and the coffee station. But if everyone uses pocket folders, how can yours stand out? Some say that it’s what’s inside that counts but industry leaders know that a pocket folder is the essential presentation piece that can help seal the deal…even before the folder is opened. Even if your folder has a simple design, the printing and materials matter. Corporate Image is best positioned to transform your folders into persuasive performers with state-of-the-art innovations and dynamic product solutions. No matter the configuration – and we offer them all – you want your pocket folder as well as your impression to last. You see, just because the pocket folder is a standard, it needn’t be ordinary.
People want to touch and feel your products firsthand
Sample binders are one of the best ways to get your products into the hands of architects and consumers. There is nothing like being able to touch and feel a product to help make a decision if it’s right for the project. Custom sample binders from Corporate Image can be configured in a wide variety of styles to accommodate your products and showcase them. This project for Vegas Rock involved applying heavy pieces of rock to a full-color, printed sheet over 100% recycled binder board. The company has created an easy and effective way to present their product offering which can be placed on a shelf, desk or transported for convenience. Custom binders are the most versatile sales tool available.
The proof is in the final product
Attention to detail is the Corporate Image difference. We’re no ordinary commercial printer. We’re presentation packaging specialists producing attractive laminated presentation folders, marketing kits, custom binders and boxes, point of purchase displays and since that’s all we do, we do it exceptionally well. State-of-the-art printing technology, precision deisgn and engineering, and an overall commitment to quality and craftsmanship are an important part of the Corporate Image difference. Our ability to print outstanding solids and our excellent four-color process work wins national printing and advertising industry awards. But it’s our exclusive finishing process that really makes Corporate Image’s presentation packages so special. Using a heat and pressure method, we laminate our work with a polyester, nylon or polypropylene film which not only protects and strengthens the printed piece, it enhances the visual appeal as well. Lamination becomes an integral part of the design because it intensifies color and makes graphics really pop! Lamination ensures that our solids stay solid and that our folders stay bright and beautiful., because it won’t peel off, crack, or chip on score lines. We offer lamination options in a Natural Matte, Semi-Gloss or High Gloss with a smooth or linen-textured finish.
NeoCon is North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, providing over 40,000 architecture and design professionals with nearly 100 accredited seminars, association forums and top-notch keynote speakers. Discover thousands of innovative products and resources for corporate, hospitality, healthcare, retail, government, institutional and residential interiors from more than 700 showrooms and exhibitors.
Over the years, Corporate Image has attended the NeoCon Conference to stay informed on developments and innovative products in the furniture industry. Many of our furniture customers use folders, custom binders, sample boxes and custom boxes to stay in front of their audiences, because there’s nothing like the feel of a sample to communicate the features and attributes of their products.
Marketing materials made easy!
Attention getting dimensional presentation packaging has consistently proven itself a powerful part of successful direct mail campaigns. We’ve packaged everything from piggy banks to golf balls and from cereal boxes to compasses. It’s unlimited.
Because Corporate Image specialize in printing only presentation packaging, we have the experience and the production capability to work with you to design and print custom direct marketing packages. Our successful track record in designing and producing direct mail packaging can help you avoid expensive mistakes. The sheer number of successful projects we’ve completed lets us steer your project away from trouble spots. Based on your ideas and specifications, we’ll collaborate with you to design a prototype and make a new die or we can help you select from our library of existing dies.
Sometimes the best solutions is to highlight the products
At Corporate Image, we can customize your box to create the right package for your needs. Our boxes offer complete design flexibility with the option of full color graphics inside and out. All 4-color inks are soy based and contain 19% soy based ink. For extra strength and durability, boxes can be laminated to provide protection for your graphics.
For those of you who work in commercial and building interiors, you are faced with the issue of how best to present your products. Whether you are working in corporate, hospitality, health care, retail, government, institutional or residential interiors, you need to present your information and samples in a way that is compelling and easy to use.
Corporate Image has created innovative packaging for samples in everything from tiles, glass, carpet to furniture and finishing hardware. Check out some of the solutions we have made for the commercial interiors and building industry!
Create the best possible presentation packaging with a custom prototype and digital template.
If needed, one of our Corporate Image sales representatives will enlist the help of our product design team to collaborate with you on developing a custom presentation product. We’ll help you sell your idea. There’s no charge for producing an initial prototype of a custom design, built to your specifications. Multiple copies for presentations are available for a small fee.
When you’re ready to begin the final design phase of your custom binder, pocket folder or box project, we will 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.
Don’t just take our word for it,
“At The HON Company, we needed to tell our sustainability story and worked with Corporate Image to produce a unique, environmentally friendly package. From knowing which eco-friendly materials to use, through package design, Corporate Imaged showed they really understood our needs and the importance of matching our message with the right presentation solution.”
When is a binder more than a binder?
When Rocky Mountain Hardware adds graphics to the cover of their custom binder, it becomes something much more. It becomes a valuable resource to help people discover the possibilities in architectural hardware and find the perfect solution for their project. People form an immediate impression from the images and design of the artwork, which can compel them to pick up the binder from among others on the shelf. That’s the name of the game…to get your brand noticed. Corporate Image‘s part is to help convey a sense of quality and durability from a construction standpoint. We take our client’s design and help them create a presentation package, whether it be a custom binder, pocket folder, or custom box, that communicates the best attributes of their brand.
Great presentation products and outstanding design equal success!
Over the years, Corporate Image has operated as a niche business in the printing industry. The company started over 30 years ago with an order for one million folders from a local insurance company, which has since grown into the Principal Financial Group. It wasn’t long after that when the owner visited Europe and discovered a new manufacturing process for 3 ring binders that featured beautiful full-color printing, a simplified production process and was environmentally friendly. The industry had changed since vinyl binders were banned in Europe because they were not recyclable. He brought the equipment and idea back to Des Moines, Iowa where he started making binders with a typical square back and a new round back style, which was a European design. We named them FlexHinge Binders, because the board from which they were made featured a series of creases in the spine that made a very strong, but flexible hinge. In fact, they were so strong that an independent lab tested the hinges and found they could be flexed over 250,000 times without breaking. Sales Boxes and Custom Boxes were later added to the binder and folder products to complete the line of Presentation Products we offer today.
Presentation Packaging helps companies stand out so their brand gets noticed and in turn contributes to their success. The process begins by creating artwork for one of our products, which is typically handled by a graphic designer. Once, we receive and review the art, a proof is created that is sent to the customer for approval. Once, it has been approved, we print, produce and ship the piece within 10 working days. All of the printing and manufacturing is done in our Des Moines facility, so we can control the production processes in order to guarantee you will be happy with the quality of your project and with our service.
Versatile sales kits offer almost unlimited design options
Corporate Image has been making sales kits from paperboard for 0ver 30 years that are designed to brand your company’s products. We have a large inventory of sizes and styles from which you can choose or you can tell us your vision and we’ll take it from there. Custom sales kits are a great way to organize, contain and present just about anything so materials are always at your client’s fingertips. CLICK TO READ MORE
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