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!
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!
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?)
We can help you reach your target audience with full-scale printing and packaging solutions.
The marketing tools you hand people act as stand in for your company. Well crafted, thoughtful, strong materials feel good in the hand, appeal to their sense of style and build confidence in your brand.
Our customers have won awards nationally and internationally from “Best Binder in the World”, numerous Addy awards, GDUSA Packaging awards and Construction Marketing awards. The awards they win are just the added benefit to the strength their presentation materials bring to their business.
Whether you need offset and digital printing, Corporate Image can get you exactly what you need. Our in-house package designers work side by side with print and production professionals every day to insure you get the exact product you need. We create templates and mock-ups based on your specifications so you can check and double check how your product works and feels.
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Our team acts as an extension of your team. Our staff have an incredible depth of knowledge in print, packaging and product design. From sales, design, pre-press, press operators and everyone who touches your product our main concern is helping you get exactly what you want, when you need it. We listen to you to make your life easier.
Corporate Image takes sustainability seriously. For over 30 years, we have created world class products which are 100% recyclable, with no vinyls, no plastics. The binders board we use in our 3 ring binders is 100% post consumer waste and we can FSC certify your project if you wish. We also print with soy inks! We can help you meet or exceed your sustainability goals.
Corporate Image has been using 100% post consumer waste board for our binders for over 30 years. We have huge resources of recycled papers to match the look feel and print quality you need and nearly everything we run is FSC certified. On top of this, everything we make – from our 3 ring binders, pocket folders to sales boxes – is recyclable.
We believe in recycling as a way to protect our natural resources and prevent waste. But, when is it best to use recycled papers and when is it a greater impact? Sappi paper has a new resource for you.
Here is a first look on why it is important to recycle paper:
WASTE REDUCTION IS A FUNDAMENTAL TENET
There are many facets to recycling, from the process itself to the benefits and concerns. Sappi has worked to bring a resource that addresses many of these issues.
For the last 20 years we have heard that the world is going paperless, and yet companies are printing materials all the time. So what is happening?
The Psychology of Print
People respond to physical, tactile materials. Look at books. Some people read on kindles or other devices, but for most people I know, the feel of the book, the weight and even the turning of pages are part of the experience of the book. Books are experiences, not a collection of words.
Your presentation and marketing materials are experiences. People respond to the craftsmanship and heft of quality objects in a way an email can not mimic.
Sometimes you just need printed materials.
Some industries need to make sure the information they produce is always available.
Healthcare– From patient files to forms, this industry is paper-intensive, and predicts to be even more so over the coming years. This is one industry that if the lights go out, that information needs to be in the patients hand and available.
Also, it is a lot more comforting to have the information to read in hand instead of just receiving a web address (“You need surgery – go to this website for more information.” is not what I would want to hear…)
Legal – Papers need to be signed, stamped, delivered, read and re-read. Imagine a wedding certificate as an email. Much less romantic.
Financial / Real Estate / Insurance – All these industries produce paper that you need to have access to. If you are investing in a house, stocks or a new business it is nice to have a strong, well made folder or binder to hold your papers. It builds confidence that the organization you are dealing with exists, is legitimate and is planning to be there for you.
Print is just one component of your marketing and presentation, but it is an important one. Companies are printing less, but smarter – creating stand out pieces that have great feel, outstanding print and graphics and work with their branding.
Less but better is the mantra. Maybe you used to print 40,000 pocket folders every year. Much of that was sent to prospects that were not very warm or even pulled from lists. Now you make 10,000 folders – beautiful, a little heavier paper, maybe soft-touch lamination for a great feel – and send them to better qualified prospects. Your returns are higher and your costs are lower. That quality difference will be noticed and pay off with the clients.
What to look for in your Print Manufacturer? Your Success.
You don’t want to align your company with cheap folders, 3 ring binders that fall apart or a box that won’t close, and yet that is often what you get.
A print manufacturer should stress quality, knowledge, service and have the internal design staff to help you get exactly what you want and need.
Corporate Image has been creating custom presentation materials – from 3 ring binders, pocket folders to boxes of all types – for over 30 years. We come from a book binding tradition that started over 150 years ago and developed into what we are today.
From winning “Best Binder in the World” to GDUSA packaging awards, we have delivered the quality products that help make our customers successful. We don’t rest on our laurels, Corporate Image is constantly creating new solutions that give you quality with other attributes you need. From our eco-friendly tuck lock boxes and glue-less pocket folders to the worlds strongest 3 ring binders (flexed 250,000 times without failing!), we give you quality that will help you shine.
Print is alive and well and still helping you stand out with your clients! Contact us to get more information on how we can help you!
At one point or another as a designer, you will work with healthcare providers or medical device manufactures.
At Corporate Image, we have worked with many designers and healthcare facilities to develop patient friendly and beautiful information kits. Whether you are creating patient information packets and medical supply information kits everyday or for the first time, we would like to share what we see happening in medical information kits.
From custom presentation binders, pocket folders, 3-ring binders and boxes, we see the trends as they happen.
Come check out our page on the trends we see in patient and medical information kits! We update as we get new projects in, so it is worth checking in regularly!
While we are known making the best 3-ring binders in the world, Corporate Image does a lot of other things equally as well.
Take this mailer for instance:
The Vision Council created these eye-catching mailers to send brochures. With a great look, natural matte finish and a simple folding style, these custom mailers are effective and affordable.
Custom four flap enclosure mailer specifications:
6-1/4” wide x 6” high four flap enclosure (flap redesigned with a squared closure) with a 1/4” spine with dust flaps to hold a brochure. Die #8661
Custom four flap enclosure mailer environmental benefits:
Ships Flat, saving money, space and fuel.
So why limit your exposure to PVC?
Our sister company Naked Binder makes off the shelf eco friendly 3-ring binders and pocket folders and has done a lot of research on vinyls, plastics and the environment. Corporate Image has been printing with soy inks, using recycled papers and board and making custom recycled and recyclable 3-ring binders, pocket folders and boxes for nearly 30 years. Together we plan to make recyclable 3-ring binders and folders the standard, eliminating tons of vinyl waste in our landfills, offices and homes.
Why you ask? So happy you did!
No other plastic contains or releases as many dangerous chemicals. These include dioxins, phthalates, vinyl chloride, ethylene dichloride, lead, cadmium, and organotins. There’s no safe way to manufacture, use or dispose of PVC products
In You and your food. As a persistent bioaccumulative toxin (PBT), it does not breakdown rapidly and travels around the globe, accumulating in fatty tissue and concentrating as it goes up the food chain. Dioxins from Louisiana manufacturing plants migrate on the winds and concentrate in Great Lakes fish. Dioxins are even found in hazardous concentrations in the tissues of whales and polar bears and in Inuit mother’s breast milk. The dioxin exposure of the average American already poses a calculated risk of cancer of greater than 1 in 1,000 – thousands of times greater than the usual standard for acceptable risk. Really scary is that dioxins concentrate in breast milk to the point that human infants now receive high doses, orders of magnitude greater than those of the average adult.
Air pollution near plants: In Mossville, Louisiana, air monitoring conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency in 1999 showed concentrations of vinyl chloride more than 120 times higher than the ambient air standard.
Working in plants: Studies have documented links between working in vinyl chloride production facilities and the increased likelihood of developing diseases including angiosarcoma of the liver, a rare form of liver cancer, brain cancer, lung cancer, lymphomas, leukemia, and liver cirrhosis.
The multitudes of additives required to make PVC useful make large scale post consumer recycling nearly impossible for most products and interfere with the recycling of other plastics. Of an estimated 7 billion pounds of PVC thrown away in the US, only 14 million – less than 1/2 of 1 percent – is recycled. The Association of Post Consumer Plastics Recyclers declared efforts to recycle PVC a failure and labeled it a contaminant in 1998. We tried. Learn more about how that went.
Although vinyl is in theory recyclable, there are currently no vinyl recycling programs available. The vast majority of PVCs end up in landfill or incinerated – and both are environmentally hazardous. Currently 0.1% to 3% of vinyl is recycled (mostly industrial waste) of the 2 billion and 4 billion pounds of PVC that is discarded in the US every year.
PVC poses a great risk in building fires, as it releases deadly gases long before it ignites, such as hydrogen chloride which turns to hydrochloric acid when inhaled. As it burns, whether accidentally or in waste incineration, it releases yet more toxic dioxins. PVC burning in landfill fires may now be the single largest source of dioxin releases to the environment. If you see the former entry about recycling, with the approximately 8400 landfill fires every year in the US, this is an issue.
Links to more information
Vinyl Industry Sites
For those of you who like the concise half sheet notebook binders, you will be happy to know that you can get all the extras with a small binder that are available with a full sized binder.
Notebook binders are great for meetings, conferences, workshops. A great combination of form and function, these smaller 3-ring binders offer great branding in a package people will enjoy carrying around. Many people despair at finding the same great “extras” that you can get with a full sized binder.
Corporate Image would like to let you know that a notebook binder has no limitations!
Index Tab Dividers for notebook binders
Available in banks of 4-8 tabs, full color printing, the notebook tab dividers are every bit as flexible and customizable as full sized tabs.
Paper Pockets for half sheet notebook binders
Pockets in vinyl binders rip out after a few uses, but these great paper pockets will last. A paper binder pocket is a clip in pocket folder for your binders. It can be used combined to work both as a tab divider or separate pocket depending on what you need. This means information can be added anywhere in the binder, not just shoved in on the inside covers.
Added benefits are the ability to print full color for maximum branding – these binder pockets will match any of your other pieces from the binder to you information. If you business is very eco-friendly, a fully recyclable bare board binder pocket might be the way to go:
Half sheet notebook binders have a full range of options that can help you get your information to the people you want to reach. The smaller binder saves you on shipping costs, materials and printing costs while delivering a big impact.
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.
Corporate Image is proud to announce that three of our clients have won 2014 American Package Design Awards
Congratulations to Prestige Tuxedo, HealthPartners and Meyocks Group / Delta Dental of Iowa!
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.
Sometimes you need those custom pocket folders yesterday. You consider the overnight pocket folder printers but realize you need the higher quality that your brand is known for.
Corporate Image can give you the quality printed folders you need and get you a high quality option to hold you until you receive your folders.
Horizontal or vertical pockets, one or two pockets, capacity pockets, glueless, printed one or two sides – there are amazing amounts of options that are all part of our pocket folder collections. Find out more – contact us .
Need some really nice folders right away? Check out Naked Binder – a sister company of Corporate Image.
Naked Binder is an off the shelf (non custom) eco friendly option for 3-ring binders, pocket folders and tab dividers.
Order 1 or 1000, Naked Binder usually ships within 24 hours.
This is the perfect fit for when you are getting those great printed pocket folders from Corporate Image!
Custom printed or off the shelf eco friendly – Corporate Image and Naked Binder have what you need!
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.
In the cut throat world of printing, it seems like you can get a custom presentation folder or pocket folder for next to nothing.
Be careful what you ask for when you ask for a cheap pocket folder.
If you want to make a really good impression, you need good materials. Whether your client is getting a remodel of their kitchen, investing in stocks or getting health information, a poorly made, poorly printed presentation pocket folder is going to make you look like you don’t know what you are doing.
What should you be looking for in a presentation pocket folder?
In-house packaging designers.
If you need a special design, make sure your printer can handle it. You don’t want a rough approximation of your design, but and exact precision folder. Make sure to get a mock-up to insure it is what you want.
Professional pre press.
Insure your files are complete and there are no errors. If you need a change in how your job is printing to insure highest quality, this is the place to catch it.
no gang runs
Gang run is cheaper for your printer because they are not adjusting the press to your job, but to the average job. The pressman’s job on these runs is to make everything OK.
Ask yourself the question: Do you want your clients to see you as the average company?
print in house
Control over color, quality and is all easier if it is done in house.
Corporate Image has in-house package designers, pre press and press-people with years of experience. Our job is to make sure that you stand out as the exceptional company that you are. We deliver the highest quality presentation folders and pocket folders and have created industry standards in many of our products that other companies are struggling to meet.
We have made a lot of pocket folders over the years. Through working with thousands of clients we have come up with a list of the 25 best pocket folder designs.
To find the best pocket folders we looked at versatility, ease of use, interesting designs and best printing and manufacturing. We are not looking at the artwork on the folders (that my friends is up to you) but the actual design of the folders.
From capacity folders, glueless folders, eco friendly and ship flat folders, we have them all.
It used to be that eco friendly was code for poorly made. Not anymore.
Eco friendly marketing materials (from 3-ring binders and pocket folders to tab dividers and sales boxes) are better value, better quality and better for your image.
For the last 3 years the 3-ring binder voted best binder in North America (and once Best Binder in the World) was a Corporate Image binder. Our products offer a greater range of printing and customizing opportunities and an amazing look, feel and range of possibilities.
Greener, eco friendly materials and practices.
Corporate Image is a green FSC certified printer who has been using soy based inks for over 20 years. Our binders are made with 100% post consumer waste board, our papers use recycled content and the entire binder is recyclable.
Along with using recycled materials, our products are built to last. One of our bare board binders (from Naked Binder – our eco friendly office supply company) was tested to 250,000 flexes without fail. That means you can open and close that binder 20 times a day for 34 years. Try that with vinyl.
Marketing materials show who you are as a company – what you believe, how you practice and how well you will perform. Corporate Image believes in what we do, and we take pride in making the best pocket folders, binders and boxes you can find. From our printing and packaging designers to construction and shipping, we make sure you are getting what you want and more.
Corporate Image sets the standard that other manufacturers are trying to meet.
Eco friendly marketing materials, from 3-ring binders to sales boxes, are now the best quality, best branding and best value you can find.
Find out more! Get Samples or a Quote or chat with one of our sales consultants!
Whether you design pocket folders every day or just once in a while, it can be nice to have a design resource that covers folder styles, options and materials.
We make pocket folders everyday and we know what works, what doesn’t and what can make your folder stand out. This design resource covers more than just one and two pocket folder designs (though we have a bunch of those!), but also expandable and capacity pocket folders, glueless pocket folders and folders that hold more than just paper. Check out the Pocket Folder Styles guide for more on those.
What kind of customizing you need done can also be an issue. Do you want a digitally printed folder or offset? Foil Stamping and debossing? Find out your options for custom pocket folders printing here.
This pocket folder resource is part of an effort by Corporate Image to make your design life easier. We will be adding more information as time passes, as well as more resource centers (we have the 3-ring binder resource pages up here, and our sales box and tab divider design resources too!)
Check out the custom folder resource guide. Let us know if we missed anything, we are working to make it as complete as possible.
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.
New Glueless Pocket Folder
Improvement is on ongoing process at Corporate Image. Take pocket folders, for instance. We have an incredibly successful line of them. So, we certainly didn’t have to launch a year-long-review and redesign project. But that’s exactly what we did. And the results are astonishing. Greener, leaner, smarter folders. See the 25 top pocket folder designs here!
Our packaging designers and production team examined every single folder in our extensive die library. When formats could be scaled down to allow printing on a smaller sheet, they redesigned the die, reducing paper waste. Velcro closures were eliminated and innovative tuck closures were designed, eliminating the need to remove the Velcro before recycling the pocket folder.
They also created a new folder designed to ship flat and assemble on demand. Glueless folders are less expensive and take less energy to manufacture. They are a breeze to assemble. Just fold the scores, tuck where indicated and you have a multi-purpose folder. Ingenious! And they can go directly into the recycling bin when no longer needed.
New FSC certified coated and uncoated paper choices have been tested and added to our line. They print beautifully and include stocks with 10%, 30% and 100% recycled content. The choice is yours!
Corporate Image pocket folders offer unlimited design options
When you make a pocket folder there are many standard options from which to choose. One pocket, two pocket, business card cuts, portfolio closures – even a relatively standard pocket folder can be spectacular. (You can download a PDF of the 25 best pocket folder designs here!)
But if you have a client who wants to make more of an impact or be memorable in the eyes of the prospect or client, there is another level to aspire to.
Corporate Image has been serving this market for over 30 years. We print and produce a wide range of custom folders that offer superior printing and versatility – all designed to differentiate your brand or set you apart from the competition. Our product designers can work with you to create a unique custom folder for exactly what your client needs. Perhaps your pocket folder needs to feature a die-cut window to allow your interior pages to shine through, hold a flash drive or expand to accommodate a wide range of inserts.
We make it easy for you. with our print quality, product knowledge, on site product designers and a production facility full of craftsmen who are dedicated to delivering quality folders on time every time.
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