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.
A pocket folder seems so simple when you use it, but sometimes people get tripped up in designing them. So we are starting a series:
Using a Pocket Folder Template – design issues you can avoid and make your life easier!
While the series title seems unnecessarily long, the series can still save you a lot of time and frustration.
Today there are two things we want to talk about
#1: Positioning text on a pocket folder pocket:
I am not going to lie to you, this is a presentation binder (a paperboard 3-ring binder) template with capacity pockets. The templates work exactly the same way so I am going to use this.
Pockets print with the front of the press sheet and fold into the inside of the folder. This means the text needs to read “upside down” to the cover and back cover of the pocket folder. See my lovely example here:
When the pockets are folded into the inside of the folder, they read perfectly.
#2: Watch out for the Business card positioning on a pocket folder pocket
So, now that our text is positioned properly, we have to watch out for where we put our text in relation to our business cards. This seems obvious when the card is in the folder, but less so at 3am when you are designing that folder.
Example 1: Lets face it, Manatee films is super psyched about their new pocket folder.
Example #2: Well, they were psyched until they put the business card in. Unless your business cards and pocket folders are carefully designed together, this is not going to work.
These two things are common mistakes in pocket folder design. Stay tuned for more tips in our series:
Using a Pocket Folder Template – design issues you can avoid and make your life easier!
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!
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.
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.
Expandable Custom Folders Hold More on Demand
When Central Bancorp needed a custom pocket folder that would hold more sheets if needed, they turned to our Expandable Pocket Folder from Corporate Image. There are times when you don’t know how much capacity you will need and we provide an innovative option for adding more. Folders can stay flat or expand to hold up to 1/4″ inch of materials – at no additional cost.
This can save you money by having one folder that can be used for multiple purposes. In this world of tightening budgets, that can help everyone! Ask us more about expandable pocket pocket folders here!
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