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!
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
CMA Star Awards – 2014
The annual Construction Marketing STAR awards honor marketing excellence of construction industry professionals across a broad range of functional marketing disciplines.
Simonton Windows – Star level
An amazing corrugated box with inserts, a 3-ring binder and product pages. One neatly packaged sample kit shows window samples and all of you options.
Universal Forest Products – Eôtek – Super Star level
This ringless tri fold portfolio binder is being used as a sample kit for Eotek siding. Their smart use of spot UV on the photos really pops the elements of this piece.
WT Shade – Super Star level
Add a beautiful cloth, foil stamping, finger pull and printed liner and you get an amazing FSC certified 3 ring binder that won a Super Star award.
Corporate Image is the best binder and print manufacturer in North America and has won international awards for our products. Our team works with you to create exceptional presentation materials. Whether you are looking for custom pocket folders, sales boxes and presentation kits, 3 ring binders or a whole lot more, we can help you stand out and get noticed.
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.
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?
1 or 2 pocket folders with flat pockets
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.
1 or 2 pocket folder with a capacity spine
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.
Pocket folders with capacity pockets
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.
Pocket folders can hold a lot more paper than you might think. Once you know what is going into your folder, all of your pocket folder options become clear!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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