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Learning to Love Print Again – How Presentation Materials Help You Get Customers

“We gain interested people through our online campaigns. We gain customers when we get our materials in their hands…”

 

 Not using print materials is slowing you down even in the age of the internet.

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.

Print is an experience -The psychology of print

Perception is an active process. Touch includes information about you (e.g. your muscles, joints) as well as about what you are touching. To “be in touch with” a product, company or person is a primary urge. Our first intelligence is sensory refinement.

The experience of holding something in our hands changes how we perceive a product. Retail stores know that if you pick something up, you are much more likely to buy it. From Apple computers to clothing, stores are set up to engage you tactually and emotionally.

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

Corporate Image is a print manufacturer and 70% of our marketing is online marketing. What we understand is that we gain interested people through our online efforts, but we get customers when we get product and samples in their hands.

For you web pages, you get excited if people spend 1 minute or more on a page. 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 information 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

A beautifully printed piece shows that you have pride in your message, your product and your company. It can build your sales, give your sales people a great tool as well as generate interest in your company long after someone has forgotten your URL.

Whether you are showcasing building products for the contract industry, handing client’s financial information, or providing medical information, the experience 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.


Cloth and foil stamped 3 ring binder wins CMA STAR Award

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.

  • Cloth: Verona ABLAZE 680 (a book cloth available through LBS)
  • Ring: 1.5″ chrome D-ring
  • Foil: white gloss (cover)
  • Printing: 4 color proces (liner)

WT shade - cloth and foil stamped binder with a finger pull

cloth and foil stamped 3 ring binder

 

 

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Who is WT Shade? (old site here)

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!


Construction Marketing STAR Awards – Corporate Image customers win 3!

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.

 

CMA STAR awards

 

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.

Simonton custom corrugated box, binders and inserts - Corporate Image

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.

Eotek ringless sample binder - Corporate Image

 

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.

Cloth and foil stamped binder WT Shade - Corporate Image

FSC certified printed 3 ring binder

 

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.


Why Corporate Image for your Printing and Packaging Needs?

We can help you reach your target audience with full-scale printing and packaging solutions.

CI custom printed 3 ring binders

Results.

Print matters.

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.

Options.

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.

Our product line runs from

  • 3 Ring Binders – A4, US standard, landscape, notebook and small sizes, and larger sizes
    • options: Cloth wrapped binders, bare board, printed cased, presentation and lined binders, foil, spot UV, portfolio closures and more!
    • Tab Dividers – Match your binder with beautiful index tab dividers.
  • Pocket Folders – From our 25 best pocket folders designed for maximum flexibility to our huge range of custom folders
    • 1 and 2 pocket folders, tri fold folders, four flap enclosures, portfolio closures, built in USB holders and much more!
  • Packaging and Boxes – Paperboard and corrugate boxes for anything you need
    • Slip cases, tuck lock, mailers, sample kits, and much much more.
  • Custom Sample kits, POP displays, Menu options, Gift boxes – get the quality you deserve with the design help you want!

Service.

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.

Sustainability.

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.

Contact us to get ideas, start a project and get the team in action for you.


Recycled Paper – A new resource for rethinking and looking at recycling

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.

recycle your thinking

Sappi paper has a great new resource called rethinking recycling.

Here is a first look on why it is important to recycle paper:

WASTE REDUCTION IS A FUNDAMENTAL TENET
of sustainability and recycling is an integral element
of any solid waste management plan. It’s one of the three
Rs we’re all familiar with: reduce — reuse — recycle, practiced
in that order. The environmental benefits of recycling vary
greatly between programs. For materials like e-waste,
it is critical to minimize exposure to hazardous materials.
For household products like aluminum or glass beverage
containers, there are enormous energy savings for using
recycled materials over processing raw materials. The
number one reason to recycle paper is to avoid the generation
of greenhouse gases in landfills.
Organic materials — including food waste, grass clippings
and leaves — decompose much faster than other materials
in landfills. In the absence of oxygen, one of the by-products
of biodegradation is methane. Methane — also known as
natural gas — has a global warming potential that is 25 times
higher than carbon dioxide. This is why many municipalities
require that grass clippings and leaves be separated from other
waste streams. By managing these streams separately they
can develop composting systems — which break down materials
in the presence of air — to avoid methane generation.
The same is true for the fiber in paper products. By keeping
these materials out of landfills, the fiber can be put to use
and avoid methane formation.

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.

More Sappi info on recycled paper here.


Looking for a 3 Ring Binder and Presentation Material manufacturer?

What should you expect from a 3-ring binder manufacturer.

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Presentation and 3 ring binder manufacturers are not all alike. If you are new to the game of ordering custom printed products, we’d like to give you a few ideas of what to look for in your print manufacturer.

Innovations… Styles… Options… Strengths….

Print and presentation packaging vary heavily from job to job – many of the questions may be best answered or collaborated on with your printer. Digital or offset printing, 4 color process or 4 cp plus a spot color, the best closure for cost, strength or looks (bearing in mind that what is best for one is not always best for another).  Many times your project becomes a collaborative venture as you get input from the product designers, production and sales reps, which results in a fantastic product.

Innovation from your manufacturer is also important. Knowing the capabilities best and what has worked over a large range of products allows your manufacturer to be proactive in finding you solution.

Customer Service

Your sales team will help you navigate your process from start to finish so you want them responsive, knowledgable and able to listen.  Any printer worth their salt should be able to provide samples, estimates, mock-ups for new products, templates, proofs and double check your art.

Design Support

Does your print manufacturer have product designers on staff who can create products to your specifications and work with you to get exactly what you need? Even standard products are designed. Make sure your manufacturer is not just copying a template they found on the internet.

An example: Our product designers create for strength, looks, ease of use and to work with your materials. Even in something as seemingly simple as pocket folders, we re-designed the top 25 pocket folders so you know exactly which envelope they fit in, greatest range of pages, longevity and simplicity.

Accounting

Clear accounting guidelines save you time and headaches.  From credit policies to payment terms, get clear information.

Available to you.

Can you reach your representative when you need them? This can lower your stress by more than a little.

Corporate Image, quality printing and manufacturing

Learn more about how Corporate Image works with you here. If you have a question or want to discuss a project, give us a call. Cynde will be more than happy to answer your call and connect you with the right person to take care of your needs. Ask for samples or quotes here!

Our office hours are:
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm CST

515.262.3191
800.247.8194
888.262.3839 FAX

info@corp-image.com

 


Serious Fun with Paper: Paper Art on Display in NYC

At Corporate Image we deal with paper all day and really love the flexibility of the medium. Admittedly, much of ours goes into packaging and presentation materials, but that doesn’t dampen our enthusiasm for other forms of paper art!

From HOW Design Magazine

Brooklyn-based multimedia artist Michael Hambouz creates stunning cut-paper artwork, and thanks to The Durst Organization and chashama, 18 of his large-scale cut-paper collages are now on display until November 21, 2014, in the Lobby Gallery of 1133 Avenue of the Americas in New York City.

In a celebration of both cut-paper artwork and small-town manufacturing, Factory Made utilizes a 140-year-old French Paper Company’s own renowned paper stock to give viewers a rare glimpse into the operations of one of the last independently owned paper mills in America.

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Exhibition Details:
Michael Hambouz: Factory Made
1133 Avenue of The Americas (between 43rd and 44th Streets), Lobby Gallery
Free and Open to the Public

On View: September 10-November 21, 2014
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 AM-7 PM
RSVP: Required, please email janusz@chashama.org

And after you’ve seen Factory Made, make a day of cut-paper artwork by heading down the street to the Museum of Modern Art, where the blockbuster show Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs is on display until February 8, 2015.

- See more cut paper art!


Print is Going Strong. But why?

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?

Print is a brand experience for your customer - Corporate Image

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.

Printing Smarter

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!


Paper Weights: what they mean, how they convert

 Paper Weights are confusing.

As a print manufacturer Corporate Image deals in all kinds of paper stocks, but we find not all of our designers know all the nuances. 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:

Definitions:

    • Basis Weight
      The basis weight of a paper is the designated fixed weight of 500 sheets,
      measured in pounds, in that paper’s basic sheet size.
      It is important to note that the “basic sheet size” is not the same
      for all types of paper. For instance

      • bond or ledger paper sheet size: 17″ x 22″
      • Text, offset or book coated papers: 25″ x 38″
      • Cover stock: 20″ x 26″
    • Caliper
      Caliper refers to the thickness of a sheet of paper expressed
      in thousandth of an inch. This measurement is taken with a micrometer.
      Normally, paper caliper should not have more than a + or – 5% variance
      within a sheet. Generally, the relation between caliper and basis weight ….
      the greater the caliper (the thicker the paper), the greater the paper weight.
    • Equivalent Weight
      While different paper types have different basic sizes,
      papers can still be compared by using equivalent weight.
    • POINTS
      Every POINT=.001 inch
      For Example: 10 pt card = .010in.

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.

Understanding Paper Weights - Corporate Image

 

Paper weights don’t have to be confusing.  Now when you are working on a new design and printers are quoting papers, you can have an easy resource to ensure you know exactly what they are talking about.


Iowa – More Interesting than you think.

For many of you when you think of Iowa, you may be thinking Idaho (potatoes) or Ohio (Cleveland).  We get it.

So besides being the best place for young professionals and apparently the new hipster capital of the country, lots of corn and soy beans – What else does Iowa have?

From ax wielding artists, to the people who build pipe organs and one of the main protectors of seed diversity Iowa is surprising is it’s range.

Michael Squire - Iowa Artist Seed Savers - Preserving Biodiversity

 

Even the company that makes the best 3-ring binders in the world is represented! Hey that is us!


Custom Index Tab Dividers – Eco Friendly and Recyclable!

Your company believes in being environmentally friendly and wants great design, printing and quality. Your job: Find a index tab divider for their information kits that fulfills all of these needs.

Corporate Image has a quick guide for what to look for in index tab dividers!

Custom printed index tab dividers - Corporate Image

 

Organizing with tab dividers is just one aspect of what you need when you are ordering tabs.

Design Flexibility:

Can you print your index tabs to match your other printed materials?

If all of your materials are printed with spot PMS and spot UV, being able to match that is makes your whole kit stand out. Know whether you can print either offset or digital and how close it will match your other materials.

How many tab dividers do you need?

Do you need a bank of 5, a bank of 10 or three banks of 6 tabs? Are your tabs standard square tabs or rounded or custom? Are there templates and are they easy to use?

How many tab dividers you order will obviously depend on how many categories of information you are separating. Whether you get a bank of 10 or two banks of 5 will depend to a degree on how much information you are putting on the tab itself as well as the aesthetics of how you like the tabs to look.

Recycled, recyclable and eco friendly tab dividers.

Seriously, with all the choices out there, how could you not get a tab divider that is printed by a green printer and is 100% recyclable. Soy inks, recycled papers and the ability to recycle the divider actually don’t really affect quality, price or options. To get anything else would go against your companies responsibility statements and ruffle feathers all the way to the top.

Whatever you need for your tab dividers Corporate Image can help you.

We have been making index tab dividers along with our sales boxes and 3-ring binders for over 30 years! Custom or standard, digital or offset printed, we are experts in helping you get exactly what you need. Great templates and an in-house product designer can make your life easier!

Contact us for more information and samples!

 


Budget vs. Quality in Print: A False Dilemma

Get the best price, or make it look great. This marketing dilemma has been handed down for ages.

Lets face it, in order to represent your company or your client well, quality is key. If what you hand out to your customer is poorly made, badly printed and falls apart, what does that say about your company?

On the other hand, there are only so many marketing dollars and they have to last as long as possible. Justifying a major printed expense when budgets are tight is nearly impossible.

So what is the answer? Both are right.

Wood flooring sample binder - Corporate Image

The real question is why you can’t have both? Take the above piece as an example.  Great printing, easy display, strong presentation and in a sturdy binder making it easy to keep handy on a shelf.

Could this have been done in a way that cost a lot more? Absolutely. Is it a design that offers a great answer to the problem of showing 9 pieces of stone? Yes it is.

If you have issues with quality vs cost, perhaps you need to talk to your packaging manufacturer more. Corporate Image has been in crafting 3-ring binder, pocket folders and boxes of all types for 30 years. Our quality is unmistakable and well know in the design community. Equally important is our experience with product design which allows us to envision a range of solutions that can give you the quality within your budget.

Don’t get me wrong, we love the super complicated, multi-piece jigsaw puzzle-ism marketing kits that just blow everyone’s mind. Everyone from production to product design gets to rethink what is possible for those! That doesn’t mean we down’t love the clean lines of a great presentation piece that solves a problem just as hard – balancing the budget and getting great presentation materials.

If anyone tries to convince you that there is a choice between your budget and quality, find a new presentation manufacturer.  In fact, call us!

 


Cloth 3 Ring Binders: Classy, strong and tactile.

If you are looking to up your 3 ring binder game, look into a cloth binder.

cloth 3 ring binders - Corporate Image

 

A cloth binder offers a sense of elegance and permanence that you don’t find in plastic or vinyl binders. Plastic and vinyl project a feeling of impermanence, cost cutting as well as being toxic.

Cloth binder options:

Color. and lots of it.

B-cloth, Pearl Linen and Verona Naturals are three options for wrapping your binder (b-cloth shown below)

color options for your cloth 3 ring binders - Corporate Image

 

Why not merge the beauty of cloth with the branding of print? With printed spine wraps your 3 ring binder can have it all.

Printed Spine Wrap and Cloth Binder

 

 

 

 

This binder is a great example of a print and cloth mix.  A printed spine wrap visually pops next to the classic look of the foils stamped cloth.

The brand is supported and enhanced by the contrast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foil Stamping.

Foil stamping is on cloth offers a range of options and colors allowing you to match corporate colors and logos. Sometimes subtle, sometimes bold, foil stamping gives a unique look for your binder.

cloth binder options - foil stamping - Corporate Image

 

The benefits of cloth go beyond looks and feel.  Book cloths are incredibly durable making a cloth binder stronger than almost any other binder you can find.  The cloth binder you make today can easily still be in use (and looking great) 30 years from now. How do we know?  We use our own product and Corporate Image is 30 years old.

If you are considering using a 3 ring binder to represent your company, a cloth binder gives you a feel, look and branding that is unique. Contact us to learn more!


How do you manufacture the best 3 ring binders in the world? We can tell you!

Corporate Image is a binder manufacturer that has set the bar for quality 3-ring binders.

With international awards like Best Binder in the World and Best Binder in North America, Corporate Image is a Midwest printer/manufacturer with world class quality.

So how do we make our amazing, strong, award winning 3-ring Binders?  Click here and see for yourself!

How to make the worlds best 3-ring binder - Corporate Image


How to Recycle a 3-Ring Binder Made Easy.

Recycling a 3-ring binder is easy - ( assuming you don’t have a vinyl binder )

If you have a paper based binder – not plastic or vinyl, you are already working with a much more eco friendly binder.  The core of ever Corporate Image and Naked Binder is 100% post consumer waste binders board.  Every binder is recycled and recyclable.

This Naked Binder video shows you how you can have your eco friendly 3-ring binder ready to recycle in seconds.

Tools You Need:

Flat head (standard) Screwdriver.

9 seconds.

Recycling a Vinyl Binder is harder. There is no option to just recycle a vinyl binder the way you can a paper one. They fall apart faster and yet are basically landfill – somewhat toxic landfill. Naked Binder tried to find a way to recycle vinyl binders. If you like you can read about our quest here.

First, pop out the ring, just as you saw above.

Next take a knife and cut open the vinyl about a half inch from the edge of each panel and on the spine. You will probably need to split the vinyl on at least two sides of each panel to remove the chipboard panels inside.

Now that you have the components, the board can go in the paper recycling, the metal in the metal recycling and the vinyl? Now there is a good question. time to get on the phone to find out if your city/county/state has vinyl recycling capabilities. You will find they don’t. While the industry says it recyclable “there are currently no vinyl recycling programs available.” (from thread post).

If you have 6 binders, this is a pain, takes about 30 minutes, and a bit of garbage that will go to landfill. If you are a corporation with 10,000 binders, this is more serious. Besides the time to separate each component, Landfills consider vinyl a toxic asset in large quantities. The 3,000 pounds of vinyl you have will need to be shipped to a special landfill or stored indefinitely.

In these cases, the per binder cost sky rockets. Including labor, storage and shipping (along with short life and toxicity) into the binder price may convince you that the initial cost savings were not worth it.

The moral of this tale is to use paper based 3-ring binders.  They are stronger, look better and 100% recyclable!


Better Healthcare and Medical Information Kits

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.

medical information kits - Corporate Image

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!


Featured Projects: 12 Great Designs to Check Out

12 Amazing Presentation Marketing Kits

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.

 

Great Sample kit for Flooring samples - Corporate Image

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.

Come See All 12 Great  Presentation Product Designs!

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.

 


Our Clients – This is how our meetings go

 

 

 

 

For us meetings are serious affairs.

Serious about stacking our drink cozies made from out 100% post consumer waste board that we use in our binders.

Yvonne’s meeting with Adcetera was a rousing success. Now everyone here is looking to stack round drink cozies…

Corporate Image clients


Writing a RFP or RFQ for Custom 3-ring Binders? Here is a little help.

This is a guest post by Lori Owens

Sometimes you need a little help writing a Custom Binder RFP/RFQ

Writing an RFP (Request For Proposal) or an RFQ (Request for Quote) for custom printed 3-ring binders (or finding a binder option for that variable data) can be a tough undertaking. There are a lot of variables involved, from the purpose of the binder, the artwork, the size, and even the material.

Whether you are looking for a customized printed 3-ring binder or a binder that allows you to print your own labels to provide that variable data for your binder project look no farther – Corporate Image and Naked Binder can help with your needs.

What do you need to specify for your binder RFP or RFQ?

There are some basic things to consider right off. How the binder is being used will be key.  How much information is being put in, how it will be used and how it needs to represent your brand are the basic questions.

What Size Custom 3-ring Binder Do We Need?

The two key things to know here are what size paper are you putting in the binder and how much.

Is the paper US standard, half sheet or A4?  If you are in the US or Canada, generally it will be 8.5″ x 11″ paper.  If not, the chances are your binder will hold A4.

The next measurement to look for is capacity. For a custom manufacturer binder size is actually a measurement of ring capacity, and not the width of the spine of the binder.

In order to determine ring size in reviewing responses to your RFP, we have provided a quick overview of what ring size would be appropriate for your custom binder application, the table below is based on the number of sheets of 20# bond paper. As you can see D-ring binders hold more paper than Round ring binders.  If you have a larger ring size and are using tab dividers, a D-ring also holds the paper flatter on the insuring your tabs are visible.

sizing a 3-ring binder - Corporate Image

What are Our Priorities in this Custom 3-ring Binder RFP/RFQ?

Before we can quote a binder, you need to decide the look and feel of your binder. (See a gallery of 3-ring binder styles here!) How you are using it and what art and finish you want will determine whether it is a lined and cased binder or paperboard binder, or whether it will print digitally or offset.

Look and Feel of the binder – how it is used – how it fits with your brand

custom printed portfolio binder - Corporate Image

Binder Options (options list here)

  • Does your binder need to be printed in full color? Spot UV? Labels? Foil? Cloth?
  • Is a Glossy or Matte finish important?
  • Do you need variable data?
  • Does your binder need to be recyclable?

Durability

  • What specifically is the use of the binder?
  • How often are the contents likely to be referenced?
  • How long does the custom ring binder have to last?

Quantity

  • What is the likely initial order quantity?
  • How frequently would you anticipate reordering, or is this a one time project?

Budget

  • Has a budget been set for the project?

 

Production Time, Methods, and Preferences

Another key consideration you should outline in your RFP is your anticipated project date, and whether or not the “required by” date is firm. We would specify if the request is doable right away. If the required by date is flexible (or far enough out), it allows us to consider all possible options in meeting your request, and maximizing your budget.

Corporate Image and Naked Binder’s manufacturing plant is located in Des Moines, IA, we are happy to say our binders are made in the USA. This allows for a quick turnaround time and also knowing shipping costs would be less than importing binders.

Outlining these preferences in your RFP/RFQ is helpful in generating an accurate response and enabling us to find the most effective solution for your custom binder project.

How Flexible Are Your Custom Binder Specifications?
How to Spec a RFP Binder - Corporate ImageDepending on your budget for the project, it may be possible for us to meet all of your expectations and requirements and we can determine this for you right up front. There are also options that you may not have thought of which can add value to your binders while also saving you money.

These options might include ring size, type of paper, turned-edge, flush cut, bare board binder, or paperboard binders, finishes, D-ring, slant D-ring or round ring, artwork… any one of a number of variables. By indicating which specifications may be able to be modified in order to make your project work, this will provide us with the information needed in order to make a proper and accurate response.

Custom Binder Warehousing, Drop Shipping, and Fulfillment

It is important to include information in your RFP about the implementation of your binder program.

Will your binder program require drop shipping to multiple locations, either at the start of the program or throughout the year?

If you’re drop shipping, will it be “blind drop shipping” or white labeling?

Need More Help with Your Custom Binder RFP or RFQ?

Have Questions? We’re always willing to help. Please feel free to contact your sales consultant and let us help understand your project and provide the best possible solution for your binder project. We look forward to working with you! Contact us and let us give you a hand!

 


Explaining CMYK, PMS and RGB for web and printing

What are the differences in color profiles for print and the web?

Boy are we happy you asked.

Print:

CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black), or four color process, is a subtractive color model, meaning if you add together CMY you should get black.  Color mixes being what they are, Black was added to make sure a true black could get printed.

Web: 

RGB (Red, Green, Blue) is a additive color process generally used for digital devices and internet.  This works on the same principle of mixing light in which a mix of red, green and blue gives you…white.  Try that with ink.

PMS

PMS colors offer you a way to match exact print colors- since slight variations in mix on press can change a color.  Lets say your have a VERY specific corporate color in your logo.  CMYK will come very close, but if you want to be exact, you probably want to run the PMS color as a spot color.  You can specify PMS for digital use, but it will get translated to RGB.

The logocompany.net put out this great info-graphic and we thought you should take a look:

PMS, CYMK and PMS spot colors explained! Corporate Image

Don’t you feel informed?  Thanks Logo Company!


A4 paper sizing: Why is A4 sized the way it is?

In the US, there is little understanding of the A4 paper size used everywhere except in North America.

It is a great system – elegant and rational – and worth looking at.  There is also a reason that your 3-ring binder won’t work with A4 paper as it is taller.

The A series of paper sizes are designed so that when you cut one in half, you get two pieces of the next-smallest-size, and every size has height and width in the same proportion. A little math reveals that one can achieve this by having the height and width in the ratio sqrt(2):1, or approximately 1.414:1.

So once you’ve decided that this is the ratio you want for your page, how do you decide the absolute size?

In the case of the A series of paper sizes, an A0 piece of paper is exactly 1 square metre, requiring width x width x 1.414 = 1, which gives a width of 84.1cm and height of 118.9cm (to the nearest mm).

An A1 piece of paper has a length that’s the same as the width of A0, or 84.1cm, and a width of 84.1cm / sqrt (2) = 59.5cm. Which you’ll notice is half the height of the A0 size (118.9cm).

These relationships hold true going all the way down to A10:

It happens that of the A series, A4 is the one that’s closest to the traditional size used for correspondence, and this has therefore become the de facto standard paper size in the metric world (i.e. pretty much globally except the United States).

One fairly obvious consequence of this is that one can make a booklet of a particular size, from a sheet of the next-largest-size folded in half. So A3 sheets of paper can be folded to create A4-size booklets.

Another interesting consequence is that it becomes easy to calculate the weight of single sheets. Standard photocopy paper is usually 80gsm (grams per square metre), thus an A0 sheet, being 1 square metre, weighs 80g. An A1 weighs 40g, A2 is 20g, A3 is 10g, and A4 is 5g. (And so on.)

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Hole Placement for 3-Ring Binders – a handy guide.

We will get calls from people asking what the hole placement is for various rings in binder – from A4 to notebook sized binders.

Until know, we didn’t have a great visual that explain it. Then we found this chart which offers an instant reference for 12 different binder ring configurations. Most of you probably don’t get as excited as we do about these things, but there it is.  We were psyched.

Find your binder ring size and the space between the rings is listed on the right:

Common 3-ring binder hole patterns and measurements

Example:

I have a half sheet notebook binder, and need to punch paper for it.  I thumb down until I find “US 3 rings for 51/2 x 81/2″ paper.

There are 3-rings and it says “(2x 2 3/4″)”. This means there are two spaces, 2-3/4″ wide.  Since it is a 3 ring set up, set up the middle ring in the center and the other two rings 2-3/4″ our from that and – voilá! –  perfectly spaced rings.

The perfect guide for hole placement in 3-ring binders.  Carry your copy with you always!

 

 


Are we proud of our digitally printed binders? Yes we are.

 If you want a beautiful, strong custom 3-ring binder, but need small quantities, do we have an option for you!

This binder for the Des Moines Art Festival (an excellent Arts Festival by the way) was designed by Kayli Kunkel and just came off the line yesterday.  When we got a look at it, we were excited.  When the Art Festival saw it – well lets say they were very pleased:

The Binders look awesome – WOW! Those are really going to have an impact. Thank you so much!

Steven King – executive director

Check them out for yourselves!

a custom digital binder - Corporate Image

des moines arts festival 3-ring binder - Corporate Image

 

2″ D-ring binders

100% recyclable

Digitally printed cover, white liner


Understanding Your Plastics – PVCs

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!

Health

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.

(non) Recycling

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.

Fire dangers

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.

More Information

What are Dioxins?

Types of Vinyl

 Links to more information

Healthy Building Network

EPA Enforcement    EPA regulates

Ecocycle on recycling

PVC Information

dangers in making   dangers in fire      disposing of PVC

Center for Health, Environment and Justice.

PVC, the Poison Plastic – Unhealthy for Our Nation’s Children and Schools: PDF | HTML

Our Health and PVC – What’s the Connection?: PDF HTML

PVC Flooring and Toxic Cleaning Products: PDF | HTML

Top Ten Reasons Your School Should Go PVC-Free: PDF | HTML

PVC & Environmental Justice: PDF HTML

PVC Policies Around the World: PDF | HTML

Wikipedia’s entry

Ted Talks: Diana Cohen: Tough Truths About Plastic Pollution

Ted Talks: Capt. Charles Moore on Seas of Plastic

Healthy Building Network

 

Vinyl Industry Sites

Vinyl Institute

PVC.org


Are You Ready to Re-Brand?

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

materials. ;)

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!

the right time to rebrand

Image from Douglas Business Magazine


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