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Amazing new 3-ring binder projects – Playword

Design Project of the Week: Playworld custom 3-ring binder, pocket folder and tab dividers.

Playword and Corporate Image are a great match.

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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:

Pocket Folder:

  • 110# Conservation (uncoated stock), printed 4 cp with soy inks and no varnish

3 Ring Binder

  • Oatmeal endleaf, 1 pms color, flush cut, no lamination

Tab Dividers

  • FSC certified stock 4cp

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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.

Playworld tab dividers on production floor

 

 

 

 

Some jobs are just fun to run! Having all these pictures of kids playing brightened up the plant!


Is your 3 ring binder falling apart? Here is why.

You just ordered custom 3-ring binders and you are ready to do your marketing – so why are they falling apart when you use them?

Traditionally, 3-ring binders are made sort of like books.

basic book construction -

This is where the book comparison ends. In a poorly made 3-ring binder front board, back board and spine board are held together by either a small piece of vinyl, paper or cloth.  Other options we are going to discuss involve using one piece of board and wither routing a spine into the board or flexing the spine directly into the whole board.

Vinyl Binders. The Weakest Hinge.

Vinyl binder - toxic and weak hinges

The reason vinyl binders break is simple. Even in the heavy duty vinyl binders (shown here) the hinge, the part of the binder that gets the most stress, is a very small thin piece of vinyl.

With perfect weather conditions, this is a recipe for disaster; when it is cold, left it in the sun or left in fluorescent light  vinyl gets brittle. Since most of you are not using your binders in a cave, that means the hinge of the cover is going to fail.

If you get the regular vinyl binders it is good to know that to save money, that vinyl has been getting thinner and thinner for a long time, and so weaker and weaker.

Any binder made this way is going to have problems. Whether the hinge is made of paper, vinyl or some sort of spine tape these will fall apart at the seams.

 

 

Routed 3-ring binders. A bit better.

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A slightly better construction uses a single board construction, taking your board and routing out half or more of the board so that the hinge flexes more easily.

While stronger than a vinyl hinge, you are still counting on 1/16th of an inch of recycled paper to hold your cover on.  This hinge is still going to fail, but is not so dependent on the weather.

 

Flexed Single Board Construction. The Strongest 3-ring Binder.

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The best and strongest 3-ring binder is made from one piece of board and the hinge is flexed directly into the board – nothing is shaved off or cut, so there are no weaker parts of the binder.

Corporate Image and Naked Binder only construct our 3-ring binders this way to insure sustainability – a binder that breaks before its useful life is over is a waste of resources, money and the time it takes to get another.

We have lab tested our bare board binder  to 250,000 flexes without failure.  That is 20 uses a day for 34 years.  Not bad.

 

A well made 3 ring binder will not fall apart at the hinges.  When you are specing 3-ring binders for your marketing or in-house use keep in mind how they are made. A well made 3-ring binder can save you money since you don’t have to replace them as often and, really, how does it reflect on your company if your marketing materials are held together by duct tape?


Corporate Image wins ‘Best Binder in North America’ – again!

In case you wondered if Corporate Image is the premier binder manufacturer in North America, we have just won the Best Binder in North America title for the third time in 4 years.

And we are pretty excited about it!

The 2015 binder winner is very simple: Our 100% post consumer waste binders board with a cherry wood cover and liner. The binder is flush cut, showing the binders board on the edges.

Best Binder in North America cedar wood binder

Simple, but elegant. We released this binder about a month ago, and already it has been used around the US and Canada.

In answer to your questions about the wood 3 ring binders:

Can I customize a wood binder?

Absolutely. These binder look great with foil stamping on them, and it is also possible to laser etch them.

custom wood binder with foil stamping

Is it real wood?

Yes it is – very, very thin wood. The logs used by the mill are sustainably sourced in the United States, and then roll cut into sheets. This wood is not only hand picked, but for every log they plant 10 trees.

the making of a wooden 3 ring binder

What if I only want a few of these?

We can do that.  Go to our Naked Binder site and you can order as few as one!

Is this binder solid wood?

No. The thin wood we use goes over our 100% post consumer waste binders board (the same board used in your hardcover books). What you are getting is real wood cut so thin it wraps like a paper!

What are people using them for?

Popular uses for the wooden binders:

Proposals.

As a proposal binder, these stand out. With foil, laser etching or well designed labels, your proposal will be noticed!

Sample kits.

For manufacturers of furniture, building materials, or other wood related products, presenting your samples in a wooden binder keeps your brand consistent and makes it a joy for your clients to look at your materials.

Just making your office a happier place to work.

Have the classiest office ever. You spend a lot of time in your office, so adding a beautiful 3 ring binder that compliments your design elements is an easy choice.

The wood binder is part of a pattern at Corporate Image of creating the best binders (as well as boxes, folders and a whole lot of other things!) in the world. You can lose the worries and be relaxed in knowing your clients will be happy with the finished products. Add that to our in-house product designers, amazingly knowledgable sales team and you may find that the production of your work is the most enjoyable part of your day!

 


Natural Colors for your Custom Cloth 3 ring Binders and Boxes

Go Natural with your Presentation Binders and Boxes

From Brooklyn to San Francisco, marketing materials are taking a turn toward kraft and natural materials. With a huge range of options from rough and DIY to elegant, refined and comfortable, Naturals can match your image and brand no matter who you are.

Corporate Image offers a huge range of printable natural and kraft papers, but not everyone knows about the natural cloth options we offer for your custom binders and boxes.

A cloth binder or box can be foil stamped or paired with a printed wrap for a wide range of customizing options. The options we are showing below are just a few of the natural options we have available, but hopefully give you some ideas for the next client presentation project.

The naturals:

Casomo-Lamb cot-lin-oatmeal

Fabric: Casomo Color: Lamb                                     Fabric: Cotton Linen Color: Oatmeal

Cot-Lin-Sand Frankonia-Gold-Grey

Fabric: Cotton Linen Color: Sand                              Fabric: Frankonia Color: Gold-GreyFrankonia-Ivory Kennet-Natural

Fabric: Frankonia  Color: Ivory                                    Fabric: Kennet Color: NaturalLinenBuckram-Tan Lino-Alabaster

Fabric: Linen Buckram Color: Tan                              Fabric: Lino  Color: Alabaster

Lino-Beach Lino-Berber

Fabric: Cotton Lino Color: Beach                                Fabric: Lino Color: Berber

Lino-oyster Record-Wood

Fabric: Lino Color: Oyster                                            Fabric: Record Color: Wood

Verona-Bisque Verona-Parchment

Fabric: Verona Color: Bisque                                         Fabric: Verona Color: Parchment

Interested in more information about natural fabrics for your presentation binders and boxes? Contact us here or get a quote now.

If you want to see more cloth options, visit our sister company LBS and check out the range of cloth we have at our finger tips!


New Cloth Options for Your 3 Ring Binders and Boxes

There are a huge range of cloth options for 3 ring binders or boxes.

Woven materials offer another option for luxury markets, interior design and contract industry, and the financial industry. With cloth, the added durability means your materials will wear well and well as making a big visual impact.

Duo

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Imagine you binder or box covered with a beautiful  two color woven fabric. As the light changes, so does  the color of your binder or box.

This cloth, Duo,  could set  your information apart  from your competitors  and let your clients know the quality and attention to  detail in which you excel.

With our logo foil stamped onto the binder / box, you  are going to make a huge impression.

 

 

Iris

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With it’s natural texture and wide range of colors, Iris works well on 3 ring binders or set up boxes.

Cloth covered binders and boxes offer a modern feel that is deeply rooted in tradition.

This cloth foil stamps well, and is great with both deboss and embossing.

 

 

Space

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Space is a shimmering cloth with an iridescent coating.

If your project is about to “take off”, try wrapping your samples in a box made of this. A matching binder with your product information, will add even more “wow” factor.

 

Natural Cotton / Linen

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For a project a little closer to home, these natural cotton / linen fabrics offer elegance with nature. Uncoated fabrics with a great feel in the hand, these have made some lovely 3 ring binders. We would love to see these in a cloth covered box!

These are just a few of the cloth options you have for custom binders and boxes. With about 21 other cloth lines to choose from we are sure that you can find what you need.

 


Spot UV for Binders, Folders, and Boxes

UV coatings are one of the range of print finishes and textures that you can use to make your art jump off of the page (or binder). We have found that a lot of designers haven’t worked with these finishes a lot, so we are offering a little series on print finishes.

What is spot UV and how can I use it on my binders, folders, and boxes?

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UV (ultraviolet) Coatings start as a clear liquid that is dried or cured with an ultra violet light. This is printed in-line on a UV press. This is often seen in a gloss or matte, though it is available in textures (like sandpaper among others). While you can flood an entire piece with UV, we most often see it used in spot coverage, highlighting text and images, or in the case of the image above, the spot UV IS the text.  Subtle, but effective.

If you are printing a pocket folder, binder or box, you are probably laminating your materials to protect the whole piece from the rough and tumble life marketing materials go through. The nice thing about spot UV is that it can be applied after the lamination offering more opportunities to pop your art even more.

Get more Information on Spot UV and see some more examples here!


Short Run Custom 3 Ring Binders

Now when you need custom 3-ring binders for a conference, meeting or proposal, you can get all of the quality with beautiful printed images.

Corporate Image has produced 3 ring binders that have won both ‘Best Binder in the World’ and ‘Best Binder in North America’. Our production team are craftspeople, producing strong, sustainable binders with better quality printing that match to detail and craftsmanship that you put into every aspect of your company.

short run custom printed binders

Low quantity custom binders are no problem.

Our short run binders are digitally printed with a high quality printer giving you full bleed images that cover the entire binder. The printed sheets are then laminated with a natural matte laminate that protects them from scuffing and water damage.

Fully cased and lined like a hardcover book, these binders look great, are stronger than any other binder.

How does this compare to a vinyl binder?

It doesn’t. Corporate Image makes recyclable binders that are non-toxic. Our printing is better, the binders last longer, don’t poison the environment or go to landfills, and they look much, much better.

When considering your brand or corporate image, consider whether a vinyl binder sums up what you are trying to say. If not, let us send you a sample to show you how much better your materials can look and feel.

Custom Digital Binder stats and information:

  • Available in quantities from 50-350
  • Full color digital printing on cover (the whole outside of the binder)
  • Black or white liner ( the inside of the binder)
  • Ring sizes: 3/4″, 1″, 1.5″ and 2″ d-rings
  • Square or Round spine
  • Natural matte lamination
  • These binders are 100% recyclable
  • strong construction
  • Made with 100% FSC certified recycled post consumer waste board

The Corporate Image digital binder combines all of quality we are known for with the lower quantities you sometimes need. Get samples to experience the quality of our short run binders for yourself!

 


Half sheet notebook binders

Why a Notebook Sized Binder?

In a word:  Convenience.

Notebook binders are portable in a way that full sized binders are not. Whether you are carrying a purse, or riding to the office with a messenger bag on your bike, a half sheet notebook binder will fit.

 

Amazing notebook binders, Corporate Image

Custom Compact Binder Options

Binder Spine Types

Round Spine

Square Spine

Ring Sizes

3/4″ – 2″ Round or D Ring

Printing (cover and liner)

Digitally Printed (qty 350 and under)

Offset Printing (qty 250 and up)

No Printing – Bare Board Binders – Often with foil stamping

Lamination options – all of our laminates are inert and recyclable

Gloss

Natural Matte

Soft Touch

Finishing Options

Foil Stamping

Spot UV

Portfolio Closures

Flush Cut (eliminates need for Lamination)

Custom Compact Notebook Binders, for more specs and information look here

For more information on compact notebook binders go here.


Using Print to Attract Customers (like Moths to a Flame)

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

Grab a cup of coffee.  Let’s talk.

Printed binders, folders and boxes

In a world of sensory overload, communicating by touch is the only way to connect emotionally with your customers.

Print is fun for us because it offers so many things just on the production end. From the craft, the smell, the feel of good paper, everyone in our building has a strong connection to our products.

The thing is, that same connection works for you too.

“The sensory aspects of products affect our emotions, memories, perceptions, preferences, choices, and consumption of these products.” Aradhna Krishna

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.

Experience enhances information

Perception is an active process.  To “be in touch with” a product, company or person is a primary urge. Our first intelligence is sensory refinement.

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

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 3 ring binder 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

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


Using Digital and Offset Printing to the Best Advantage

 Working on a printed presentation piece and wondering if you should go digital or offset (litho) printing?

This info graphic (found here) helps explain the basics of it.

Corporate Image offers both offset and digital printing depending on the job. Our team will work with you to determine what will work best for your job, but it is good to have the information for working with your clients. Offset or litho printing offers higher quality, but digital printing has been catching up quickly. There are a few things digital just can’t do (yet) that make offset printing a real stand out option. The long and short of it is:

When to use Offset Printing:

  • Big job
  • Specific PMS
  • Metallic inks
  • Spot Varnish or UV

When to use Digital Printing:

  • Shorter runs
  • 4 color process
  • Variable data

Be aware that both this and the info-graphic are not complete so talk to us about what you need (our people are well versed in the subtle strengths and weaknesses of each.)

 

digital vs. offset printing explained

 

Not sure what you need for your project? Call us and we can help!


Understanding Paper Weights

 Paper Weights are confusing.

As a print  and binder manufacturer Corporate Image deals in all kinds of paper stocks. 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.

Is this list absolutely, always going to be exactly right? No.  How a paper is made can affect both the caliper and weight. Some papers are denser, but have the same caliper as another paper. But this is a rough guide.

Understanding Paper Weights - Corporate Image

 

Paper weights will always be a bit confusing.  Tag this blog so when you are working on a new design and printers are quoting papers, you can have an easy resource to ensure you know what they are talking about.


Ethics and Environment – Mixing Sustainability and Presentation

International Paper created these two beautiful ‘Ethisphere binders’. A two part series highlighting the ethical and sustainable beliefs of the company, these binders are one of the most sustainable, recyclable binders you can find.

These three ring binders are made with FSC certified 100% post consumer waste paperboard with and digitally printed FSC certified cover. They left the inside un covered, so the bare board shows through.

Ethisphere binders - International Paper - Corporate Image

 

The binder is then flush cut – with the covered board and paper being trimmed at the same time. This offers a clean edge and eliminates the need for lamination on the sheet.

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The International Paper binder is one of the most recyclable, sustainable 3 ring binders you can make. It combines less manufacturing steps with FSC certified recycled papers to result in a long lasting, beautiful binder that is also easily recyclable.

What is the Ethisphere?

The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. We have a deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere believes integrity and transparency impact the public trust and the bottom line of any organization.

 


3 Ring Binder Liners: Add some pizzazz to your binders

The liner of a 3-ring binder is not just a blank space that the interior pages cover, it is a rich design space that adds life, information and interest to your design project.

Good things to know about 3 ring binder liners:

  1. Offset printing your binder?  Printing the liner is FREE at Corporate Image. Say you have a 4 color process cover, print the liner 4cp at no extra cost!
  2. People see the cover on the shelf, and when the binder is closed on a desk. People see the liner when they are looking at your information. The chances are they will spend a lot more time looking at the liner than the cover of your binder!

3 ring binder liners - a visual feast for no extra cost

 

 

All of the Corporate Image 3 ring binders are 100% recyclable and printed with soy inks on FSC certified papers. Our sustainable 3 ring binders are strong, long lasting, and winning design awards all over the country! See More!


Double Checking Your Project – Proofing

When you are creating art for a 3-ring binder, pocket folder, tab dividers, or custom box you need to double check that the art Corporate Image is printing is exactly what you envisioned.

How do you double check?  We send you a proof!  We have three different kinds of proofs depending on the need.

Oris Proofs for offset printed jobs

The Oris proof is calibrated to the press and gives a good idea of color along with art placement, and content.  This is a proof of how the job will print, so all the details like fonts, lines and text show up as you set them up.

The Oris proof is a physical proof we will send to you for approval. This proof will be used at the press to insure the press sheets match what you approved.

Digital PDF Proofs for offset printed jobs

PDF printed proofs help you to check for placement and content. Because monitors are all calibrated differently, these proofs are not for checking color. These are very useful if there were small changes to text or art placement on your Oris proof.

Digitally Printed Proofs for Digital Binder Proofs

It is possible to get a digitally printed proof for your digital binder.

These proofs are printed on the same digital press that your digital binder will be printed on to give you an exact look at what your art will look like on the binder. These proofs are laminated to show exact final color. Generally, these are unnecessary, but if you or your client are concerned, ask your sales rep about the digital binder proofs.

 

More information here!


8 New Print Design Projects Get Inspired!

Working on information packaging projects? Sample Kits? 3-Ring binders? Cool pocket folders? and out of ideas?

We can help.

Here are some of the presentation folders, ring binders, boxes and other cool custom projects that went through Corporate Image recently. We thought we might share to show you some cool print design projects to get you psyched about your own projects!

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Don’t for get print in your campaign! Print offers you a tactile connection to your customer, stimulating sales and a strong commitment to your brand. Check out these 8 awesome print design projects and start drafting your own!


Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu, is beautiful, idyllic and needed some presentation materials. We got excited.

Turtle bay resort 3-ring binder and custom box - Corporate Image

Turtle Bay Resort is an absolutely gorgeous resort on Oahu in Hawaii. When they contacted us about creating some 3 ring half sheet binders and custom boxes, we knew we were the right people for the job.

Even though we didn’t get to go stay at Turtle Bay, we all felt a little more relaxed working on this one. And the project turned out great! Check out the custom half sheet binder and really cool sales box below, and read more about the project here!

Turtle Bay custom printed box with handle - Corporate Image

Custom printed notebook binder in Hawaii - Corporate Image


The Indian motorcycle dealer guide 3 ring binders

An Iowan motorcycle manufacturer, design firm and 3 ring binder manufacturer walk into a bar…

Indian Motorcycle and Performance Marketing created a dealers guide as classic and elegant as their motorcycles.

2015 Indian Scout Motorcycle - Corporate Image

 

Check out the binders and get more information here!

 


“You Say Potato”… 3-Ring Folders and Presentation Binders

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.

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The benefits of ring folders / presentation binders

  • Lighter construction means they are easier to transport.
  • Inside and out can be printed. Great design potential.
  • Pockets fold in, so even if you are only printing the outside, the branding extends to the inside of the binder.
  • Branding of tab dividers can match perfectly.
  • Flexible for variable amounts of information
  • The perfect binder for conferences, meetings and tradeshows

Specs for 3 ring folders / presentation binders

  • You can use a 1/2″, 3/4″ or 1″ round binder rings
  • Pockets! Go no pockets, one or two pockets – Vertical or horizontal!
  • Printed on offset printing press for maximum quality.
  • Can be printed with PMS colors, 4 color process, spot UV, and/or varnish
  • 3 ring folders have custom window cuts.
  • US standard, A4, or notebook (half sheet) binder sizes available. (Custom sizes possible!)
  • 100% recyclable!

GDUSA 2015 American Package Design Awards

GDUSA just announced their 2015 package design award winners and three of the winners are projects Corporate Image worked on!

Check out the projects here!

Grand Rapids Chair - Winner! GDUSA 2015 package awards

Bryce Creative - Sappi Warren - GDUSA 2015 American Package Design Award winner!

Q2 - Winner! 2015 GDUSA Package Design Awards - Corporate Image

 

Design matters!

These projects stand out for the amazing design both graphic and package. See more of what Corporate Image can do here!


12 great presentation design projects

Presentation packaging is a wide open field ranging from 3 ring binders, pocket folders, and boxes.

Unless this is all you do, getting some new ideas of what other people are making can be very useful! Corporate Image manufactures some of the best, most innovative binders, folders and boxes around, so we have some great projects.

So here you have it, 12 great presentation packaging projects – some new, some older – that span presentations for financial, manufacturing, fashion and interior design.

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Click here to see 12 great presentation pieces!


Green Healthcare Furniture to Go with Green Presentation Materials!

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!

Facebook, Kaiser Permanente, and Autodesk are among major buyers that have pledged to purchase furniture that contains no chemical flame retardants. HDR Architecture and Perkins + Will have also signed the pledge.

Initiated by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), the purchasers’ pledge currently represents $520 million in annual furniture purchases. The announcement follows on the heels of a similar pledge among large healthcare networks in four U.S states.

HDR has also worked with CEH to publish a list of furniture suppliers that have totally eliminated flame retardants from their products as well as those that offer some products without these chemicals. According to the list, those that have eliminated flame retardants are:

  • Andreu World
  • Arcadia Contract
  • Bretford
  • David Edward Company
  • Global/GLOBALcare
  • Humanscale
  • Izzy+
  • Neutral Posture
  • OFS Brands
  • Teknion
  • Wieland

Though not listed by HDR, Ekla also makes commercial contract furniture containing no chemical flame retardants. Manufacturers that have removed the chemicals from certain product lines are Haworth, Herman Miller, Leland International/Freshcoast, and Martin Brattrud.

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?)

For the full article at buildinggreen.com go here!


3 Ring Binder Information and History

 Fascinating 3 ring binder information

You can use this information to rule the world of presentation material Trivial Pursuit and destroy at office supply Cranium!

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When was the 3 ring binder invented?

That depends on where you are and who you ask.

the history of the 3 ring binderLoose-leaf paper was patented in 1854. Also in 1854, patents were filed for both the 2-ring and 3-ring binders by Henry T. Sisson of Providence, Rhode Island. Sisson recognized the need to be able to protect pages, although he was not yet exactly sure how to fix the problem.  No loose-leaf binders were available on the market at that time.

Fast forward a few years and go to Germany where Friedrich Soennecken is said to have invented ring binders in 1886 in Bonn, Germany. He also registered a patent on November 14, 1886, for his Papierlocher für Sammelmappen (“paper hole maker for folders”, or hole punch).

In the US, the Chicago Binder and File Company was one of the 1st companies to offer a binder for sale in 1899.

How are binders made and has that changed much? Yes and no…

Originally, 3 ring binders were made like hardcover books – three pieces of board (binders board – a heavy paperboard) held together with book cloth covers and end sheets. As plastics got invented, vinyl binders appeared – again three pieces of board but with two sheets of thin vinyl heat sealed at the edges and hinges. Not as strong, but easier to make.

Of course, people realized vinyl is toxic.

So now, with US binder manufacturers like Corporate Image, who are concerned with the long life of the binder as well as the health of the person using it, the best 3 ring binders are made from one sheet of binders board, cased and lined with printed sheets ( or in Naked Binder‘s case recycled papers or bare board) with a hinge pressed directly into the board. No weak spots and no vinyls, these 3 ring binders are 100% recyclable and non-toxic. It is also the strongest 3 ring binder hinge and allows for round spine binders.

How many 3-ring binders are made every year?

We have wondered the same thing, but there is no good count.  In the US, our best guess is that between 40 and 60 million 3 ring binders are sold every year – mostly cheap, vinyl, disposable imported ones. That is a lot of landfill.

For fascinating binder information and history to come!

 


Choosing the right 3 ring Binder – from ring size to styles

Corporate Image has created 3-ring binder for the modern brand – sleek, sustainable with a huge range of options. Before you go planning window cuts, spot UV and other finishing options, make sure you have a good grasp on the basics.

What are you putting in your 3 ring binder?

Before you make any other decisions or hunt through hundreds of pictures of 3 ring binders, find out how many pages and other materials you need. This will clarify ring size, which gives a clear picture of what style of binder, 3-ring mechanism and how strong your binder needs to be.

Knowing the page count of your materials (and whether it vary) is key to determining ring size. Adding pamphlets, samples or give-aways, USB drives or other objects lets you know how large the spine of the binder might need to be.

 

How many sheets of paper does a binder ring hold?

This depends on what style of ring you choose. A D-ring and a round ring hold the paper differently and have different benefits.

how to measure a 3 ring binder ring - corporate image

D-ring binders

In a D-ring, the paper is held evenly on the right, meaning that your tab dividers all line up and there is a clean line of paper. Some people find the harder to turn the pages than a round ring ( though a slant D-ring solves this problem).  A D-ring always mounts on the back panel of a binder – not the spine – so the paper rests on the flat part of the ring when it is closed. This makes the cover a little wider. If you need a small ring, it is good to know there is no 1/2″ D-ring.

  • 3/4″ D-ring holds up to 150 sheets of paper
  • 1″ D-ring holds up to 220 sheets of paper
  • 1.5″ D-ring holds up to 350 sheets of paper
  • 2″ D-ring holds up to 450 sheets of paper
  • 2.5″ D-ring holds up to 550 sheets of paper

Round ring binders (O ring)

A round ring can mount on the spine of a binder, so the covers, front and back, are a little shorter. It is easy to turn pages since it is a continuous curve. The issue with seeing tab dividers toward the bottom of the stack of information is negligible in smaller rings and up to you to decide if it is an issue in large rings. A lot of people don’t see it as a problem. For people with small paper needs – you can get a 1/2″ O ring binder!

  • 3/4″ O-ring holds up to 130 sheets of paper
  • 1″ O-ring holds up to 170 sheets of paper
  • 1.5″ O-ring holds up to 250 sheets of paper
  • 2″ O-ring holds up to 350 sheets of paper
  • 2.5″ O-ring holds up to 450 sheets of paper

For more information on rings and styles of 3 ring binders click here!


Future of looseleaf binder manufacturing…is in Iowa.

US looseleaf binder manufacturer - Corporate Image

 

The loose leaf binder has been around since about 1860, and since then the design has had only minor changes. During the latter half of the 20th century the vinyl binder came about, billed as a cheaper modern version of the 3 ring binder.

Since those days, we have discovered that vinyl binders not only fall apart quickly, but are impossible to recycle and actually toxic.

Corporate Image started manufacturing 3 ring loose leaf binders 30 years ago and wanted to do better than what was already on the market. They designed some of the first turned edge flex hinge or European hinged binders ever made in the US.

Because the hinge of the binder is pressed directly into the board, these loose leaf binders are super strong. The covers will never just fall off with normal use or because it is cold. Also, these binders could have offset printed covers and liners allowing the artwork to be a fine piece of art.

Over the last 30 years, Corporate Image has pushed sustainability, using soy inks and 100% post consumer waste board, and design, creating a huge range of custom options for 3 ring binders.

loose leaf binder with post closure - corporate image

From portfolio closures, round spines, custom window cuts, special finishes and sustainable materials, Corporate Image has pushed the loose leaf 3 ring binder into the 21st century and created a binder for the modern brand.

see more about where the loose leaf binder is going here!

 

 

 


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.


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