Last Year’s Design Favorites – Binders
It was hard, but we picked some of our favorite recent binder projects. The tactile nature of some of these is lost in photo, but you can get an idea of the range and quality of our customer’s projects. In our over 35 years of experience in manufacturing award winning products, our customers have never ceased to amaze us by creating new and unique designs for their projects. And we take great pride in being able to bring their creative visions to life and providing them with the best solution for their presentation needs.
Qualprint – Traditions Linens
Cloth covered FlexHinge Binder
About the project
Gray’s Tied House
Digitally printed FlexHinge Binder
About the project
Montara Creative – Kathleen Leonard Sonoma, Napa
Digitally printed FlexHinge Binder
About the project
10-13/16″ wude x 11-5/8″ high FlexHinge Binder with 1-5/8″ square spine.
3/4″ chrome D-ring.
Digitally printed cover, black liner.
5×9 pocket and business card pockets applied.
Flush Cut FlexHinge Binder
About the project
11-3/16″ wide x 11-5/8″ high Flush Cut FlexHinge Binder with 2-3/8″ square spine.
Exposed board all sides with rounded corners.
Includes chrome fingerpull.
FlexHinge binder with spine wrap
About the project
11-1/16″ wide x 11-5/8″ high FlexHinge Binder with 1-3/4″ square spine and 1″ chrome D-ring.
Offset printed and laminated with Matte.
White Foil Stamped Canoso “Gecko” Green Spine Wrap.
Savco Hospitality – Sava’s Restaurant
Cloth covered menu binder
About the project
10-3/4″ x 8″ x 1-1/8″ FlexHinge binder.
One color foil stamped.
Brass Color Metal Corner Protectors.
3/4″ round powder coated off-white rings mounted on the back panel with brass rivets.
Moondance Pearl Linen Cover and Natural Endleaf liner digitally printed.
Digital flush-cut notebook binder with tabs
About the project
7-7/16″ wide x 9-1/2″ high custom compact binder with 1-5/8″ spine
1″ chrome boosterless round ring
Flush cut with rounded corners
Spine wrap on the cover (exterior) and bare board on the liner (interior)
Set of 5 tabs, digitally printed
You can see more outstanding design examples in our special gallery!
Corporate Image: Employee owned, US manufacturer creating the best of custom 3-ring binders, pocket folders, tab dividers, boxes and packaging.
Practical. That is a word people use for 3-ring binders.
Imagine a 3-ring binder that goes beyond practical and becomes a design element, marketing tool and a work of art.
Some of the design issues you are going to run into have nothing to do with the practical thoughts of ring size (how much stuff are you putting in there) or the difference between round and “D” rings. (get binder ring info here!)
Printing your custom binder.
The cover, spine and back cover of your binder are all on one printed sheet. Unlike vinyl slip sheeted or screen printed binders, your artwork is seamless with unmatched quality.
Remember that the spine of a binder is what is seen when it is on a shelf. This is an opportunity to create some visual excitement even when your binder is not in use.
Printing your binder liner (the inside)
If you are working on an offset printed binder, printing the liner is free! This gives you more room to make your statement, add information, and connect with your end user.
Haptic Binders – tactile marketing in just getting started!
Marketing seems to be just discovering the role of touch in our decision making process. With over 240 colors of book fabrics, debossing, UV printing, custom die cuts, soft touch laminations and foil stamping, you have a range of options that make your 3 ring binder tantalizing to touch.
3 ring binder closures
Most 3 ring binders don’t have closures, but there are many ways to keep your information safe and your binder closed when you are not using it. Start with a portfolio binder, which has a flap that comes around to the front cover.
The most common closures are velcro (in white, black or clear) and magnets (square and round in many sizes). Both of these offer secure ways of keeping the covers. Straps are available also.
We love great design.
Creating presentation materials for Building, Architecture and the Contract industries are a big part of what we do. In our years of working with all aspects of the industry, we have created new products specifically for the needs of our clients. Whether you are designing buildings, building them or are working on the interior design, Corporate Image can help get your message out.
Many of our customer’s projects are spectacular and are recognized by various juries and design organizations.
These three projects recently won Construction Marketing Awards for 2015!
For the last 20 years we have heard that the world is going paperless, and yet companies are printing materials all the time. So what is happening?
The Psychology of Print
People respond to physical, tactile materials. Look at books. Some people read on kindles or other devices, but for most people I know, the feel of the book, the weight and even the turning of pages are part of the experience of the book. Books are experiences, not a collection of words.
Your presentation and marketing materials are experiences. People respond to the craftsmanship and heft of quality objects in a way an email can not mimic.
Sometimes you just need printed materials.
Some industries need to make sure the information they produce is always available.
Healthcare– From patient files to forms, this industry is paper-intensive, and predicts to be even more so over the coming years. This is one industry that if the lights go out, that information needs to be in the patients hand and available.
Also, it is a lot more comforting to have the information to read in hand instead of just receiving a web address (“You need surgery – go to this website for more information.” is not what I would want to hear…)
Legal – Papers need to be signed, stamped, delivered, read and re-read. Imagine a wedding certificate as an email. Much less romantic.
Financial / Real Estate / Insurance – All these industries produce paper that you need to have access to. If you are investing in a house, stocks or a new business it is nice to have a strong, well made folder or binder to hold your papers. It builds confidence that the organization you are dealing with exists, is legitimate and is planning to be there for you.
Print is just one component of your marketing and presentation, but it is an important one. Companies are printing less, but smarter – creating stand out pieces that have great feel, outstanding print and graphics and work with their branding.
Less but better is the mantra. Maybe you used to print 40,000 pocket folders every year. Much of that was sent to prospects that were not very warm or even pulled from lists. Now you make 10,000 folders – beautiful, a little heavier paper, maybe soft-touch lamination for a great feel – and send them to better qualified prospects. Your returns are higher and your costs are lower. That quality difference will be noticed and pay off with the clients.
What to look for in your Print Manufacturer? Your Success.
You don’t want to align your company with cheap folders, 3 ring binders that fall apart or a box that won’t close, and yet that is often what you get.
A print manufacturer should stress quality, knowledge, service and have the internal design staff to help you get exactly what you want and need.
Corporate Image has been creating custom presentation materials – from 3 ring binders, pocket folders to boxes of all types – for over 30 years. We come from a book binding tradition that started over 150 years ago and developed into what we are today.
From winning “Best Binder in the World” to GDUSA packaging awards, we have delivered the quality products that help make our customers successful. We don’t rest on our laurels, Corporate Image is constantly creating new solutions that give you quality with other attributes you need. From our eco-friendly tuck lock boxes and glue-less pocket folders to the worlds strongest 3 ring binders (flexed 250,000 times without failing!), we give you quality that will help you shine.
Print is alive and well and still helping you stand out with your clients! Contact us to get more information on how we can help you!
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.
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
Binder Options (options list here)
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?
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!
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:
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!
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