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Neenah paper’s new “Neenah Cabinet”

Neenah paper is working to make specing paper for your job even easier.

We all have cabinets, shelves and drawers full of paper swatches, but really we gravitate to what we know best. Neenah is trying to make it easier to browse, sort color and find the exact paper you need.

Corporate Image blog: neenah paper's new app

 

If you want the Neenah Cabinet app on your Mac desktop, make sure you have OS10.8.  I sure don’t ( I am behind the times!), so I couldn’t load it. It will have to live on the ipad for now.

Admittedly, for me the feel of the paper is key, but if I can narrow down my choices ahead of time it will save me a lot of time.

Want it?  Check it out on the Neenah website here.


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


Corporate Image at the AIGA MN 2014 Design Camp

Are you going?  Corporate Image is!

Come say “Hi” to us at Design Camp!

Want to know more? Read this:

We share a secret, an unspoken truth and desire for purity in aesthetics and context. To seek clarity in all things, no matter the level of detail. To find a meaning for all things seen and unseen, an agreement between logic and emotion.

We are bound to a creed, born with abilities and skills that few possess. To learn from those before us, decoding their messages and masterpieces. To gather and join our collective minds as one, building our language and honing our craft. To listen to the secrets of our peers whispered through the wind-washed pines.

AIGA MN Design Camp

October 3rd thru October 5th

Since 1980, Design Camp® has been AIGA Minnesota’s premier event and the largest regional design conference in the country. Held annually in early October at a lodge in northern Minnesota, this event sets the standard for design conferences across the country.

Design Camp provides an atypical conference structure, mixing indoor and outdoor activities with both educational and social events.

Design Camp lasts for three days. Campers arrive Friday morning for registration and depart Sunday afternoon. Five keynote speakers set the tone for camp, while small-group workshops and creative sessions follow each presentation. Attendees (referred to as “campers”) stay in lakefront cabins or golf-friendly condos and meet in the main lodge for events and meals. Friday and Saturday nights offer much socializing and tend to run late into the night.

The conference averages 350 total attendees, including campers, speakers, presenters, sponsors, and vendors. Campers come primarily from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, and Canada. Most campers are graphic designers and art directors or involved in the graphic arts (photographers, illustrators, educators, copywriters, etc.)—but all are welcome.


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.

 


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


Corporate Image and our Pinterest Account

In case you wondered, Corporate Image does have a Pinterest account.

Why this matters to you?  Not only are we posting cool marketing pieces and eco friendly office equipment (which we are suckers for), but we also are posting great design, sustainable architecture and some garden stuff (which we are suckers for).

Since we are interested in design and sustainability, we have been checking out a lot of interesting items.

The first Tumbleweed home, built when Jay Shafer lived in Iowa no less:

Sustainable Architecture - the first tumbleweed house

 

New York City’s High Line Park, which I am kind of in love with.

The High Line Park NYC

 

 

The art and design of Edward Tufte:

Edward Tufte

There is a lot more there. Check us out on Pinterest, or just call and talk to us.  We’d like that.

 

 


American Package Design Awards

Corporate Image is proud to announce that three of our clients have won 2014 American Package Design Awards

Congratulations to Prestige Tuxedo, HealthPartners and Meyocks Group / Delta Dental of Iowa!

Award winning 3-ring binder and corrugated box - Corporate Image

Award winning Marketing kit - Corporate ImageAward winning spiral bound binder - Corporate Image

Learn More Here

 


Marketing Planning 101

Often we find marketing is the last thing people plan for, but it should be an integral part of a companies strategy.

We found this article in CANVAS magazine (an excellent magazine) and thought we would share:

The end of 2013 is upon us, and preparations for the New Year are under way. December is National Write a Business Plan Month – so designated to encourage unhappy employees to become their own satisfied bosses. Whether your goal is to own your own business, become a consultant, a speaker or an author, you’ll need to start with a business plan.

Marketing is the fundamental building block of any business; it’s what drives the business, so it can’t be an afterthought.

Even if you launched your business years ago, it’s important to revisit and refresh your plan. In recent years, the economy, technology and consumer habits have changed rapidly and dramatically, affecting every aspect of your business. That makes it absolutely vital to re-evaluate your short- and long-term strategies.

One of the most critical elements of any business plan is your marketing strategy. Too often, people don’t think through that all-important component with the same rigor they tackle aspects like projected cash flow and long-term goals.

Or, they do put thought and effort into planning for market research, promotion and positioning – and then never follow through on their great ideas.

One problem is that most entrepreneurs (or professionals or authors) don’t have marketing experience. They may be skilled tradesmen, savvy financial advisers or talented writers – the expertise they plan to build their business around – but they’re not marketers. Some don’t realize that executing a solid marketing strategy is essential to any venture’s success; others know it’s important but don’t know where to begin.

Read More here in CANVAS:


AIA awards 2014 Gold Medal to Julia Morgan

2014 AIA Gold Medal Recipient

 

Julia Morgan, FAIA | 2014 AIA Gold Medal Recipient

By Zach Mortice, Managing Editor, AIArchitect

The American Institute of Architects Board of Directors on Dec. 12 posthumously awarded the AIA Gold Medal to Julia Morgan, FAIA, the early 20th-century architect whose copious output of quality work secured her position as the first great female American architect. Morgan is the first woman to ever be given the AIA Gold Medal. By receiving the award, Morgan was elevated to the College of Fellows. (The AIA National Board voted unanimously to waive the eligibility rules, in this instance, that require active membership in the AIA to be elevated to Fellowship.) The last posthumous AIA Gold Medalist was Edward Larrabee Barnes, FAIA, in 2007. The AIA Gold Medal is the highest honor the AIA confers on an architect. It acknowledges an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Morgan’s legacy will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago.

AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA, notified Karen McNeil, PhD, a historian and Julia Morgan expert that was a member of the steering committee that sponsored her nomination, by telephone immediately after the Board made its decision. “Fantastic! Thank you so much!” McNeil said. “You’ve made my day. I’ll tell the team; they’ll be thrilled.”

Read the rest at the AIA website

P.S. Bit of Trivia: As far as we can tell, Julia Morgan is the first woman to ever win the AIA Gold Medal. We at Corporate Image are excited on both counts, being big fans of her work.


Marketing Engineering and Construction? A Resource.

Engineering and Construction firms have special marketing needs.  Corporate Image has worked in this industry for many years giving us the insight and expertise to help you get exactly what you want.

Eco friendly marketing kits for engineering and constructionFrom custom 3-ring proposal and spec binders to paperboard and corrugate sample kits and pocket folders, you can get the quality printing and manufacturing that you demand in your own work.

We have found solutions to showcase window frames, bricks, tiles, carpets as well as the best proposal binders you can find.

Our products are eco friendly from the 3-ring binders to the corrugate boxes, printed with eye popping color soy inks on FSC certified papers.

Whether you are in the contract industry, engineering  or construction let us help you get the quality and impact you deserve.

 


NeoCon is Coming up June 10-12 at the Merchandise Mall in Chicago

2013 NeoCon Show
NeoCon provides a great opportunity to see the latest in furniture design

NeoCon is North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, providing over 40,000 architecture and design professionals with nearly 100 accredited seminars, association forums and top-notch keynote speakers. Discover thousands of innovative products and resources for corporate, hospitality, healthcare, retail, government, institutional and residential interiors from more than 700 showrooms and exhibitors.

Over the years, Corporate Image has attended the NeoCon Conference to stay informed on developments and innovative products in the furniture industry. Many of our furniture customers use folders, custom binders, sample boxes and custom boxes to stay in front of their audiences, because there’s nothing like the feel of a sample to communicate the features and attributes of their products.

 


Eco Friendly Packaging Opions

You see, design and use packaging everyday, and most of it ends up as trash.

A designer in Montreal decided to try to do something about that with a  common everyday item – the toothbrush. I noticed this post on Dieline and realized that it dovetailed nicely with many of our eco friendly products (from bare board binders to corrugated boxes) that are also fully recyclable when they are finished.

Dissolve is an exploration into re-thinking the everyday design which accounts for much of our waste stream.

disolvable packaging

Simon Laliberte, Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM) created “Dissolve” as part of the “REMARKABLE PACKAGING & ALTERNATIVES” for the Packaging Exhibition in Paris 2012.

“The goal was to improve the packaging of a product already exists on many points: the information of the consumer, nature, mobility, distribution, ergonomics, and use the second life of the packaging . So i wanted to improve the packaging of a product known to everybody, the inevitable and classic toothbrush. A product, who, should normally be replaced every 3 months for a better personnal hygiene and more than 6 billion people on the earth should use a minimum of two times a day.

… if i could remove all the packaging after purchase and if the famous toothbrush was 100% recyclable, i reach my goal.

That’s why i’ve been researching on biodegradable and i opted for the “PVA”, a compound of polyvinyl acetate no-toxic, biodegradable and 100% recyclable. This paper of 60gsm is made with cellulose-based compound of tree pulp can be dissolve completely in water in less than 10sec. Really wonderfull! The design has been printed on paper using an soja ink black water soluble. Then everything was folded in a futuristic, attractive and ergonomic shape and eventually heat sealed at both sides.”

Designed by Simon Laliberte, Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM), Canada

 


Creating and Designing for Healthcare and Medical information

The needs of the Medical and Healthcare Industries for patient information packets, folders and binders are unique.

At Corporate Image, we work with a lot with of Medical and Healthcare facilities creating better patient information packets, meeting or conference  kits and and staff information folders. With the large quantity of work we have done, we thought we would share with you the ideas and trends that we have seen Medical  information packets.

Patient Information Binders and Pocket Folders

As you know, keeping the patient well informed from entering your health system to treatment options can lower anxiety and help your doctors to counsel patients on their best path forward to healthier, happier lives.

This information has to be clear, well organized and easily search-able.  A small binder is usually enough to present the basics of even complicated treatments with room for follow up and and ongoing regimens.  Tab dividers can make for quick and focused sections as well as adding new information as needed.

Doctor Information binders – Medical Devices, Information and Pharmaceutical binders

Information on the latest and greatest in medicine can also be packaged for ease of use as well as easy finding and storage. We all know doctors, nurses and administrators get extremely busy.  Providing information that is already stored, clearly marked and with interesting branding helps keep everything top of mind, so when someone needs the information is can be found immediately.

Go here for more information and examples of healthcare and medical information materials.


The 2013 Corporate Image Catalog is Available

The 2013 Corporate Image Catalog

A great resource for Presentation Packaging is now available. Our new catalog is the result of years of refinement. It illustrates the latest in design and materials, offering superior solutions for your presentation packaging requirements.

CLICK TO READ MORE


2013 Corporate Image Catalog

Our 2013 catalog has just been released!

Here is a preview of the Corporate Image product lineup. To get more design ideas and to see the complete range of product possibilities, click here for our digital version of the  2013 catalog. If you would like a print copy, please call us at 800.247.8194 or click here to request one online.

Our printed binders put your brand in the hands of your customers, literally. They give an organization a presence and credibility that virtual communications just can’t match. Yet they’re flexible enough to allow you to customize presentations and update information on the fly. Printed binders add dimension to your presentation, reinforcing your message and products in a memorable way. And they’re eco-friendly, unlike many vinyl binders that release hazardous chemicals into our environment. With durable hinged binders board, sturdy metal rings, cloth printed covers and your choice of protective lamination finishes, our printed binders leave a lasting impression — beautifully.

 

Pocket folders are the ideal multi-purpose tool when companies need to present an important message. Whether you’re presenting a proposal, product information or company capabilities, a well-designed pocket folder is the perfect first impression. Pocket folders offer both flexibility and versatility with a complete range of styles, sizes and options like portfolio closures, expandable pockets, USB holders and glueless pockets that ship flat. With full color printing inside and out, a choice of lamination finishes and decorating options, the design possibilities are endless.

They’re a great way to deliver your message, introduce or reinforce your brand and leave a lasting impression, long after the initial presentation.

 

Custom boxes create an immediate hands-on experience and a WOW factor guaranteed to open doors. Our packaging options are designed to present a multi-level sales story in a professional, organized format. A sturdy build and beautiful four-color printing inside and out, work well to deliver brochures, samples, materials or gifts while providing premium real estate for presenting the brand.

Styles range from self-locking boxes to large sales totes with handles — and everything in between!

 


2012 Greenbuild Conference

Imagine thousands of architects and building professionals coming together from across the globe to connect with each other and exchange ideas. The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will be held in San Francisco at the Moscone Center this November 14-16. You will meet professionals in a variety of disciplines working to create a greener environment.

Greenbuild features three days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of the host city’s green buildings.

Launched in 2002, Greenbuild is a great opportunity to build new relationships and connect with colleagues from throughout the industry and around the world. Join thousands of other people who agree that green building is a good idea and good for business.

Stop by our booth – North Hall 3185N – and see our variety of impactful binders and presentation materials that meet LEED standards for ongoing consumables.

For more information about the Greenbuild Conference and Expo, call us at 800.247.8194.

Our binders are made from 100% post-consumer waste binders board and are 100% recyclable.


Corporate Image’s Amazing New Lamination

Our new Natural Matte lamination is so subtle you can hardly see it. Made from polyproplene, a non-reflective film that minimizes color shift, it creates a unique, sophisticated look with a smooth, silky feel. Your 3 ring binder, tab divider, folder or custom box project will not only be protected, it will be far more earth friendly than ordinary vinyl bindes that are toxic to both the air and land.


HOW Live Conference Reforesting America

Corporate Image partnered with this year’s HOW Conference attendees to plant 300 trees. For each business card we received at the Chicago event, we planted a tree through the American Forests Organization. The trees will help reforest areas in the United States that have been affected by severe storms and intense wildfires.

Thank you HOW attendees!


Corporate Image is dedicated to preserving the enviornment. We are an FSC certified printer and strive to develop the most eco-friendly presentation products available, such as our bare board binders and glueless pocket folders. Every FlexHinge Binder is made from a 100% post-consumer waste binder’s board. We use soy-based inks in all process printing, as opposed to traditional petroleum based inks. Our lamination film is inert and can be recycled, which is an environmentally friendly alternative to toxic vinyl binders.

Learn more about what Corporate Image’s efforts to protect our enviornment.


Hospitality and Restaurants choose Corporate Image for Custom Presentation Materials

Hospitality custom guest directory binder, Corporate Image, eco-friendly presentation materials,  custom binder, custom folderIn the hospitality and restaurant industry, the most important aspect is the relationship between the guest and host. From the reception and entertainment of guests and visitors, to resorts, membership clubs, conventions, attractions, special events, and traveling services- Corporate Image can help with all of your presentation needs. These industries strive to offer their customers nothing less than quality and variety.

Corporate Image quality custom binders and folders, will present a professional appearance with a variety of custom options for each individual project. Whether your company is looking for eco-friendly or an old world elegance, we have templates, mock-ups, and samples to help you design your package.

Corporate Image offers multiple custom options for restaurant menu binders, guest service directories, hotel room directory covers or in-room binders. We can also custom print entertainment guide covers, guest check presenters, concierge service binders, vacation and hotel promotional folders, and guest directories. Corporate Image can create different binder sizes with many ring options and custom printed and sized tab dividers for easy divisions between your custom directories.


We’re Here to Help you Succeed

The Corporate Image staff considers itself fortunate to work with wonderfully talented clients. For more than 25 years, it’s been our pleasure to help create beautiful, compelling and effective presentation packaging. Now that we’ve expanded our product line to include eco-friendly presentation materials, we’re looking forward to making an even greater impact on the environment. From the beginning, we’ve used 100% post-consumer waste binders’ board in the production of our binders and now we can take advantage of new papers that contain up to 100% PCW for folders, software packaging and boxes. It’s an exciting time as companies, government agencies, designers and universities are making the switch from vinyl binders which are detrimental to the environment to new sustainable alternatives. Our experienced team can help the most sophisticated print operation all the way to the novice find innovative and unique solutions to their packaging needs while delivering outstanding service.


Where Interstates 35 and 80 Meet

Corporate Image is located in the heartland of the U.S. where Interstates 80 and 35 meet. That puts you in Des Moines, Iowa where the company was founded almost 30 years ago. The mission then was to develop an alternative to the vinyl binder that was attractive and not detrimental to the environment. Europe at the time was moving away from toxic vinyl because it could not be safely incinerated or disposed of in the landfills.

We were the first company to follow their lead and started printing and manufacturing our signature FlexHinge binde in 1981. The name comes from the fact the binder is made from one piece of 100 % post-consumer waste binders board with a spine that’s formed by pressing grooves into it. This makes for a very strong hinge that can be opened and closed over 250,000 times without the hinge failing. That’s the equivalent of opening and closing the binder 20 times a day for 34 years.

Today, our company is even more resolved to helping the environment by offering new products made from up to 100% recycled paper. We’ve found innovative ways to create attractive new designs by mixing and matching materials, so the products stand out and command attention. Our central location makes it ideal for reaching our markets around the country in only a matter of days, so you get your shipments fast and on time. 


Our new Flush-Cut Binder

 

The flush cut binder from Corporate Image is a great innovation in green binder technology. We designed a binder that is constructed with our 100% post-consumer waste binder’s board that does not need any lamination on the cover. Instead, we adhere a sturdy recycled paper to the board that can be decorated with offset printing, debossing or using metallic or pigment colored foil stamping. Then the board and paper are trimmed so the cover and liner are flush with the board edge. We also round the corners for extra durability and to enhance the appearance. The result is an interesting blend of board, paper and ink that reveals the core of the binders board. It’s a great look and 100% recyclable. Our customers love the fact that the binder it unique, doesn’t have any coating or lamination and it communicates their commitment to the environment. 


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