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Naked Binder: a sister company to be proud of.

The Naked Binder Woodie won the Best Binder in North America in 2015.

Last year Naked Binder and Corporate Image released their wood binders  – real wood in birch or cherry wood over our 100% post consumer waste board – and won an award for Best Binder in North America. These beautiful design elements that enhance your office or home even as they keep you organized. At Naked Binder, you can buy one (or 10) for your home or office, while Corporate Image can help you with customized wood binders. And then this:

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Then our Hang Tag won a design award from GDUSA (Graphic Design USA magazine)!

Hang Tag Designer: Scott Thornton

We are proud and honored to be innovating award winning products!

Naked Binder! Proud to be seen for our great design of binders and materials!

 


The Secrets of 3 Ring Binders: learn more to get what you need.

3-Ring Binders have evolved from the binders of your high school days.

Todays binders are non-vinyl, sustainable, recyclable and a whole lot stronger.

If you are ordering a custom binder for a proposal, conference, sample folders (ringless binders for holding samples!), information kits, or school kits, there are better choices and more variables that can make your project a stand out!

 

Picking the right binder ring.

D-ring binders - Corporate Image

The spine of a binder is not the best way to measure a binder. How much paper a ring holds is much more accurate. When you plan your custom binder, know the range of materials you want to put in – say between 200-275 pages for the proposals. This way you know you would need a 1.5″ D-ring binder or a 2″ Round ring binder.

Get the full binder ring size chart here.

How would you like to customize your binder?

Printed binders

Printed binders offer you a canvas for your art. With printing options that encompass photos, PMS colors, spot varnish or UV coatings, foil stamping, and debossing, the real limit of your binder is your imagination. Munsell-notebook-look-1-2

Corporate Image offers a full range of print options from our 6 color offset press to digital printing. Our team is here to help you figure out the best way to get the effects you are looking for.

Cloth and custom paper covered binders

With added strength, elegance and the tactile feel of cloth or a textured paper you can engage your customer on a number of levels. To customize these, you are generally working with foil stamping and debossing.custom cloth and debossed binders - Corporate Image

The results, as seen with this Haworth furniture binder, can be stunning. Corporate Image has 240+ colors of cloth in stock and many textured and specialty papers. If you are trying to find a unique look, we can help get you there.

Now to finish your binder.

Finger pulls.

For crowded shelves and larger binders, a finger pull can make it easy to get a binder off a shelf. For Architectural offices and interior designers who have a lot of samples and idea books, this can be a great added value!finger pulls for binders - Corporate Image

Portfolio closures.

Your binder can also close like a box. Our portfolio closures are built directly into the binder, so they are made of the same strong board the binder is. The portfolio closes with either standard velcro, magnets, snaps or straps.

The portfolio protects the contents of your binder, allows a much more finished look and offers even more room for your art and message.

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More custom custbinder options:

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  • Custom window cuts
  • Business card holders
  • Pockets
  • Landscape and oblong shapes
  • Bare board and flush cut binders
  • Paperboard ring folders / Presentation binders
  • Handles and straps
  • Foil stamping, debossing, Spot UV, Spot varnish
  • Lamination in natural matte, gloss, and soft touch
  • Fully printed liners
  • Binder clips
  • Pocket pages, tab dividers, cut sheets
  • Interior pages
  • Sample folders / samples kits

Creating a custom binder is more complicated, but a lot more fun than it used to be. Your binder partner can help guide you through the options, find what is right for you, your budget and your brand.

We would be happy to help you at any point in your process with samples, custom templates, consultation, and crafting your new presentation binders!


Alternatives to the Standard Pocket Folder

Upgrade the Look of Your Current Pocket Folder with a Custom Folder

Every business needs a pocket folder. And Corporate Image produces pocket folders that really stand out. We use heavier paper, provide higher lever of print quality, and finish our folders with film lamination that enhances graphics and adds strength. We offer a wide range of economical standard folders that can be customized to fit your needs. You can select custom paper stocks, foil stamp, emboss, deboss and custom die-cuts. Aqueous coating, varnish and spot UV printing are also available.

In addition to our standard 2 pocket folders, we offer folders with file tabs, folders with expanding pockets, glueless folders with a box pocket and tri-folders. Standard business card cuts and brochure cuts can be added to horizontal folder pockets at no charge.  We have a standard or custom folder to fit every budget and every business.

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Paperboard and Folding Board Packaging

You are working on a packaging project and need to decide on what material you want to make it with. Lets talk options.

Paperboard and Folding Board

wikipedia:

Paperboard is a thick paper-based material. While there is no rigid differentiation between paper and paperboard, paperboard is generally thicker (usually over 0.25 mm, 0.010 in, or 10 points) than paper. According to ISO standards, paperboard is a paper with a grammage above 224 g/m2, but there are exceptions.[1] Paperboard can be single- or multi-ply. Paperboard can be easily cut and formed, is lightweight, and because it is strong, is used in packaging. Another end-use would be graphic printing, such as book and magazine covers or postcards

So is folding board different?

Short answer: No. There are grades of all paperboard, so a Neenah folding board will be a very high grade paperboard that is made not to crack when folded into a box or pocket folder.

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How versatile is a paperboard package or box?

Think origami. Paperboard packaging can be die cut, bent, scored and folded into an amazing array of shapes and sizes. From standard folders, to uniquely folded boxes for luxury packaging and retail applications. Send us a sketch of what you are thinking of and what your are putting in the package and our in-house package designers can help find a way to create it.

On top of the range of shapes and ways of shaping paperboard packaging and boxes and a the full scale of printing options, the paperboard can be combined with cloth or specialty papers to create elegant, unique packaging. With a huge range of cloth (Corporate Image has almost 240 colors in stock) and specialty papers (from faux leathers, quilted, wood grain and many many more) – you can find a way to have your brand stand out. Great with foil stamping or debossing.

 

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For printed paperboard projects, there are no limits. From 4 color process, spot colors, spot UV, foil and varnishes, what ever art you can devise can be printed on paperboard.

custom paperboard boxes and packaging

Check out our capabilities and let us help to get started on your packaging project!


Short Run Custom Printed 3-Ring Binders

Short run 3-ring binders:

combine quality and craftsmanship in small quantities.

 

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• What options can I choose from?

• Artwork, Design, Manufacturing Questions

• Payment and Shipping Questions

 

 

Square or Round Spine 3-ring Binders

If you order a 3-ring binder in quantities from 50 to 350 pieces, we will print your binder digitally.  This saves you money and the environment a lot of waste.  

These binders have full bleed full cover with a white or black liner. Because we are running digitally, artwork will be submitted in PDF form.

 

Options

Short Run Binder Sizes

  • Standard – to hold 8.5″ x 11″ paper (US standard)
  • Half Sheet Notebook – to hold 5.5″ x 8.5″ paper

Short Run Digital Binder ring sizes:

  • 3/4″ D-ring  – holds 180 sheets of paper (20lb. copy paper)
  • 1″ D-ring  – holds 220 sheets of paper
  • 1.5″ D-ring  – holds 350 sheets of paper
  • 2″ D-ring  – holds 450 sheets of paper
  • 2.5″ D-ring – holds 550 sheets of paper
  • 3″ D-ring – holds 600 sheets of paper
  • 3.5″ D-ring – holds 650 sheets of paper

 

Binder spine options:  

  • Square spines
  • Round Spines

Lamination Types

  • Natural Matte Lamination  (Liner is laminated also)
  • Gloss Lamination
  • Soft Touch Lamination

Printing

  • Cover + Black liner
  • Cover + White liner

Quantities

Available in quantities of 50 up to 350 binders. Over 350 custom binders, your binder will print on the offset press, giving you more flexibility and even more printing options!

Can I get a Portfolio Binder digitally printed?

Not at this point.

How fast will I get my binders

We will ship your binders 10 business days after receiving your artwork.

Can I get tab dividers with that?

Absolutely.  Our standard tab dividers print digitally so your art will match exactly.  To top it off, they look great (as you can see here).

 

Artwork and Design Questions

Submitting your binder Artwork 

When you decide what ring size you need, get a template from you sales representative. All art will be submitted in PDF form, with one copy showing the template to insure placement of art. All files should be print quality (300 dpi or higher) – lower resolution files will not print well!

How small of a typeface can I print?

If it is legible, it should print fine. Generally that means 6pt and above

Can I overprint?

Since we are printing these digitally, you can’t overprint.  It is best to have your artwork exactly as you want to see it and flatten it without layers.

File Formats Accepted for Artwork

We accept PDF files for your completed artwork. Please use one of the following “Adobe PDF Settings” to generate your PDF: PDF/X-3a:2002 PDF/X-4:2007 (use this setting to export out of any Adobe  application)

You will generate two versions of the art – one exactly as you want your binder to look and another with the template overlayed on your artwork.  This way we can tell before we print it if there will be issues with alignment.

What do I need to know to convert artwork from a previous job?

The templates are slightly different for the digitally printed binders, so you will need to move your artwork onto the new template to check alignment.  For the most part, that is it.  You will need to generate the output as a PDF (see formats).

Payment and Shipping Questions

Binder Costs

Cost per binder goes down as you order higher quantities, so we will give you a quick idea of costs.  Contact us to get an exact cost for your specs.  (Larger rings will generally be more expensive)

White liner   Black Liner

qty 50:    1″ D Ring           $17.35         $17.91      each

qty100:   1″ D Ring           $11.69         $12.17      each

qty 200   1″ D Ring           $8.70           $9.13        each

qty 350   1″ D Ring           $6.96           $7.32        each

Payment options

For most orders, we would prefer to place the order and shipping using a credit card.

Shipping Options

We are happy to ship on your Fed Ex or UPS numbers.

Orders under 200 binders can ship FedEx or UPS ground, so you would not need a loading dock.

Orders over 200 binders can be sent via UPS  but are generally much cheaper and safer if we can ship them freight. If you do not have a loading dock that can handle a semi, or shorter truck, we will work with you to find the least expensive, safest way to ship your materials.


A year in the life of a 3-ring binder manufacturer.

Corporate Image makes custom, strong and recyclable 3 ring binders for an amazing list of customers.

We believe that design encompasses function, style and message, so we work with you from product design to production to innovate the best products in the world.  As an employee owned company every person in our building is watching out for your project.

Every binder we make is custom – from art and printing, size and rings, papers and cloth, window cuts and finishing options, we are set to create a special product that exactly matches your branding and message.

the best US binder manufacturer

On top of all those binders, we also made pocket folders, tab dividers, binder interior pages, cut sheets, paperboard boxes, corrugate boxes, rigid boxes and a number of custom products.

Corporate Image is an employee owned manufacturer making all of our products in the United States. We love design, so we are constantly working to find better, more interesting, longer lasting options for how all of our products are made. We are leaders in innovation and service, helping our clients get results!

If you are working on a new idea, sketching a presentation packaging thought, let us help you make it real. Our in house package designer team can take you from bar napkin to design award ceremony!


Happy New Year from Corporate Image

Happy New Year!

We wish you all a safe, happy and adventurous New Year!

Happy New Year from Corporate Image


Print Facts #2: Spot Colors and 4 color Process

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1 color to 6 color printing:

How to decide what’s best for your project.

So what does 1 color vs. 6 color, spot color vs. 4 color process printing mean to you and your project? How do you know what option is best? Well lets break down some facts about printing offset and tips that might help you with your next project.

4 color process – CYMK:

4 color process is probably the most common way to set up your artwork. With just the standard CMYK build you can make countless combinations of colored logos, full images and photos.

In this system a color image is separated into 4 different color values to create 4 images that are transferred to printing plates. When you run these on a printing press with the CYMK inks (cyan (blue), magenta (red), yellow and black (the k in cmyk)) you can reproduce the original color image. Most of the entire spectrum or gamut of colors are reproduced with just the four process ink colors. Printing 4 color process is standard in the printing industry on offset presses (presses that use inks and printing plates). The quality is better than digital printing and it is cheaper in large quantity runs.

Spot Colors

In offset printing, a spot color is any color generated by an ink (pure or mixed) that is printed using a single run. CYMK can come close to matching any color, but to get it exact, a PMS color can be mixed and used for areas that need to be an exact match to, say, a logo color.

Absolutely need to match a color?

Is getting your brand color just right the main concern for you and your team? Then printing PMS colors or a combination is your best bet. Printing a standard PMS color is the best way to ensure your brand color carries over from all the collateral items you print.

If you have photos or other artwork you’d like to use on your material and an important logo in PMS colors, you might want to consider 4 color process+1 color PMS. This will allow you to place images on your project while printing your corporate colors as well. Nothing has to be sacrificed, especially not the integrity of your brand.

! PMS color 3 ring binder                     custom eco friendly 3-ring binders

Flush cut 2 PMS with screens printed binder                 4 color process printed binder

Is cost your main concern?

If cost is your main concern then stick with 1 color to 4 color process/PMS. Most people don’t realize that your unit price for printing one side won’t change from 1 color to 4 color whether you are using 4 PMS colors or 4 color Process. The only fee change is within the prepress charge for your project. For example, for a 1 color 3 ring binder prepress is $275, while 4 color adds only $150. A small fee to have a full range of color options at your fingertips.

If you are working on a custom printed 3 ring binder, there is one place you don’t have to skimp. Print those liners! Did you know that most binders print cover & liner on the same press sheet? So that’s one side printing people. You can print the inside or your binder with common colors from the cover at NO additional charge. This adds a lot of punch and makes you a hero to your clients. (Tell them you talked us into printing it for free!)

Do you want the greatest variety in printing options?

4 color process can run everything from gorgeous photos to solid blocks of color, so offers a great range of options.

But what if you have 4 PMS colors but still want variety in your project? Easy, SCREENS…lots of screens. You can print your PMS colors at 100% , or pull back those percentages on the same colors for a bit of variety without increasing your Prepress charges.

offset printed binder cover and liner

Bodek and Rhodes created this stunning offset printed 3-ring binder and liner.


Print Facts #1: Submitting (Offset) Print Ready Artwork

Print Facts - Use info for designing presentation materials

Submitting Print Ready Artwork

These days, a lot of graphic designers are working more with digital formats than offset printing. An offset press offers opportunities that you don’t get in digital yet – from PMS colors to a richer, deeper quality. Think digital photos vs. film if you remember back that far.

In order to ensure your project turns out just like you’ve envisioned it is important that your files are set up correctly for print. While our Prepress Department reviews your files, it makes the process much smoother if they have been set up correctly. So let’s start with the basics!

What is Print-Ready?

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print ready artwork for offset presses

If timing is critical

Make sure you have discussed turnaround times before starting your project and plan your project milestones accordingly so that you can keep everything on schedule. Jobs schedule based on proof approval, so if time is tight and there is a typo… Whoops! Missing your deadline could mean that your run can’t go ahead until the press schedule has an opening. Also, you don’t want to incur any rush charges if they could have been avoided.

Print size matters

One of the most common mistakes made when printing is sending a document that is not high image quality, which, if not corrected before the final run, can result in a printout that is fuzzy and lacking in clarity due to a lack of resolution. It’s important that you create your document the same size. Designing at actual size reduces the margin for error with graphics, fonts and layout once printed. Remember that just because something looks great on your screen could become a disaster when printed in the large format, for which it was intended.

Proof your document thoroughly

Allow yourself plenty of time to thoroughly proof your document for any typographical, punctuation and grammatical errors. One of the easiest ways to review is to print out a copy so you can thoroughly read through it all. Also, if you wrote it, have at least one other person read it over. Really.

Print out a proof to see your artwork

Printing out a proof allows you to see how everything looks when printed. Even though it won’t be to size, it is also a good idea to fold up the proof to mimic your product. It allows you to see ahead of time that everything is laid out correctly, reads the right way, and nothing falls off the print area.

All this will give you a good start in creating that 3 ring binder, pocket folder, box or packaging that your clients need.

Contact Corporate Image to get started. Our staff have the knowledge that can help you get the outstanding presentation product you need and make the process as easy as possible!


2015 Construction Marketing Awards

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!

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custom printed portfolio binders

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Learn more about these custom presentation projects for the 2015 Construction Marketing Awards


Health + Wellness Marketing Awards

Creating presentation materials for Medical, Health and Wellness is 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.

On a number of these projects, the results are spectacular and are recognized by various juries and design organizations as exceptional. These two projects shown below recently won Health and Wellness Design awards for 2015!

Have your own project? Let us help you get it started!

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GDUSA Health and Wellness Design Awards 2015

The full list is seen here, but we can showcase the two of our clients that won here!

Loyola Medicine – Presentation Binder / Ring Folder

Designer: Smith Design Co

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This presentation binder / ring folder is a patient guide for the Loyola Transplant Center.

Offering heart, lung, kidney and liver transplants, Loyola needs to convey serious information in a reassuring way. The information also needs to be easily found – not just a stack of loose papers that could get lost. A presentation binder / ring folder offers pockets for loose papers and brochures, and rings to keep things organized.

Helath, Wellness and Medical Marketing Materials - Corporate Image

Presentation Binder / Ring Folder

  • Printed 2 PMS colors, two sides with natural matte lamination. Round 1″ chrome ring. die 129.
  • Portfolio flap closes with two velcro dots.
  • 100% recyclable!

Playworld Systems, Inc.

Art directors: Brad Breneisen, Robyn Gordner

Designer: Brad Breneisen

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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.

Corporate Image specializes in sustainable, green marketing pieces, so 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.

Playworld Health and Wellness Design Awards - Corporate Image

The 3 ring binder:

  • Printed 1 PMS color on oatmeal endleaf, with a custom die cut cover. 1.5″ Round ring,
  • This binder is flush cut, showing the recycled binders board on the edges of the binder.
  • This 3 ring binder is 100% recyclable and sustainable!

The Pocket Folder:

  • Printed 4 color process on Neenah conservation stock, with a custom die cuts on cover and pocket.
  • Recycled and recyclable pocket folders.

Tab dividers:

  • Printed 4 color process with a natural matte lamination (inert and recyclable lamination)

 


Tonight! Corporate Image Open House / Design Clinic!

  1. OpenHouseInvited

 

October 15, 3-8pm

Corporate Image(ination) is an event bringing designers from the Midwest, from graphic designers to packaging designers together to talk about designing and manufacturing packaging.

People will be able to go into the plant to see how products are made, attend design clinics, as well as talk to our product designers and staff about presentation product design.

Come talk to  experts in presentation packaging, walk through of our production facility to see your projects being made, and speak with our team about projects you are working on.

 

 

 

Come talk with us! RSVP here!

1801 Thompson Ave, Des Moines, IA 50316!

Come hear expert designers speak:

Neenah Paper

Doug Grever of Neenah paper is giving a talk about Neenah Papers folding board. ”From the first sketch to the final fold, your brand packaging needs to be as premium and perfect as the product within. Neenah Packaging provides collaborative idea generation, personalized and hands-on consultation, and knowledgeable support throughout the packaging process.”

Neenah Paper folding board - Corporate Image

Working in Corrugate

Andy Dickman, a corrugate expert, will be discussing possibilities in corrugate boxes. Understanding the benefits and limits of corrugates can help you plan for your next box project. Learn how corrugate boxes are designed and built and all of the options for customizing corrugates. From full litho wraps with laminates and spot UVs to direct print, corrugates are versatile and strong enough to protect any product.

Custom Corrugated boxes - Corporate Image

Finishing Options in Packaging

Logan Wittmer is speaking about finishing options for printed and cloth covered products. From textured papers to unique cloth, soft touch lamination and spot UV to debossing and foil stamping, Corporate Image offers a range of finishing options for your 3 ring binders, custom boxes and pocket folders.

finishes and alternative fabrics for packaging - Corporate Image

Corporate Image(ination) Open House and Design Clinic

Come by and learn more about packaging designing and have a great time!

When: October 15th, 2015

Where: 1801 Thompson Ave, Des Moines IA 50316

Let us know you are coming! RSVP here!


Custom pocket folders with moving parts

Custom Pocket Folder of the Month!

This pocket folder wins our hearts for so many reasons.  Interesting design with the front cover reaching three quarters of the way across the folder, the clean clear design… nope. It is the moving parts. This unique folder was designed for DORMA USA’s Muto line.

MUTO COMFORT SYSTEM -Full featured, multifunction sliding door system

MUTO Comfort is designed for use with glass, wood, and other door materials. With user-friendly options to customize solutions, the sleek mechanisms remain out of sight.

So how great is it that the pocket folder has a sleek mechanism that remains out of sight also? See for yourself:

Dorma Pocket Folder: With Cool Sliding Door Opener from Corporate Image on Vimeo.

The folder is beautifully designed with sleek, spare art that conveys the company aesthetic.

custom pocket folder design

More about Dorma:

Dorma usa - Corporate Image blog

DORMA AMERICAS IS A LEADING GLOBAL MANUFACTURER OF PREMIUM ACCESS SOLUTIONS THAT ENABLE BETTER BUILDINGS

DORMA Americas is part of DORMA Group Worldwide, a market leader of innovative and inspiring designs and technologies for access solutions.

Our full range of products and services provides safety and security as well as convenience and comfort. DORMA features a design oriented portfolio of architectural door hardware, specialty hardware for glass door and wall applications, door automation systems including revolving doors by Crane, operable wall systems featuring Modernfold, electronic access control systems from Rutherford Controls, and radio frequency identification from Farpointe Data.

Pocket folders have about the largest range of possibilities of any product you can imagine. The physical design of a pocket folder can contain custom window cuts, pockets with different sizes and orientations, as well as moving doors (!) and other closures. Add in the printing options and your next pocket folder can really make your clients excited about your work.

Thinking about a custom pocket folder project? Let us help you make it happen!


Corporate Image Open House / Design Clinic

OpenHouseInvited    October 15, 3-8pm

Corporate Image(ination) is an event bringing designers from the Midwest, from graphic designers to packaging designers together to talk about designing and manufacturing packaging.

People will be able to go into the plant to see how products are made, attend design clinics, as well as talk to our product designers and staff about presentation product design.

Come talk to  experts in presentation packaging, walk through of our production facility to see your projects being made, and speak with our team about projects you are working on.

Come talk with us! RSVP here!

Come hear expert designers speak:

Neenah Paper

Doug Grever of Neenah paper is giving a talk about Neenah Papers folding board. ”From the first sketch to the final fold, your brand packaging needs to be as premium and perfect as the product within. Neenah Packaging provides collaborative idea generation, personalized and hands-on consultation, and knowledgeable support throughout the packaging process.”

Neenah Paper folding board - Corporate Image

Working in Corrugate

Andy Dickman, a corrugate expert, will be discussing possibilities in corrugate boxes. Understanding the benefits and limits of corrugates can help you plan for your next box project. Learn how corrugate boxes are designed and built and all of the options for customizing corrugates. From full litho wraps with laminates and spot UVs to direct print, corrugates are versatile and strong enough to protect any product.

Custom Corrugated boxes - Corporate Image

Finishing Options in Packaging

Logan Wittmer is speaking about finishing options for printed and cloth covered products. From textured papers to unique cloth, soft touch lamination and spot UV to debossing and foil stamping, Corporate Image offers a range of finishing options for your 3 ring binders, custom boxes and pocket folders.

finishes and alternative fabrics for packaging - Corporate Image

Corporate Image(ination) Open House and Design Clinic

Come by and learn more about packaging designing and have a great time!

When: October 15th, 2015

Where: 1801 Thompson Ave, Des Moines IA 50316

Let us know you are coming! RSVP here!


What Are The Benefits of Recycled Paper?

We are glad you asked.

You pay attention to composting and what you eat, but what is the benefit to recycled and recyclable 3 ring binders or pocket folders? Can it help or is it just hype?

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Using recycled paper has some large positive environmental impacts.

Recycling 1 ton of paper saves

  • 1-2 tons of wood
  • 7000 gallons of water
  • 3 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 2 barrels of oil
  • 4100 kilowatt hours of electricity, enough energy to power the average American home for five months.

So what does that mean for, say a recycled (100% post consumer waste) 3-ring binder? We did the math. Based on a 1.5″ D-ring binder (standard size), and the amount of 100% post consumer waste board we use, we came up with this:

ONE recycled 3-ring binder saves

  • 3 gallons of water
  • almost half a square foot of landfill
  • almost a cup of oil (not cooking oil either)
  • 2.05 killowatt hours of electricity

Imagine a world where all 50,000,000 3-ring binders in the US (annual sales) were made from 100% recycled board. That saves 150,000,000 gallons of water and almost 3 million gallons of oil.

Compare that to a vinyl binder where you are using more oil based vinyl, generating more toxic byproducts and also creating something that can not be recycled.

Corporate Image and Naked Binder make our recycled and recyclable 3 ring binders, folders and tab dividers in the USA, so none of our product is shipped in from halfway around the world – saving more fuel and emissions.

Can a recycled and recyclable 3 ring binder, folder or tab divider make a difference?  Yes it can.

Need more information on the benefits of recycling?

Economic Recycling Benefits and Facts
information supplied by: National Recycling Coalition

Bullet Well-run recycling programs cost less to operate than waste collection, landfilling, and incineration.
Bullet The more people recycle, the cheaper it gets.
Bullet Two years after calling recycling a $40 million drain on the city, New York City leaders realized that a redesigned, efficient recycling system could actually save the city $20 million and they have now signed a 20-year recycling contract.
Bullet Recycling helps families save money, especially in communities with pay-as-you-throw programs.
Bullet Well-designed programs save money. Communities have many options available to make their programs more cost-effective, including maximizing their recycling rates, implementing pay-as-you-throw programs, and including incentives in waste management contracts that encourage disposal companies to recycle more and dispose of less.
Bullet Recycling creates 1.1 million U.S. jobs, $236 billion in gross annual sales and $37 billion in annual payrolls.
Bullet Public sector investment in local recycling programs pays great dividends by creating private sector jobs. For every job collecting recyclables, there are 26 jobs in processing the materials and manufacturing them into new products.
Bullet Recycling creates four jobs for every one job created in the waste management and disposal industries.
Bullet Thousands of U.S. companies have saved millions of dollars through their voluntary recycling programs. They wouldn’t recycle if it didn’t make economic sense.

Environmental Recycling Benefits and Facts
information supplied by: National Recycling Coalition

Bullet Recycling and composting diverted nearly 70 million tons of material away from landfills and incinerators in 2000, up from 34 million tons in 1990-doubling in just 10 years. one world
Bullet Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees.
Bullet The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a light bulb for four hours.
Bullet Recycling benefits the air and water by creating a net reduction in ten major categories of air pollutantsand eight major categories of water pollutants.
Bullet In the U.S., processing minerals contributes almost half of all reported toxic emissions from industry, sending 1.5 million tons of pollution into the air and water each year. Recycling can significantly reduce these emissions.
Bullet It is important to reduce our reliance on foreign oil. Recycling helps us do that by saving energy.
Bullet Manufacturing with recycled materials, with very few exceptions, saves energy and water and produces less air and water pollution than manufacturing with virgin materials.
Bullet It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials. Making recycled steel saves 60%, recycled newspaper 40%, recycled plastics 70%, and recycled glass 40%. These savings far outweigh the energy created as by-products of incineration and landfilling.
Bullet In 2000, recycling resulted in an annual energy savings equal to the amount of energy used in 6 million homes (over 660 trillion BTUs). In 2005, recycling is conservatively projected to save the amount of energy used in 9 million homes (900 trillion BTUs).
Bullet A national recycling rate of 30% reduces greenhouse gas emissions as much as removing nearly 25 million cars from the road.
Bullet Recycling conserves natural resources, such as timber, water, and minerals.
Bullet Every bit of recycling makes a difference. For example, one year of recycling on just one college campus, Stanford University, saved the equivalent of 33,913 trees and the need for 636 tons of iron ore, coal, and limestone.
Bullet Recycled paper supplies more than 37% of the raw materials used to make new paper products in the U.S. Without recycling, this material would come from trees. Every ton of newsprint or mixed paper recycled is the equivalent of 12 trees. Every ton of office paper recycled is the equivalent of 24 trees.
Bullet When one ton of steel is recycled, 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds oflimestone are conserved.
Bullet Brutal wars over natural resources, including timber and minerals, have killed or displaced more than 20 million people and are raising at least $12 billion a year for rebels, warlords, and repressive governments.Recycling eases the demand for the resources.
Bullet Mining is the world’s most deadly occupation. On average, 40 mine workers are killed on the job each day, and many more are injured. Recycling reduces the need for mining.
Bullet Tree farms and reclaimed mines are not ecologically equivalent to natural forests and ecosystems.
Bullet Recycling prevents habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, and soil erosion associated with logging and mining.

Recycle. It helps you, your community and the world.


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.

playword - sustainable equipment - great binders and folders

 

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!


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!

 


How Many Pages Does a Pocket Folder Hold?

Designers across many industries have asked us this question, so we feel it is time to address it here. How many pages do pocket folders hold?

1 or 2 pocket folders with flat pockets

A flat pocket in a pocket folder and a flat spine will hold about 15 sheets, which means a two pocket folder can hold 30 sheets.  This may mean your folder feels pretty full though.

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1 or 2 pocket folder with a capacity spine

The capacity spine is very helpful, even with a flat pocket.  The pocket folder doesn’t bow open and so sits better when full. Added bonus, each pocket can hold 20 sheets. So a 1 pocket folder would hold 20 sheets, a 2 pocket – 40 sheets.

capacity pocket pocket folders - Corporate Image

Pocket folders with capacity pockets

There are two possibilities here.

Expandable pockets can hold up to 50 sheets of paper (each). These pockets sit flat until you need them, then they fold out. Great if you have variable amounts of data  that you need to hand out.

Box pockets in pocket folders are the other option.  These can be as big as 1/2″ to 3/4″ so they hold a lot of paper. We would suggest looking at other options at the 3/4″ size, as the weight of the paper can become an issue. Also, if you are creating a 2 pocket folder with box pockets, you may consider 1 flat pocket and 1 box pocket or two smaller box pockets for stability.

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When designing your next custom pocket folder, try to get an idea of how it will be used and if there is a set amount of materials going into it.  The expandable pocket folder offers the most range if the materials are variable.

How much a pocket folder holds depends on the folder. Let us help you get the pocket folder that fits your needs exactly!


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.

flush cut sustainable 3 ring binders - recycled and recyclable - Corporate Image

 

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.

 


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!


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!

 


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!


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