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Need a Custom Printed Pocket Folder (and something to hold you over)?

Sometimes you need those custom pocket folders yesterday. You consider the overnight pocket folder printers but realize you need the higher quality that your brand is known for.

Corporate Image can give you the quality printed folders you need and get you a high quality option to hold you until you receive your folders.

high quality printed pocket folders for healthcare

 

Horizontal or vertical pockets, one or two pockets, capacity pockets, glueless, printed one or two sides – there are amazing amounts of options that are all part of our pocket folder collections. Find out more – contact us .

Need some really nice folders right away? Check out Naked Binder - a sister company of Corporate Image.

Naked Binder is an off the shelf (non custom) eco friendly option for 3-ring binders, pocket folders and tab dividers.

eco friendly Two_Pocket_Folder - Naked Binder Made from FSC certified 100% recycled post consumer waste, these folders are clean, well made and 100% recyclable.

Order 1 or 1000, Naked Binder usually ships within 24 hours.

This is the perfect fit for when you are getting those great printed pocket folders from Corporate Image!

 

 

 

Custom printed or off the shelf eco friendly – Corporate Image and Naked Binder have what you need!


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.

 


Pantone 2014 Color of the Year!

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Learn More here!


Custom Presentation Folders and Pocket Folders: get the Best!

In the cut throat world of printing, it seems like you can get a custom presentation folder or pocket folder for next to nothing.

Be careful what you ask for when you ask for a cheap pocket folder.

custom pocket folder designsIf you want to make a really good impression, you need good materials.  Whether your client is getting a remodel of their kitchen, investing in stocks or getting health information, a poorly made, poorly printed presentation pocket folder is going to make you look like you don’t know what you are doing.

What should you be looking for in a presentation pocket folder?

In-house packaging designers.

If you need a special design, make sure your printer can handle it. You don’t want a rough approximation of your design, but and exact precision folder.  Make sure to get a mock-up to insure it is what you want.

Professional pre press.

Insure your files are complete and there are no errors.  If you need a change in how your job is printing to insure highest quality, this is the place to catch it.

no gang runs

Gang run is cheaper for your printer because they are not adjusting the press to your job, but to the average job.  The pressman’s job on these runs is to make everything OK.

Ask yourself the question: Do you want your clients to see you as the average company?

print in house

Control over color, quality and  is all easier if it is done in house.

Corporate Image has in-house package designers, pre press and press-people  with years of experience.  Our job is to make sure that you stand out as the exceptional company that you are. We deliver the highest quality presentation folders and pocket folders and have created industry standards in many of our products that other companies are struggling to meet.

Call or contact Corporate Image today to let us help you be exceptional.


Custom Corrugate and Paperboard Boxes

Should your Sales Boxes and Marketing Kits be corrugate boxes or paper board?

When you are looking for boxes for sales kits, information packets or sample marketing kits it helps to know more about your materials, possibilities and printing options.

The world of boxes is vast – do you need a corrugate box to help architectural samples or a heavy paper stock that can hold patient information kits or a bottle of perfume?

Printed corrugated boxes - Corporate Image

 First lets break it down.

Corrugate Boxes and Packaging

E-flute, single faced, double wall – all of these are corrugates and all of them have interesting properties and uses for your design projects.

The main thing you get from corrugates is strength.  If you need a sturdy box to hold samples or need to convey a greater sense of solidity with your brand, corrugates may be the way to go.

Customizing Corrugates:

Printing and more:

The best quality printing (4cp +) is done on a C1S (coated 1 side) sheet which is run through an offset press and then adhered to the corrugate.  There are also options of foil stamping and debossing and direct printing.

Die Cuts and Custom Dies

Corruagate cuts well, so the shape of your box, window cuts, custom closures and flaps are all possibilities.

Find an explanation of Corrugates here

The Corrugate Design Resource is here


Paperboard Boxes

Printed heavy paper stocks can be made into an amazing array of boxes for anything from patient information kits for healthcare to financial portfolio or organizational kits and more.

Customizing Paperboard Boxes:

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These stocks print like a dream, so you have the same wide range of options from 1 color PMS to 4cp+ and spot varnishes.

Printing two sides is also not a problem, allowing your to have the inside of your box as well branded as the outside.

Die Cuts and Custom Dies:

Corporate Image has a wide range of sales box and paperboard box dies to choose from already, but if you have a need for custom windows or looks, you can work with our package designer to get what you need.

Find the Paperboard Sales Box Design Resource here.


25 Best Pocket Folder Designs

We have made a lot of pocket folders over the years.  Through working with thousands of clients we have come up with a list of the 25 best pocket folder designs.

The best pocket folder designs - Corporate Image

 

To find the best pocket folders we looked at versatility, ease of use, interesting designs and best printing and manufacturing.  We are not looking at the artwork on the folders (that my friends is up to you) but the actual design of the folders.

From capacity folders, glueless folders, eco friendly and ship flat folders, we have them all.

Check out the 25 Best Pocket folder designs here!

 


Iowa AMA Chapter is the 2012-2013 AMA Chapter of the Year

The AMA (American Marketing Association) has selected the Iowa AMA chapter the 2012-2013 Chapter of the Year!

Congratulations Iowa AMA!

These awards were established to recognize and award outstanding achievements in programing, membership and leadership.

As a proud Iowa company, we want to say good job.

Check out the Iowa AMA chapter here.


The Best Way to Open a 3-Ring Binder

As ubiquitous as they are, how to open a ring binder still seems like a mystery.

 

CI custom printed 3 ring bindersWe stole this from our sister company Naked Binder, but it seems like it is something people need to know, so thanks Naked Binder!

The first thing most people do is grab the center ring and yank the rings open.  This certainly works and in some cases is the only way.

 

What is the best way to open a ring binder?

At issue here are the forces acting on one ring of the mechanism.  That ring that you are forcing apart is a piece of not super strong metal especially in your average vinyl binder.

Eventually, the rings bend a bit so they don’t connect anymore.  This causes paper to slip out or tear and you to tear your hair out and the binder  to be tossed.

Not okay.

 

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Don’t panic! There are alternatives.

Many if not most binder rings have what are called boosters – those tabs at the top and bottom of the binder ring mechanism. These are put there to solve this exact problem.  If your open your binder with the boosters, no rings bend and that binder will last you a lot longer (well if you are using a vinyl binder not much longer unless you have duct tape to hold the cover on…)

The boosters are the small tabs you can see here right at the end of the binder.

On some binders there is a simple booster, but most still have two.

Simply push the two tabs out and down and there will be no ring bending. All your problems are solved, your worries are over and the world is suddenly a better place.

Or at least, you know the best way to open a 3-ring binder ring…

On the other hand, if you are using vinyl binders, when you need to replace those next week when the cover falls off, talk to us.  We can help you.


Eco Friendly and Custom – a better 3-ring binder

For years everyone used vinyl binders.  Sure they fall apart, but what options are there?

Corporate Image has been making eco friendly 3-ring binders for 25 years.

No vinyl and 100% recyclable using FSC certified materials. On top of that, unlike vinyl, These binders can be offset printed, meaning that your artwork has never looked so good.

Beautiful roundback Custom Printed Binder - Corporate Image

 

How is this binder eco friendly?

  • Binders board used is FSC certified 100% post consumer waste
  • Papers used are FSC certified and have varying amounts of recycled content (depending on spec)
  • Printed with Soy inks
  • Lamination is inert
  • Long lasting: tested to 250,000 flexes, lamination protects printing
  • 100% recyclable

Go here to find out more about our 3-ring binders, pocket folders, boxes and tab dividers!

Why do we have issues with vinyl?

It is toxic to make, use and impossible to get recycled.  It may be technically recyclable, but we have not found one city or community recycler who will touch it.  More here.


Custom Sales Boxes and Marketing Kits – Corporate Image

Looking for a sales box or marketing kit but not sure what you need?

You have a few choices and if you want to stick to recyclable materials the best are corrugated boxes or paperboard boxes. These both have advantages so if you need a custom marketing kit, sales box or sample presentation kit a quick read may be in order.

Lets break it down.

Corrugate Boxes and Packaging

E-flute, single faced, double wall – all of these are corrugates and all of them have interesting properties and uses for your design projects.

The main thing you get from corrugates is strength.  If you need a sturdy box to hold samples or need to convey a greater sense of solidity with your brand, corrugates may be the way to go.

Customizing Corrugates:

Printing and more:

The best quality printing (4cp +) is done on a C1S (coated 1 side) sheet which is run through an offset press and then adhered to the corrugate.  There are also options of foil stamping and debossing and direct printing.

Die Cuts and Custom Dies

Corruagate cuts well, so the shape of your box, window cuts, custom closures and flaps are all possibilities.

Find an explanation of Corrugates here

The Corrugate Design Resource is here


Paperboard Boxes

Printed heavy paper stocks can be made into an amazing array of boxes for anything from patient information kits for healthcare to financial portfolio or organizational kits and more.

Customizing Paperboard Boxes:

Custom paperboard sales amd marketing kits - Corporate ImagePrinting:

These stocks print like a dream, so you have the same wide range of options from 1 color PMS to 4cp+ and spot varnishes.

Printing two sides is also not a problem, allowing your to have the inside of your box as well branded as the outside.

Die Cuts and Custom Dies:

Corporate Image has a wide range of sales box and paperboard box dies to choose from already, but if you have a need for custom windows or looks, you can work with our package designer to get what you need.

Find the Paperboard Sales Box Design Resource here.


A better Wire-O binding is here!

A better wire-o binding method

a better wire-o binding

Wire-o Bindings are great for proposals, meetings and conferences, but lets face it, the covers are not great.  Corporate Image has a new solution for you.

Stand out in the crowd with a custom reusable cover. Simply insert your proposal into the binders and hand them out.  The mechanism holds the proposal safe inside while allowing you to fully brand your covers to show off who you really are.

Stronger, more protective and better looking, this solution for wire-o bindings has it all.

Contact us for more information!


Eco Friendly 3-ring Binders and Pocket Folders.

It used to be that eco friendly was code for poorly made. Not anymore.

Eco friendly marketing materials (from 3-ring binders and pocket folders to tab dividers and sales boxes) are better value, better quality and better for your image.

custom eco friendly 3-ring binders

For the last 3 years the 3-ring binder voted best binder in North America (and once Best Binder in the World) was a Corporate Image binder.  Our products offer a greater range of printing and customizing opportunities and an amazing look, feel and range of possibilities.

Greener, eco friendly materials and practices.

Corporate Image is a green FSC certified printer who has been using soy based inks for over 20 years.  Our binders are made with 100% post consumer waste board, our papers use recycled content and the entire binder is recyclable.

Along with using recycled materials, our products are built to last.  One of our bare board binders (from Naked Binder – our eco friendly office supply company) was tested to 250,000 flexes without fail. That means you can open and close that binder 20 times a day for 34 years.  Try that with vinyl.

Quality. Craftsmanship.

Marketing materials show who you are as a company – what you believe, how you practice and how well you will perform.  Corporate Image believes in what we do, and we take pride in making the best pocket folders, binders and boxes you can find.  From our printing and packaging designers to construction and shipping, we make sure you are getting what you want and more.

Corporate Image sets the standard that other manufacturers are trying to meet.

Eco friendly marketing materials, from 3-ring binders to sales boxes, are now the best quality, best branding and best value you can find.

Find out more! Get Samples or a Quote or chat with one of our sales consultants!


7 great designer projects: Marketing Materials

 Marketing materials set an emotional tone for a company, balancing the need to stand out, make a statement and supporting a brand.

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Seeing how other designers have solved problems can spark you on your way to making your already great project better. From corrugate boxes to a set of 3-ring binders explaining corrugates, custom pocket folders and marketing kits for flooring, these designers faced projects with innovative, creative thinking.

Check out our 7 Great Designer Projects and get ideas on where your next project will go!


Serious Fun! Happy Birthday Ray Eames!

Happy Birthday Ray Eames!Why should we celebrate designers?

Some designers change the way we think about the world, everyday items and how the world views itself.  Ray and Charles Eames are two designers that saw design as an agent for social change, helping to improve lives and connect people.

Whether creating amazing furniture or influencing on modernism their message of simplicity, great design and innovation is one to check out.

“With a grand sense of adventure, Charles and Ray Eames turned their curiosity and boundless enthusiasm into creations that established them as a truly great husband-and-wife design team. Their unique synergy led to a whole new look in furniture. Lean and modern. Playful and functional. Sleek, sophisticated, and beautifully simple. That was and is the “Eames look.”

That look and their relationship with Herman Miller started with molded plywood chairs in the late 1940s and includes the world-renowned Eames lounge chair, now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Charles and Ray achieved their monumental success by approaching each project the same way: Does it interest and intrigue us? Can we make it better? Will we have “serious fun” doing it?”

You can learn more about them here and start to bring that “serious fun” to everything in your life. And Happy 101st Birthday Ray Eames (as of December 15th)!


Half Sheet Notebook Binders – all the beauty with half the paper

A Notebook binder offers you a unique branding opportunity: All the information you want your customer to have in a portable fit-in-briefcase size.

Amazing notebook binders, Corporate Image

In this age of portable gadgets where a phone is the new laptop computer, asking people to carry a full size binder can be a bit much.  And yet, there are times that having your information in a binder is the only way to insure  both branded shelf presence and the immediacy of print.

Enter the Half Sheet Notebook binder, a 3 ring binder that uses half sheet sized paper.  Small, portable and fully customizable, the notebook binder is something people will carry with them, use and re-use.

Half sheet Notebook Binders, for more specs and information look here

For the Corporate Image 3-ring Binder Design Resource check here.


Index Tab Dividers – Custom, Printed, Fantastic and Eco Friendly

Organization just keeps getting better, greener and with more options. Tab Dividers have been around for a long time, but if your proposal needs some pep with it’s organization, custom printed tab dividers can be just what you are looking for.

Custom Printed Tab Dividers GI43 - Corporate Image

With several styles from full offset printed dividers to digitally printed sets, Corporate Image offers a range of options to fit you needs, budget and look. While all Index tab dividers are pretty eco friendly, make sure you understand what materials go into your tabs to get the most out of product.

Confused about the differences in Tab Dividers?  Check out the new Tab Divider Design Resource Guide.  Find out what your options are, how eco friendly they are and the range of possible materials!


Working on a Custom Pocket Folder? Do we have a design resource for you!

Whether you design pocket folders every day or just once in a while, it can be nice to have a design resource that covers folder styles, options and materials.

custom pocket folder designsWe make pocket folders everyday and we know what works, what doesn’t and what can make your folder stand out. This design resource covers more than just one and two pocket folder designs (though we have a bunch of those!), but also expandable and capacity pocket folders, glueless pocket folders and folders that hold more than just paper.  Check out the Pocket Folder Styles guide for more on those.

What kind of customizing you need done can also be an issue.  Do you want a digitally printed folder or offset?  Foil Stamping and debossing? Find out your options for custom pocket folders printing here.

Greening your pocket folders? A complete look here.

This pocket folder resource is part of an effort by Corporate Image to make your design life easier.  We will be adding more information as time passes, as well as more resource centers (we have the 3-ring binder resource pages up here, and our sales box and tab divider design resources too!)

Check out the custom folder resource guide.  Let us know if we missed anything, we are working to make it as complete as possible.


New Design Resource for Custom 3-ring Binders

Are you designing a 3-ring binder for a client or your business? Now you have a resource that covers custom 3-ring binders from binder styles to options.

CI custom printed 3 ring bindersThe more you know about a 3-ring binder and how to customize it, the easier it will be to explain it to your boss, client, or designer.

Well designed binders are beautiful and help boost your brand while organizing your materials. We put together a 3-ring binder resource to make finding the right binder ring, binder materials and styles easier. That way you can concentrate on the award winning designs.

Check out the custom binder resources.  Let us know if we missed anything – we are always looking to make your life easier!

Need to know the difference between a portfolio binder and easel binder or a round back binder?  Deciding on bare board , cloth or a printed 3-ring binder? How eco friendly a three ring binder can I get?  Try 3-ring Binder Styles.

Wondering about what your options for customizing your 3-ring binder?  3-ring Binder Options will have what you need from printing and foil options to the differences in round and D rings.

Know more and look like a genius to your clients!  Check out the 3-ring Binder Design Resource Guide today!


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