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Cloth binders

If you are looking to up your 3 ring binder game, look into a cloth binder.

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A cloth binder offers a sense of elegance and permanence that you don’t find in plastic or vinyl binders. Plastic and vinyl project a feeling of impermanence, cost cutting as well as being toxic.

Cloth binder options:

B-cloth, Pearl Linen and Verona Naturals are three options for wrapping your binder (b-cloth shown below)

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Why not merge the beauty of cloth with the branding of print? With printed spine wraps your 3 ring binder can have it all.

Printed Spine Wrap and Cloth Binder

This binder is a great example of a print and cloth mix.  A printed spine wrap visually pops next to the classic look of the foils stamped cloth. The brand is supported and enhanced by the contrast.

 

Foil Stamping.

Foil stamping on cloth offers a range of options allowing you to match corporate colors and enhance logos. Sometimes subtle, sometimes bold, foil stamping gives a unique look for your binder as the example of Sava’s restaurant shows.

 

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The benefits of cloth go beyond looks and feel.  Book cloths are incredibly durable making a cloth binder stronger than almost any other binder you can find.  The cloth binder you make today can easily still be in use (and looking great) 35 years from now. How do we know?  We use our own product and Corporate Image is 35 years old.

If you are considering using a 3 ring binder to represent your company, a cloth binder gives you a feel, look and branding that is unique. Contact us to learn more!

 


Notebook Binders: Big impact with half the size

Small but powerful!

Designed to complement today’s digital tablets, these 3 ring binders hold a standard notebook half size sheet. Using a custom made binder is a unique way to deliver information in a handy format. And naturally, with its eco-friendly materials, our custom binder leaves a lasting impression on your audience – not on our environment.

You can use a notebook binder as a presentation tool, an employee handbook, an information kit or a daily planner. Custom tab dividers not only add to the overall appeal of your binder – they make it easy to organize your content.

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Features

  • Compact size, fits easily into backpacks and computer bags
  • Graphic possibilities are limitless
  • Holds sheet size up to 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”
  • Bare board and flush cut options
  • Square back and rounded spine available
  • Available in 3 ring sizes – 1/2″, 3/4″ and 1″ chrome round ring
  • Unmatched strength and durability

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Accessories

Paper Pockets

Organize your materials with environmentally friendly custom printed paper pockets. They’re made with 100% post-consumer waste material and are 100% recyclable! These affordable paper pockets are 3-hole punched and very durable.

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Finger Pulls

Metal finished finger pulls make it easy to remove 3-ring binders from shelves and actually extend the life of the binder by reducing stress and wear on the top of the spine. They also are a nice design detail. Getting a metal-less finger pull allows the same convenience of access and a much more easily recyclable binder.

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Binder Clips
Enjoy stress free note taking by adding a binder clip and notepad to your binder back.

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Is this the solution you’ve been looking for?

Please let us know how we can help you with your project!

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Beautiful and sustainable marketing materials

If you’re interested in a green alternative, look no further than our attractive and sustainable product range. Our binders are made from superior quality materials and are recyclable when their useful lives are over. Here are some great design examples for our bare board & flush cut binders as well as our glueless pocket folders!

 

Bare board binders.

Make a powerful impact on your audience with this simple and textural custom binder. The eco-friendly look of bare board reflects your environmental commitment.

Flush cut binders.

Want your custom binder to have the natural look and feel of uncoated paper? Give your binder a unique look with the edges of the binders board exposed. Your binder will stand apart from the crowd.

 

 

 

Glueless pocket folders.

We designed our glueless pocket folders to be easy to assemble and use. Just pop the tab into the slot and lock and you’re done! They ship flat saving valuable storage space, use no glue and take less energy to manufacture. An eco-friendly option in the making.

 

Let us know how we can help you with your next design project!

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Custom binders for every need

A binder can be so much more than just a binder: Meet a versatile organizer that exceeds your expectations!

No more “one size fits all” – our custom formats range from half sheet to oblong!

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Half Sheet Notebook Binder

If you don’t need full sized sheets, the half sheet binder (5.5″ x 8.5″ paper) fits easily into a briefcase, messenger bag and a lot of purses. They may be small in size, but they still offer full branding opportunities.

Oblong 3-ring Binders 

Whether you need an 11×17 portfolio binder or a legal size folder, Corporate Image can produce a custom landscape binder to fit your needs. Landscape or oblong binders stand out in a crowd and help you get noticed by offering a stunning visual presentation for your work.They are ideal for your proposals since they not only grab attention, but also protect your larger sheets of paper.

 

From Single Panel Sample Boards to 5 Panel Architectural Folders 

We manufacture custom solutions for your unique samples. You can use a 1 panel sample board to present your product or create a 2, 3, 4 or 5 panel architectural folder to show your customers color options, textures and finishes from your product line. We can also create half panels to best suit your needs. Our new expanded capabilities allow us to produce multi panel binders that are up to 54″ wide.  

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1 Panel Sample Board

If you choose a sample board to showcase your samples, our binders board is ideal as it has proven to stand the test of time. They can be fully printed and laminated for extra protection and a unique look and feel to match your brand’s design standards.

 

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Multi panel architectural folders 

Architectural folders are specifically designed to showcase your flooring, tile, wood, glass or other product samples in a spectacular fashion. They are a compact sales tool custom designed for your unique samples.

 

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Corporate Image: Employee owned, US manufacturer creating the best custom binders, pocket folders, tab dividers, boxes and packaging.


Presentation binders – the best of two worlds

A binder-folder hybrid that holds your materials with style!

Presentation binders are a fantastic solution when you want an economical, printed binder for your information pieces. They are basically a pocket folder with rings, so you will oftentimes hear people refer to them as 3-ring folders, paperboard binders or ring folders. Made from sturdy paperboard, these presentation binders weigh less than a full cased and lined binder, making it easier to transport them. Plus, they can be customized to your specific needs.

These flexible customization options make ring folders especially great for the medical industry or conferences, meetings and trade shows. They are ideal when you might have information pieces that everyone needs, but also allow the option of organizing variable components with your materials. Matching tab dividers make it even more convenient to navigate through your content.

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Design options

Presentation binders offer the complete design flexibility with full color graphics inside and out. Even if you are only printing on the outside, your branding can extend to the inside of your binder through the optional pockets that fold in. Adding lamination provides extra protection for your graphics and increases the durability of your paperboard binder. Lamination is available in gloss, natural matte and D&K Soft Touch. Spot UV and varnish are other great options to make your design stand out!

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Specs for 3-ring folders / presentation binders

  • You can use 1/2″, 3/4″ or 1″ round binder rings for your ring folders.
  • Pockets: You don’t have to add pockets, but you sure can! Choose one or two pockets – vertical or horizontal!
  • Customize your horizontal pockets with business card cuts or brochure cuts and CD/DVD slits.
  • US standard, A4, or notebook (half sheet) binder sizes are available. Custom sizes are possible as well!

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Interested in learning more about this versatile presentation product?

Would you like a sample? Or a quote? You can request these online or by contacting your sales rep to discuss details of your projects. We look forward to hearing about your ideas!

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Choose round back binders to square away your papers

Square Back or Round Back: What works best for you?

The first decision with your binder project will be whether you want a standard square back or an ergonomic round back binder. While we are all accustomed to the shape of a square back binder and how it looks on a shelf, the rounded spine is a unique shape for a binder. But when you think about how it feels to hold a standard binder in your hand while flipping through the pages, you will probably agree that there is room for improvement. A round back binder has an architectural curve in the spine which fits the shape of your hand perfectly. This shape also creates a sophisticated look and contributes to the overall strength of the binder.

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Strongest binder on the shelf

The hinges of the binder are pressed directly into the board which allows the opportunity for uniquely shaped spines including the round back binder. With this construction technique, you have the advantage of stronger hinges (which have been lab-tested to 250,000 openings without fail) as well as great customizing options.

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The binder above, designed by James Maddox for Artesian Cancer Centers of Oklahoma, was awarded Best Binder in the World in 2011. According to the jury, the grooves in the spine add to the classic appearance of the product and make it a very flexible and strong binder.

Great design options for a round back binder

And the round spine does not limit your printing and finishing options. You can create a truly unique product that will stand out from the traditional square back binders.

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Would you like to see how they feel in your hand? Or do you need a quote? Simply contact your Sales Rep to discuss how we can help you with your design projects. We look forward to hearing about your ideas!

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Behind the Scenes of your Print Manufacturer

Corporate Image stands for the love of craft and the beauty of design

As a manufacturer of well designed 3-ring binders, pocket folders and packaging, we believe products should be built to last. We create custom, quality presentation solutions for our clients across a wide range of industries. Our expert team is committed to each and every project from custom product design to shipping to ensure your experience is great and your product exceeds expectations.

We invite you to meet some of Corporate Image’s employees (or better say owners, because Corporate Image is a 100% employee-owned company) and take a virtual tour through our production facility here in Des Moines, Iowa.

Service and Innovation

Our 3 ring binders, pocket folders, boxes and packaging are world-class in quality and design. We engage our entire team to consult on your project, from materials and options, creating templates and mock-ups, all to help make your job easier.

In the past 35 years we have pioneered some of the most sustainable presentation products. Our products have won Best Binder in the World as well as Best Binder in North America four times.

Add Strength to Your Message

We make the strongest binders possible. Our unique construction creates a binder that will not fail at the hinge, which is the weakest point of most binders. Lab tested to 250,000 flexes without failing, these “Eurohinge” binders also allow you opportunities for unique shaped spines including our round back binder. The custom binders are proven to stand the test of use and time.

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You’ve seen our amazing products online and in video. Unique custom packaging, stunning binders and tab dividers, innovative folders… Would you like to see them in person? Or do you need a quote? Simply reach out to us and contact your Sales Rep to talk about how we can help you with your design projects.

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Liners: Get the Most out of Your Printed 3-ring Binders

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

Good things to know about 3 ring binder liners:

  1. When you are printing more that 250 binders, they print of our offset printing press.  This means that a matching fully printed liner is FREE at Corporate Image. Say you have a 4 color process cover, print the liner 4cp at no extra cost!
  2. People see the cover on the shelf, and when the binder is closed on a desk. People see the liner when they are looking at your information. The chances are they will spend a lot more time looking at the liner than the cover of your binder!

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Printing architectural folders for flooring or carpet samples? Your information, product placement guides, specs and more are part of your liner. Ringless binders, or sample folders, are just one way a printed binder liner can help reinforce your message.

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Get the most design impact for your 3-ring binders with printed liners!

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Be Beautiful. Designing a 3-ring Binder.

Practical. That is a word people use for 3-ring binders.

Imagine a 3-ring binder that goes beyond practical and becomes a design element, marketing tool and a work of art.

Some of the design issues you are going to run into have nothing to do with the practical thoughts of ring size (how much stuff are you putting in there) or the difference between round and “D” rings. (get binder ring info here!)

  1. Printing.
  2. Liners.
  3. Tactile.
  4. Closures.

Printing your custom binder.

offset printed 3 ring binders - corporate Image  No matter what you design, we can print it on your binder. We print both offset and digitally printed binder options depending on your quantities.

The cover, spine and back cover of your binder are all on one printed sheet. Unlike vinyl slip sheeted or screen printed binders, your artwork is seamless with unmatched quality.

Remember that the spine of a binder is what is seen when it is on a shelf. This is an opportunity to create some visual excitement even when your binder is not in use.

Printing your binder liner (the inside)

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If you are working on an offset printed binder, printing the liner is free! This gives you more room to make your statement, add information, and connect with your end user.

Haptic Binders – tactile marketing in just getting started!

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Marketing seems to be just discovering the role of touch in our decision making process. With over 240 colors of book fabrics, debossing, UV printing, custom die cuts, soft touch laminations and foil stamping, you have a range of options that make your 3 ring binder tantalizing to touch.

3 ring binder closures

Most 3 ring binders don’t have closures, but there are many ways to keep your information safe and your binder closed when you are not using it. Start with a portfolio binder, which has a flap that comes around to the front cover.

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The most common closures are velcro (in white, black or clear) and magnets (square and round in many sizes). Both of these offer secure ways of keeping the covers. Straps are available also.

 


Best 3-ring Binder in the United States and Canada

Corporate Image has won a lot of awards for the custom 3-ring binders we manufacture.

We are proud to announce that for the 4th time, Corporate Image has won First Place for the best binder in the United States and Canada!

We are proud and honored to receive the Eska Frog Award for 2015!

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The 2015 Best Binder was our first in-house binder to win the competition. We created the wood 3-ring binder for both Corporate Image customers and Naked Binder, our off the shelf, sustainable binder company. These sustainable sourced wood binders offer all the joys of real wood with a core of 100% post consumer waste binders board. Available in cherry and birch wood.

Naked Binder sells these individually and without customization, but at Corporate Image we offer foil stamping for these binders to create a custom 3-ring binder that really stands out! These were for Graphic Wood Technologies:

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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!

Whether you are looking for a wood 3 ring binder or not, Corporate Image can help you get the best binder in the world for your company!


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

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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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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!


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.

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Low quantity custom binders are no problem.

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

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

How does this compare to a vinyl binder?

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

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

Custom Digital Binder stats and information:

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

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

 


Half sheet notebook binders

Why a Notebook Sized Binder?

In a word:  Convenience.

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

 

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Custom Compact Binder Options

Binder Spine Types

Round Spine

Square Spine

Ring Sizes

3/4″ – 2″ Round or D Ring

Printing (cover and liner)

Digitally Printed (qty 350 and under)

Offset Printing (qty 250 and up)

No Printing – Bare Board Binders – Often with foil stamping

Lamination options – all of our laminates are inert and recyclable

Gloss

Natural Matte

Soft Touch

Finishing Options

Foil Stamping

Spot UV

Portfolio Closures

Flush Cut (eliminates need for Lamination)

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

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

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

Grab a cup of coffee.  Let’s talk.

Printed binders, folders and boxes

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

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

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

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

People respond to tactile things. There is a deep need to feel, to touch, that stimulates different parts of the brain than visual stimulation alone. Even if you are a completely online company, the chances are you can gain more clients and customer by having print materials.

Experience enhances information

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

Printed materials offer a chance to present your brand quality, strength, and other qualities (eco friendly, glossy, solid, trustworthy) through a second channel. What you say can be backed up through more primal clues that reinforce and strengthen the logical arguments.

Print offers permanence

The sad truth is, people surf and are very distracted online. It is a busy, shifting medium. A well designed print piece creates a more focused, concentrated way to engage your customer’s time and attention.

Once it is read, that 3 ring binder can sit on a shelf for reference. This shelf presence means you are always in front of your audience, even when the power goes out.

Print builds confidence

Whether you are showcasing building products for the contract industry, handing client’s financial information, or providing medical information, the experience, quality and solidity of your marketing materials gives your customers confidence.

 

Corporate Image has been in the business of printing and manufacturing presentation materials for over 30 years. Their products have won awards from Best Binder in the World to GDUSA packaging awards and CMA awards. We specialize in 3-ring binders, pocket folders, presentation binders and boxes of all sorts. Our products are sustainable, recyclable and printed with soy inks.


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!


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.

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Green Healthcare Furniture to Go with Green Presentation Materials!

For years Corporate Image has been working with healthcare and medical professionals to design presentation materials just for them.

Our focus is to create better designed pieces that last longer, have more design possibilities and are not the non-recyclable, toxic vinyl and plastic they had used in the past.

We have worked with the industry to create 3-ring binders, presentation binders and folders and kits and boxes for everything from patient information kits to medical device boxes – all 100% recyclable and strong!

So we were very excited to hear this:

Good news indeed for both employees and patients in hospitals! New measures are helping green healthcare furniture!

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

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

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

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

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

Naked Binder would like to applaud all of the Furniture manufacturers, Healthcare Facilities, Facebook and others who have pledged to eliminate these toxic chemicals from their businesses. (Now to pledge to eliminate vinyl binders?)

For the full article at buildinggreen.com go here!


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

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

What are you putting in your 3 ring binder?

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

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

 

How many sheets of paper does a binder ring hold?

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

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D-ring binders

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

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

Round ring binders (O ring)

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

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

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Future of looseleaf binder manufacturing…is in Iowa.

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

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

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

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

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

loose leaf binder with post closure - corporate image

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

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

 

 

 


Cloth and foil stamped 3 ring binder wins CMA STAR Award

The Construction Marketing STAR Awards for 2014 were just released and Corporate Image clients won a four of them!

Corporate Image created this cloth and foil stamped binder for WT Shade and they won at the Super STAR level – the highest level possible.

This cloth 3 ring binder is spectacular. It is clean and easy to read, the color makes it stand out on a shelf at the architects office, and the finger pull makes it easy to get off of a crowded shelf. This binder was FSC certified.

  • Cloth: Verona ABLAZE 680 (a book cloth available through LBS)
  • Ring: 1.5″ chrome D-ring
  • Foil: white gloss (cover)
  • Printing: 4 color proces (liner)

WT shade - cloth and foil stamped binder with a finger pull

cloth and foil stamped 3 ring binder

 

 

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Who is WT Shade? (old site here)

We supply window coverings that provide natural lighting solutions that are innovative and superior in quality. We strive to provide our customers and end users with informed service that is responsive, respectful and resourceful. 

Windowtex was established in 1977 and over the years has become an industry and technology leader in sun control roller shade systems. 

Windowtex is committed to on-going innovation by developing our own proprietary technologies and products including unique hardware systems and electronic controls for motorized systems. Operating from a 30,000 sq. ft facility in Garden City Park, NY, Windowtex is equipped with state-of-the-art fabric cutting, heat-sealing equipment, production software, and all the other major tools necessary to produce top-of-the-line solar shading products. 

For an industry that works with beautiful fabrics, choosing a cloth 3 ring binder makes perfect sense. It is easy to see why this won the CMA Super STAR award!


Why Corporate Image for your Printing and Packaging Needs?

We can help you reach your target audience with full-scale printing and packaging solutions.

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Results.

Print matters.

The marketing tools you hand people act as stand in for your company. Well crafted, thoughtful, strong materials feel good in the hand, appeal to their sense of style and build confidence in your brand.

Our customers have won awards nationally and internationally from “Best Binder in the World”, numerous Addy awards, GDUSA Packaging awards and Construction Marketing awards. The awards they win are just the added benefit to the strength their presentation materials bring to their business.

Options.

Whether you need offset and digital printing, Corporate Image can get you exactly what you need. Our in-house package designers work side by side with print and production professionals every day to insure you get the exact product you need.  We create templates and mock-ups based on your specifications so you can check and double check how your product works and feels.

Our product line runs from

  • 3 Ring Binders – A4, US standard, landscape, notebook and small sizes, and larger sizes
    • options: Cloth wrapped binders, bare board, printed cased, presentation and lined binders, foil, spot UV, portfolio closures and more!
    • Tab Dividers – Match your binder with beautiful index tab dividers.
  • Pocket Folders – From our 25 best pocket folders designed for maximum flexibility to our huge range of custom folders
    • 1 and 2 pocket folders, tri fold folders, four flap enclosures, portfolio closures, built in USB holders and much more!
  • Packaging and Boxes – Paperboard and corrugate boxes for anything you need
    • Slip cases, tuck lock, mailers, sample kits, and much much more.
  • Custom Sample kits, POP displays, Menu options, Gift boxes – get the quality you deserve with the design help you want!

Service.

Our team acts as an extension of your team. Our staff have an incredible depth of knowledge in print, packaging and product design. From sales, design, pre-press, press operators and everyone who touches your product our main concern is helping you get exactly what you want, when you need it. We listen to you to make your life easier.

Sustainability.

Corporate Image takes sustainability seriously.  For over 30 years, we have created world class products which are 100% recyclable, with no vinyls, no plastics.  The binders board we use in our 3 ring binders is 100% post consumer waste and we can FSC certify your project if you wish. We also print with soy inks! We can help you meet or exceed your sustainability goals.

Contact us to get ideas, start a project and get the team in action for you.


Looking for a 3 Ring Binder and Presentation Material manufacturer?

What should you expect from a 3-ring binder manufacturer.

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Presentation and 3 ring binder manufacturers are not all alike. If you are new to the game of ordering custom printed products, we’d like to give you a few ideas of what to look for in your print manufacturer.

Innovations… Styles… Options… Strengths….

Print and presentation packaging vary heavily from job to job – many of the questions may be best answered or collaborated on with your printer. Digital or offset printing, 4 color process or 4 cp plus a spot color, the best closure for cost, strength or looks (bearing in mind that what is best for one is not always best for another).  Many times your project becomes a collaborative venture as you get input from the product designers, production and sales reps, which results in a fantastic product.

Innovation from your manufacturer is also important. Knowing the capabilities best and what has worked over a large range of products allows your manufacturer to be proactive in finding you solution.

Customer Service

Your sales team will help you navigate your process from start to finish so you want them responsive, knowledgable and able to listen.  Any printer worth their salt should be able to provide samples, estimates, mock-ups for new products, templates, proofs and double check your art.

Design Support

Does your print manufacturer have product designers on staff who can create products to your specifications and work with you to get exactly what you need? Even standard products are designed. Make sure your manufacturer is not just copying a template they found on the internet.

An example: Our product designers create for strength, looks, ease of use and to work with your materials. Even in something as seemingly simple as pocket folders, we re-designed the top 25 pocket folders so you know exactly which envelope they fit in, greatest range of pages, longevity and simplicity.

Accounting

Clear accounting guidelines save you time and headaches.  From credit policies to payment terms, get clear information.

Available to you.

Can you reach your representative when you need them? This can lower your stress by more than a little.

Corporate Image, quality printing and manufacturing

Learn more about how Corporate Image works with you here. If you have a question or want to discuss a project, give us a call. Cynde will be more than happy to answer your call and connect you with the right person to take care of your needs. Ask for samples or quotes here!

Our office hours are:
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm CST

515.262.3191
800.247.8194
888.262.3839 FAX

info@corp-image.com

 


Cloth 3 Ring Binders: Classy, strong and tactile.

If you are looking to up your 3 ring binder game, look into a cloth binder.

cloth 3 ring binders - Corporate Image

 

A cloth binder offers a sense of elegance and permanence that you don’t find in plastic or vinyl binders. Plastic and vinyl project a feeling of impermanence, cost cutting as well as being toxic.

Cloth binder options:

Color. and lots of it.

B-cloth, Pearl Linen and Verona Naturals are three options for wrapping your binder (b-cloth shown below)

color options for your cloth 3 ring binders - Corporate Image

 

Why not merge the beauty of cloth with the branding of print? With printed spine wraps your 3 ring binder can have it all.

Printed Spine Wrap and Cloth Binder

 

 

 

 

This binder is a great example of a print and cloth mix.  A printed spine wrap visually pops next to the classic look of the foils stamped cloth.

The brand is supported and enhanced by the contrast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foil Stamping.

Foil stamping is on cloth offers a range of options and colors allowing you to match corporate colors and logos. Sometimes subtle, sometimes bold, foil stamping gives a unique look for your binder.

cloth binder options - foil stamping - Corporate Image

 

The benefits of cloth go beyond looks and feel.  Book cloths are incredibly durable making a cloth binder stronger than almost any other binder you can find.  The cloth binder you make today can easily still be in use (and looking great) 30 years from now. How do we know?  We use our own product and Corporate Image is 30 years old.

If you are considering using a 3 ring binder to represent your company, a cloth binder gives you a feel, look and branding that is unique. Contact us to learn more!


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


How to Recycle a 3-Ring Binder Made Easy.

Recycling a 3-ring binder is easy – ( assuming you don’t have a vinyl binder )

If you have a paper based binder – not plastic or vinyl, you are already working with a much more eco friendly binder.  The core of ever Corporate Image and Naked Binder is 100% post consumer waste binders board.  Every binder is recycled and recyclable.

This Naked Binder video shows you how you can have your eco friendly 3-ring binder ready to recycle in seconds.

Tools You Need:

Flat head (standard) Screwdriver.

9 seconds.

Recycling a Vinyl Binder is harder. There is no option to just recycle a vinyl binder the way you can a paper one. They fall apart faster and yet are basically landfill – somewhat toxic landfill. Naked Binder tried to find a way to recycle vinyl binders. If you like you can read about our quest here.

First, pop out the ring, just as you saw above.

Next take a knife and cut open the vinyl about a half inch from the edge of each panel and on the spine. You will probably need to split the vinyl on at least two sides of each panel to remove the chipboard panels inside.

Now that you have the components, the board can go in the paper recycling, the metal in the metal recycling and the vinyl? Now there is a good question. time to get on the phone to find out if your city/county/state has vinyl recycling capabilities. You will find they don’t. While the industry says it recyclable “there are currently no vinyl recycling programs available.” (from thread post).

If you have 6 binders, this is a pain, takes about 30 minutes, and a bit of garbage that will go to landfill. If you are a corporation with 10,000 binders, this is more serious. Besides the time to separate each component, Landfills consider vinyl a toxic asset in large quantities. The 3,000 pounds of vinyl you have will need to be shipped to a special landfill or stored indefinitely.

In these cases, the per binder cost sky rockets. Including labor, storage and shipping (along with short life and toxicity) into the binder price may convince you that the initial cost savings were not worth it.

The moral of this tale is to use paper based 3-ring binders.  They are stronger, look better and 100% recyclable!


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