Last Year’s Design Favorites – Binders
It was hard, but we picked some of our favorite recent binder projects. The tactile nature of some of these is lost in photo, but you can get an idea of the range and quality of our customer’s projects. In our over 35 years of experience in manufacturing award winning products, our customers have never ceased to amaze us by creating new and unique designs for their projects. And we take great pride in being able to bring their creative visions to life and providing them with the best solution for their presentation needs.
Qualprint – Traditions Linens
Cloth covered FlexHinge Binder
About the project
Gray’s Tied House
Digitally printed FlexHinge Binder
About the project
Montara Creative – Kathleen Leonard Sonoma, Napa
Digitally printed FlexHinge Binder
About the project
10-13/16″ wude x 11-5/8″ high FlexHinge Binder with 1-5/8″ square spine.
3/4″ chrome D-ring.
Digitally printed cover, black liner.
5×9 pocket and business card pockets applied.
Flush Cut FlexHinge Binder
About the project
11-3/16″ wide x 11-5/8″ high Flush Cut FlexHinge Binder with 2-3/8″ square spine.
Exposed board all sides with rounded corners.
Includes chrome fingerpull.
FlexHinge binder with spine wrap
About the project
11-1/16″ wide x 11-5/8″ high FlexHinge Binder with 1-3/4″ square spine and 1″ chrome D-ring.
Offset printed and laminated with Matte.
White Foil Stamped Canoso “Gecko” Green Spine Wrap.
Savco Hospitality – Sava’s Restaurant
Cloth covered menu binder
About the project
10-3/4″ x 8″ x 1-1/8″ FlexHinge binder.
One color foil stamped.
Brass Color Metal Corner Protectors.
3/4″ round powder coated off-white rings mounted on the back panel with brass rivets.
Moondance Pearl Linen Cover and Natural Endleaf liner digitally printed.
Digital flush-cut notebook binder with tabs
About the project
7-7/16″ wide x 9-1/2″ high custom compact binder with 1-5/8″ spine
1″ chrome boosterless round ring
Flush cut with rounded corners
Spine wrap on the cover (exterior) and bare board on the liner (interior)
Set of 5 tabs, digitally printed
You can see more outstanding design examples in our special gallery!
Corporate Image: Employee owned, US manufacturer creating the best of custom 3-ring binders, pocket folders, tab dividers, boxes and packaging.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Every year in the U.S. 50 million + 3 ring binders are bought, used, broken and thrown away. The vast majority of these are vinyl binders.
A recycled and recyclable binder – say from Naked Binder or Corporate Image– offers an alternative to this toxic cycle.
The binders are made from 100% FSC certified post consumer waste paper. Recycled paper uses less energy and water than virgin paper and produces less waste. Also, you don’t need to send trucks out into the forests to haul trees to a mill to make your binder.
The entire binder is recyclable. All of it. 100%. We use no plastics, no vinyl – nothing that is not easily and universally recyclable. That means there is no landfill, and the materials are back into the recycled material universe, perhaps to make a new 3-ring binder!
These recycled binders are non-toxic. No BPAs, no dioxins – none of that. That means your kids and office mates can use them safely.
Strongest Binders in the World. Wait. Recycled and strong 3-ring binders? We tested our bare board binder to 250,000 flexes without failure. When was the last time you had a vinyl binder last even 6 months?
Better Looking. We care about design, so all of our binders are designed for looks as well as their eco-friendly nature and recyclability. From the Naked Binder bare board and New Project Binders to the full range of printed and custom 3-ring binders at Corporate Image, you can know that your binder will be best in the world ( we won that honor in 2011).
A recycled and recyclable 3-ring binder offers you a stronger binder that you can use with pride knowing that not only are you healthier and better looking, but you are saving the planet also!
Naked Binder is our line of well designed, eco friendly 3-ring binders providing you with an off the shelf option for what you need.
Like Corporate Image’s binders, the Naked Binder lines are strong, well crafted and designed to make a statement. Made from FSC certified 100% post consumer waste board and tested to 250,000 flexes (and that was the bare board binder), these binders offer you a sustainable option for your proposals, office supplies and storage. All of the Naked Binder products are acid neutral, so they will not harm your papers or photos if you are storing over time.
Naked Binder is a sister company of Corporate Image that dovetails with our ideals, production and craftsmanship to offer you a full range of 3-ring binders for what ever your need, from notebook binders to pocket folders.
Naked Binders are perfect for proposals, conferences, meetings, archives or office binders, thees binders are easily labeled, written on, screen printed or even letter pressed if you need them customized.
How do you decide between a pocket folder, presentation binder or a 3-ring binder?
First off I am going to assume that you know what each of these items are. (if not, scoot down to the bottom of the post – just don’t tell anyone)
Time to talk to yourself. If you can answer these questions, it will make your choice easier:
Get a 3-ring Binder –
if over 220 sheets of paper, it needs to last and or is heavily used.
The more paper you need to use and the more heavily used your information is, I would suggest a 3-ring binder. The heavier board means it will stand up to abuse better and keep looking great. And also, the weight of all that paper risks pulling a rivet out of a presentation binder.
These are great for proposals – especially in Engineering and Construction – interior design, sample kits, car companies, and a lot of other uses. Also ideal for conferences and important meetings. Added bonus of branding for quality, sturdiness and design possibilities.
Get a Presentation Binder –
if under 220 sheets of paper, paper needs to be locked in and/or there is some variable paper (presentation binders have pockets too!)
Presentation binders straddle the hardback 3-ring binder and a pocket folder in that they have pockets and a ring. The paperboard is not as sturdy as a 3-ring binder, so if it is going to be heavily used over a longer period of time – consider going to the 3-ring binder.
Many healthcare information packets use presentation binders for a few reasons: It only gets heavy use for a limited period of time, pockets allow extra information to be easily stored and the rings hold the important information in place.
Get a Pocket Folder –
if you have a smaller amount of paper that may need to be accessed out of order.
Sometimes a pocket folder is the ideal thing. Great branding possibilities, easy to cary and organizes all of your papers in a flash.
We have seen a lot of these in healthcare and financial information packets, and for anything that just needs to hold less, but important, paper.
Printed or plain 18pt or 22pt paper with pockets that is folded so the pockets are on the inside. Usually with 1 or 2 pockets that can be horizontal or vertical. All this brings a huge amount of variations of pocket styles, capacity pockets…
A heavy recycled board (in our case 94pt to 110pt and 100% post consumer waste) that can be bare, wrapped in cloth or printed paper sheets with a 3-ring mechanism to hold various amounts of paper. We case and line our binders like a hardcover book. Why? So they are the strongest 3-ring binders in the world.
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.
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!
You see, design and use packaging everyday, and most of it ends up as trash.
A designer in Montreal decided to try to do something about that with a common everyday item – the toothbrush. I noticed this post on Dieline and realized that it dovetailed nicely with many of our eco friendly products (from bare board binders to corrugated boxes) that are also fully recyclable when they are finished.
Dissolve is an exploration into re-thinking the everyday design which accounts for much of our waste stream.
We help companies promote their environmental commitment with our FSC certification
Corporate Image was created to provide creative environmentally friendly alternatives to vinyl 3 ring binders. We’ve been designing sustainable packaging for more than 30 years. In fact, Corporate Image has used 100% post-consumer waste binders board since our inception.
We created an recyclable alternative to the vinyl binder. It was easy to see that print on paper was far superior to the graphic quality found on vinyl binders. The company was launched with the mission to merge beautiful graphics with environmentally responsible materials. By choosing our printed binders, you elevate your brand and create an attractive packaging system that is truly cradle to cradle.
What’s more is you can communicate your green values to your customers by asking to have the FSC logo printed on your binder. “FSC harnesses market demand to ensure forests are responsibly managed. Because FSC is the gold standard in forest certification, it is the only system supported by groups such as WWF, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Natural Resources Defense Council and National Wildlife Federation.”
Eco-conscious solutions to Help Grow Your Business
The values you bring to your business are what your customers respond to. Hard work, great service, eco friendly and superior quality translate to repeat business and happy customers. Corporate Image is here to make sure your values are inherent in the presentation materials you offer to your customers. Not only is our customer service amazing but our quality and range of options to give you the options for a range of eco friendly products.
Lets look at our 3-ring binders.
Our Corporate Image custom printed binders are made from high quality book binders board, produced from 100% post consumer waste. A remarkably clean board, our binders board is light gray with small flecks of color in it.
The hinges on our binders will never fail because they are pressed into the board with a unique computer controlled machine. These hinges were tested by an independent lab, US Testing, and after more than 250,000 flexes, the hinge showed little wear.
Fuego custom binder stands out from the crowd
“We wanted an option that would reflect the product and the brand, so the use of natural and environmentally friendly materials was important to us. Corporate Image worked to find a raw binder that could be imprinted with the Fuego logo. The final product is a beautiful and unique binder that reflects our commitment to design and on par with the sales materials it holds.” Yael Wufhart, Fuego North America
The Fuego binder is a bare board binder with a single color of foil stamping.
Eco Friendly, Smart, Durable and Innovative Bare Board Binders
Bare Board Binders from Corporate Image are the perfect choice for clients who want to express their environmental values through a more earth friendly, recyclable product. We were an eco sensitive company long before “green” was mainstream. We built our headquarters on a reclaimed business park more than a decade ago literally recycling a junkyard into a beautifully landscaped campus. And that was just the start.
Our custom binder, originally called the FlexHinge Binder, was the first true American alternative to toxic vinyl binders. Constructed from recycled 100% post-consumer waste binders board covered with printed sheets or bookbinding fabrics, these binders will provide decades of service. When it’s time to discard them, the paper, fabric, metal and board can all be recycled.
The Bare Board Binder is just that…bare board, but it can be foil stamped or embossed to give it a distinctive look. The textural quality and simplicity will make a powerful impact on your audience. In addition, spine wraps in cloth or paper bring a unique look to your Bare Board Binder.
Foil stamping on custom binders has never looked so good.
Corporate Image offers the most versatile selection of binders available. Want to stand out? Select a bare board binder and foil stamp your logo. It’s simple, attractive and effective when it comes to making an impression. It starts with being
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