If you are looking to up your 3 ring binder game, look into a cloth binder.
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:
Why not merge the beauty of cloth with the branding of print? With printed spine wraps your 3 ring binder can have it all.
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 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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Corporate Image: Employee owned, US manufacturer creating the best custom binders, pocket folders, tab dividers, boxes and packaging.
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.
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!
Specs for 3-ring folders / presentation binders
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!
Square Back or Round Back: What works best for you?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Binder Spine Types
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
Flush Cut (eliminates need for Lamination)
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:
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
- David Edward Company
- Neutral Posture
- OFS Brands
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.
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.
This depends on what style of ring you choose. A D-ring and a round ring hold the paper differently and have different benefits.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Perception is an active process. Touch includes information about you (e.g. your muscles, joints) as well as about what you are touching. To “be in touch with” a product, company or person is a primary urge. Our first intelligence is sensory refinement.
The experience of holding something in our hands changes how we perceive a product. Retail stores know that if you pick something up, you are much more likely to buy it. From Apple computers to clothing, stores are set up to engage you tactually and emotionally.
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.
Corporate Image is a print manufacturer and 70% of our marketing is online marketing. What we understand is that we gain interested people through our online efforts, but we get customers when we get product and samples in their hands.
For you web pages, you get excited if people spend 1 minute or more on a page. 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 information 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.
A beautifully printed piece shows that you have pride in your message, your product and your company. It can build your sales, give your sales people a great tool as well as generate interest in your company long after someone has forgotten your URL.
Whether you are showcasing building products for the contract industry, handing client’s financial information, or providing medical information, the experience 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Color. and lots of it.
Why not merge the beauty of cloth with the branding of print? With printed spine wraps your 3 ring binder can have it all.
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 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.
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.
At Corporate Image, we have worked with many designers and healthcare facilities to develop patient friendly and beautiful information kits. Whether you are creating patient information packets and medical supply information kits everyday or for the first time, we would like to share what we see happening in medical information kits.
From custom presentation binders, pocket folders, 3-ring binders and boxes, we see the trends as they happen.
Come check out our page on the trends we see in patient and medical information kits! We update as we get new projects in, so it is worth checking in regularly!
Ready to see amazing projects that designers are putting together? Fasten your seatbelt! From presentation binders to great sample kits, there are a lot of great ideas to stimulate you for your next project!
The project cover presentation materials for everything from the financial industry to medical, building to manufacturing to retail – so the chances are you will find an inspiring piece for what you are working on.
This piece holds flooring samples in an easy, well branded way that allows customers to quickly see their options and not have to juggle 5-10 different samples to see what they want.
Whether you are new to 3-ring binders and box design or an old hand, we can help you with your own presentation kits from our in house packaging design team to award winning manufacturing.
This is a guest post by Lori Owens
Writing an RFP (Request For Proposal) or an RFQ (Request for Quote) for custom printed 3-ring binders (or finding a binder option for that variable data) can be a tough undertaking. There are a lot of variables involved, from the purpose of the binder, the artwork, the size, and even the material.
Whether you are looking for a customized printed 3-ring binder or a binder that allows you to print your own labels to provide that variable data for your binder project look no farther – Corporate Image and Naked Binder can help with your needs.
There are some basic things to consider right off. How the binder is being used will be key. How much information is being put in, how it will be used and how it needs to represent your brand are the basic questions.
The two key things to know here are what size paper are you putting in the binder and how much.
Is the paper US standard, half sheet or A4? If you are in the US or Canada, generally it will be 8.5″ x 11″ paper. If not, the chances are your binder will hold A4.
The next measurement to look for is capacity. For a custom manufacturer binder size is actually a measurement of ring capacity, and not the width of the spine of the binder.
In order to determine ring size in reviewing responses to your RFP, we have provided a quick overview of what ring size would be appropriate for your custom binder application, the table below is based on the number of sheets of 20# bond paper. As you can see D-ring binders hold more paper than Round ring binders. If you have a larger ring size and are using tab dividers, a D-ring also holds the paper flatter on the insuring your tabs are visible.
Before we can quote a binder, you need to decide the look and feel of your binder. (See a gallery of 3-ring binder styles here!) How you are using it and what art and finish you want will determine whether it is a lined and cased binder or paperboard binder, or whether it will print digitally or offset.
Binder Options (options list here)
Another key consideration you should outline in your RFP is your anticipated project date, and whether or not the “required by” date is firm. We would specify if the request is doable right away. If the required by date is flexible (or far enough out), it allows us to consider all possible options in meeting your request, and maximizing your budget.
Corporate Image and Naked Binder’s manufacturing plant is located in Des Moines, IA, we are happy to say our binders are made in the USA. This allows for a quick turnaround time and also knowing shipping costs would be less than importing binders.
Outlining these preferences in your RFP/RFQ is helpful in generating an accurate response and enabling us to find the most effective solution for your custom binder project.
How Flexible Are Your Custom Binder Specifications?
Depending on your budget for the project, it may be possible for us to meet all of your expectations and requirements and we can determine this for you right up front. There are also options that you may not have thought of which can add value to your binders while also saving you money.
These options might include ring size, type of paper, turned-edge, flush cut, bare board binder, or paperboard binders, finishes, D-ring, slant D-ring or round ring, artwork… any one of a number of variables. By indicating which specifications may be able to be modified in order to make your project work, this will provide us with the information needed in order to make a proper and accurate response.
It is important to include information in your RFP about the implementation of your binder program.
Will your binder program require drop shipping to multiple locations, either at the start of the program or throughout the year?
If you’re drop shipping, will it be “blind drop shipping” or white labeling?
Have Questions? We’re always willing to help. Please feel free to contact your sales consultant and let us help understand your project and provide the best possible solution for your binder project. We look forward to working with you! Contact us and let us give you a hand!
It is a great system – elegant and rational – and worth looking at. There is also a reason that your 3-ring binder won’t work with A4 paper as it is taller.
The A series of paper sizes are designed so that when you cut one in half, you get two pieces of the next-smallest-size, and every size has height and width in the same proportion. A little math reveals that one can achieve this by having the height and width in the ratio sqrt(2):1, or approximately 1.414:1.
So once you’ve decided that this is the ratio you want for your page, how do you decide the absolute size?
In the case of the A series of paper sizes, an A0 piece of paper is exactly 1 square metre, requiring width x width x 1.414 = 1, which gives a width of 84.1cm and height of 118.9cm (to the nearest mm).
An A1 piece of paper has a length that’s the same as the width of A0, or 84.1cm, and a width of 84.1cm / sqrt (2) = 59.5cm. Which you’ll notice is half the height of the A0 size (118.9cm).
These relationships hold true going all the way down to A10:
It happens that of the A series, A4 is the one that’s closest to the traditional size used for correspondence, and this has therefore become the de facto standard paper size in the metric world (i.e. pretty much globally except the United States).
One fairly obvious consequence of this is that one can make a booklet of a particular size, from a sheet of the next-largest-size folded in half. So A3 sheets of paper can be folded to create A4-size booklets.
Another interesting consequence is that it becomes easy to calculate the weight of single sheets. Standard photocopy paper is usually 80gsm (grams per square metre), thus an A0 sheet, being 1 square metre, weighs 80g. An A1 weighs 40g, A2 is 20g, A3 is 10g, and A4 is 5g. (And so on.)
Until know, we didn’t have a great visual that explain it. Then we found this chart which offers an instant reference for 12 different binder ring configurations. Most of you probably don’t get as excited as we do about these things, but there it is. We were psyched.
I have a half sheet notebook binder, and need to punch paper for it. I thumb down until I find “US 3 rings for 51/2 x 81/2” paper.
There are 3-rings and it says “(2x 2 3/4″)”. This means there are two spaces, 2-3/4″ wide. Since it is a 3 ring set up, set up the middle ring in the center and the other two rings 2-3/4″ our from that and – voilá! – perfectly spaced rings.
This binder for the Des Moines Art Festival (an excellent Arts Festival by the way) was designed by Kayli Kunkel and just came off the line yesterday. When we got a look at it, we were excited. When the Art Festival saw it – well lets say they were very pleased:
The Binders look awesome – WOW! Those are really going to have an impact. Thank you so much!
Steven King – executive director
2″ D-ring binders
Digitally printed cover, white liner
Our sister company Naked Binder makes off the shelf eco friendly 3-ring binders and pocket folders and has done a lot of research on vinyls, plastics and the environment. Corporate Image has been printing with soy inks, using recycled papers and board and making custom recycled and recyclable 3-ring binders, pocket folders and boxes for nearly 30 years. Together we plan to make recyclable 3-ring binders and folders the standard, eliminating tons of vinyl waste in our landfills, offices and homes.
Why you ask? So happy you did!
No other plastic contains or releases as many dangerous chemicals. These include dioxins, phthalates, vinyl chloride, ethylene dichloride, lead, cadmium, and organotins. There’s no safe way to manufacture, use or dispose of PVC products
In You and your food. As a persistent bioaccumulative toxin (PBT), it does not breakdown rapidly and travels around the globe, accumulating in fatty tissue and concentrating as it goes up the food chain. Dioxins from Louisiana manufacturing plants migrate on the winds and concentrate in Great Lakes fish. Dioxins are even found in hazardous concentrations in the tissues of whales and polar bears and in Inuit mother’s breast milk. The dioxin exposure of the average American already poses a calculated risk of cancer of greater than 1 in 1,000 – thousands of times greater than the usual standard for acceptable risk. Really scary is that dioxins concentrate in breast milk to the point that human infants now receive high doses, orders of magnitude greater than those of the average adult.
Air pollution near plants: In Mossville, Louisiana, air monitoring conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency in 1999 showed concentrations of vinyl chloride more than 120 times higher than the ambient air standard.
Working in plants: Studies have documented links between working in vinyl chloride production facilities and the increased likelihood of developing diseases including angiosarcoma of the liver, a rare form of liver cancer, brain cancer, lung cancer, lymphomas, leukemia, and liver cirrhosis.
The multitudes of additives required to make PVC useful make large scale post consumer recycling nearly impossible for most products and interfere with the recycling of other plastics. Of an estimated 7 billion pounds of PVC thrown away in the US, only 14 million – less than 1/2 of 1 percent – is recycled. The Association of Post Consumer Plastics Recyclers declared efforts to recycle PVC a failure and labeled it a contaminant in 1998. We tried. Learn more about how that went.
Although vinyl is in theory recyclable, there are currently no vinyl recycling programs available. The vast majority of PVCs end up in landfill or incinerated – and both are environmentally hazardous. Currently 0.1% to 3% of vinyl is recycled (mostly industrial waste) of the 2 billion and 4 billion pounds of PVC that is discarded in the US every year.
PVC poses a great risk in building fires, as it releases deadly gases long before it ignites, such as hydrogen chloride which turns to hydrochloric acid when inhaled. As it burns, whether accidentally or in waste incineration, it releases yet more toxic dioxins. PVC burning in landfill fires may now be the single largest source of dioxin releases to the environment. If you see the former entry about recycling, with the approximately 8400 landfill fires every year in the US, this is an issue.
Links to more information
Vinyl Industry Sites
Winston Churchill once observed the correlation between design and culture: “we shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”
Designing any object, whether a 3-ring binder or a building requires thought into use, environment and user. For years, the idea of healthier environments was not a high priority – people smoked at work, the convenience of plastics out-weighed many other concerns -but with greater information on how things affect us, healthier is becoming a larger component of design.
I thought this article was interesting as a perspective from an architect designing the spaces we all spend a lot of time in:
Buildings are fashioned by the choices of people who design and construct them. When completed, those choices impact the inhabitants for a lifetime, but how many of us realize the true scale of this impact. Over the course of my career I have designed more than 51 million square feet of commercial space for more than a half-million people. Now consider that I am just one of more than one hundred thousand architects in the US alone. Some may suggest that as an individual, I represent a small portion of the impact to be made by architects and builders, but I prefer to think that I have a half-million people counting on me.
Winston Churchill once observed the correlation between design and culture: “we shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” When this was said, the intent was to convey the use of space to accommodate large fluctuations of intended function; however a new stage of evolution is already upon the building industry. One that will certainly engage the health and wellness of the occupants of our buildings and requires we alter our philosophy and approach to design.
For the human body to operate effectively it needs proper nourishment, and just like the human body, buildings need to consider the ingredients of the products they come to embody. In order for us to put our design on the right diet, we need to start reading the labels and in doing so, promote our manufacturers who are beginning to understand the makeup of these products, as well as how they will work together as a completed system. Material transparency is a valuable first step toward designing healthier environments made with healthier products. Buildings that use healthy, sustainable materials can have a positive impact on people and the environment. Considering these realities, it is imperative that designers have the information needed to make truly informed decisions regarding the chemical makeup of the products we use. The key to delivering this value lies within the details of how each individual element contributes to the whole. To do this, we need to completely understand building product ingredients, so we can make educated choices that will inform the complete lifecycle of our designs and positively impact the people who experience them. We want people to live and work in environments made with healthful materials.
From our perspective as a manufacturer, what goes inside the building is equally important. We spoke with an architect who had a LEED building fail it’s initial air test because of the furnishings and office supplies. With 60 million + 3-ring binders being sold in the US each year, we believe that from carpeting to binders, each element of your environment needs to be considered.
At Corporate Image, we design every component of our products. From inert laminates to soy inks, recycled papers to 100% recyclability, we track what we use to give you a healthy product that looks and works better than anything else you can find.
Now you have an option that not only gives you the quality of image, but the quality of construction that shows the attention to detail and craftsmanship that you put into every aspect of your company.