We are excited to share our latest press release with you:
Corporate Image introduces new larger formats for architectural folders
Innovative print manufacturer opens up new opportunities with folders up to 54” wide
Corporate Image, an employee-owned company with over 35 years of experience in printing and manufacturing high quality custom presentation packaging, announces that it has recently expanded its production capabilities to produce larger formats of architectural folders and sample binders.
Of the company’s most recent product launch, President and CEO Rob Mauritz said, “We are excited to introduce this new, innovative solution: a high quality architectural folder that opens up to 54” wide! It is unlike anything in the industry and because we can produce it entirely in-house, our customers save time and money.” Julia Hulsebus, Marketing & Business Development Director for Corporate Image says, “Our new architectural folders give our customers the ability to present their full line of product samples; all of their colors, textures, finishes, and more, in this compact sales tool. The customization options we offer are a real ‘game-changer’ in the field of sample binders and architectural folders.”
What differentiates Corporate Image’s architectural folders from similar products in the market?
About Corporate Image: Corporate Image is a 100% employee-owned company based in Des Moines, IA. In the past 35 years Corporate Image has pioneered some of the most innovative presentation products. The company specializes in high quality custom presentation materials including custom packaging, 3-ring custom binders, eco-friendly glueless pocket folders, fully printed tab dividers, corrugated and paperboard boxes and custom marketing kits. Corporate Image binders have won Best Binder in North America and Best Binder in the World. In addition, they have won numerous industry awards for medical marketing, in-house design, construction marketing and many more. Corporate Image is part of a family of four distinctive companies under one corporate head – LBS.
Would you like to learn more about our new capabilities?
Do you want to see our new large formats in person? Or would you like 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!
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.
If you are ordering a custom binder for a proposal, conference, sample folders (ringless binders for holding samples!), information kits, or school kits, there are better choices and more variables that can make your project a stand out!
The spine of a binder is not the best way to measure a binder. How much paper a ring holds is much more accurate. When you plan your custom binder, know the range of materials you want to put in – say between 200-275 pages for the proposals. This way you know you would need a 1.5″ D-ring binder or a 2″ Round ring binder.
Printed binders offer you a canvas for your art. With printing options that encompass photos, PMS colors, spot varnish or UV coatings, foil stamping, and debossing, the real limit of your binder is your imagination.
Corporate Image offers a full range of print options from our 6 color offset press to digital printing. Our team is here to help you figure out the best way to get the effects you are looking for.
With added strength, elegance and the tactile feel of cloth or a textured paper you can engage your customer on a number of levels. To customize these, you are generally working with foil stamping and debossing.
The results, as seen with this Haworth furniture binder, can be stunning. Corporate Image has 240+ colors of cloth in stock and many textured and specialty papers. If you are trying to find a unique look, we can help get you there.
For crowded shelves and larger binders, a finger pull can make it easy to get a binder off a shelf. For Architectural offices and interior designers who have a lot of samples and idea books, this can be a great added value!
Your binder can also close like a box. Our portfolio closures are built directly into the binder, so they are made of the same strong board the binder is. The portfolio closes with either standard velcro, magnets, snaps or straps.
The portfolio protects the contents of your binder, allows a much more finished look and offers even more room for your art and message.
Practical. That is a word people use for 3-ring binders.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Turtle Bay Resort is an absolutely gorgeous resort on Oahu in Hawaii. When they contacted us about creating some 3 ring half sheet binders and custom boxes, we knew we were the right people for the job.
Even though we didn’t get to go stay at Turtle Bay, we all felt a little more relaxed working on this one. And the project turned out great! Check out the custom half sheet binder and really cool sales box below, and read more about the project here!
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.
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.
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
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.
For all of you who came to HOW and saw us at booth 215 it was a pleasure to meet you and hang out! Here are a few of our photos of HOW and Boston:
We enjoyed meeting everyone and for those who were not there, a lot of our working conversations trended around sustainable 3-ring binders, digitally printed binders, glue-less pocket folders and the recyclable binder, folder and box options. ( If you want a small glue less pocket folder sample – let us know!)
But we also covered the weather, coffee, paper options, crazy things all you designers are working on, the US census (great meeting you all!), Iowa and a whole lot more.
Whether you are creating patient information packets, medical supply information kits or anything else everyday or for the first time, we would like to share what we see happening in medical information kits.
From 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!
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).
There are a few differences in how the artwork is treated and how they need to be submitted that we should discuss.
1. Formats for submitting
2. Corrections to artwork
We ask that your binder art be submitted in PDF format. This insures that your art doesn’t shift, modify or lose elements when sending us the files.
What is a PDF file? Glad you asked. We turn to Wikipedia:
Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format used to present documents in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating systems. Each PDF file encapsulates a complete description of a fixed-layout flat document, including the text, fonts, graphics, and other information needed to display it. In 1991, Adobe Systems co-founderJohn Warnock outlined a system called “Camelot” that evolved into PDF.
Since the art work is encapsulated in one file, what we print is exactly what you designed and sent. How do you find where to output a PDF file? Good question. In the Adobe design suite you should look where you save your files:
Remember that whole PDF thing? This means if there is an error when we open your file (art is misplaced in relation to the template, we noticed something mis-spelled… something like that), we will let you know what is wrong and you will need to correct it.
Double check everything before sending files to save time. Also keep your work files until the job is done. I am sure you do anyway in case a client calls and needs a later version with some changes, but we still wanted to mention it.
Turned Edge = The part of the cover that gets folded into the inside of a binder.
Any artwork that runs to the end of the turn-in should probably not have text that needs to be read, but continues your design into the binder. All text that needs to be read on the cover should be at least 1/8″ away from the “edge of binder” line. There can be 1/16th of an inch shift of the cover in manufacturing the binder, so if text is too close to the edge there is a possibility it will get lost.
I am going to refer you to How to Use a Binder Template #1 on this one, but wanted to re-iterate: In North America you read a book spine by placing your right ear on your shoulder, in Europe the left ear to shoulder. Check it out to make sure you are right. We don’t know who your customers are, so can’t second guess you.
“After extensive research and exhausting all avenues looking for the perfect company with the credentials and know-how we felt necessary for our project, Corporate Image stood out as the clear frontrunner. We simply couldn’t have been more pleased with the final result of our binders. The excellent craftsmanship exceeded our expectations and continues to create quiet a buzz each time someone new sees the binders for the first time. As for customer service, our representative Barb McChesney was absolutely amazing to work with. Her knowledge of the process and complete commitment to making sure we were 100% satisfied with the end result made our decision to partner with Corporate Image even more enjoyable. I would absolutely recommend Corporate Image – and have done so already. Without a doubt, Prestige Tuxedo will be a repeat customer.”
Director of Marketing | Brand Management
For when you only need 50 or more 3-ring binders but still need all the quality, Corporate Image has developed a solution for you.
Available from 50 binders and up, we have developed a fully cased and lined 3-ring binder combining high quality digital printing and the craftsmanship that Corporate Image is famous for.