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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


2014 HOW Design Live and Corporate Image

Thanks!

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:

HOW Design Live - booth adornments -Corporate Image photos HOW Design Live - Corporate Image photos

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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.

Thanks for all the great talks HOW Design Live 2014!


Using a 3-ring Binder Template #3: Digital Binders

A digitally printed binder allows you to make your binders in quantities of 50 and up, which is great for proposals, meetings and conference information binders.

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

3. layout

Formats for submitting your 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 softwarehardware, and operating systems.[1] 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”[2] 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:

Outputing  PDFs for your digital binder art

Corrections to design / art 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.

Layout of your Digitally Printed Binder

Turned Edge = The part of the cover that gets folded into the inside of a binder.

Custom Binder - Using a binder template - corporate Image    How to use a custom binder template - Corporate Image This is what it looks like with a white liner

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.

Spine Text

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.

This series will continue so keep an eye out and email us your questions to info@corp-image.com.  For the subject “Hey! I have a question!”


Short Run Digital Binders! Beautiful, strong and you can get 50!

Short run, digtially-printed-binders

 

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.

The best binders in the world, now at 50+ quantities

Learn more here and on our FAQ page.


Tab Dividers and Insert Pockets For Half Sheet Notebook Binders

For those of you who like the concise half sheet notebook binders, you will be happy to know that you can get all the extras with a small binder that are available with a full sized binder.

Notebook binders are great for meetings, conferences, workshops.  A great combination of form and function, these smaller 3-ring binders offer great branding in a package people will enjoy carrying around. Many people despair at finding the same great “extras” that you can get with a full sized binder.

Corporate Image would like to let you know that a notebook binder has no limitations!

Index Tab Dividers for notebook binders

Available in banks of 4-8 tabs, full color printing, the notebook tab dividers are every bit as flexible and customizable as full sized tabs.

Custom Printed Tab Dividers GI43 - Corporate Image

 

Paper Pockets for half sheet notebook binders

Pockets in vinyl binders rip out after a few uses, but these great paper pockets will last.  A paper binder pocket is a clip in pocket folder for your binders. It can be used combined to work both as a tab divider or separate pocket depending on what you need. This means information can be added anywhere in the binder, not just shoved in on the inside covers.

Added benefits are the ability to print full color for maximum branding – these binder pockets will match any of your other pieces from the binder to you information. If you business is very eco-friendly, a fully recyclable bare board binder pocket might be the way to go:

Recycled Pocket Pages

 

Half sheet notebook binders have a full range of options that can help you get your information to the people you want to reach.  The smaller binder saves you on shipping costs, materials and printing costs while delivering a big impact.

Get more information on notebook binders here!


Using a 3-Ring Binder Template #2: Common Errors – Bleeds

So you have your 3-ring binder template and you are ready to create a masterpiece of art and branding that will make your client go crazy with happiness.

So where should you pull those bleeds out to?

What are bleeds in printing?  Let us refer to Wikipedia:

Bleed is a printing term that refers to printing that goes beyond the edge of the sheet before trimming. In other words, the bleed is the area to be trimmed off. The bleed is the part on the side of a document that gives the printer a small amount of space to account for movement of the paper, and design inconsistencies. Artwork and background colors can extend into the bleed area. After trimming, the bleed ensures that no unprinted edges occur in the final trimmed document.

It is very difficult to print exactly to the edge of a sheet of paper/card so, to achieve this, it is necessary to print a slightly larger area than is needed and then trim the paper/card down to the required finished size. Images, background images and fills which are intended to extend to the edge of the page must be extended beyond the trim line to give a bleed.[1]

Bleeds in the USA generally are 1/8 of an inch from where the cut is to be made. Bleeds in the UK and Europe generally are 2 to 5mm from where the cut is to be made. This can vary from one print company to another. Some printers ask for specific sizes; most of these companies place the specific demands on their website or offer templates that are already set to their required bleed settings.

Make sense?  Manufacturing and printing is amazingly exact, but there are tolerances.  The 1/8″ bleed allows for slight inconsistencies in printing, trimming, casing and lining your 3-ring binder to insure your art looks great.

If you are used to designing for the internet, consider this like the differences in how browsers read your code.  You have to adjust for that too.

Here is what you will see.  For simplicity, we are working on a 3-ring binder liner template. In example one, the art is pulled up to the cut line for the edge of the binder.  If there is the tiniest variation anywhere in the process, you may get a small white strip on the right side of your liner. Blah. Click the pictures to see them larger.

Designing your 3-ring binder - using full bleeds - Corporate Image

If you pull your image out to the 1/8″ bleed line – all is good and your 3-ring binder liner will always look good.

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Paying attention to your bleeds when working on a custom 3-ring binder or pocket folder will not only make your client happy, but also you (not rushing around to redo the art) and your manufacturer (us!).

Spread happiness. Pay attention to bleeds!

In case you are wondering, the photo is from the Des Moines Pappajohn Sculpture Garden which is rather amazing.

Yoshitomo Nara (Japanese, born 1959)
White Ghost, 2010 (detail)
Painted stainless steel and fiberglass
12 x 12 feet
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections


American Package Design Awards

Corporate Image is proud to announce that three of our clients have won 2014 American Package Design Awards

Congratulations to Prestige Tuxedo, HealthPartners and Meyocks Group / Delta Dental of Iowa!

Award winning 3-ring binder and corrugated box - Corporate Image

Award winning Marketing kit - Corporate ImageAward winning spiral bound binder - Corporate Image

Learn More Here

 


Why is your Custom Printed 3-ring Binder Falling Apart?

You just ordered custom 3-ring binders and you are ready to do your marketing – so why are they falling apart when you use them?

Traditionally, 3-ring binders are made sort of like books.

basic book construction -

This is where the book comparison ends. In a poorly made 3-ring binder front board, back board and spine board are held together by either a small piece of vinyl, paper or cloth.  Other options we are going to discuss involve using one piece of board and wither routing a spine into the board or flexing the spine directly into the whole board.

Vinyl Binders. The Weakest Hinge.

vinyl binder spine - why your binder breaks

The reason vinyl binders break is simple. Even in the heavy duty vinyl binders (shown here) the hinge, the part of the binder that gets the most stress, is a very small thin piece of vinyl.

With perfect weather conditions, this is a recipe for disaster; when it is cold, left it in the sun or left in fluorescent light  vinyl gets brittle. Since most of you are not using your binders in a cave, that means the hinge of the cover is going to fail.

If you get the regular vinyl binders it is good to know that to save money, that vinyl has been getting thinner and thinner for a long time, and so weaker and weaker.

Any binder made this way is going to have problems. Whether the hinge is made of paper, vinyl or some sort of spine tape these will fall apart at the seams.

 

 

Routed 3-ring binders. A bit better.

Why your binder falls apart_ routed binders

A better construction is a single board construction.  One version of this take your board and routs out about half of the board to that the hinge flexes more easily.

While stronger than a vinyl hinge, you are still counting on 1/16th of an inch of recycled paper to hold your cover on.  This hinge is still going to fail, but is not so dependent on the weather.

 

Flexed Single Board Construction. The Strongest 3-ring Binder.

The strongest 3-ring binder construction - Corporate Image

The best and strongest 3-ring binder is made from one piece of board and the hinge is flexed directly into the board – nothing is shaved off or cut, so there are no weaker parts of the binder.

Corporate Image only constructs our 3-ring binders this way to insure sustainability – a binder that breaks before its useful life is over is a waste of resources, money and the time it takes to get another.

We have lab tested our bare board binder  to 250,000 flexes without failure.  That is 20 uses a day for 34 years.  Not bad.

 

A well made 3 ring binder will not fall apart at the hinges.  When you are specing 3-ring binders for your marketing or in-house use keep in mind how they are made. A well made 3-ring binder can save you money since you don’t have to replace them as often and, really, how does it reflect on your company if your marketing materials are held together by duct tape?


7 great designer projects: Marketing Materials

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

custom pocket folder designs

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

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


New Design Resource for Custom 3-ring Binders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Think Inside the Box

Corrugated Sample Box with Handle

Sometimes the best solutions is to highlight the products

At Corporate Image, we can customize your box to create the right package for your needs. Our boxes offer complete design flexibility with the option of full color graphics inside and out. All 4-color inks are soy based and contain 19% soy based ink. For extra strength and durability, boxes can be laminated to provide protection for your graphics.

For those of  you who work in commercial and building interiors, you are faced with the issue of how best to present your products. Whether you are working in corporate, hospitality, health care, retail, government, institutional or residential interiors, you need to present your information and samples in a way that is compelling and easy to use.

Corporate Image has created innovative packaging for samples in everything from tiles, glass, carpet to furniture and finishing hardware. Check out some of the solutions we have made for the commercial interiors and building industry!

 


Full Color Printing with Soy Inks on Recycled Paper over 100% Recycled Board = Eco-Friendly

Custom Printed Binder

Why custom printed binders are superior to vinyl binders

First and foremost, it’s simply not necessary to produce something that will be detrimental to the air, land and water at some point in the production or disposal process. The European countries many years ago prohibited the use of vinyl binders for a very good reason…They’re toxic. With limited land space and high concentrations of people, it was decided to stop production because of health concerns. Full color printed binders from Corporate Image are made with a core of 100% recycled binders board. We then apply a sheet with recycled paper that ranges from 10% to 100% and protect it with a thin layer of inert lamination that is recyclable. Our product  line also includes options that are lamination-free, such as our printed  flush-cut binder, which has a distinctive look that will surely get noticed.


A Fashionable Custom Binder from Corporate Image: The Quickship

Quick Ship Binder from Corporate Image

Quick Ship Binder ships in only 5 days!

Not only are these custom printed binders sharp looking, they’re ready to ship in only 5 days. This line of Corporate Image binders and quick ship tab dividers was designed for meetings and conventions when only a small number of binders are CLICK TO READ MORE


Custom Binders for the Building Products’ Industry

Custom Printed Binder

Stand Out from the Crowd

Corporate Image helps companies in the building products industry hold and organize their product information. We produced this custom printed binder for a major window and door manufacturer that reflects their company’s quality CLICK TO READ MORE


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