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.
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.
We offer you the best quality, range of options, sustainability, and knowledge.
Corporate Image is an employee owned binder manufacturer, dedicated to your success.
Our 40,000 square-foot plant is dedicated solely to printing and manufacturing superior custom printed binders, tab dividers, folders and custom boxes. Other binder manufacturers outsource printing and other segments of production. By handling entire projects in our controlled environment we are able to produce the outstanding work Corporate Image customers have come to expect.
From our automated CAD system for package design, through Prepress featuring the latest technology, to our spotless pressroom with a 6-color Man Roland press, to our automated case making equipment, we do it all ourselves, which sets us apart from the rest.
Our plant incorporates many features and concepts found only in the very best facilities in the world. Work flows efficiently from one operation to the next, reflecting the skills and experience of our people, as well as more than 30 years of careful attention to process improvement. The spacious manufacturing area is flooded with natural light from windows lining both sides of the building.
We’re located in the center of the country , at the intersection of Interstates 35 and 80. When it comes to presentation packaging, we are your source from concept to completion.
Why a Notebook Sized Binder?
In a word: Convenience.
Notebook binders are portable in a way that full sized binders are not. Whether you are carrying a purse, or riding to the office with a messenger bag on your bike, a half sheet notebook binder will fit.
Custom Compact Binder Options
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)
Corporate Image is a binder manufacturer that has set the bar for quality 3-ring binders.
With international awards like Best Binder in the World and Best Binder in North America, Corporate Image is a Midwest printer/manufacturer with world class quality.
So how do we make our amazing, strong, award winning 3-ring Binders? Click here and see for yourself!
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.
Thanks for all the great talks HOW Design Live 2014!
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
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:
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:
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.
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.
This series will continue so keep an eye out and email us your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. For the subject “Hey! I have a question!”
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
Marketing materials set an emotional tone for a company, balancing the need to stand out, make a statement and supporting a brand.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
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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