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Case Study: Design Experts Work with Travel Agency to Create Document Holders

Custom Travel Agency Creates Document Holders with Design Experts

Company Overview: Fitzgerald Travel is a custom travel design consulting business with a focus on European cruises and luxury travel. Each of its consultants has more than 20 years of full-service travel experience. Product: 9 7/8" x 6" Wallet-Style Document Folder with one foil stamped area and one embossed area on uncoated 100lb Dark Blue Linen stock. H1 business card slits on the pocket. Square Corners Two Pocket Presentation Folder with one foil stamped area on uncoated 100lb Dark Blue … [Read more...]

Case Study: Advice on Printing Effects Brings Custom Greeting Card to Life

Custom Greeting Card Printing

Company Overview: CBS62 Detroit and CW50 Detroit are affiliates of CBS Broadcasting, Inc. In addition to news and sports, other popular programs featured on the channels include Young Sheldon, Family Feud, Riverdale, and Blue Bloods. Product: Custom printed product with four color process and one embossed area printed on side one of 14pt C1S Semi-Gloss stock, coated with Aqueous Soft-Touch and Spot UV. Side two printed with four color process. This is a modification of our custom greeting … [Read more...]

Case Study: Client Helped to Overcome Design, Shipping Hurdles

Lawyer Folders Foil Stamped

Company Overview: Vacca Family Law Group is based in New York City. The firm practices in collaborative divorce, mediation, divorce, separation, child support, property division, spousal support, child custody, prenuptial agreements, and postnuptial agreements. Product: Square Corners Two Pocket Presentation Folder with one foil stamped area on uncoated 100lb Dark Blue Linen stock. H2 business card slits on the right pocket. Problem: After changing the name of the law firm, the Vacca … [Read more...]

Case Study: Smooth Process Helps Customer Restock Folder Supply

Legal Size Top Tab File Jackets custom printed with 1 PMS color on uncoated 150lb White Tag stock

Company Overview: Based in St. Clair Shores, Mich., Colonial Title Company was incorporated in 1993. It is a full-service title agency and member of the American Land Title Association and Michigan Land Title Association. Product: Legal Size Top Tab File Jacket printed with 1 PMS color on uncoated 150lb White Tag stock. Story: Director Dorothy DeBates used about 15,000 document sleeves last year at Colonial Title Company. She uses the folders to store important research documents such … [Read more...]

Case Study: Customer Gets Presentation Folders Printed Fast

Get Custom Presentation Folders Printed Fast Online

Company Overview: Legit Meter, LLC provides real-time meter reading for utility companies such as natural gas and electric. The Fort Wayne, Indiana company opened in April 2017. Product: 4-Color Process Letter Size Two Pocket Folder printed on 12pt C1S White Semi-Gloss stock. H1 business card slits on the right pocket. Problem: Lynn Rich, owner of Legit Meter, LLC, needed folders to hold the company's sell sheet flyers and brochures in less than a week. Story: When Lynn Rich needed … [Read more...]

Case Study: Customer Finds High-Quality Folder to Match Luxury Brand

High-Quality, Luxury Presentation Folder for Swiss Crown USA

Company Overview Swiss Crown USA repairs, refurbishes and gives new life to previously-owned Rolex watches using high-quality standards. They are based out of Chicago and are dedicated to providing a positive customer experience. Product Metallic Gold Foil Stamped Letter Size Two Pocket Folder printed on 80lb Forest Green Felt with H1 business card slits on the right pocket. Goal Swiss Crown USA needed a high-quality presentation folder for the company's mailer marketing … [Read more...]

Case Study: Customer Guided Through Options to Create Successful Design

Case Study: Customer Guided Through Options to Create Successful Design

Company Overview Established in 1950, Parr Insurance Agency, Inc. is a full-service independent insurance agency servicing Crestline, Ohio. Product Original 2 Pocket Presentation Folder printed with four-color process on 14pt C1S White Semi-Gloss stock, coated with Aqueous Satin. H1 business card slits on right pocket. Goal Kimberly Sterry of Parr Insurance Agency, Inc. needed folders to hold promotional material for presentations and meetings with potential customers. Story Parr … [Read more...]

Case Study: Quick, Easy Process Keeps Customers Coming Back

Case Study: Quick, Easy Process Keeps Customers Coming Back

Company Overview Established in 1993, The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving Americans' health by developing creative solutions to health care issues. Product Original 2 Pocket Presentation Folder, printed with four-color process on side 1 of 120lb C2S White Gloss stock, coated with Aqueous Gloss. H2 business card slits on the right pocket. Goal Kirsten Wade, Administrative Assistant at the National … [Read more...]

Case Study: Multiple Representatives Make Customer Service Seamless

Case Study: Multiple Representatives Make Customer Service Seamless

Company Overview FREEVIPQUOTE Insurance has provided comprehensive insurance (including specialty and hard-to-place insurance) in Illinois and Wisconsin since 2009. Product 4-Color Process Letter Size Two Pocket Folder, side 1 printed with four-color process on 14pt C1S White Semi-Gloss stock, coated with Aqueous Gloss and H4 business card slits on the left pocket. Goal Oscar G. Castillo, Independent Insurance Advisor at FREEVIPQUOTE Insurance, needed custom-printed presentation folders … [Read more...]

Case Study: Customer Finds Stock Color Matching Their Brand Only at Company Folders

Case Study: Customer Finds Stock Color Matching Their Brand Only at Company Folders

Company Overview Founded in 1865, Lehigh University is a private residential research university in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania consisting of four colleges. More than 5,000 undergraduate students and nearly 2,000 graduate students attend the school. Product Foil Stamped Letter Size Two Pocket Folder with 1 foil stamped area on uncoated 100lb mahogany smooth linen stock and H1 business card slits on the right pocket. Goal Emily Groff, Director of Communications and Marketing at Lehigh … [Read more...]

Case Study: Customer’s Vision Brought to Life with Extra Help

Case Study: Customer's Vision Brought to Life with Extra Help

Company Overview ROWDYDOW bbQ was founded in 2007. It provides barbecue pulled pork and brisket to restaurants, chefs and other distributors. It is also a major provider of barbecue to the U.S. military. Product Small & Vertical Pocket Presentation Folder with four-color process printing on both sides of 12pt C2S white semi-gloss stock, coated with aqueous matte and H4 business card slits on the left pocket. Problem Product artwork was not print-ready because the resolution was … [Read more...]

Case Study: Prompt, Easy Service Wows Customer

Case Study: Prompt, easy service wows customer

Company Overview Established in 1919, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School is home to more than 2,700 students in its undergraduate business, MBA, EMBA, MAC and PhD programs and 5,500 executives in non-degree programs. It has 121 full-time faculty from 20 countries in seven academic departments. Product Center Pocket Gatefold Presentation Folder with 1 PMS color using light coverage, printed on Side 1 of 16pt C2S white semi-gloss stock, coated with aqueous gloss Goal Kelsey Furr, … [Read more...]

Case Study: Going the Extra Mile to Solve Problems

Case Study: Going the extra mile to solve problems

Company Overview Premium Seats USA is a licensed ticket and hospitality agency that features an online ticket exchange for a wide range of events, including sports, concerts and theater. Travel, VIP and fan experience packages are also available. Product 4" x 9 1/4" four-pocket small presentation folders featuring a four-color process design on 12pt. semi-gloss C1S stock. Problem Damage occurred during shipping crushed the corners of the boxes, which bent the corners of the … [Read more...]

Interview: Rade Stjepanovic, Our 2014 Folder Design Contest Winner

Interview: Rade Stjepanovic, Our 2014 Folder Design Contest Winner

We're very pleased to announce this year's winner of our folder design contest is Rade Stjepanovic, a talented graphic designer from Jacksonville, Florida. Rade is a graduate of the University of North Florida as well as Florida State College at Jacksonville. His designs have won awards from the American Advertising Federation of Jacksonville as well as several scholarships and grants. Currently, he works for CFI Marketing and is a member of the prestigious American Institute of Graphic … [Read more...]

How to Use Our Free Folder Mockup Templates

How to Use Our Free Folder Design Mockup Templates

Our 100% free folder mockup templates allow you to create a beautiful, realistic image of how your folder design will look after it's been printed and constructed. They compliment many of our presentation folders and two pocket folders. You can use mockup templates to: Test and preview your folder design before sending it to a printer Send a design to a current or potential client for review Display your design in a web portfolio or on a personal website Create a folder design from … [Read more...]

Folder Case Study: Fracassi & Associates

Folder Case Study: Fracassi & Associates

Imagine buying a new car, only to discover that the fender was completely crooked. Chances are that you wouldn't simply shrug it off and drive it home; you'd want the car that you paid for. Naturally, the same is true of your marketing materials. Company Folders is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of quality in all that we do. So when an unexpected mishap made some of Fracassi & Associates' folders unusable, we were determined to make things right. The Problem Fracassi & … [Read more...]

How to Use Our Folder Design Templates

How to Use Our Folder Design Templates

Company Folders' pocket folder design templates are free to download and customize however you like. To help out, we've assembled a handy guide to downloading, modifying, and drawing inspiration from our folder design templates. Finding & Downloading Templates All of our folder design templates can be found on the Company Folders website by clicking "Design Templates" in the footer area. Here are a few examples: Colorful Church Welcome Packet Folder Template The Golf … [Read more...]

How to Use Our Die Cut Templates

How to Use Our Die Cut Templates

When you order a Company Folders product, our die-cut templates act as your canvas when you construct your artwork. If you've download your desired template but need help editing it or applying your design, let this handy tutorial be your guide. Step 1: Open or place the die-cut template in the program of your choice. If you are using Adobe Illustrator, you can simply open the template file directly. However, when saving your project, make sure you do not overwrite the original … [Read more...]

Celebrating 10 Years With a Blast From the Past

Celebrating 10 Years With a Blast From the Past

Company Folders is proud to announce our 10th anniversary! Don't worry, you don't have to get us a present. In fact, to celebrate our tenth year in business, our gift to you is a 10% site-wide discount plus free shipping on all orders placed before 6 PM EST on December 6, 2013. For those of you who have worked with us over the years, we decided to take a trip down memory lane and chart the evolution of Company Folders from our humble beginnings to exciting recent … [Read more...]

Interview: Lester Hutt of BevShots, Our Folder Design Contest Winner

Interview: Lester Hutt of BevShots, Our Folder Design Contest Winner

We've received many fantastic submissions to the Folder Design Gallery, and we're proud to announce the very first winner of our yearly folder design contest: BevShots, a company that turns microscopic photographs of alcoholic beverages into gorgeous works of art. Their award winning folder design exemplifies a truly unique take on surreal artwork, inspired by tiny details in the natural world around us. We spoke with BevShots president Lester Hutt about the remarkable creative process behind … [Read more...]

Only a Few Days Left to Enter Our Folder Design Contest!

Only a Few Days Left to Enter This Quarter’s Folder Design Contest!

Your mother might have told you that nobody likes a show-off, but when you're a designer, it's your job to show the world just what you can do. We opened up the Folder Design Gallery so that designers would have a place to promote their artwork, but we thought we could do even more to salute the hard-working designers out there who are changing the game with their remarkable custom folders. So we decided to sweeten the deal. Each year, we pick our favorite folder design; the winner … [Read more...]

Folder Case Study: Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum

When you're dealing with one of the most significant symbols of peace in the Northern Pacific region, it deserves the proper package. Several years ago, the Japan-America Society of New Hampshire needed presentation folders in which to insert copies of the Governor's Proclamation of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty, which formally ended the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05. These illustrious documents would be presented by hand to visitors from Nichinan, Japan (both political officials and … [Read more...]

Are These 18 Presentation Folder Mistakes Costing You Money?

Are These 18 Presentation Folder Mistakes Costing You Money?

When you make one mistake while designing and printing presentation folders, you're likely actually making over 500 mistakes—because the error will show up on every folder you print. To save yourself the cost of an entirely new print job, be sure to avoid these common design mistakes and printing pitfalls to produce the best folder designs possible. Creating a Design 1. Using two PMS colors when one will do If your PMS presentation folder design uses different tones of the same color, … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Free Custom Brochures and Business Cards

Giveaway: Free Custom Brochures and Business Cards

[Update] Congratulations to Lori H., the winner of March's free custom brochures and business cards giveaway! Company Folders is giving away 500 custom 3-panel brochures and 500 standard business cards—a $310 value that you have a chance to win for free! To enter our giveaway, simply use the widget below by March 31st, 2013. Choose more than one method of entry to multiply your chances to win! Our lucky winner will be chosen on April 1 using Random.org to guarantee fairness. This … [Read more...]

20+ Die Cut Design Ideas for Print (With Examples)

It's easy to find inspiration in a unique color, font or logo when creating print marketing collateral–but the shape of your media is one aspect of design and branding that is often overlooked when brainstorming for ideas. Need some examples? Consider the green soda bottle in the image to the right. Any idea what brand it is? You could certainly tell if it were labeled, but there's nothing about the shape itself that tells us anything about the brand. Meanwhile, the Coca-Cola bottle is … [Read more...]

21 Tips for Working With Your Folder Printer

For first-time buyers, the process of ordering custom presentation folders can be a bit confusing. Choosing the wrong option or neglecting a crucial design element can increase production time and cost for your folders and leave you with an inferior product. Your folder printer should be able to walk you through any aspect you're unfamiliar with, but your best bet for the perfect product is to know how to best work with your printer beforehand. Using a Template Make sure you understand … [Read more...]

What to Look for in a Folder Printer

What to Look for in a Folder Printer

When you hire a babysitter for the first time, you never choose them at random. You evaluate them on specific criteria: experience, personality, recommendations from others, and so on. It's important to take these things into account because you're trusting another person with something precious: the well-being of a child. On some level, choosing a printer for your business's presentation folders is based on a similar principle. Your company's image and reputation are of vital importance, and … [Read more...]

How to Create a Dazzling Custom Photography Portfolio

How to Create a Dazzling Custom Photography Portfolio

Looks matter in a creative field like photography because potential clients gauge worth by how good previous work looks. This means the design of a photographer's custom portfolio folder envelope also has to look as good as the pictures inside, especially when considering that the cover is a client's first look at the work. To make the best impression possible, there are a number of factors to consider in a design. Select Your Portfolio Type The design process starts with selecting the … [Read more...]

5 Design Ideas for Window Report Covers

5 Design Ideas for Window Report Covers

Under normal circumstances, having a hole in something would ruin the product. However, a report cover window is the kind of hole that people go out of their way to include. Die-cut windows draw in readers by creating a sense of intrigue and by visually pulling the reader's attention directly to the first page of your report. They also provide you with a number of different design options to consider. Utilize Different Windows There are a variety of different window sizes and locations … [Read more...]

How to Show Off Photography or Art with Custom Binders

How to Show Off Photography or Art with Custom Binders

When you work in a creative field like photography, art or design, you need to be able to easily show off your talent to prospective clients and customers. Art presentation binders can be easily customized to fit your artistic sensibilities and allow you to present and distribute your work in an attractive, organized way. Here are just a few different ways artists can use presentation binders to get their work noticed. Decorate Binders with Art If you want clients and customers to thumb … [Read more...]

How to Create an Excellent Cover Page for a Business Report

How to Make an Excellent Cover Page for a Business Report

Without a cover page, your report is just a random assortment of papers, liable to get lost in the shuffle. A business report is your company's chance to show off its accomplishments and get people excited about new directions and opportunities; it deserves to be presented in an effective way. The best way to make your report shine is to give it a little design flair with a report cover that helps to grab the reader's attention and establish a tone. Create a stunning cover page by keeping the … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Creating Cool Report Covers

7 Tips for Creating Cool Report Covers

There's sometimes an unfair association between report covers and boring, drab, stark designs. You can have creative report covers and still maintain your professionalism, as long as you stay true to the message you're trying to deliver in your report. An interesting design will also allow you to stand out above the crowd and create a stronger brand identity. Use 4-Color Printing The 4-color printing process uses a combination of cyan, magenta, yellow and black to create a bevy of … [Read more...]

5 Essential Report Cover Design Do’s and Don’ts

5 Essential Report Cover Design Do’s and Don’ts

A custom report cover has to juggle many functions at once—it must excite readers, represent your brand, market your business and accurately sum up the contents of your report. With so many factors that go into creating a report cover design, it can be frustrating trying to create a harmonious balance of catchy, creative, charismatic and cohesive elements. Unfortunately, this can often lead to overzealous design choices that do more harm than good. Color What Works Color … [Read more...]

The 8 Best Annual Report Cover Designs

The 8 Best Annual Report Covers

When designing the cover for your company's annual report, you should take a peek at what others have done before you to draw inspiration. The best annual report covers use bold designs that tell the story of the past year while looking forward to the future. When you look at these daring cover designs, consider how you can apply similar creative thinking to your own designs to create an annual report cover that sticks with investors all year. CGIAR Here's an example of how … [Read more...]

Branding Blunders: The 2012 London Olympics Logo Controversy

Branding Blunders: The 2012 London Olympics Logo Controversy

The Olympic Games are no stranger to controversy and tragedy--and the London Olympics logo is a little bit of both. Since it was first revealed two years ago, the logo has been met with criticism for its radical design and even religious uproar when the word "zion" was thought to be hidden in the text. The 2012 Olympics logo may be divisive, but there's still a great deal to learn from it about the pratfalls of biting off more than you can chew when it comes to edgy design concepts. What's … [Read more...]

6 Tax Return Report Cover Design Ideas Illustrated

Receiving money is always a happy occasion, and tax return report covers only help to add to the excitement. You're giving a gift to your clients -- the tax refund amount that you expertly helped them accomplish -- and a gift like that deserves to be presented in an attractive package. Select the Right Colors We associate different colors with different emotions, so choosing the right color scheme for your report cover is important. Color can be determined by the stock, the ink or a … [Read more...]

5 Custom Tax File Folders for an Orderly Office

5 Custom Tax File Folders for an Orderly Office

For accountants and tax preparers, a small mistake can quickly become a huge headache and a possible IRS audit for their clients. Most accountants know that tax file folders help minimize the amount of small mistakes made. However, you may not realize that there are more options than just the standard design for tax folders. Breaking out of the typical mode is the best way to utilize these folders for the success of your business and your clients. Different Folders Need Different … [Read more...]

5 Design Tips for Financial Report Cover Pages

For many companies, an annual financial report is one of the few rare occasions where they get to show investors and partners how their business is developing. Your financial report cover should invigorate its readers and make them excited about the goals and accomplishments your business has achieved. Because of this fact, there are different design considerations to take in for a financial report as opposed to marketing materials that go out to clients and potential customers. Design with … [Read more...]

Guide to Presentation Folders with Brochure Holder Slots

A Complete Guide to Presentation Folders with Brochure Slits

The best marketing collateral has a place for everything and everything in its place. A presentation folder with a brochure slit demonstrates this principle by providing a spot for your informational brochures and pamphlets. Without a dedicated location for these materials, they would move around inside your folder and end up looking disheveled and unprofessional. If you're not yet familiar with brochure slot styles, then get to know more about this useful marketing tool. What is a Brochure … [Read more...]

9 Highly Professional Business Report Covers

8 Highly Professional Business Report Covers

In a way, business report covers are similar to shoes. Most people have a variety of shoes because some are better for certain occasions than others. Similarly, there are covers that fit certain reports and certain situations better than others. Variety is the key to a good shoe closet, and it's also the key to effectively using report cover folders. One-Piece Covers Standard One-Piece Cover A business report cover sheet made from one piece of stock allows you the freedom to … [Read more...]

Why Use Slip Cases for Custom Binders?

Why Use Slip Cases for Custom Binders?

To the uninitiated, slip cases for custom binders might seem like an extraneous design choice -- after all, who needs a binder for their binder? The answer is that you do, at least if you want to ensure that you're getting the most out of your 3-ring binders. Slip cases are about more than just the added aesthetic; they also provide additional organizational options and help to extend the longevity of your binder. If you're curious about adding slip cases to your custom binders, consider all … [Read more...]

Heavy Duty Binders: 5 Durable Presentation Binder Options

5 Things to Look for in a Durable Presentation Binder

Nobody wants to have to replace something they bought due to inferior craftsmanship — therefore, heavy duty binders are your best bet if you want a durable marketing tool that lasts a long time. Wear-and-tear is unfortunately par for the course, so your binder should be able to withstand the normal weathering that afflicts any printed marketing tool. If you don’t know what provides the best durability, here are a few things to look for to help you make the best possible custom presentation … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Presentation Binder Stand Out in a Crowd

How to Make Your Presentation Binder Stand Out in a Crowd

Presentation binders can help your company stand out above the crowd -- however, don't assume you're the only fish in the business pond that uses them. Unique binders with eye-catching designs are the best way to ensure that your company is breaking away from the competition and forging a distinctive identity. Here are just a few design choices to consider if you want to create unique presentation binders that are truly one of a kind. Using Visual Imagery The easiest way to stand out in a … [Read more...]

7 Essentials for Designing Travel Document Folders

7 Essentials for Designing Travel Document Folders

The travel industry is filled with tickets, key cards, maps and countless other important small-sized documents and objects. Travel document folders not only provide a safe place to keep these vital tidbits, they offer an attractive option for presenting these travel materials to your clients. Provide Useful Information You want your clients to see you as an authority in the industry, so display your expertise by including useful information in your folder design. A list of travel tips, … [Read more...]

5 Design Tips for Auto Service Document Holders

5 Design Tips for Auto Service Document Holders

Most automobile glove boxes are filled with an assortment of papers -- from registration documents and car manuals to tune-up schedules and oil change punch cards. A car document holder helps the documents from your automobile company stand out above the rest of those papers, and ensures that your clients can always find what they are looking for. Designing a holder for auto documents is easy if you have a clear idea of what your business offers and how it differs from the competition. Show … [Read more...]