Menu Covers and other Menu Cover Design Options - Common Terminology
Single-panel: A menu cover that holds a single printed insert.
Bi-fold: A menu cover that holds two or more printed inserts. It typically has a front cover, spine, and back cover.
Tri-fold: A menu cover that holds three printed inserts.
Gate-fold: Amenu cover that has two 1/2 front panels that open like a gate. There are two spines, one on the left side and one on the right side. a gate-fold has three views, the two half interior panels (one on the right side and the other on the left side when the cover is opened) and one full interior panel (the center panel when the gate-fold is in the open position.
Accordion Style: A menu cover that typically has four or more narrow or 1/2 panels and multiple spines. This type of menu cover folds like an accordion. Common for Tapas food selections and wine lists
Half-panel: A panel in a menu cover that is half-sized (half the size of the primary panel(s).
Binding: The feature, assembly, or mechanism in a binder covers and menu covers that holds the printed inserts in the cover.
Corner Pockets: A binding feature for a menu cover. These are small triangle-shaped pockets that are secured to each corner of an interior panel. The four corners of the printed insert fit into these corner pockets and the insert is held in place.
Photo Corners: for all intents and purposes, the same as corner pockets.
Horizontal Bar Pockets: A binding feature for menu covers. These are narrow horizontal pockets that are attached to the bottom edge and top edge of the interior panels. Usually ranging in height from 1/2" high to 1" high, and running the full width of the interior panel. The top edge and the bottom edge of the printed insert are placed into these pockets to hold the insert secure
Vertical Bar Pockets: Similar to Horizontal Bar Pockets, except these pockets have a vertical orientation and are attached to the right and left edges of the interior panels. The right and left edge of the printed insert are placed onto these pocikets to heold the insert secure
Bar Pockets: See Horizontal Bar Pockets and Vertical Bar Pockets.
Die-cut Bar Pockets: These are bar pockets that have a unique shape. they can be either horizontal die-cut bar pockets or vertical die-cut bar pockets. (See Horizontal Bar Pockets and Vertical Bar Pockets.
Picture Frame Binding: A binding feature that literally frames the printed insert (like a picture frame). The frame is open on one side (usually the top or interior left side) and the printed insert in inserted into the opened side.
Post & Screw: A binding feature that secures multiple printed inserts using a screw-post assembly that is built into the spine of menu covers. The postsare inserted into holes that have been drilled into the assembly and into the printed inserts, and then the screws are screwed into the posts, securely fastening the printed inserts.
Ring Mechanism: Another binding feature that secures multiple printed inserts. This is also known as a ring binder. The ring mechanism is secured to the interior spine or the interior back cover of the menu covers. the printed inserts which have been drilled with holes along the left edge are attached to the ring mechanism by opening (separating) the rings and inserting the inserts.
Landscape: A menu cover 'format' or orientation. Landscape format is wider than it is high
Portrait: Menu covers orientation. Portrait format is higher than it is wide.
Views: The total number of sides of inserts with print. If an insert has print on both sides then it has two views. Example: If a bi-fold menu cover holds only two inserts than that menu cover offers two views because the inserts have print only on one side. If the same menu cover had two center-leaf panels then that menu cover could offer six views
Pockets: A relatively standard feature inside binder covers and menu covers that is used to hold loose papers, brochures, business cards, etc. Pockets come in all sizes.
Vertical Pockets: A pocket inside the menu cover that typically runs the full height (from top to bottom) of the interior panel. Frequently Veritical Pockets are used to hold the back cover of a brochure or spiral bound booklet so that the pages are free to be turned and viewed. This is a creative design for holding a multiple page insert.
Horizontal Pockets: A pocket iside menu covers that typically run the full width of the interior cover. Frequently Horizontal Pockets are used to hold a brochure, loose papers, etc. These are available in custom sizes.
Secretary Pockets: A pocket inside menu covers and binder covers that is open on two sides. these are used for easy insertion and removal of brochures, loose papers, etc. Typically a secretary pocket will have a diagonally cut corner or a curved corner on the opened side.
Two Piece Covers: Menu covers or other menu cover design options that have a front cover that is separate from the back cover (two separate pieces). These are not permanently joined. The front cover and back cover are joined only when securing inserts into the menu cover. (typical menu covers or other menu cover design options have front cover and back cover permanently joined)
Turned-edge: See Construction: Turned-edge. Turned-edge construction wraps the cover material of the binder cover or menu cover over the edge of the board. The resulting edges are smooth, tight, and provide a nice clean appearance.
Heat-sealed Menu Covers: See Construction: Heat-sealed. Heat-sealed construction uses a heat process to join the cover material to the lining material at the edge of the underlying board. The two materials are melted and blended at the edge of the board. Once cooled, the uneven edge created by the melting and blending is cut to make it even. The resulting edge is staight but slightly rough to the feel.