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Graphic Design Agreement Template

A graphic design contract is an agreement between a client and a designer that is legally binding. Pricing, the scope of the design work, the deadline for deliverables (such as wireframes or final design elements), payment terms, intellectual property rights, and other legal aspects are all included.

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Graphic Design contract

Graphic design is an essential aspect of any company or organisation. It can make or break how customers or potential customers view a company. Because of this, it is essential to have a solid contract in place between the company and the designer they choose to create their graphic designs. This document should outline the expectations of both parties and what will happen if one party fails to meet their obligations.

Taking on new clients without signing a contract is one of the most common blunders made by freelance graphic designers.

The trouble is that none of these justifications help when a problem with scope, payment, or another aspect arises.

The truth is that with the correct strategy and contract, you can easily protect yourself from a wide range of issues.

Issues With Available graphic design Contracts

The majority of them are filled with legal language that no one understands. The majority of people can't or won't read them entirely. How are these contracts expected to be customised and used?

When you're working, the last thing you want to do is waste time putting together your own legal documentation.

That's why, when we made our own template, we set out to achieve the following objectives:

  • It must address the most common issues (scope, payment, ownership, and more).

  • It has to be the most straightforward design contract to read, comprehend, and personalise.

  • It should be available for no cost.

If you've ever read the Terms and Conditions (T&C) published by AIGA (or the Graphic Artists Guild), you'll be immediately overwhelmed. Even the "Contract Killer" version has a lot of flaws and isn't the most customizable.

For most people who manage a small business, it's not a viable alternative.

As a result, we've produced two easy (and free) graphicsite sample contracts for you to download.

How can you accumulate your agreement?

Once you have the correct beginning point, creating a solid contract is simple. Here's how you get started with your own design contract in the simplest way possible:

  • We offer a free contract template that you can use.

  • Because this isn't something that changes frequently, add your own information to the contract.

  • Read through the contract and make any required changes.

  • Make sure you consult a contract attorney for legal advice.

  • To save turnaround time, have your contracts signed online.

When creating your own contract, keep in mind that it's vital to define the scope of your project. This means you should specify the quantity of graphic pages, if you'll be working with a developer or assisting with graphic site hosting, and which source files you'll provide.

The following is a template for a graphic design contract. It should be to fit the specific needs of each project.

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Caterer Agreement

This Agreement is made and entered into by and between [NAME OF DESIGNER] ("Designer") and [NAME OF CLIENT] ("Client") for the following:



Description of project: _____________________________________.
Designer's responsibilities: __________________________.
Client's responsibilities: _______________________.
Other provisions: ___________________________.



This Agreement shall be effective as of the day that both parties sign it. If you do not understand any part of this contract, please contact me immediately at (designers phone number). This agreement may only be revised in writing signed by both Client and Designer. Designer will not recognize any other changes or alterations.

I, the undersigned Client, at this moment acknowledge that I have read and fully understand the terms of this Agreement and that its provisions bind me.

DESIGNER: ____________________________________. Date: ____________.

CLIENT: _____________________________________. Date: ____________.



ARTICLE 1 - DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

This Agreement is made and entered into by and between ______________ ("Designer") and _______________. ("Client") for the following: Description of project: __________________________________. As included in the attached proposal. Any changes to this description must be approved in writing by both parties.



Designer's responsibilities: _________________________. Client's responsibilities: ___________________. Other provisions: _________________________. This section should define what is expected of each party during the course of the design process, including deadlines for completion, revisions, payment schedules, etc. There are additional sections that may be required depending on your specific needs/requirements.

ARTICLE 2 - BUZZWORDS This Agreement shall be effective as of the day that both parties sign it. If you do not understand any part of this contract, please contact me immediately at _____________ . This agreement may only be revised in writing signed by both Client and Designer. Designer will not recognize any other changes or alterations. At this moment, I, the undersigned Client, acknowledge that I have read and fully understand the terms of this Agreement and that its provisions bind me.

DESIGNER: ____________________________________. Date: ____________. CLIENT: _____________________________________. Date: ____________.

By signing this document, both parties agree to the terms outlined therein. If either party fails to meet their obligations as defined in the contract, legal action may be taken.

This is a graphic design contract template. It is in no way legally binding. This is for educational purposes only and should not be used without consulting with an attorney familiar with all local laws regarding contracts, copyright law, etc. Please see our legal resources section or contact your lawyer to discuss your specific needs/requirements for more information regarding contracts or copyright law.

Terms & Services:

  • The Designer must approve all content provided by the Client before submission to third party vendors. The designer is not responsible for any delays or problems due to changes made to the project after the Client has given final approval.

  • Any revisions requested by the Client after final design files have been delivered will be subject to additional fees.

  • Designer is not responsible for ensuring that any materials provided by the Client are compatible with any printing or publishing requirements.

  • Final designs and/or artwork shall not be used for any purpose other than that specified in this Agreement without written consent from the Designer.

  • The rights to all designs, illustrations, photographs, and other creative works produced by the Designer shall belong to the Designer, regardless of payment received for their use. The Client shall not have the right to alter or modify any such work without prior written consent from the Designer.

  • Payment is due in full upon completion of the project unless other arrangements have been made in advance.and

  • If the Designer does not receive a payment within 30 days of project completion, the Designer reserves the right to pursue legal action.

  • Copyright and all other intellectual property rights in the final designs and artwork shall remain with the Designer, notwithstanding payment received for their use by the Client.

  • Designer is not responsible for any typographical or other errors contained in materials provided by the Client.

  • The Designer reserves the right to subcontract portions of the project to third party vendors, provided that those vendors are approved in advance by the Client.

  • Designer is not responsible for delays or problems caused by changes made to the project after final approval has been given by the Client.

  • This Agreement shall be effective as of the day that both parties sign it. If you do not understand any part of this contract, please contact me immediately at _____________. This agreement may only be revised in writing signed by both Client and Designer. Designer will not recognize any other changes or alterations.

Signature: _________________________________________.
Date: _______________________.


Signature: _________________________________________.
Date: _______________________.

By signing this document, both parties agree to the terms outlined therein. If either party fails to meet their obligations as defined in the contract, legal action may be taken. Please see our legal resources section or contact your lawyer to discuss your specific needs/requirements for more information regarding contracts and copyright law. Please note that we do not provide any guarantee of results or success and we cannot accept liability of damages arising from use of this Agreement. This is a graphic design contract template. It is in no way legally binding. This is for educational purposes only and should not be used consulting with an attorney familiar with all aspects of your particular project. Please consult with an attorney if you're unsure about any portion of this document, or if it is unclear how the terms apply to your project.