Graphic Design Contract

$129.00 inc. GST

 Last Updated October 7, 2020
  All Australian States & Territories

★ Avoid late payments

★ Prevent scope creep and deadline drift with clients

★ Peace of mind that your graphic design business is legally protected

★ Drafted in plain English by Australian lawyers

★ Complete our Graphic Design Contract template in under 5 minutes

What is a Graphic Design Contract?

A Graphic Design Contract is your MOST important legal document. If you only have one contract in your graphic design business, this is it!

A Graphic Design Contract sets out the legal agreement between a freelancer graphic designer and their clients.

It covers all of the important terms of your client engagement, including services, payment terms, cancellation policy and intellectual property rights. It also includes important legal clauses for liability, dispute resolution and termination.

Your Graphic Design Contract should be tailored to each specific client. A well written agreement will not only provide you with legal protection, it will also help manage your client’s expectations.

 

Do I need a contract?

Yes, absolutely! A contract protects both you and your clients.

You should always have a contract signed before you start a new graphic design job for a client.

Putting things in writing protects both parties and gives certainty.

Contracts are about more than wrapping your clients up in red tape and telling them what they can’t do. Think of your contract as relationship insurance: it does all the hard, boring work of keeping the relationship on rails, so you can focus on the fun part – the actual designing.

 

What does this Graphic Design Contract template include?

Our Graphic Design Contract template covers everything you need:

Services – description of your services

Client Responsibilities – what you need the client to do

Changes to Scope – how you deal with change requests and out of scope work

Fees – what you charge for your work

Expenses – any extra charges for costs like image purchases, fonts, printing etc

Payment Terms – very important, how you will get paid! Includes deposit and overdue amounts

Intellectual Property – this covers intellectual property rights for the works you create

Client’s Warranty and Indemnity -important legal clause

Confidentiality – both parties agree to keep confidential information private

★ Limitation of Liability – to protect you against claims for losses and damages

Termination – this explains how either party can terminate the agreement

Dispute Resolution – process to deal with any problems that may arise

★ General – standard contract clauses such as Assignment, Severance, Entire Agreement, Waiver and Governing Law

 

Are there any other names for a Graphic Design Contract?

Yes, it’s also known as a Graphic Design Agreement, Freelance Graphic Design Agreement. Freelance Graphic Design Contract, Design Terms and Conditions or Service Agreement.

All of them are basically the same thing, just different names for the contract you use with your graphic design clients.

 

Who owns the legal rights to the content?

The graphic designer retains all intellectual property rights to the work they create for the client until full payment is received. Once payment is received, you provide an exclusive licence to the client to use the intellectual property for the purposes set out in the quote. We have worded this to provide extra protection for the graphic designer’s rights.

If you want to change this so you assign Intellectual Property Rights over to the client once they have completed payment, it’s up to you.

 

How many revisions does the contract include?

Our Graphic Design Contract template allows you to select the number of concepts you will provide to clients for review and selection (e.g. for a logo). You can also choose the number of revisions you will include for original draft work.

Any deliverables or revisions above and beyond these inclusions are outside scope so you can charge additional fees (subject to agreement with the client).

 

Do I get to choose my own deposit amount and payment terms?

Yes, you do!

You can specify a deposit amount as a dollar figure or a percentage of the total estimated fees.

You can also choose your own payment terms to help speed up payments from clients (e.g. 7 days).

 

Why should I invest in a quality Graphic Design Contract template?

You’ve spent countless hours dedicated to learning how to attract the right clients.

Your heavy financial investments in your own personal growth are slowly but surely paying off.

You’re not going to let all that go to waste with a crappy contract, are you?

The booking process is the most fragile part of the selling process. Don’t let your future clients slip away with a shady contract, pieced together like Frankenstein.

With our rock-solid contract template, your clients will know you take your business seriously. You’ll stand out from your competition, but best of all, your clients will trust you right from the start.

 

Is this Graphic Design Contract template legally binding?

Absolutely!

All of our templates have been drafted by qualified Australian lawyers who hold an Australian legal practicing certificate.

We are affiliated with a commercial law firm based in Sydney.

 

I have an Apple Mac – can I still use this template?

Yes, but we recommend you have Microsoft Word installed on your Mac.

Our documents contain smart fields which use a Microsoft Word feature called content controls. They help to save time in updating the template, but may not display correctly in Pages or Google Docs.

If you need a version of your template without the content controls, this is available for immediate download once you complete your purchase (you can download both versions).

Who is this for?

★ Graphic designers

★ Freelancers

★ You want proper legal protection

★ You want to appear professional to your clients

★ You want to avoid late payments and scope creep

Why You Need This

Set your business up for success

Our Graphic Design Contract template will help to ensure clear communication and defined responsibilities for you and your clients

Clearly set out the terms of your agreement

Lay the foundations for your business relationship so everyone is clear on their obligations and how the relationship will work.

Deal with Disputes

Our template covers different situations and how to handle them –  it will help to avoid disputes in the future.

Protect your business and assets

As the old saying goes, hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

You never know what will happen in the future, but it is vital that you have a contract in place to protect everything you have worked hard for.

How does it work?

Our process is designed to be as easy as possible – you could be up and running in as little as 5-10 minutes.

1.  Select the Graphic Design Contract template in the Shop and click Add To Cart.

2.  Proceed to Checkout and complete your purchase.

3.  You will receive an email with a download link immediately after you have completed your purchase.

4.  Open the document in Microsoft Word and complete the highlighted fields with your personal information (name, ABN etc). Your document will be ready to go in minutes!

FAQ

Can’t I copy terms from someone else or download a free template off the internet?

We don’t recommend this approach for a few reasons:

1. You may be committing copyright infringement, which is against the law.

2. You might accidentally copy terms and conditions from another country – if you end up in court for some reason it might be on the other side of the world.

3. Our template has been drafted by an Australian lawyer to make sure it’s legally binding here in Australia.

 

Is this template editable?

Yes, the template comes in Word format so you are free to make changes to the document.

However, we do not recommend you make changes outside of the fields we have highlighted in the document. The clauses and wording have been written by a lawyer for a good reason. Deleting clauses or modifying them can affect the legal protections contained in the document.

 

What if the law changes?

If the law changes, we’ll email you with the changes and updates to add to your existing templates. So please ensure you keep us updated if your email address changes.

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