What is a Graphic Design Contract?
A Graphic Design Contract is a legal agreement for graphic designers to use when engaging clients.
It covers all of the important aspects of your client engagement, including services, scope, payment terms and limitation of liability. It also covers Intellectual Property rights.
For every new client engagement, you can customise this template to suit your needs.
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.
Our Graphic Design Contract will help to set the ground rules in black and white so everyone is clear on their obligations and how everything will work. You need a proper written contract to enforce your rights and make sure your business is legally protected.
Having a contract will help avoid misunderstandings, late payments and scope creep.
Are there any other names for this Graphic Design Contract?
Yes, you might have also heard this contract referred to as a Graphic Design Agreement, Freelance Graphic Design Agreement. 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.
What does this Graphic Design Contract include?
Our template covers everything you need:
★ Changes to Scope
★ Payment Terms
★ Intellectual Property
★ Client’s Warranty and Indemnity
★ Limitation of Liability
★ Dispute Resolution
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 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).