Graphic Design Contract


★ Avoid late payments

★ Prevent scope creep and deadline drift with clients

★ Covers all of the essentials – services, fees, payment, intellectual property – plus MUCH more

★ 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 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:

★ Services

★ Responsibilities

★ Changes to Scope

★ Fees

★ Payment Terms

★ Intellectual Property

★ Client’s Warranty and Indemnity

★ Confidentiality

Limitation of Liability

★ Termination

★ 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).

Who is this for?

★ Graphic designers

★ Freelancers

★ People who want proper legal protection

★ People who want to appear professional to their clients

★ People who want to avoid late payments and scope creep

Why You Need This

Clearly set out your terms for clients

You will appear more professional and avoid misunderstandings if you have a professional legal contract.

You can also refer back to the contract if there are any disputes with clients about deliverables, payment etc.

Avoid Risk

This legal document will help you to avoid risk and limit your liability if something does go wrong.

Protect your business and assets

As the old saying goes, plan 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 MS Word and complete the highlighted fields with your personal information (name, ABN etc). Your document will be ready to go in minutes!


Can’t I just copy this from another website?

Don’t do this.

1. This is copyright infringement and 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. It won’t be customised to YOUR business. Not a good look for your customers if your info is wrong…


Can I customise the templates beyond editing the fields?

Our templates come in Word format, so yes you can if you want. Feel free to add your logo and change the font to reflect your brand.

We do not recommend you change the wording (apart from the fillable fields) as this can affect the legal protections contained in the document.


What if the law changes and my templates become outdated?

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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