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[Paul Smith]

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As a graphic designer, you represent a business's visual communication. So, a graphic design contract will represent your ability to visually communicate the business's goals, as well as protect both parties' best interests.

1. Statement Of Work

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2. Ownership and Licenses

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What is a Graphic Design Contract?

A graphic design contract is a legally binding document and agreement between you, the graphic designer, and your client.

Makes sense, right? A solid graphic design contract will detail all your requirements and list out your professional services. If you’re a specialist in typography, brand recognition, layout and print, or logo design, a contract is going to outline those particular responsibilities and make sure both parties understand exactly what it is you’re being hired to do.

As a graphic designer, you represent a business’s visual communication. So, a graphic design contract will represent your ability to visually communicate the business’s goals, as well as protect both parties' best interests.

What should be included in a Graphic Design Contract?

Graphic design is subjective and open to interpretation. Even if you understand the brief perfectly, a client could turn around and decide that they don’t like your work. And if you don’t have a contract in place to clarify (and enforce) project scope, deadlines, revisions, termination, and payment terms from the outset, it could

cost you precious time and money. This also happens in a web design business. So, to avoid this and keep everyone on the same page, here’s what you need to include when writing graphic design contracts:

Detailed descriptions of the work

Every polished and legally binding contract will need to establish two things first:

  • Who is this contract between?
  • What is the nature of the contracts

After this, you can get into the finer details of your freelance contract. The cornerstone of every good graphic design contract is being specific and detailed. With this information,

you'll exactly know what is required to undertake the design project. For example, you may want to see the existing brand guidelines, interview key stakeholders, or even test the

product or service to ensure that your design style fits with it.

Timeline for deliverables

Next, you'll need to outline the project description and go into detail about what it is you’ll be designing. If you’re working with a brief or design proposal, reflect this in the contract. List all the deliverables and the number of revisions you'll provide — that way there’s absolutely no ambiguity. The last thing you want is to be vague with your language. If you are, the client can request additional mockups or extra services last minute without paying for them (a.k.a “scope creep”).

It also makes sense to note what’s out of scope in this section. If you’re tasked with designing a logo, you may want to explicitly state that this does not include a business card or letterhead design. That’s an extra service. After determining the project scope, you should outline any key milestones. This should help you figure out the dates and deadlines associated with the graphic design project. Be clear around when something is due and what might affect this.

Timeline for deliverables

Every basic graphic design contract template will include a section for your payment details. Determining your rate and how you get paid is up to you. Some graphic designers will charge per hour or figure out a quote from the project scope. You may even want to structure a payment schedule so that the client pays you continuously and consistently.

For many graphic designers, their payment terms will include a non-refundable deposit. This can be from a few hundred dollars to a certain percentage of the total project cost.