The vast majority of design projects run smoothly, without any problems. However, from time to time, something does come up, and it's important that we both have an understanding of how best to deal with it. This contract is designed to ensure that we're both protected from any unexpected circumstances. It also lays out the basic groundwork for how the project will progress, and what's expected of us both. In the interests of saving a lot of headaches, this document contains the strict minimum of legal jargon required to still be legally enforceable.

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You, _________________________________________, are hiring me, Jen McDonald, located at 123 W. Hobbit Glen Dr. The Woodlands, TX 77384, to design and develop a graphic design for the estimated total price of total as outlined in our previous correspondence and in estimate number.
You have the authority to enter into this contract on behalf of yourself, your company or your organization. You agree to provide me with everything that I need to complete the project including text, images and other information as and when I need it, and in the format that I ask for. You’ll review my work and provide feedback and approval in a timely manner. Deadlines work two ways, so you’ll also be bound by any dates we set together. You also agree to stick to the payment schedule set out at the end of this contract.
I have the experience and ability to perform the services you need from me and I will carry them out in a professional and timely manner. Along the way I will endeavour to meet all the deadlines set but I can't be responsible for a missed launch date or a deadline if you have been late in supplying materials or have not approved or signed off my work on-time at any stage. On top of this I will also maintain the confidentiality of any information that you give me. ~JEN MCDONALD
This contract allows for two to four initial mockups, developed to one main design, plus the opportunity for you to make up to revisions, for each graphic element listed in your initial estimate. If, at any stage, you’re not happy with the direction the work is taking, you’ll pay me in full for everything I’ve produced until that point and cancel this contract.
CHANGES AND REVISIONS This contract is fixed-price, however, sometimes things change throughout the scope of a project. I don’t want to limit your ability to change your mind. If you want to change your mind or add anything new, that won’t be a problem. Any additional fees will be confirmed in writing prior to doing the work. Turn around time will vary from project to project, with a goal of 24 to48 hour turnaround. Any edits requiring rush services will incur a rush fee.
I can’t guarantee that my work will be error-free and so I can’t be liable to you or any third-party for damages, including lost profits, lost savings or other incidental, consequential or special damages, even if you’ve advised me of them. Finally, if any provision of this contract shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this contract and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions
First, you guarantee that all elements of text, graphics, photos, designs, trademarks, or other artwork you provide are either owned by your good selves, or that you’ve permission to use them. Then, when your final payment has cleared, copyright will be automatically assigned as follows: You’ll own the visual elements that I create for this project. I’ll give you proofed and approved, finished files and you should keep them somewhere safe as I'm not required to keep a copy. You own all elements of text, images and data you provided, unless someone else owns them. I’ll own the unique combination of these elements that constitutes a complete design and I’ll license that you, exclusively and in perpetuity for this project only, unless we agree otherwise. This basically just means that you can't take the design I made for you and sell it to Nike, but otherwise won't impact you. I love to show off my work and share what I’ve learned with other people, so I reserve the right, with your permission, to display and link to your project as part of my portfolio and to write about it on websites, in magazine articles, and in books.
50% of total estimated pre-tax fee upon agreement of initial design. Remainder of fee payable not more than 30 days after receipt of finished product and invoice: Interest accrued if payment is more than 30 days late is 5% of outstanding amount to be added every 7 days, starting from 31st day after receipt of finished product.
This contract is non-transferable to anyone else without my permission. This contract stays in place and need not be renewed. If for some reason one part of this contract becomes invalid or unenforceable, the remaining parts of it remain in place. Although the language is simple, the intentions are serious and this contract is a legal document.
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Contract Date
Signed on the following date