Contracts are provided to ensure everyone knows exactly what to expect and when to expect it. The information below explains some key points that are on the contract. General guidelines recommended by the Graphic Artists Guild for contracts are followed.
- Designer Responsibilities: Covers what aspects of the project the designer is accountable for. This is to be sure there are no misunderstandings.
- Client Responsibilities: Covers what you will be responsible for, such as the supply of text, photography and timely reviews and project sign-offs.
- Estimate: Efforts are made to give precise estimates in terms of price & schedule. Sometimes in the middle of a project, the parameters or features requested undergo changes, thereby increase/ decrease the cost and exceeding the time-frame. This section outlines the procedure for making revisions to the original estimate after a project has been started.
- Copyright: The copyright portion of the contract spells out what rights are being given, and what rights have been obtained for use in designs.
- Kill Fee: Sometimes a job needs to be stopped before completion. For example, if a designer is hired to create a design specifically for an event, and the event gets cancelled after the design project has begun, then the client may choose to stop the project. This section outlines the terms in such situations.
- Payment: Terms of payments and the stages of the project when payments become due are clearly covered in this section.