This is a simple freelance / logo design contract.
Its simple enough to tailor to your needs as well. I have used this for more than just design jobs. It will work for most any creative / freelance work, and will keep you and your client in the know of what is expected.
You, [Katrina Sloan] ("Client) asked me, [Janay Peters] (“Designer”) to
design a logo for you. This is our Agreement for this project:
What I agree to do:
1. Scope of Work.
[I JANAY PETERS, WILL DESIGN FOR YOU A LOGO FOR PRAISE TEAM OF AMERICA. WHICH
*THE DESIGN BRIEF: I'LL TALK WITH YOU AND GET THE DESIGN BRIEF ( BASICALLY WHAT IT
IS THAT YOU ARE LOOKING TO ACCOMPLISH WITH THIS DESIGN).
*SKETCHING & CONCEPTUALISING: THEN I WILL DEVELOP THE LOGO DESIGN CONCEPT(S)
AROUND THE BRIEF AND RESEARCH. THEN USE CREATIVITY AND EXPERIENCE TO DESIGN A
*REFLECTION: THEN TOGETHER WE WILL DISCUSS THE SKETCHES AND CONCEPTS
*PRESENTATION: WE WILL THEN CHOOSE WHICH LOGO(S)/ CONCEPT(S) YOU LIKE THE BEST
AND THEN THAT DESIGN WILL BE FINALIZED!]
I will send them via compressed files through email.
What I promise you:
3. Original Work/Conflicts/Confidentiality.
I promise that, except for anything that you gave me to incorporate into the design(s): (a) my work will be original and will not be copied in whole or in part from any other work; (b) I own the rights that I am giving you under this Agreement, or I have secured such rights to any third-party content incorporated into my final design(s); and (c) my work does not violate the patent, copyright, trade secret or other property right of any person, firm or entity. I promise that this Agreement does not conflict with any other contract, agreement or understanding to which I am a party. Finally, I promise that I’ll hold and maintain in strict confidence any confidential information that you provide me (such as proprietary technical or business information), and I will not disclose such information to any third party except as may be required by a court or governmental authority.
What you promise me:
4. Pay Me For My Work.
You promise to pay me the total sum (“Fee”) of $ (U.S. Dollars) in three
payments. 40 percent of the Fee will be due when you and I sign this Agreement and before I begin. The next 30 percent is due after the Sketching & Conceptualising phase of the logo design(s) are complete, and the last 30 percent will be due before I send you final files containing the final design(s) you approved. Payment will be made using [PAYPAL]. If you ask me to use any third-party content (such as stock photos) in the design(s), you promise to pay me the actual cost of licensing that third-party content for use in the design(s). You agree that until you pay me in full, you will not acquire the rights or license to use or transfer ownership of any design(s) that I create for you under this Agreement.
5. You Have Rights To The Client Content.
You promise that: (a) You own the rights to use anything you give
me (“Client Content”); and (b) using such Client Content does not violate the patent, copyright, trade secret or other property right of any person, firm or entity. You grant me a nonexclusive, nontransferable license to use, reproduce, modify, display and publish the Client Content solely in connection with my work for you under this Agreement and my limited promotional uses as allowed by this Agreement. You also affirm and represent that this Agreement does not conflict with any other contract, agreement or understanding to which you are a party.
6. You Promise To Provide Feedback.
You agree that I cannot send you final files unless you give me timely
feedback and approve the final proofs I’ll send you. You agree to provide timely feedback so that I can understand your concerns, objections or corrections to the design(s). I agree to listen to your feedback and make changes to the design(s) in response to your feedback. You promise not to unreasonably withhold acceptance of the final design(s). Finally, you agree that my work on this project will be complete and the Agreement will end after I deliver to you final files containing the final design(s) that you’ve approved.
What rights each of us will have:
7. Rights Before You Pay Me In Full.
You understand and agree that until you pay me in full, I own full rights to each and every original design I create for you under this Agreement. If you don’t pay me in full, you agree that I can complete, exhibit, use and sell the design(s) at my sole and absolute discretion. You also agree that I own all of the concepts created before you select the final design(s).
8. Rights After You Pay Me In Full.
I understand and agree that after you pay me in full, you will own rights
(as defined in this Agreement) to the final design(s) that you approve and I create for you. You understand and agree that I own all of the concepts/preliminary designs created before you select the final design(s), except for elements in those concepts that are incorporated into the final design(s) that I deliver to you. You will receive rights for the final design(s) only. You agree that I will retain the right to use the final design(s) and all preliminary designs in design competitions, publications on design, educational purposes and in marketing my design business. You will be solely responsible to make sure that the design(s) I create for you will be available for use in commerce and protectable under trademark law.
9. Rights For Logo Designs.
If the work I am doing for you includes the design of a logo, I give you the full
rights to use the logo design I create in any and all media without restrictions of any kind. Additionally, I agree that after you pay me in full, I will cooperate with you and execute any additional documents reasonably requested by you to evidence such assignment of rights.
10. I Am An Independent Contractor.
You agree that I am an independent contractor and not your employee.
Although you will provide general direction to me, I will determine, in my sole discretion, the manner and ways in which I will create the design(s) for you. The work that I create for you under this Agreement will not be deemed a “work-for-hire”, as that term is defined under U.S. Copyright Law. Whatever rights I grant you are contained in this Agreement. By signing this agreement, you and I agree: (a) to all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement and (b) that we have the full authority to enter into this Agreement. The Agreement is effective as of the most recent date that appears below.