Independent Contractor Agreement for Design Services
Date: February 15, 2014
Between Kenneth Brandon Cordy (Contractor) and Absolute Truth Media (Client)
I'll always do our best to fulfil your needs and meet your expectations, but it’s important to have things written down so that we both know what’s what, who should do what and when, and what will happen if something goes wrong. In this contract you won’t find any complicated legal terms or long passages of unreadable text. I’ve no desire to trick you into signing something that you might later regret. What we do want is what’s best for both parties, now and in the future.
So in short;
You, Absolute Truth Media (Client), located at Customer Address are hiring me, Kenneth Brandon Cordy (Contractor) located at 2621 Paces Ridge Apt. E, Atlanta, GA 30339 to design and develop motion graphics assets. Of course it’s a little more complicated, but we’ll get to that.
What do both parties agree to do?
You: You have the authority to enter into this contract on behalf of yourself, your company or your organization. You’ll give me everything I need to complete the project as and when and in the format I need it. You’ll review our work, provide feedback and approval in a timely manner too. Deadlines work two ways, so you’ll also be bound by dates we set together. You also agree to stick to the payment schedule set out at the end of this contract.
Me: I have the experience and ability to do everything I’ve agreed with you and I’ll do it all in a professional and timely manner. I’ll endeavor to help set reasonable deadlines and meet them. I'll maintain the confidentiality of everything you give us.
Services to be provided
Motion design for show packaging
I will be designing, developing, and executing logos, animated open, transition, wipes, looping animations, and templates for lower thirds and episodic graphics for the programs Singles Forum of Atlanta and Health, Fitness & You.
The motion graphics items will be delivered via online transfer (Dropbox, Google Drive, or similar service/method) for editing into the programs, and the logos will be delivered in formats that will make them applicable for other uses.
Motion graphics for television advertisments
I will be designing, developing, and executing motion graphics for use in television commercials by sponsors during Singles Forum of Atlanta and Health, Fitness & You. There is an expected total of fifteen (15) ads between the programs.
Web banners for clients purchasing television advertisments
I will be designing static web banners for the sponsors of the programs. Pricing provided allows for three banner sizes per design.
Additional services (editing, audio, additional banners, etc) will need to be covered in a different contract.
All content - show titles, segment names, and any necessary photographic or video elements needed for motion graphics - most be provided by client.
You and I will work together to set deadlines for each deliverable as relates to both time items are needed in and turnaround time. Estimated turnaround time is one week for each set of show graphics and two sets of motion graphics per week for television commercials. Delays in content delivery or design approvals may result in final delivery delays.
Changes and revisions
The price at the beginning of this contract is based on the length of time that this task is estimated to take to accomplish everything you’ve told me you want to achieve, but I'm happy to be flexible. We will both work together on the first version of the project so that it meets expectations and requirements; you are welcome to three (3) minor changes after delivery of original assets. A "minor change" will be meant to define one minor aesthetic alteration to items such as timing of animation, color of one element of the design, font choice for non-logo text. Any changes to errors affecting usability (for example, missing alpha channels, render errors) will be fixed at any time for free.
If you want to change your mind or add/change anything substantially, that won’t be a problem as I’ll provide a separate estimate for that.
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 us 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, images or other artwork you provide are either owned by you or that you have permission to use them. Absolute Truth Media has the right to refuse use of improperly or unauthorized licensed materials owned by third parties, and client has the right to refuse delivery of designs by contractor that include improperly or unauthorized licensed materials owned by third parties.
All deliverables will become the property of Absolute Truth Media upon delivery and payment in full. Designs, save for elements already the property of others, are the property of Kenneth Brandon Cordy until payment in full.
We’re sure you understand how important it is as a small business that you pay the invoices that we send you promptly. As we’re also sure you’ll want to stay friends, you agree to stick tight to the following payment schedule.
- $600 for the production of the show packaging for Singles Forum of Atlanta - $300 upfront, $300 within 15 days of delivery of packaged assets
- $600 for the production of the show packaging for Health, Fitness & You - $300 upfront, $300 within 15 days of delivery of packaged assets
- $300 for the production of each television advertisment and banner set - $150 upfront, $150 within 15 days of delivery of packaged assets
In each case, the first payment is considered a non-refundable deposit for design services. All payments should be conducted either by cash or through the online payment system (address to be provided).
This contract cannot be transferred to anyone else without our 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 under exclusive jurisdiction of the State of Georgia courts.
The dotted line
Signed by and on behalf of Kenneth Brandon Cordy
Signed by and on behalf of Absolute Truth Media
Everyone should sign above and keep a copy for their records.