Retainer Agreement

This is a simple retainer agreement for design services. Original can be found at:

By signing this agreement, Client Name (“Client”) has retained Service Provider Name (“Service Provider”) to proceed with graphic design services for the period Start Date to End Date, and agrees to the terms and conditions as set forth in this Agreement.

During this period, Service Provider agrees to devote up to Monthly Hours hours per month on assignments to be determined by Client. Work will normally be performed at the offices of Service Provider, but occasionally may take place at other locations, as required. Work priority and scheduling will be at the discretion of Client. Work will normally occur between the hours of 9 to 5 on weekdays.

Payment for these services will be to Service Provider at the rate of $Standard Hourly Fee per hour up to hours per month and will be made for invoiced work no later than the 3rd day of each month that this agreement is in force. All invoices will be net 30 and will be submitted on a per project basis and maintained by Client until the end of each payment period.

Design services in addition to hours per month will be made available by Service Provider at the rate of $Hourly Design Cost per hour and will be billed separately. Consulting services will be billed separately at the rate of $Hourly Consulting Cost per hour. Any expenses exclusive of normal overhead are not included in this agreement and will be billed separately. Examples of such expenses are: delivery services, long-distance telephone calls, travel beyond 50 miles from Service Provider facilities, and meals when traveling. All invoices will be net 30.

Description of Design Services:

Design Services Description

Description of Consulting Services:

Consulting Services Description

For Example: "Consulting services may include: assistance in advertising and branding strategies; in-person, over the phone or email technical support; in-house consultation for design, advertising, and marketing services; print coordination; brainstorming & creative direction; promotions; and print and multimedia resources."

All materials furnished by Client will remain the property of Client and will be returned upon request, or no more than 10 days from the termination of this agreement.

The results of any and all work performed by Service Provider for Client, including original creative work (with the exception of Client Ownership Exception), will remain the property of the Client. Client may use this material in the manner described in each project agreement. Should the Client wish to use this material for additional purposes, Client and Service Provider must sign an additional Copyright and Ownership Agreement prior to use.

This agreement may be terminated on 30 days’ written notice by either Service Provider or Client. In case of termination, Service Provider shall make a reasonable attempt to finish work in progress.

Creative Company Name
(Creative company)

Client Company Name
(Client company)

Acceptance of terms

The action of the sending and receipt of this agreement via electronic method will hold both parties in acceptance of these terms. The Designer as sender and the client as recipient will acknowledge acceptance of these terms either through an e-mail noting acceptance or acceptance is acknowledged at the beginning of any work on said project. Electronic signatures shall be considered legal and binding.

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