Standard Agreement 1401 - Choura Venue Services Branding

This is a Standard Agreement for the 1401 - Choura Venue Services Branding project.

Client: Choura Venue Services

Primary Contact: Jim Choura

Project: 1401 - Choura Venue Services

Designer: J. John Choura Jr. / Alex L. Choura

Date of Project: 01/21/2014

Project Deadline: ~

Estimate #: 1401-1 - Choura Venue Services

Creative Brief: Redesign the Choura Venue Services brand, including all print and web expressions.


Designers (J. John Choura and Alex L. Choura) agree whole heartedly under certain conditions to the project for the client (Choura Venue Services). These conditions are as follows, that (a) the client will follow procedure in submitting job requests to the designers, respecting the creative process, and allotting time for the designers to complete the task in a timely manner (refer to "Design Process"). Furthermore it is the designers preference that (b) J. Ryan Choura will not have influence on the design process, or any of it's approvals. And lastly (c) the designers are on a annual retainer, which will need renewal on January twenty-first, two thousand and fifteen (01/21/2015).

Design Process:

All projects need to allot a 48 hour notice. From start to finish, small projects need two (2) weeks of design time. Large projects need a total of six (4) weeks for design process. Printing needs two (2) weeks of production on top of the design time. Rush projects will be worked on at a higher priority, but there are no guarantees that the requested rush deadlines will be realistic enough for the design process, or the print production.

The design process requires a full disclosure of all project expectations and needs, in addition to allotted time for design. These are required at the outset for every design project. Broadly, for Print and Web projects a standard need is finalized written copy, we cannot start doing our job until there is content to design with. Getting more specific, for advertisements in print and web, the dimensions of the piece(s) are of major importance; similarly, we will not start the design until these parameters are clear.


In consideration of the Services to be performed by Designer, Client shall pay to Designer fees in the amount of $45 per hour. Rush projects will be billed at $50 per hour.

1. Payment

All invoices are payable within 21 business days of receipt. A $50 service charge is payable on all overdue balances for reissuing each invoice at 45, 60, 75 and 90 days from the date of original invoice. The grant of any license or right of copyright is conditioned on receipt of full payment.

2. Default in payment

The Client shall assume responsibility for cost outlays by designer in all collections of unpaid fees and of legal fees necessitated by default in payment. Invoices in default will include but are not limited to fees for collection and legal costs.

3. Estimates

The fees and expenses shown are minimum estimates only unless an hourly fee has been agreed upon. That fee will be $40 per hour and the designer shall keep the client apprised of a tally of hours within a reasonable period of time. Final fees and expenses shall be shown when invoice is rendered. The fees and expenses shown are minimum estimates only unless the quote and/or invoice is clearly marked Firm Quote, otherwise the below stated hourly fee will be payable on all time over that which was quoted with a minimum in 30 minute increments.

4. Changes

The Client must assume that all additions, alterations, changes in content, layout or process changes requested by the customer, will alter the time and cost. The Client shall offer the Designer the first opportunity to make any changes.

5. Expenses

The Client shall reimburse the Designer for all expenses arising from this assignment, including the payment of any sales taxes due on this assignment, and shall advance the Designer for payment of said expenses, including but not limited to Stock Photography, Artwork, and or material needed for the project.

6. Cancellation

In the event of cancellation of this assignment, ownership of all copyrights and the original artwork shall be retained by the Designer, and a cancellation fee for work completed, and expenses already incurred, shall be paid by the Client. Cancellation fee is based on the hours submitted, if the project is on an hourly basis or a percentage based on the time estimate for the entire job. A 100% cancellation fee is due once the project has been finished, whether delivered to the client or not. If the project is on an hourly basis and the project is canceled by the client, the client agrees to pay no less than 100% of the hours already billed for the project at the time of cancellation plus a flat fee of $250 or 50% of the remaining hours that were expected to be completed on the project, whichever is greater.

7. Credit Lines

The Designer and any other creators shall receive a credit line with any editorial usage. If similar credit lines are to be given with other types of usage, it must be so indicated here.

8. Releases

The Client shall indemnify the Designer against all claims and expenses, including attorney’s fees, due to the uses for which no release was requested in writing or for uses that exceed authority granted by a release.

9. Modifications

Modifications of the terms of this contract must be written and authorized by both parties, involving the implementation of a new version of the contract as a whole following standard procedures of documentation and approval.

10. Uniform commercial code

The above terms incorporate Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code.

11. Code of fair practice

The Client and the Designer agree to comply with the provisions of the Code of Fair Practice (which is in the Ethical Standards section of chapter 1, Professional Relationships).

12. Code of fair practice

The Designer warrants and represents that, to the best of his/her knowledge, the work assigned hereunder is original and has not been previously published, or that consent to use has been obtained on an unlimited basis; that all work or portions thereof obtained through the undersigned form third parties is original or, if previously published, that consent to use has been obtained on an unlimited basis; that the Designer has full authority to make this agreement; and that the work prepared by the Designer does not contain any scandalous, libelous, or unlawful matter. This warranty does not extend to any uses that the Client or others may make of the Designer’s product that may infringe on the rights of others. Client expressly agrees that it will hold the Designer harmless for all liability caused by the Client’s use of the Designer’s product to the extent such use infringes on the rights of others.

13. Limitation of liability

Client agrees that it shall not hold the Designer or his/her agents or employees liable for any incidental or consequential damages that arise from the Designer’s failure to perform any aspect of the project in a timely manner, regardless of whether such failure was caused intentional or negligent acts or omissions of the Designer or Client, any client representatives or employees, or a third party.

14. Dispute Resolution

Any disputes in excess of maximum limit for small-claims court arising out of this Agreement shall be submitted to binding arbitration before a mutually agreed-upon arbitrator pursuant to the rules of the American Arbitration Association. The Arbitrator’s award shall be final, and judgment may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The client shall pay all arbitration and court cost, reasonable attorney’s fees, and legal interest on any award of judgment in favor of the Designer. All actions, whether brought by client or by designer will be filed in the designer's state/county of business/residence. This contract is held accountable to the legal system of California and any applicable statutes held therein.

15. 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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