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The Collective Legal Guide For Designers (Contract Samples)

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Rule number one for designers of all kinds: use a contract. Sometimes, this is easier said than done. Should I use a service agreement? A retainer? A licensing contract? With the help of Docracy, we collected the experience of many designers to provide a wide range of starting points for less experienced creative professionals, and to start a permanent free legal resource for the community. The Collective Legal Guide For Designers (Contract Samples)”) Below you’ll find a collection of legal documents curated by our fantastic community. We are looking for your feedback and contribution to grow this collection. Suggest more items or add the contract you use for your own work.

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Rule number one for designers of all kinds: use a contract. Sometimes, this is easier said than done. Should I use a service agreement? A retainer? A licensing contract? With the help of Docracy, we collected the experience of many designers to provide a wide range of starting points for less experienced creative professionals, and to start a permanent free legal resource for the community.

Below you’ll find a collection of legal documents curated by our fantastic community. We are looking for your feedback and contribution to grow this collection. Suggest more items or add the contract you use for your own work. You might also want to have a look at our already published set of 10 basic agreements for designers.

Important notice: free sample documents and commentary are never a substitute to legal advice. Because every situation can be different, only a lawyer can answer your legal questions and assist you with a contract. The contracts below are useful examples, but they are sourced from a community of people and come without any guarantee, so treat them as general information. Smashing Magazine and the respective contributors of the documents disclaim all liability in connection to the use of these documents.

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What Document Should I Sign With My Client?

If you created an icon set:

icon
If you are building a responsive website:
responsive
If you are starting a graphic design project:
getting_started
If you’re doing a small project with design and code:
small_project
If you’re doing a BIG project with design and code:
big_project
If you’re doing UX work:
interface
If you’re creating an infographic:
infographic
If a third party wants to use your work:
third_party
If you’re redesigning a website:
web_redesign
If you’re hiring a developer/designer to work on a project:
hiring_someone
If you’re hired as a freelance developer:
being_hired
If you’re making a mobile application:
mobile
If things go wrong:
help
Other helpful documents:
other_stuff

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