Freebie: The Collective Legal Guide For Designers (Contract Samples)

FreebieThe Collective Legal Guide For Designers (Contract Samples)

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.

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

I Want To Add My Own Document

Add your document!add yours

Eager to share your own experiences on documents? Please leave a comment, question or suggestion. Also, we’d love to include more documents in this article! Feel free to add yours! We’ll look at all documents which we receive and add the best ones to this guide!

Extra: Free “Legal Guide” Icon Set

You like the icons in this guide? Alvaro Casanova, designer for Docracy.com, offers you to download the set for free (retina and standard).

Credits of image on front page: storebukkebruse.

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Source Article from http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/04/03/legal-guide-contract-samples-for-designers/

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