I will always do my best to fulfil your needs and meet your goals, but sometimes it is best to have a few simple things written down so that we both know what is what, who should do what and what happens if stuff goes wrong. In this contract you won’t find complicated legal terms or large passages of unreadable text. I have no desire to trick you into signing something that you might later regret. I do want what’s best for the safety of both parties, now and in the future.

In short

You are hiring me to design a visual identity and/or a website with the estimated total price outlined in the written proposal. Of course it’s a little more complicated, but I’ll get to that.

What do both parties agree to do?

As my client, you have the power and ability to enter into this contract on behalf of your company or organisation. You agree to provide me with everything that I need to complete the project including text, images and other information as and when I need it, and in the format that I ask for. You agree to review my work, provide feedback and sign-off approval in a timely manner too. Deadlines work two ways and you will also be bound by any dates that we set together. You also agree to stick to the payment schedule set out in the written proposal.

I have the experience and ability to perform the services you need from me and I will carry them out in a professional and timely manner. Along the way I will endeavour to meet all the deadlines set but I can’t be responsible for a missed launch date or a deadline if you have been late in supplying materials or have not approved or signed off my work on-time at any stage. On top of this I will also maintain the confidentiality of any information that you give me.

Getting down to the nitty gritty

Design

I create strong visual identities made to last and I make graphically strong websites with the goal that they will meet the target audience, be flexible and work on many devices and screen sizes. You, the customer will get a user-friendly website with a content system that you can update and manage.

This contract includes the work that are specified in the written proposal plus the opportunity for you to make up to two rounds of revisions.

If you at any stage are not happy with the direction my work goes, you pay me in full for what I have produced up to the point when you cancel the contract.

Text content

I may have written some awesome copy at some point but I’m not responsible for writing or inputting any text copy unless it’s specified it in the proposal. I’ll be happy to guide you to the right person for the work and in addition to the estimate they will charge you for copy writing or content input.

Graphic and photographs

If you deliver graphic files they should be in editable, digital vector format. Photographs you deliver should be in digital format and in high definition.

Changes and revisions

I know from experience that a fixed price is rarely useful either for you or me if it becomes a limitation. I will not stop you if you want to change or add anything as long as we agree that it will result in additional charges.

Technical support

I do not offer or include technical support for web sites in any way shape or from I’m just not the right person for it – but I have wonderful partners that will be happy to work with you if you need.

Legal stuff

I can’t guarantee that the functions contained in any web page templates or in a completed web site will always 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 arising out of the operation of or inability to operate your web site and any other web pages, even if you have advised us of the possibilities of such damages.

If any provision of this agreement shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

Phew.

Copyrights

You guarantee to me that any elements of text, graphics, photos, designs, trademarks, or other artwork that you provide are either owned by your good selfs, or that you have permission to use them.

When I receive your final payment, copyright is automatically assigned as follows:

You own the graphics and other visual elements that I create for you for this project. I will give you a copy of all files and you should store them really safely as I are not required to keep them or provide any native source files that I used in making them for longer than a year.

You also own text content, photographs and other data you provided, unless someone else owns them.

If the delivered site uses software and other applications and other copyrighted or otherwise protected material no such rights are passed on to you or your business.

I love to show off my work and share what I have learned when working with awesome people, so I also reserve the right to display and link to your completed project as part of my portfolio and to write about the project on web sites, in magazine articles and in books about design.

Payments

I am sure you understand how important it is as a small business that you pay the invoices that I send you promptly. As I’m also sure you’ll want to stay friends, you agree to stick tight to the payment plan specified in the agreed estimate.

Payment plan is simple – sign-off on agreed steps and pay and we go forward. No pay – no work.

But where is all the horrible small print?

Just like a parking ticket, you cannot transfer this contract 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.

Signatures

As a client you will recieve a copy of this contract for your project to sign before we start working together.