DESIGN PROJECT TERMS CONTRACT
A 50% deposit is required to begin your project. All invoices are payable within 14 business days upon completion or no response from the client about the project. 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 completed project. 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 a 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.
The fees and expenses are minimum estimates unless an hourly fee is within the agreement. The fee is $125 per hour, and the designer will maintain the hours for the client within a reasonable amount of time. Final fees and expenses will appear on the invoice, which shows a minimum estimate unless the quote or invoice are 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.
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. After the 5th revision, an additional fee may apply at the discretion of the designer at a rate of $125 per hour. Changes may take up to 48 hours to make after receiving the information from the client.
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.
In the event of cancellation of this assignment, ownership of all copyrights and the original artwork shall be retained by the Designer, 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 is 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. Ownership and return of artwork
The Designer retains ownership of all original artwork, whether preliminary or final, and the Client shall return such artwork within 30 days of use unless indicated otherwise below. If the transfer of ownership of all rights is desired, the rates may be increased. If the Client wishes the ownership of the rights to a specific design or concept, these may be purchased at any time for a recalculation of the hourly rate on the time billed or the entire project cost.
8. 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.
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 the authority granted by a release.
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 whole following standard procedures of documentation and approval.
11. Uniform commercial code
The above terms incorporate Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code.
12. Code of fair practice
The Client and the Designer agree to comply with the provisions of the Code of Fair Practice (Ethical Standards section of chapter 1, Professional Relationships).
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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 Texas and any applicable statutes held therein.
16. 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 the sender and the client as the recipient will acknowledge acceptance of these terms either through an e-mail noting acceptance, acceptance is acknowledged at the beginning of any work on said project or submitting the initial deposit needed to start the client’s project. Electronic signatures shall be considered legal and binding.