Graphic design contract

Logo or other artwork
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This contract sets the terms for the design of a logo, print material, webpage or other graphics. It is suitable for work where the client is in the UK and the designer is abroad. It includes provisions to transfer the rights in the intellectual property of the design to the client once the work has been completed.
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About this document

This is a straight forward contract for the production of any artwork.

We assume that it is the client who will use it, and therefore have included terms that give him or her legal advantage. However, it could be edited by a designer to provide a more neutral contract that a client will be happy to accept.

The main strength of this agreement for the client is control over the ownership of the intellectual property in the artwork. It provides for a transfer on completion to the client of all created work.

The subject of the agreement could be any artwork, whether a logo, an illustration or enhanced photograph, print material such as a brochure, graphics for an app, or a webpage mockup or final design.

We keep the legal content separate from a specification of work, which you should set out in detail in a schedule. That allows the contract to be reused with minimal re-editing.

The designer could be self-employed or working through a company. He or she may work on or off your premises and may use staff besides him or herself. The document can be used if the designer is not based in the UK.

Alternatives to this contract

We offer other agreements related to website design but no other covering exclusively graphic or artwork design.

A much longer contract for a large project is one for design of a website. This is easily adaptable for work on a game or an app.


Subjects covered in this agreement include:

  • Definitions and interpretation
  • Contract work
  • New intellectual property
  • Payment
  • Confidential information
  • Indemnities by contractors
  • Other matters relating to enforcement and other legal issues

There are also over 1,400 words of helpful drafting notes that explain how to edit the document to suit your requirements.

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Recent reviews

Exactly What's Needed
28 January 2021
Excellent. It is easy to read and contains all the data needed. It can be amended easily
Khadiatou Diallo
Perfect Discovery
24 February 2020
Wish I knew about this 3 years ago.
Now have my "go to" legal website to support the documents needed for my business.
Maria Mackey
Review of the Australian version
Very Good
27 March 2017
Paul Greetham
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