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, I 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.

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

 

References: Smashing Magazine, Docracy