Contracts for Creative Professionals workshop, 6/15 in L.A.

Spencer Cross's picture

Hi gang. I'm coproducing an workshop THIS Saturday with designer-turned-lawyer Jonathan Tobin that I think would be of interest to some of you (if you're in Los Angeles).

Saturday, June 15, 2013
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
The Hub Los Angeles
830 Traction Ave. #3A
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Contracts mystify many creative professionals, yet they are the lifeblood of the trade. In this workshop, geared towards freelance creatives and small agencies, we will work together to understand contracts and see how they can be used as a tool to do better work, make more money and keep clients happy.

This workshop will teach the basics of how contracts work, how to approach contract negotiation as a collaborative process, explain important and common contract clauses and offer guidance on when and how to seek help drafting or enforcing contracts.

Here is what you will learn, at the very least:

• What a contract is and how it is formed.
• How contracts are structured.
• Common contract clauses.
• Typical issues in creative contracts.
• How to approach contracts with your clients in a non-adverserial way.
• Using online signing services to make the process painless.
• How to find and adapt basic contracts.
• How to enforce contracts.
• How to work with an attorney to draft, modify and enforce contracts.

Since this is an early "beta" of what we hope will become a valuable, repeatable event for the creative community, participation in this first workshop will be limited to just 10 people and cost only $89.


Jonathan Tobin is a California attorney and worked as a graphic designer and web developer for over a decade. He helps creators, makers and innovators use the law to become more successful.

Spencer Cross is an LA-based designer and artist. He is an evangelist for the LA design community and works to foster community and camaraderie among LA-area creative professionals by coordinating a variety of social and educational events and discussion forums.

hrant's picture

Sounds like a winner.


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5star's picture

Litigation is an expensive proposition ...good luck drumming up business.

JamesM's picture

Contracts are a great idea, especially for large jobs, but like 5star said litigation can indeed be expensive (unless it's a small amount suitable for small claims court).

With new clients I usually write a letter of agreement that spells out what services I'll provide, what the anticipated charges are, the rough timeline, etc., and ask for their signature. Usually that prevents misunderstandings later on.

Nick Shinn's picture

AIGA and RGD have standard contract forms available online for all, not just members.

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