subject: contract template for commission?

joachim's picture

dear all,

are there any templates for contracts for type design commissions?

a new client has commisioned me to create a custom type family for them, and asked me to submit a contract for their review, since the matter is rather specialized and they have no similar documents they could use.

so, i’ve been wondering: are there any standard type design contract forms available covering commissioned work, that can be downloaded and customized?
i’m happy to pay a reasonable fee if required.

if available, i’m specifically looking for inclusion of wording or clauses regulating:
– client company has complete usage rights in print and digital media as long as company exists in its present form, but no rights to resell, while:
– designer retains all rights to resell typeface to other companies or via retail.

thanks much in advance for any information!
joachim

kthomps5's picture

The Graphic Artists Guild (https://www.graphicartistsguild.org/) publishes The Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines, which includes a standard contract for Lettering and Typeface Design. You can order it through their website, or find it in any well-stocked bookstore.

Also, the website has a checklist for writing your own contract, under the resources link.

hrant's picture

You might want to ask Frank Martinez.

hhp

joachim's picture

hmm thank you... i know the handbook and bought the new one. it has a chapter on type design, and a chapter with contracts. there is no contract for type design in there though... :(

Hrant: i don't know Frank Martinez, is he a lawyer?

thx much!
joachim

hrant's picture

Yes, by far the most famous lawyer in the type field, and for good reason.

hhp

joachim's picture

is this the right person/company?
http://www.martinezgroup.com/aboutusstaff.html

thx! - j.

kthomps5's picture

Joachim, I haven't purchased an updated Pricing Guide in a while--my apologies.

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