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Here is the section that outlines my contracts- in visual, easy to understand terms for any potential customers/ clients looking to hire me for a project. Now, you might be wondering why I created this section- and why might a graphic designer need a contract. Truthfully, there is a lot of legal jargon that can get confusing when I hand over my contract for review (yes, I will require a written signature on a contract when we start a project together, regardless of what type of project it is); so this is the rundown of how I work, what I expect, what you expect, what I send and what you receive. It’s designed to protect both parties- my clients and myself.

PLEASE NOTE- THIS PAGE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS!

Website Terms

  • Website Domain- A website on the internet. For example, this site here is www.ksavasta.com
  • Website Hosting- The place where your files are all stored for your website. This is done through a 3rd party company. Usually, you can bundle Website Domains and Hosting together.
  • Common File Types used for Websites
    • .JPG
    • .GIF
    • .PNG (transparency for web graphics)
    • .PDF (can use for printing, downloadable from a website, etc)

Graphic Design Terms

  • Graphic Design- The layered files 
  • Source Files- The layered files that are created in specific design programs and software, such as the Adobe Creative Suite. These file types are not usually released in a final, finished project (unless it is a vector logo). Common file types are as follows:
    • .AI
    • .PSD
    • .INDD
  • Font– The type face (text characters) that are used in a design. Often, in graphic design, font’s require special licenses in order to use them in work.
  • License- A special contract that outlines how a font/ item/ design may be used and not used.

Logo Design- The Process

Listed below is the process I follow when developing a logo.

  • I start off with 6 digital thumbnail sketches to figure out the direction to head in.
    • Client has up to 2 revisions
    • *If you are unhappy at this step with my work and/or the direction of the project, you can choose to either continue with more revisions and an additional payment, or stop the project here.
      • If you choose to stop the project here, the final payment will be taken.
    • Black and white options of your logo are also available- at an additional fee.
  • If all is well and dandy- I will then polish up the file for you and get it ready to send (ie- outline the fonts, make sure everything is merged, etc)
  • I will release the files to you in a vector .AI file (outlined), .PDF (printing), .PNG (Web), and .JPG.

Downloadable Forms

Listed below are the forms you can download- all related to logo and branding!

Logo Contract  |  Example of process

What you get (FINAL FILES)

  • A .JPG File (general purposes)
  • An outlined .AI file (vector)
  • A .PDF File (for printing)
  • A .PNG (for web/ transparency)
  • Please note- Black and white variations are also available for an additional fee

What you don’t get

  • All of the logo designs you didn’t choose
  • Elements not chosen as a part of your design
  • Layered files with live type fonts (legally, I cannot provide fonts to you anyways. I would be more than happy to point you where you can purchase the fonts, however)
    • Layered files (with live type) can be released upon negotiation

How you can use this

  • In your printed material
  • On promotional products (t-shirts, clothing, etc whatever it is you want)
  • In printed material (stationary, letterheads, business cards, etc)
  • On your website

I Obtain Rights to…

  • Show off the work in my portfolio
  • Show off the work in a magazine/ publication if the opportunity pops up

Illustration- The Types

Illustration is somewhat of a weird subject matter, as the style and medium I use will affect the process (ie- hand drawn VS digital vs complete vector). It also varies depending on the details (sketch, linear, flat color, polished, etc).

  • Hand Drawn
    • Artwork will be hand drawn (pencil) and Inked by me.
    • This is often good for illustrative website icons, potential logos, and/or a way to stand out with a personal flare.
    • Example (Hand drawn artwork)
  • Digital
    • Artwork will be drawn via tablet, iPad, etc and be in raster format (means the size it is- you cannot change. If you try to make it larger, it will get blurry).
    • Great for character sheets, cartoons, comics, etc.
    • Example (Digital art drawn on the iPad and edited in Adobe Photoshop)
  • Vector
    • Artwork can be either hand drawn or digital drawn; then converted to vector format (means you can scale it and make it smaller and larger without distorting the image).
    • Example 1 (Artwork that was Inked by hand and converted to Vector format via Adobe Illustrator)
    • Example 2 (Artwork that was drawn digitally in Adobe Photoshop and converted to vector via Adobe Illustrator)
    • Example 3 (100% vector art created in Adobe Illustrator)

Downloadable Forms

Listed below are the forms you can download- all related to logo and branding!

Logo Contract  |  Example of process

What you get (FINAL FILES)

  • A .JPG File (general purposes)
  • An outlined .AI file (vector)
  • A .PDF File (for printing)
  • A .PNG (for web/ transparency)
  • Please note- Black and white variations are also available for an additional fee

What you don’t get

  • Layered files with live type fonts (legally, I cannot provide fonts to you anyways. I would be more than happy to point you where you can purchase the fonts, however)
    • Layered files (with live type) can be released upon negotiation

How you can use this

  • In your printed material
  • On promotional products (t-shirts, clothing, etc whatever it is you want)
  • In printed material (stationary, letterheads, business cards, etc)
  • On your website

I Obtain Rights to…

  • Show off the work in my portfolio
  • Show off the work in a magazine/ publication if the opportunity pops up

Website Design- The Process

Listed below is the process I follow when developing graphics.

  • Client should fill out the special website inquiry form- where they will outlined what exactly they need done on a site (ie- brand new site, old site refresher, website graphics, etc)
  • Form should be emailed to me at kristina@ksavasta.com
  • If a website is NEW, we will need to situate the nitty-gritty details (domain, hosting, etc) at this point
  • If website is NOT new, the details will be ironed out over email
  • If only website graphics are needed (icons, cartoons, etc)- that might cross more with the illustration and graphic design category than web.

Downloadable Forms

Listed below are the forms you can download- all related to logo and branding!

Website Contract  |  Website Info Sheet

What you get 

  • A nice, shiny website! (I prefer WordPress, but HTML also works!)
  • Custom icon(s)/ Graphics if negotiated for that shiny new website!
  • Log-in credentials for that Website (if you are planning on taking it over, and if it is built in WordPress)
  • Training Guide on how to use your new website and keep it updated (especially if there is a blog/ portfolio section)

What you need to provide

  • Written content for the page(s)
  • Color Scheme
  • Images/ graphics (unless I am doing them for you)
  • Any information you want to go on your site

How you can use this

  • It’s your website- so it’s yours to maintain after our final sign off!
  • I would be more than happy to maintain it for you for an additional fee(s) if that is something you need to happen (ie- update it, make edits occasionally, etc).

I Obtain Rights to…

  • Show off the work in my portfolio
  • Show off the work in a magazine/ publication if the opportunity pops up
  • Any of my stock icons/ graphics I use in your website that I personally created (ie- generic templates), unless I build them custom for your project

Graphic Design- The Process

Listed below is the process I follow when developing graphics (business cards, stationery sets, etc).

  • I start off with 3 rough drafts. For business cards, this depends on if the cards are intended to be front and/or back. For all others- I will start with a few rough schemes and send them to the client for proposal and direction.
    • Client has up to 2 revisions.
    • *If you are unhappy at this step with my work and/or the direction of the project, you can choose to either continue with more revisions and an additional payment, or stop the project here.
      • If you choose to stop the project here, the final payment will be taken.
  • If all is well and dandy- we will continue with the work until we reach a point where you give me a final approval
  • I will then polish up the file for you and get it ready to send (ie- outline the fonts, make sure everything is merged, etc).
  • I will release the files to you in a vector .AI file (outlined), and a .PDF (printing).

Downloadable Forms

Listed below are the forms you can download- all related to logo and branding!

General Graphic Design  |  Example of process

What you get (FINAL FILES)

  • A .PDF File (for printing)
  • .JPG (general file type)
  • Please note- Black and white variations are also available for an additional fee

What you don’t get

  • All of the designs you didn’t choose
  • Elements not chosen as a part of your design
  • Layered files with live type fonts (legally, I cannot provide fonts to you anyways. I would be more than happy to point you where you can purchase the fonts, however)
    • Layered files (with live type) can be released upon negotiation

How you can use this

  • On promotional products (t-shirts, clothing, etc whatever it is you want)
  • In printed material (stationary, letterheads, business cards, etc)
  • On your website

I Obtain Rights to…

  • Show off the work in my portfolio
  • Show off the work in a magazine/ publication if the opportunity pops up