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Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers (3rd Edition) [Paperback]

by Eva Doman Bruck, Tad Crawford
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May 1, 2003 1581152744 978-1581152746 3rd
The must-have business and legal reference for the graphic design industry, now updated for the next generation. This classic industry tool, now in its fourth edition, brings together more than fifty essential and ready-to-use forms for graphic designers. All forms are accompanied by thorough explanations and are made available on CD-ROM so that they can be easily customized. Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers also provides step-by-step instructions, advice on standard contractual provisions, and unique negotiation checklists so you can deal correctly with clients and manage your office efficiently. Included are: • Project plan and budget • Proposal form • Credit reference form • Job index • Job sheet • Time sheet • Studio production schedule • Estimate request form • Artwork log and digital file management • Project confirmation agreement • Website design agreement • Contract with illustrator or photographer • Employment agreement • Applications for copyright registration of designs • Trademark application Commercial lease • And many more New to this edition are forms for arbitration, general and mutual releases, employee warning and dismissal letters, and promissory notes. Don’t get stuck paying expensive lawyers’ fees or accepting less than what your designs are worth. Whether you are an established designer or just starting out, this guide will help you to save money, protect yourself, and negotiate for maximum profit.

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An essential book for all design offices -- Communication Arts

For designers who are about to set up their own office or for those who feel their design practices lack real organization, this book could be immensely helpful. It provides straightforward information, a usable business system as well as a variety of business and legal forms that can be copied and put into immediate practice in any graphic design studio -- Step-By-Step Graphics

Graphic designers receive a 'success kit' which provides a complete set of the business and legal forms needed to run a successful graphic design business. The forms can be torn out and photocopied while the book can be quickly and easily consulted. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Eva Doman Bruck had more than thirty-five years of experience as a design industry professional and served as director of creative resources at Future Brand and a manager for the Hearst New Media Center. She was a member of the School of Visual Arts MFA in Design Program and published articles on design firm management in How, Step-by-Step Graphics, U&lc, and the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design.

Tad Crawford grew up in the artists' colony of Woodstock, New York. He is the author of many nonfiction books and his writing has appeared in venues such as Art in America, the Café Irreal, Confrontation, Communication Arts, Family Circle, Glamour, Guernica, the Nation, and Writer's Digest. The founder and publisher of Allworth Press, he lives in New York City.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press; 3rd edition (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581152744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581152746
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Allworth Press publisher and founder Tad Crawford is an author, attorney, and artists' rights advocate.

His most recent book is the novel A Floating Life ("strangely shimmering..." -Kirkus Review), which is published by Arcade Publishing.

Born in New York City, Crawford grew up in the artists colony of Woodstock, New York. Interested in writing both fiction and nonfiction, he majored in economics at Tufts College and graduated from Columbia Law School in February 1971. ("That explains the unusual amalgam of my activities," Crawford says. "A lot of legal skills are crucial for helping the artist and for running a publishing company. Of course, writing is an excellent background for publishing. So it's come together very well.")

Crawford clerked for a judge of the New York Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, then went to work for a small general law firm in New York City while writing and teaching writing and literature at the School of Visual Arts. Until he took the teaching assignment at the School of Visual Arts and learned of the need for materials to help artists understand their rights, he had not envisioned being an advocate of artists' rights.

"I found nothing in print to help artists deal with such legal matters as copyrights, contracts, income taxes, the 'hobby loss' problem, estate planning, or even how to get grants," recalls Crawford. And so, responding to what he saw as "an extreme need," he wrote a book dealing with those and other relevant issues, titling it Legal Guide for the Visual Artist and using it as a text for the "Law and the Visual Artist" course that he taught at the School of Visual Arts. Published in 1977, Legal Guide for the Visual Artist is now in its fourth edition and has one hundred thousand copies in print.

He followed this with The Writer's Legal Guide in 1978 (which has been updated and reissued with The Authors Guild as co-publisher and Kay Murray, the General Counsel for the Authors Guild, as co-author). With Arie Kopelman he wrote Selling Your Photography in 1980 and Selling Your Graphic Design and Illustration in 1981. At the same time Crawford served as Chairman of the Board for the Foundation for the Community of Artists, legislative counsel for the Copyright Justice Coalition (which had many arts groups as members), and general counsel for the Graphic Artists Guild. In 1982 Crawford was asked to help publish books for some of the organizations that he had represented as an attorney. In response, he became publisher of Madison Square Press, which issued annuals for such artists'organizations as the Society of Illustrators, the Society of Publication Designers, the Art Directors Club of New York, and the Art Directors Club of Los Angeles.

In 1988 he decided to strike out in a new direction, "to create a press that would offer the kind of information that was more like what I had taught, written about, and lobbied for." Crawford saw the need for a publishing company that would provide practical information to creative professionals, such as artists, photographers, designers, and authors. He knew first hand the issues faced every day by such creative people and could envision a spectrum of books to help them survive and prosper professionally.

In the Fall of 1989, Crawford published Allworth Press's first book, a revised edition of his classic Legal Guide for the Visual Artist. Ten more titles followed in 1990, offering information about marketing, promotion, pricing, copyright, contracts, health and safety, and much more. The first edition of Business and Legal Forms for Photographers was published in 1991. "The information in these books,"Crawford says, "can make all the difference in terms of success and prosperity." Today Allworth Press has a backlist of more than 250 books, publishes 12-15 books annually, and employs a staff of six very talented people.

Crawford's last involvement as an active lobbyist was in 1986, and he's given up active practice of the law to devote his energies to his publishing and his writing. The full list of books that he has authored follows:

A Floating Life
AIGA Professional Practices in Graphic Design (editor)
The Artist-Gallery Partnership (with Susan Mellon)
Business and Legal Forms for Crafts
Business and Legal Forms for Fine Artists
Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers (with Eva Doman Bruck)
Business and Legal Forms for Illustrators
Business and Legal Forms for Interior Designers (with Eva Doman Bruck)
Business and Legal Forms for Industrial Designers (with Eva Doman Bruck and Carl W. Battle)
Business and Legal Forms for Photographers
Legal Guide for the Visual Artist
The Money Mentor
The Secret Life of Money
Selling Your Photography (with Arie Kopelman)
Selling Your Graphic Design and Illustration (with Arie Kopelman)
Starting Your Career as a Freelance Photographer
The Writer's Legal Guide (with Kay Murray)

Customer Reviews

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a $29.95 Lawyer!! February 19, 2004
By lp
Our small graphic design firm had been relying on the legal forms and contracts from this book for about one year. Finally, we decided that perhaps we ought to visit with a lawyer to make sure we were doing it right...$560.00 later for an initial consultation, we realized that this $29.95 book was the best business investment we'd ever made! The lawyer confirmed that the contracts that we had been using were airtight and were great (he had a few other pointers...but, none worth $560.00).
We have had many comments from our clients that over all the creative teams they'd worked with over the years, our design firm had surpassed them all in business professionalism. If you are serious about running a firm, or just want to protect yourself, you really can't go wrong with this book! Such a small investment for such a large return!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for freelance designers! July 31, 2004
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In starting out and gathering information it's hard to determine what books will be helpful. This is great. It is filled with tear out forms you can make copies of and use over and over. Great information. And the CD-ROM includes all the forms in pdf format, as well as Pagemaker and Quark XPress so that you can make changes to fonts and style, logo additions, and more, to suit your own home business. Files are compatible with Mac and IBMC platform, which is great for me being a designer working mostly on an IBM computer. Excellent book!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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While this book should never be said to replace the advice of a competent lawyer--especially if you're dealing with larger, more complicated arrangements wherein partial rights are being transacted--the forms provided herein do afford basic protection for the small graphics firm. It's an absolutely indispensible collection of work for anyone just starting out in the field--or anyone doing fairly routine contract work.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good investment June 18, 2002
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There are many books that contain legal forms for graphic designers but the reason why I enjoy these types of books from "Business and Legal Forms" is the fact that it does come with a CD and that you can fix the forms up to your liking.
It's one thing to use copies from this book or any book but more than likely you want to change something, omit something or add something to the forms and thus this is where this book provides convenience.
This book offers forms for graphic and web designers as well. Definitely a good investment.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful Guide September 8, 2002
While I probably won't use too many of these forms directly out of the book (or off the included CD), I find every form filled with helpful tools and ideas. Since purchasing this book, I have used a number of the forms just a guides for creating my own.
While I can understand that people might be disappointed that the forms included on the CD use fonts that not everyone has, as a designer, I would strongly recommend that you get those fonts anyway. If you are serious about being a successful graphic designer, you can't rely on the default fonts that come with your computer (besides, Helvetica is a great and well-crafted font).
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the business side of graphic design, or anyone who is interested in covering their behind (protection from those eventualities such as uncooperative clients).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was after, all in one book. September 2, 1999
By A Customer
This is a great book if you are starting to design websites on a professional level and need that professional touch and insurance. A great buy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the forms, but not the CD rom October 15, 1999
By A Customer
I found the book very useful for my graphic design business and would recommend it, but was disappointed with the CD rom that was included with the book. All the legal forms were to be on the CD, which they were, but I am unable to type directly in the Quark or Pagemaker document of the form. All I am able to do is print the blank form and hand write in the information (which I find unprofessional) I would give this publication 5 stars if I were able to open up the legal form and type my information directly on it before printing.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, you won't be sorry. October 29, 2002
By A Customer
This book has EVERYTHING you need ... and then some. When you think you're not going to need one of the forms in this book, you later realize that YOU DO! As a freelance artist, using these forms made me feel as though clients noticed that they were dealing with a real professional. Absolutely a great investment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceedingly helpful
If you're trying to start a graphic design business and want to keep things legal this book is a great place to start.
Published 8 months ago by Velodious
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful information
Great place to start formatting your own business forms. Definitely helpful with my small freelancing work I do outside of my regular job. Read more
Published 12 months ago by KristinH86
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a good reference book
A lot of usefull legal forms for graphic design, even if you're a freelance, it's very helpfull when you start a project.
Published 16 months ago by Carlos Garcia Arano
5.0 out of 5 stars A Need for the Freelancer
I bought this along with other reads as I was starting my own business out of college. There was a lot of good information and material.
Published 16 months ago by Marie O
5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition
Fast delivery and in great condition! I would Definitely recommend this book for graphic design major or any art major! Great Condition and came with brand new cd. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tara
4.0 out of 5 stars The useful bits are useful
There are a LOT of contracts in this book, which is good, but I found I only need maybe a quarter of them as a graphic arts freelancer. It covers a lot. Read more
Published on February 28, 2012 by Danya
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE!
EVERY freelancer should own this book. Hands down, it covers everything you would need for contracts. Read more
Published on July 15, 2011 by kindkoidesigns
2.0 out of 5 stars Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers
This was a great book that delivered on its promises! It arrived in exactly the condition described, and shipped right on time... Read more
Published on August 2, 2010 by Steven
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs to be updated.
No InDesign files on CD and too many references to camera ready art in book.
PDF files on CD do not have form fields.
I'm disappointed, but at least it's a start.
Published on March 26, 2010 by Music Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Graphic Designers Legal Forms is A Must Have for Entrepreneurs
I purchased this book because I am starting my own graphic design business. After searching the web for examples of business contracts I realized that I needed a source book for... Read more
Published on March 21, 2010 by B. Keene
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