Paperwork can be boring, but ensuring that everything is documented is crucial for a well-run project and it becomes invaluable when things turn pear-shaped.

You may not use all of these, but some of the paperwork that should be considered are:
Confidentiality contracts
Used when the releasing of information could be detrimental before a report is published.

Contract of appointment
Used to document roles and responsibilities.

Purchase order
Used to document the description and price of the goods exchanging hands.

Copyright assignment contract
Used to document understanding of what copyright is to be transferred and when.

Model release for photographic shoots
Used to assign full or part copyright of shots from the model (amateur or professional) to the client.


The role of the purchase order is to ensure that you get the product you want for the price you expect.
It is the one document that binds the client, designer and printer.

Download a fact sheet showing the detail needed on a purchase order.

Design Business Council (dbc) workshops

Preparing a design brief

Evaluating a design presentation

The dbc is a professional development body that helps organisations work with designers. dbc workshops will assist you prepare a brief and then evaluate a presentation.

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