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F*ck You. Pay Me.

I am constantly shocked at how almost all the designers I know have no contracts with their clients when they do freelance work. It is just insane and asking to be taken advantage of because at some points things are going to go wrong and you have to be sure you are covered.

I spent this past week in San Francisco and this topic came up a few times with some of my friends over dinners.  They all referenced a video I had never seen from Mike Monteiro Design Director, and co-founder of Mule Design Studio that was recorded at San Francisco CreativeMornings called ‘Fuck You. Pay Me.’.  You may also know Mike’s work from the book “Design is a Job” from A Book Apart which is a book I love. This video is a great primer from Mike and his lawyer about why contracts are so important and all the things your contracts need to cover.  if you are doing freelance work and you don’t have contracts in place with your client you need to watch this NOW.

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Creative Director, Designer, Brand Builder, Speaker, Podcaster, Crazy One. As a designer, I have 20+ years experience creating the strategy, concepts, and designs for award-winning integrated global advertising campaigns, building multiple global Fortune 500 brands and creating innovative digital experiences. As a leader, I have 15+ years transforming agency and client-side teams using a mix of creativity, business strategy, process and political skill to create innovative, world-class work and cultures that change industries and companies. My clients have included American Airlines, W Hotels, Disney, Citi, ExxonMobil, Acura, Old Navy, Nationwide Insurance, Verizon, Subaru and many others. My work has received over 150 international awards, my app designs have been named as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Apps, Apple has featured my work in 9 keynotes, 4 TV commercials and more.

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