JK Create was founded as a graphic design business in April of 2011 by Jessica Niven. We specialize in helping small business achieve their design goals, whether they be logo creation, print layouts, or website graphics. If you have further questions, please reach out to us via our Contact page.
- If you do not see your design project category below, please don’t hesitate to ask if we can provide it for you! We are extremely flexible and always up for new challenges. It never hurts to ask!
- Business Cards
- Brand Identity
- Facebook banners
- Vinyl Lettering
JK Create strives to achieve our clients’ design goals by working with the client and their business’s branding fundamentals. We will make sure that each client feels included in the design process, so nothing strays from their overall vision.
The technical aspect may not be the fun party of design, but it protects both you and me throughout the process. So it’s a good thing. If you have any questions regarding my design policies, please regard the information below or reach out to me via the Contact page.
DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT
I tend to seek full payment up front due to the fragile and precarious nature of releasing and showing unique ideas prior to being paid. If you are happy to pay the full amount, please let me know and 5% will be deducted from invoice.
If full payment is not appropriate, then a minimum of 50% is required as set out on this proposal. This is routine, and unfortunately has been bourne through necessity. For repeat customers, I am then able to be more flexible, usually 25% upfront.
The final 50% is due towards completion of the project. Only when the final payment has been received will any requested files be delivered. Only on this final payment will full rights to the design be transferred. Please see following Terms for more details.
PAYMENT REQUIRED TO SECURE PROJECT
I can only secure a project into my schedule on receipt of the deposit. If there is any kind of delay at this point, other projects may take priority. This is not to pressure you in any way, it’s just so you know where you stand in terms of scheduling.
Once deposit is received, I will forward on a receipt of the payment then be in touch with getting further information in preparation for the start of the project.
Preferred methods include bank transfer, check, and cash. Paypal and Credit Card are possible but a handling charge of 4% will be added to invoice.
OWNERSHIP and RIGHTS
All preparation materials, sketches, visuals, including the electronic files used to create the project remain the property of JK Create, LLC. The final artwork/digital files will become the property of the client mentioned in this proposal ONLY upon final payment of the project. I cannot stress enough that if final payment is NOT received as agreed and set out in the initial proposal, all designs and concepts will remain the property of JK Create, LLC until payment is received.
If there are issues with the final payment, I then reserve the right to reuse or amend any of these ideas for other clients or to be used freely as concepts in my portfolio.
Should the client attempt to use/modify/alter/replicate or steal any of my ideas without making agreed final payment, I will take immediate legal counsel.
JK Create, LLC reserves the right to show any artwork, ideas, sketches created for this project in a portfolio as examples of client work. This can be during the project and also on completion. If you have any specific ‘secrecy/stealth mode’ requirements, please mention this before agreeing to the proposal.
Final payment ensures that ONLY the agreed logo design becomes the clients property. Any previous ideas/concepts remain the property of JK Create, LLC, unless any prior agreement has been made.
I sincerely request that you trust me to do the job you are paying me to do. That you will take on board my suggestions and ideas to be in your best interests. I am not an artworker, I will not tolerate any form of micro-managing or intimidation during a project. If you are used to directing or insist on being hands on, this will likely be an uncomfortable experience for both of us. However, please do not mistake that I will be working with you and will respect your opinions – I just ask that you respect mine as well!
CANCELLATION DURING PROJECT
If you choose to cancel the project midway through the project, where ideas and proposals have been submitted, refund of previous payment is not possible. However, depending on the work completed and overall budget, a portion of the funds ‘may’ be returned.
If I fall ill or am unable to complete the project due to unforeseen circumstances a portion of the overall budget will be returned. In most cases the complete amount will be refunded. If the work so far completed can be used for another designer to pick up, then a percentage will be refunded based on work completed or any other reasonable suggestion will be considered.
I reserve the right to suspend any project if a client: interferes with excessive micromanaging, demonstrates a continued lack of trust and inability to move forward after showing more than a reasonable number of unique ideas/concepts and/or shows reluctance in paying the final payment.
Fair notice will be given with fair chance to remedy the situation without resorting to project suspension or termination. Any suspension or termination will not result in any refunds.
TM AND ©
TRADEMARK and COPYRIGHT
Due to the lengthy and often costly procedures required to initiate any form of Trademark, Copyright and legal name search, I am unable to help with this. If you require the logo to be trademarked, then you must seek proper legal advice.
You take full responsibility for ensuring that the company/product/name is legally free before work is started. Should any legal issue arise with the naming after the project has been completed, no refunds are possible neither am I responsible for any problems thus arising. Please ensure the name you are using is free and legally safe to use before committing to a logo project. Name changes during a project can be exceptionally costly.
I will conduct basic searches on the designs created for you. This is to see, where possible, that there are no obvious similar designs used by other companies. However, please be aware, it is impossible to guarantee that a design is unique and has not been thought of by someone else at any point in time.
Brand logo designs, for example, go back at least a 100 years and 100’s are being created every single day. The majority never see mainstream use, many are never registered, many just exist in a designers portfolio somewhere in some corner of the internet and some of these will become well known and famous. There is no one single library or database of logo designs to check with.
There is always a risk that a design ends up sharing characteristics of a pre-existing design. This similarity can be loose or can be frightfully close. It is more than feasible that a something designed in good faith already exists, more than one person can come up with the same idea in any given time frame and be unaware of the other. Checking is easier with well known brands and companies, but becomes increasingly harder and time consuming, the lower the profile of the company and/or designer responsible.
I can promise you that I will always do my very best to create a unique and appropriate design for you, based on your needs. What I cannot promise you is that somewhere at some point in the future, someone may spot similarities with another design. Even big agencies and companies fall foul of this, creating a design for a big brand only to discover a variation of it exists elsewhere.
A FEW WORDS
If you are unhappy about the progress of the project, feel we are not finding an appropriate angle, then please discuss this with me. I would encourage you to call rather than email, I am very easy going and even easier to talk to.
It is crucial that we are both completely clear about the objectives and aims before commencing. Now is the time to be open with your thoughts, doubts and/or concerns.