Standard Terms

Below is an example of Pastiche Design's standard terms. Adjustments can be made upon request.
These terms have been adopted and modified from The Graphic Artists Guild.

Time for Payment

All invoices are payable within 60 days of receipt. A 1-½ % monthly service charge is payable on all overdue balances. The grant of any license or copyright is conditioned on receipt of full payment.

Default in Payment

The Client shall assume all responsibility for all collection of legal fees necessitated by default in payment.


The fees and expenses shown are minimum estimates only and are presented in USD. Final fees and expenses shall be shown when invoice is rendered. The Client’s approval shall be obtained for any increases in fees or expenses that exceed the original estimate by 15% or more.


The Client shall be responsible for making additional payments for changes requested by the Client in original assignment. However, no additional payment shall be made for changes required to conform to the original assignment description. The Client shall offer the Designer the first opportunity to make any changes.


The Client shall reimburse the Designer for all expenses arising from this assignment, including the payment of any sales taxes due on this assignment, and shall prepay a deposit of 50% of the project’s total estimate, unless otherwise agreed in writing, before any work shall be performed. The deposit serves as a retainer fee and will be applied towards total cost of work performed.


In the event of cancellation of this assignment, ownership of all copyrights and the original artwork shall be retained by the Designer, and a cancellation fee for work completed, based on the contract price and expenses already incurred, shall be paid by Client.

Ownership & Return of Artwork

The Designer retains ownership of all original artwork, whether preliminary or final, and the Client shall return such artwork within 30 days of use unless otherwise indicated below.

Credit Lines

The Designer and any other creators shall receive a credit line with any editorial usage. If similar credit lines are to be given with other types of usage, it must be so indicated below.


The Client shall indemnify the Designer against all claims and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, due to uses for which no release was requested in writing or for uses that exceed authority granted by a release.


Modification of the Agreement must be written, except that the invoice may include, and the Client shall pay, fees or expenses that were orally authorized in order to progress promptly with work.

Uniform Commercial Code

The above terms incorporate Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Code of Fair Practice

The Client and the Designer agree to comply with the provisions of the Code of Fair Practice, available upon request.

Limitation of Liability

Client agrees that it shall not hold the Designer or his/her agents or employees liable for any incidental or consequential damages that arise from the Designer’s failure to perform any aspect of the Project in a timely manner, regardless of whether such failure was caused by intentional or negligent acts or omissions of the Designer or a third party.

Dispute Resolution

Any disputes in excess of $3,000 arising out of the Agreement shall be submitted to binding arbitration before a mutually agreed-upon arbitrator pursuant to the rules of the American Arbitration Association. The Arbitrator’s award shall be final, and judgment may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The Client shall pay all arbitration and court costs, reasonable attorney’s fees, and legal interest on any award of judgment in favor of the Designer.

Warranty of Originality

The Designer warrants and represents that, to the best of his/her knowledge, the work assigned hereunder is original and has not been previously published, or that consent to use has been obtained on an unlimited basis; that all work or portions thereof obtained through the undersigned from third parties is original or, if previously published, that consent to use has been obtained on an unlimited basis; that the Designer has full authority to make this agreement; and that the work prepared by the Designer does not contain any scandalous, libelous, or unlawful matter. This warranty does not extend to any uses that the Client or others may make of the Designer’s product that may infringe on the rights of others. Client expressly agrees that it will hold the Designer harmless for all liability caused by the Client’s use of the Designer’s product to the extent such use infringes on the rights of others.

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Pastiche starts by getting to know your industry, products, services and goals, and by identifying your challenges. Using that information, we brainstorm concepts with a commitment to evolving and refining them into a plan of action. Then, we formulate a plan to guide you towards your goals while offering expertise to overcome obstacles that may have hindered your growth in the past.

Simply stated, we identify your audience and put you in front of them. Once our plan is executed, we study interactions between your brand and consumers, fine-tuning as needed. Analyzing data a well-optimized campaign provides is the only way our efforts can become a working, living, evolving tool essential to supporting your brand’s growth.

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Your partner in authentic design & organic marketing.

Founder Lara Lightsey began Pastiche Design in 2006 while working full-time. A few years later, her business grew significantly; she needed to take the natural next step. In 2011, Lara left her position to focus her energy entirely on her clients and expanding the business. For over a decade, she successfully served as in-house designer and marketing director for an internationally recognized manufacturer. During this time, she was responsible for all aspects of corporate design, both print and web, facilitating appearances at numerous trade shows and branding the company worldwide. Her expertise involves communication in any and all capacities.  “Whether I am branding a company’s image, conveying a message internally or to the public, or researching the audience in which I must communicate, it is my sole responsibility to speak on behalf of my clients“. 

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