Practical Examples of Comic Book and Creative Contracting
Found below are practical examples of actual comic book contracts used to convey rights and liabilities in a visual form.
www.creative-contracts.com is a website developed by lawyer Robert De Rooy, Rebecca Richardson and the team at Jincom EHS to help organisations and individuals create unique and specialised comic book contracts. As explained by the team at Creative Contracts, the reason they want to provide these services is to help make contracts accessible to all people and not only written 'by lawyers for lawyers'.
Other than develop visual contracts, the team at Creative Contracts provide other services such as creating audio contracts, and translating contracts. Furthermore, they provide accessibility services through their Electronic Signing Process, which allows contracts to be signed entirely online and their Notification System, which is used by the contracting parties to communicate the end date of the employment contract.
Comic book strips designed by Camilla Andersen and Loui Silvestro. The strips detail the need by 'Makers' to keep a detailed journal when contributing to a project. The journal allows them to keep a detailed record of the contribution made by the 'Makers', for both access to the rights of using whatever product they designed as well as to track the amount of payment they are owed.
Another example of a comic book strip designed by Camilla Andersen and Loui Silvestro. The comic strip details the specifics of abiding by Non-Disclosure Agreements. The comic strip clearly shows that although you CAN talk about the project you are working on, you CANNOT talk about how you go about conducting the project.
Examples of comic book contracting requested by the National Hardship Register which Camilla Andersen and Loui Silvestro help design. They depict circumstances in which people may find themselves suffering from hardship.
This image depicts the classic fundamental concepts of a contract; negotiation of an offer, followed by an acceptance of that offer which leads to a contract.
This image depicts the separation between an individual that is contracted to work for a certain organisation. It infers that their ideas and responsibilities are their own and separate from the organisations'. This particular image on the right was designed by Gemma Young.
Aurecon have kindly agreed to share their complete visual contract for research purposes, please contact Professor Camilla Andersen if you are interested.