• This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more.

Design studios & confidentiality


#1
Sometimes a person has an idea, and may (I imagine) seek a quote from a design studio to take the idea to a finished design. I'm guessing getting quotes is fairly normal. Okay, but what about the confidentiality issue? I mean, when someone has a basic idea, it could good be a good one, and the "inventor" wants the design studio to respect confidentiality. I'm wondering whether or not, to ask for a quote myself about an idea that I have, but am unsure about what the situation is as to confidentality with design studios/designers. Also, do product designers have some skill in sensing when an idea might "have legs", or, in other words, have some sales potential? Thanks.
 

Levi

Moderator
Staff member
#2
nda's are common place in design, as are standard t&c's etc which protect the clients idea's.

Clients can also have documentation that we designers need to sign to say we have seen/worked on as well. IF it's literally a verbal idea then there's less to go on and in all likelihood you'd struggle in a court case, if you want to get a quote then you need to supply a written brief ideally.

As to if an idea has potential... personally I'm not worried as long as I get paid for my part - if I see a glaring issue I will raise it with the client but it's their decision.

If I have a contract which involves a percentage of sales money then I'd be more keen on influencing the design if I see flaws.
 

berry

Active Member
#3
A Non Disclosure agreement is fairly common place and variations can be dowloaded from Google and ammended to suit your needs. A simple signature is all that's needed before you disclose info.