Best Benefit Ever: Free Legal Services for Design Professionals
Professional design association members can get their legal agreements in order with a year of free documentation services.
What’s the benefit? While many artists would prefer to focus on their craft rather than the business logistics of the trade, talent alone can’t keep legal affairs in order. The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), which bills itself as “the professional association for design,” is taking some of the pressure off its members by partnering with Shake, a digital platform for creating, signing, and sending legal agreements. Users can also personalize documents and view them on Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive. AIGA members who join Shake receive free access to Shake Pro for a year and then 50 percent off the regular rate for the subsequent year.
Why it works for members: Designers and other creative types need to make sure their legal bases are covered at all times, to protect their livelihood. Shake’s services provide AIGA members with a simplified way to manage legal documents and keep tabs on transactions should any disputes occur. The services can be especially helpful to freelancers who need to oversee all of their contracts on one all-inclusive platform.
Other perks: All AIGA members can benefit from the association’s wealth of professional development resources, including personal member portfolios, the Designer Directory, and the organization’s job board. And members at the Supporter level and above receive discounts on a range of products and services from businesses such as Shutterstock, Adobe, Moo.