Purchasing Illustrations, Stock Images, and Fonts

When hiring illustrators and purchasing stock images and fonts, keep these important guidelines in mind.

Hiring an Illustrator

When you are hiring an illustrator, use this Illustrator Services Agreement, which has been written by the Office of the General Counsel. This provides guidelines for how and how long the illustration can be used. If you will use the illustration in a different way than agreed upon, you will need to go back to the illustrator and renegotiate the terms of the agreement. 

Purchasing Stock Images and Fonts

The rules for hiring an illustrator also apply to using purchased stock images and fonts. Usage rights for each of these vary; make sure you know the restrictions around their use.


Keep a copy of your contract and/or purchasing agreement centrally located so it can be accessible in perpetuity.