Course curriculum

    1. FTF3-Skillshare-Course-Part1

    1. FTF3-Skillshare-Course-Part2

    1. FTF3-Skillshare-Course-Part3

    1. FTF3-Skillshare-Course-Part4

    1. FTF3-Skillshare-Course-Part5

About this course

  • $20.00
  • 14 lessons
  • 0.5 hours of video content

About the Course

Class Description

Hi! I am Jen Lezan,  a Designer, Illustrator and Educator based in the Midwest.  I have a background working in the fashion industry and teaching in higher education. I specialize in creating surface pattern designs and other illustrated digital media. You may know me from my previous classes here on skillshare which have focused on trend forecasting and developing trend reports. I am excited to share this final installment of my 3 Part series focused on Trend Forecasting and Product Development. You can take the first two classes here (Trend Forecasting 1 and Trend Forecasting 2)


What the class is about

This course will build on the skills and information learned in my previous 2 forecasting class. Students will take the lessons learned and how to apply them in the actual product development process - specifically building pattern repeats for a pattern collection for Surface Pattern Design inspired by their trend research.

A few of the skills students will learn

You will learn how to take your research, and decipher the groups of key  trend ideas shown in the trend presentations and apply them to product development and design. By using their findings as a form of inspiration, students will create illustrated motif concepts and color stories and then build a 6 piece surface pattern design collection.  Students will also learn about the basics of product development and of surface pattern design, why trend forecasting can be beneficial in developing a collection that sells and how to apply their designs to product mockups to showcase them in a portfolio. 

An overview of the class project

For your class project, we will be  taking your trend research to the next level by designing a 6 print surface pattern design collection based on your trend report from prior classes.  You will find a theme and work it into a mini collection featuring a hero print and supporting prints. The goal is to take your trend knowledge to the next level and apply it to one of the steps in the product development process. You will begin with inspiration from the theme you researched in previous classes and then translate it to an end product.

Who the class is geared toward or if any prior knowledge or experience is required

This class is geared towards beginners. You don’t need any prior experience in the fashion industry, but an interest in fashion and trends would be helpful! I would suggest you take my first two Fashion Trends courses, though as this class builds on the information you learned in those courses and builds of the project created in Trend Forecasting Two.  The information outlined in the lessons is meant to be informative and offer a new perspective on the fashion industry and give you an opportunity to create a project that allows you to apply the skills you have learned and work in the affinity programs and procreate. 

Some very basic technical abilities will be needed as I will be showing you step by step how to use the procreate app and the Affinity Photo app to create a raster based repeat pattern. 

Discover your potential, start creating today!

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Meet your Instructor

Jennifer Lezan

Designer | Illustrator | Educator

Hello! Welcome to The Creative Studio | Learn-Design-Create, my name is Jen. I am a Chicago-born Latinxer (I'm a proud Puerto Rican and Mexican American) millennial, an educator, and a freelance creative with experience in graphic design, digital media, illustration and surface pattern design. I am also a mother of two who is in on a mission to reach all the creative goals I've set for myself while trying my best to be a positive influence on the world. I have 10+ years of experience in the fashion and creative marketing industry in both the corporate world and teaching as a professor in Higher Education. Over the last 3+ years, I have taught and connected with over 13,000 students online. I am working on building course offerings that bring people a new perspective and opportunity to take your design and art skills to a new level. I am pushing for continued growth, running my indie studio, Bella+Sophia Creative, while also using my skills to help others interested in starting a career in the creative industries. My hope is to inspire others through creativity and help you find your creative voice. I look to inspire others as much as I look to be inspired. I'm so excited to get to know all of you! I am SO glad YOU are here!

Social proof: testimonials

“Excellent class, very clear and detailed instruction. I learned everything I needed to be able to make and use digital stickers in my own or commercial projects, using Affinity Designer and Goodnotes. Many thanks Jenny”

Helen Ryle

“This class was so helpful! I already have tons of ideas on how to apply what I've learned. She shows you basic things but in a way that you can expand using your own creativity. This class is more of an intermediate level due to the pace. I found myself pausing and going back to relearn something which isn't bad since the class isn't super long but just something to note. Thank you for the class!”

Colleen Sanders

“This is a fantastic class for those who want to dip their toes into sticker making with Affinity Designer. Not only am I learning how to make stickers, but also it is helping me find my way around Affinity Designer which I absolutely love so far! Look forward to more classes from this teacher!d it.”

Claire Ama

“This was a great class! I've been using Affinity Designer for a few months now and this has given me even more tips and tricks on how to create digital stickers better! Thank you for sharing and teaching. Very easy to follow, lovely simple stickers and highly recommend!”

Love Merkuri