The Design Process: From Design To Product

with our industry experts

Our focus for this Masterclass is on The Design Process; from the first sketch to getting your designs ready for your production house, we're covering everything you need to know. We're honoured to have the expertise of award-winning fashion consultant, James Hillman, for this Masterclass. Charlie also takes us through ways you can think about sustainability and ethics within your designs. We also have invaluable information on developing technical packs for your factories, and how to design with environmentally beneficial fabrics. And to round it off, we have an amazing interview with a brand who has created 100% vegan shoes using unusual footwear materials, putting responsible design into practice. We also have two past events that through a live Q&A cover topics in more depth, including ethical design and creating a tech pack.

In this Masterclass you will learn:


  • Fashion Design Calendar

    with James Hillman
    Summary

    In this video, James takes us through an overview of a traditional fashion design calendar, also known as a critical path.

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  • The Creative Process

    with James Hillman
    Summary

    In this video James talks about how to start the design process, developing your initial ideas and building the range, finalising the designs for a collection and the changes to the collection after sampling.

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  • Creating Your Designs & Pattern Cutting

    with James Hillman
    Summary

    In this video James covers how to realise your design into a product, how to make patterns factory ready and tips on sending patterns to factories and managing the production process.

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  • The Design Process to Production

    with James Hillman
    Summary

    In this video, James takes us through the basics of working with a factory, with some top tips on the questions to ask and what you need to have organised and finished before you meet them.

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  • Sustainable Design

    with Charlie Bradley Ross
    Summary

    Fashion has an immense impact on the environment and on the millions of people who work in it.  To rescue our planet from society's throwaway culture, designers must begin to help consumers realise the importance of sustainability. Using sustainable design practices, we can create products that are environmentally, socially and financially better. Once consumers recognise the superiority of these types of products their preferences will slowly shift away from low quality, fast choices. When this happens, we can immediately see a significant reduction in the wasteful practise of buying and throwing away clothes.

    In this video, we discuss some of the many different sustainable design approaches. I hope you adopt these methods yourself, or even better, inspire you to create your own innovative approach to more sustainable design practice.

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  • How To Conduct Good Research

    with Malin Ekengren
    Summary

    Malin Ekengren is a denim specialist with years of experience designing for well-renowned denim brands, including Levi Strauss & Co. In this bitesize 7 minute lesson, Malin takes you through how to conduct good research so that your product is rooted in the past, but innovates for the future. Though Malin has a background in denim, this advice is applicable to all product design research.

    This webinar was edited and renamed with permission by Transformers Foundation, where this presentation originally aired as part of TransformersED, and by Malin Ekengren themself.

    Thumbnail image: from Malin's presentation

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  • Understand Your Customer Profile To Design Products With Longevity

    with Sue Barrett
    Summary

    Sue Barrett is the founder of Denim Forum, a creative strategy, trend and advice agency focussed on helping creative businesses and brands unlock their purpose to anchor their business for growth. In this 11 minute lesson, Sue takes you on a journey of trend forecasting, and how you yourself can profile customers to build a brand that can sell, be trusted, and be desired. Though Sue's background is denim-product focussed, the inspiring learnings from this presentation cross over into all product categories, and especially those where consumer tribes are more notable, for instance, footwear.

    This webinar was edited and renamed with permission by Transformers Foundation, where this presentation originally aired as part of TransformersED, and by Malin Ekengren themself.

    Thumbnail image: from Denim Forum

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Interviews


Past Events


Additional Information (links)

Teckpacker Software

Free Tech Pack and Illustrator Guide from Sew Heidi


Follow on Masterclasses:

Introduction To Pattern Cutting

Upcycling And The Circular Economy

Zero Waste Fashion


Additional Reading