The Trend Forecaster's Handbook is a sharp, highly visual textbook and teaching aid for students and tutors keen to know more about the world of trends, trend forecasting and consumer–insight techniques.
This 'how to' book provides the skills to understand and track trends and use them to inform their research, design and product development. Highly visual, the book introduces the world of trend forecasting and consumer insight in a step–by–step way, with quotes from, interviews with and case studies of key players. Each chapter provides practical exercises and examples that allow students to experience the techniques or methodologies explored.
Trends are a fundamental part of our emotional, physical and psychological landscape, and by forecasting trends we can begin to understand what drives and motivates consumers. This in turn can help to make the difference between a design that sells and one that languishes on the shelf.
"Highly visual and a genuinely eye–opening insight into the way designers can spot and dictate visual and cultural trends, keeping their work constantly at the cutting edge." – Computers Arts Project
"The book is clear and concise, offers a journey through the unexpected, and engages the reader with clear guidelines. It offers insider knowledge and soundbites from those working in the industry." – Just4Textiles
"The Trend Forecaster's Handbook is a well published and intelligently written book for starting 'forecasters' looking for theoretical background and interesting experiences." – The Pop–Up City
About the Author
Martin Raymond is a co-founder of The Future Laboratory. He regularly lectures at universities and commentates on trends and business for the BBC. He is editor-in-chief of LS:N Global and a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. Martin has written several books including The Tomorrow People: Future Consumers and How to Read Them.
"Sharp, in-depth and highly visual, The Trend Forecaster's Handbook, by Martin Raymond, is a practical 'how to' book that provides readers with skills to understand and track trends." Trendland
"The Trend Forecaster's Handbook is a highly readable and beautifully designed book that provides a practical framework for understanding and reacting to cultural trends. This review is a sneak preview of the second edition. The original edition, which was published in 2010, is considered the definitive source for learning about trends, strategy, and innovation thinking. Martin Raymond is a journalist." -QRCA VIEWS