Help! WGSN Update Problems…

Hi all,

As many of you know, WGSN trend forecasting database has recently updated their interface and eliminated their mood board function.  This was very disappointing to our faculty who had already integrated WGSN mood board assignments into their syllabi.  Now we’re trying to scramble to find an alternative mood board tool.  We cannot ask students to purchase software, and we cannot use any online tool that will not protect WGSN images from being seen/used by the general public online.  We also need a tool with a fairly simple interface.  I’d love to know if any of you are dealing with this issue, and if you have any suggestions for creating mood boards.

Also, we’ve been unable to create new WGSN folders for some time now.  (We’re getting error messages.)  I’ve tried using multiple browsers, clearing my cache, switching computers…  Nothing works.  Is anyone else having this problem?

I’d appreciate any advice you can send my way.  Thanks!

Sandra (FTC SIG Moderator)



Author: Sandra Ley

Sandra Ley is the visual arts and fashion design librarian for Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.

7 thoughts on “Help! WGSN Update Problems…”

      1. Thanks so much, Sherrie, for looking into this. I’ll have a look at Picasa and see how it stacks up against Cropmom’s free digital scrapbooking service, which seems like a good alternative. I really appreciate everyone’s efforts here! 🙂

      1. My account manager, Mike Burns, wrote this in reply to my query:

        I apologize, but yes, the moodboards have been retired. The decision was made by the higher ups, because doing so allows us to focus on improving areas of WGSN like saving, printing images, downloading quickly, and creating and sharing folders. We’re looking to unveil a new collaboration tool in the future, so if you want to be part of the development, you can contact

        Again, students are still allowed to create and save and download their own folders, they just must use a different program, like Illustrator, Coral Draw, Paint, or Powerpoint. If they do not have access to any of those, we suggest the following alternative moodboard tool, Picasa. Picasa is a free photo editing tool by Google. Go here to download the latest version for free. You can also use Picasa to edit pictures like removing red-eye, cropping, lightening the exposure, on and on.

        Again, I am sincerely sorry for this, but I hope the alternatives do not hinder anyone’s process for using WGSN in their classes. Please let me know what else I can do to help.

        Mike Burns
        Associate Account Manager

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