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Discover hot colour palettes for 2018 in Computer Arts 274

Colour is a wonderfully evocative design tool, with the right palette packing an emotional punch as well as boosting aesthetic appeal.

Issue 274 of Computer Arts magazine has three striking covers – one for each trend. As these covers attest, these trends are fluid, expressive and adaptable, covering everything from products to fashion, graphic design to make-up.

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Here are some of the great articles you can expect to see in issue 274, on sale now (opens in new tab).

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Franklin Till describes upcoming trend 'playful'

In Computer Arts' annual colour trend report in issue 274, forecasting agency and long-standing CA contributor FranklinTill identifies three distinct movements for the coming year with accompanying palettes.

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Succeed as a designer-maker with advice from those who have made the leap

Elsewhere, you’ll find an in-depth guide to making it as a designer-maker – whether you’re tapping the lucrative Christmas gift market, or keen to kick off the new year with an exciting new income stream.

Thanks to the inexorable rise of Etsy, Not On The High Street and other global platforms for crafty creatives, it’s never been easier to put your talents to good use by creating and selling products. And this feature also doubles as a handy gift list for anyone keen to avoid chain stores and support independent artists.

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Behind the scenes at London studio Koto

Computer Arts also pays a visit to Koto, a young studio that combines infectious passion with a strong work ethic, and has made a splash on the design scene in just three short years, largely thanks to its global rebrand of Fanta. Find out how it built a global reputation overnight in this issue's Video Insight.

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Ricardo Cavolo reveals why he loves vibrant colours

Gain insight into Ricardo Cavolo – the Spanish artist known for his large-scale murals – with this issue's Q&A. Find out why he enjoys depicting 'life on the B side,' as well as how he faces creative challenges while taking care of his mental health.

Also in Computer Arts 274

Get tips for improving your typesetting

Get tips for improving your typesetting

Look ahead to the Tokyo Olympics with creative challenge Coke x Adobe x You

Look ahead to the Tokyo Olympics with creative challenge Coke x Adobe x You

Nadieh Bremer on how she visualised The Netherlands' top 200 songs chart

Nadieh Bremer on how she visualised The Netherlands' top 200 songs chart

The hottest new design, illustration and motion work

The hottest new design, illustration and motion work

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Rosie Hilder is Creative Bloq's Acting Editor. After beginning her career in journalism in Argentina – where her blogging prowess led her to become Deputy Editor of Time Out Buenos Aires – she moved back to the UK and joined Future Plc in 2016. Since then, she's worked as Operations Editor on art and design magazines, including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw, and got the 'Apple bug' when working on US title, Mac|Life. In 2018, she left the world of print behind and moved to Creative Bloq, where she now takes care of the daily management of the site, including growing the site's reach through trying to please the Google Gods, getting involved in events, such as judging the Brand Impact Awards, and helping make sure our content serves ours readers as best it can. Her interests lie in branding and illustration, tech and sexism, and plenty more in-between.