2016 Year in Review: The Color Palettes of My Life

It’s that time of year again!

My annual review, as told through the color palettes of my life. (Deep bows to Design Seeds, who I have loved and followed for years, and daily inspire my color loving ways.) You can check out my 2014 and 2015 reviews for a bit o’ RKA history.

This is becoming my favorite blog post to write, though, there isn’t much actual writing involved. Instead, I am tasked with telling a story in as few words as possible.

If you’re a hybrid artist/entrepreneur like me, this can be a powerful and freeing way to approach your year in review. My world already has enough spreadsheets and systems, thank you very much. I have lists and charts and graphs for every damn thing under the sun. I am too wordy for my own good.

My annual review is the moment in my year when I give myself full permission to show, not tell or in Hamilton speak:

Talk less, style more.

So, in that spirit, I’ll step aside now and let the colors do the talking. (Follow me on Instagram at @rachaelkalbers for the snaps that inspired this review.)

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December

Want to do your own colorful year in review?

How to Use Adobe Capture to Create Color ThemesHere’s my secret: the Adobe Color tool. (It’s free! Check it out on desktop or Adobe Capture on mobile.)

You just upload your photo (or choose one from your camera roll) and this handy tool finds color themes for you! Choose between colorful, bright, muted, deep, or dark themes — or create your own custom theme if you’re not digging Adobe’s selections. You can then save your color palettes in both RGB and CMYK (for web and print). For color lovers, Adobe Color and Adobe Capture are wormholes into a universe of creative projects.

Here’s to another colorful year!

Rachael Kay Albers

I'm the Creative Director and Lead Designer at RKA ink, a brand, web design, and marketing agency for visionary entrepreneurs. I'm also a business comedian and the host of Awkward Marketing, a show that blends sketch comedy and bite sized biz advice to help small business owners create epic, unforgettable brands online. Think of me as the one woman SNL of biz TV. After 10+ years living, traveling, and coding in Australia, Germany, Guatemala, Kenya, and Mexico, today I'm based outside Chicago with my husband, daughter, our two troublemaking dogs, and a bunch of old computer cords we're afraid to throw away. (You never know!)