2019 Year in Review: The Color Palettes of My Life

It’s my favorite post of the year…right on time! (The colors of quarantine leave something to be desired…)

My annual review, as told through the color palettes of my life. Inspired by my love for Design Seeds and all things color. Check out 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 to see how the palettes of my life have changed over the years.

This is the sixth year I’m doing this and, yes, posting a year-in-review on the first week of Q2 is stretching it, but c’mon.

Finding opportunities to infuse our lives with color is never a bad idea.

Like my favorite writer Vladimir Nabokov, I remember numbers, dates, and moments by their colors. (Or the colors I’ve assigned them in my mind.) So, instead of hanging my hat on metrics or milestones, I like to review my year in color. If a picture paints a thousand words, here are 75,000 words about what 2019 meant to me. Thank you for being a part of it!

p.s. Scroll to the bottom for info on how you can create your own colorful year in review.

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Want to do your own colorful year in review?

RKA ink Color PalettesHere’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

Rachael Kay Albers is a creative director, business comedian, and brand strategist gone wild. She writes and performs about branding, pop culture, tech, and identity. When she’s not muckraking about marketing, Rachael runs RKA ink, a reinvention studio and branding agency for businesses that burn the rulebook. She's also on Instagram a lot.