2020-2021 Years in Review: The Color Palettes of My Life

This has become my favorite annual tradition.

My yearly 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, and 2019 to see how the palettes of my life have changed over the years.

This is my seventh and eighth year doing this; I took a break in 2021, but I'm back with a double year in review. Better late than never.

This year I'm doing something different. In years past, I often chose pictures and palettes based on how I felt others in my life would want to be remembered in my review. That means I didn't always choose the moments that I treasured, but ordered these palettes around the people that were in my life at the time.

Last year, I made a lot of changes in my life. Most importantly, I chose to listen to my intuition and put myself and my needs first.

So, this caused a shift in how I decided which pictures to highlight in my color palettes and how I chose to remember this period of my life. And, for that reason, it might be my most colorful collection yet.

Finding opportunities to celebrate all the colors in our lives 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 72,000 words about what 2020 and 2021 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 2020

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November 2020

December 2020

January 2021

February 2021

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November 2021

December 2021

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.