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Hello colour lover!

Year of Colour is an Instagram tool that will show you the colours that you use in your posts throughout the year.

It’s made by me, Stef (@stef on Instagram and Twitter) a designer and software developer based in London, UK. I do this as a side project, so thank you for your patience if anything doesn't quite work perfectly!

How does this work?

Signing in with a social profile

First, you sign in with a social account (or make an email/password account). This is to abide by Facebook/Instagram's terms of service and in future will mean you can get reports for multiple instagram accounts. I use Google's Firebase Authentication service for the login system, which means that I have no way to see your passwords on these services, or do anything but see your profile ID / email. With this, when you sign in again you can see your reports, and if a report takes a long time then you will receive an email once it is complete.

Connecting an Instagram account

Then, you connect an Instagram account. Again, this is to abide by Instagram's terms of service and ensure your privacy preferences are maintained. Year of Colour never sees or stores your Instagram password.

Connecting your account like this gives the program behind Year of Colour approval for 60 days to access the posts in your timeline. It can't see your stories, messages or other content. Just the images you post in your main timeline. After 60 days, if you don't use Year of Colour again, this access expires automatically.

I know, signing in twice feels a bit strange! But it was the only way that the service would be approved by Facebook/Instagram's new rules.

Adding your email

Every year a percentage of reports just don't generate, or something goes wrong. I've done my best to make sure that this doesn't happen, but errors occur. So I ask for your email so that you will be notified once your report is complete. I'll also email you next year to remind you to have your colours done again.

Requesting a report

Then, you can request a report, either for the whole of last year, last month or a particular date. If it's your first visit, it automatically makes a report for the last full year for you.

I've written some software that then goes off and looks through your images. For each image in the time period you want Year of Colour to look at, we run it through a script that shows us the "dominant" colours it contains. The top sixteen for each one.

Then we apply "quantization" in the form of an algorithm that groups up the colours into buckets that are very similar, and counts how many pixels each bucket contains from all your images. The more pixels, the more you've used that colour!

After that, we display it all in a fun circular bubbly way according to your preferences - play with those sliders!

Sharing a report

You can save your image to your camera roll and post it on Instagram. If you really like it, check out our downloads and other options!

Frequently asked questions

I really appreciate your patience if anything is going wrong with your report. We're trying to be as responsive as possible, but please try the following before getting in touch about your report. We're not able to reply to everyone because it's just the two of us here, and this is a side project.

Some reports have been getting a bit stuck. If you reload the site it might fix it!

I have a blank page with no colours, can you help?

One of the tech providers we use has a "rate limit" for the colour analysis, so your images will be in a queue. Best to bookmark the web address that's in your browser right now (something like yearofcolour.com/reports/a-long-random-series-of-characters). We're also be setting up email notifications soon so you'll get a report via email. Thanks for your patience!

How do I post this on Instagram?

Tap the green button at the bottom left. It should open a new window with the image. If you're on a phone you can press and hold on that to save it ot your camera roll. On a desktop it should automatically prompt you to save it.

Can I share this report with people?

Yes! Share the web address you are on right now and folks will be able to see your report and get their own too. Thanks!

Can I delete all the data you hold about me?

Yep! If you go to the reports page and scroll down there's an option to do that. This will remove all of your data from the system.

Get in touch

I've been amazed about the response to the Year of Colour so far! I'm pleased you're enjoying it.

If you need some help, please bear in mind I've had hundreds of thousands of people do this, and whilst I want to help you, it's just one person on the end of an email address. And over the holiday period I'm mainly spending time with my family.

If you'd like to contact us about something other than a support issue, please email hello@yearofcolour.com

Thank you

I wouldn't be able to offer this service without the free, open source efforts of some talented and generous folk. Thank you!

D3.js and the circle-packing algorithm: Mike Bostock

And these open source tools: React, NextJs, Apollo, Svgsaver, Semantic UI, I18Next, Locize, Vercel, Blue Imp, TailwindCSS. Cheers folks!

Privacy

If you'd like to know about how the service keeps your data private, check out the page about privacy.