If sharing your most popular photos wasn’t enough, now one can look back on the colors of their year. A new web app that generates a mosaic out of the colours in their Instagram photos. The app, Year of Colour, takes snapshots of moments and refines them into a time capsule of colored dots.

With this web app, one can also look back on the colours of their year. The app, is a third-party web app. It studies your snapshots of moments and determines what your favorite colours are to post.

  • A web app, Year of Colour filters through Instagram photos to find the most vibrant colours reflected in top posts.
  • Stef Lewandowski, App creator, said he was inspired to create it by his wife, Emily Quinton. She runs the company Makelight, which helps Instagrammers make their profiles pop.
  • Year of Colour produces colour scheme based on 6 -9 of the most notable pigments in each of the posts.
  • Likewise, it also identifies what colors were most liked by followers.



Year of Colour web app is drafted by London-based designer Stef Lewandowski. He’s here to help outline the colour schemes of your 2018 Instagram posts into a group of conceptual dots.

Year of Colour uses artificial intelligence to go through the most-liked Instagram posts on your page. Then condense to a handful of colors, selecting the most prominent, vibrant ones.

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For instance:

If your most-liked picture is of cotton-candy-colored sunrise, that particular pink hue will be represented by a large, pink dot.

Stef Lewandowski, built the web app in his spare time after being inspired by his wife. Quinton runs a company called Makelight. It helps people improve their Instagram presence to tempt people into pressing that “follow” tab.

If you look consistent, and there’s good quality, people press that button,” Lewandowski mentioned.


Stef Lewandowski mentioned:

Maybe there’s a way of using some AI, some machine vision and bit of big data crunching — all those buzzwords — and apply it to something that’s quite human, that is, answering the question of “how do I look on the internet if you just looked at it through the lens of the colour palettes that you’re sharing.”

Clearly, to use it, you need to sign in to the app using your Instagram account. The app operates only for public accounts. The app generates a bubble chart of all the colours you posted on Instagram over the year.

The best feature, however, can’t be captured in a print. Pressing the playthrough button shows how colours changed across your year — an abstract slide show of moments in 2018. “It’s not just the colours that come through,” Lewandowski says. “It’s the memories of what those colours mean.”



  • Firstly, go to and log in with your Instagram account. (The app’s privacy information is front and center on the login page, and says that Lewandowski can’t see your password.)
  • The app only works for individual’s Instagram accounts; due to rules applied by Instagram.
  • It’s a shame we can’t do, that but I completely understand it from a privacy point of view,” Lewandowski says.
  • Secondly, pick a time frame, and the app sorts through your most-liked Instagram posts — and spits out a data visualization of the colours in top 100.
  • The app minimizes each image between six and nine colours. Then generates pattern of dots that vary in size based on how much of a colour is in an image. Also, how much your followers like it.
  • It’s a combination of attention and content,” Lewandowski says.
  • However, there are handful of sliders and dials that let you alter how your report looks.
  • Thirdly, one can limit the number of dots based on popularity, for example, or filter out dull, non-vibrant colors.
  • Finally, Other buttons brings the brightest dots to the center/ arrange the circles by when the photos were taken.
  • Like, January 2018 goes to center, and the circles radiate out so that colors from December 2018 occupies the edges.
  • The result is attractive, and Lewandowski will soon let people purchase prints.

To conclude, the results are addicting, and Lewandowski mentioned the prints may be available for purchase soon. In contrast, one can’t configure the colour scheme of their favorite Instagram celeb, only their own.

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