The Aesthetics of Joy is devoted to a simple, powerful idea: that our greatest source of joy is the world around us.

  1. Welcome
  2. Highlights
  3. Who we Are
  4. Contact Us
  5. In the News

An emerging body of research shows that there is a clear link between our surroundings and our mental health. Yet nearly all the advice on how to find happiness ignores this fact. Designer Ingrid Fetell Lee founded The Aesthetics of Joy in 2009 to shed light on the relationship between our environment and our emotions, and share inspiration for living a more joyful life through design.

In September, 2018, Little, Brown and Company will publish Joyful, the definitive guide to finding and creating more joy in the world around you. to be notified when the book is available!

Highlights

Here are some of our key topics, along with a selection of posts to give you an idea of what we're all about. If you're new here, this is a great place to start:

The Power of Joy

Joy is often thought of as a nice-to-have, rather than a necessity. But study after study shows that joy makes us healthier, more productive, creative, and resilient.

Creating a Joyful Home

Home should be a place that makes you happy. Rather than trying to keep up with trends or styles, we offer evidence-based ideas for creating your own joyful habitat.

Bringing Joy to the World

Everyone deserves joy. Unfortunately, our world isn’t exactly designed to delight. We’re devoted to sharing ideas for bringing joy into the places we live and work, learn and heal.

Who we Are

Ingrid Fetell Lee Founder and Author

Ingrid Fetell Lee is a Brooklyn-based designer and writer whose work focuses on the way that design affects our health and happiness. As founder of The Aesthetics of Joy and in her role as IDEO fellow, she empowers people to find more joy in daily life through design.

Ingrid has over twelve years of experience in design and branding, most recently as Design Director of IDEO's New York office, having led design work for Target, Condé Nast, Eileen Fisher, American Express, Kate Spade, Diageo, Pepsico, and the US government, among others. She has been featured as an expert on design and joy by outlets such as The New York Times, Wired, PRI's Studio 360, CBC's Spark, Psychology Today, and Fast Company. She was a founding faculty member in the Products of Design program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her design work has been exhibited at imm Cologne, Germany.

Ingrid holds a Master’s in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor’s in English and Creative Writing from Princeton University. Her first book, Joyful, will be published in North America by Little, Brown in September, 2018. She loves pancakes, polka dots, and rainbow sprinkles, and has an extensive repertoire of happy dances for any occasion.

Kiley Reid Community Director

Kiley Reid writes digital copy, fiction, Instagram captions, and the occasional love letter. At the Aesthetics of Joy, she sources content, edits copy, and works as a liaison with makers and other members of our community. Kiley's fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, December, The Tishman Review, and others, and she is currently a graduate student at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Kiley is an advocate for hula hooping, short novels, complicated headwraps with bright prints and patterns, and the state of Arizona.

Contact Us

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contact Carrie Neill at Little, Brown

Ingrid is represented by Inkwell Management.
For foreign rights inquiries, contact Lyndsey Blessing

For inquiries about speaking, partnerships, or anything else, please email us here.

In the News

Huffington Post: The Science of Awe and Why it Matters at Work
The Globe and Mail: Second Nature
FastCo: 3 Ideas for Curing Your Case of the Mondays
Casa Claudia (Brazil)
Quartz: Got a Bad Case of the Mondays? These Brilliant Inventions Should Help
Wired: How IDEO Redesigned Monday to be Less Awful
Studio 360: Redesign Challenge: Bring Joy to the Everyday
MoMA: Design and Violence
Libertine: Seconds of Pleasure
NYT: Small Wonders
CBC Spark: Designing for Joy
Psychology Today: The Color of Introversion
NYT: Art With Abandon
Guardian: Is It Really Hip to be Glum?