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

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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!


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.

About Ingrid

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.

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In the News

MindBodyGreen: The One Question That Helped Me Declutter My Closet
Real Simple: The Best Books of 2018
TED Radio Hour: How Can We Design More Joy into Our Surroundings?
PopSugar: Take a Chill Pill – These 23 Gifts Are Perfect for People with Anxiety
Next Big Idea Club: These Six New Books Belong on Your Bookshelf
goop: Forget Happiness – Pursue Joy
Artsy: 6 Simple Things Artists Can Do to Feel Happier in Their Studios
99u: Our Surroundings Have a Profound Influence on Our Well-Being
Future Women: 9 Ways to Bring More Joy into Your Work Life
Women and Home: How to Be More Joyful
The Big Issue: Simple Pleasures
Image Magazine Ireland: Three Easy Ways to Find Joy in Everyday Life
LinkedIn Weekend Essay: To Find Happiness, Seek out the ‘Joy of Renewal’
The Today Show: 5 Simple Tips to Find Joy Every Day
Thrive Global: This Is How You Find Your Joy
WNYC: The Joy of Simple Things
Nobody Told Me Podcast: Joy is All Around Us
CNBC: These 6 new books about psychology can help you succeed at work
The Pool: 6 Ways to Fill Your Home with Joy
TED Blog: Scared of too much color in your life? Learn to let go of your fear – and find more joy
British Airways High Life: Paint the Town
Real Simple: Five Books That Won’t Disappoint
The Guardian: Ode to Joy
Interior Design: Review of Joyful