Ingrid Fetell Lee: Where joy hides and how to find it
Ingrid Fetell Lee studies joy and reveals how we can find more of it in the world around us. Full bio
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my first year of design school.
for design students,
you made over the course of the year
while a bunch of professors,
next to my table,
that my professors can see
into making my designs practical
no one says anything.
starts to speak, and he says,
because I wanted to solve real problems.
but it's kind of light --
from the stuff on the table next to me?
make us feel intangible joy?"
and gestured a lot with their hands.
about this question ...
would take me 10 years --
between the physical world
quixotic emotion we call "joy."
is that not only are they linked,
can be a powerful resource to us
don't always agree,
and "happiness" and "positivity"
when psychologists use the word joy,
and feel like we want to jump up and down.
to jump up and down
that scientists measure joy.
with the pursuit of happiness,
we kind of overlook joy.
What brings you joy?"
I noticed that there were certain things
and again and again.
especially the ones with the sprinkles.
of age and gender and ethnicity.
of a rainbow streaks across it.
what they're for,
for just a few people;
politically polarized world we live in
of making our differences feel so vast
that finds joy in the same things.
that these are just passing pleasures,
of the shared humanity we find
of the physical world.
that makes them so joyful?
up on my studio wall,
and try to make sense of it.
is mysterious and elusive,
as the Greek word "aísthomai,"
"I sense," "I perceive."
that joy begins with the senses,
that as I walked around,
of joy everywhere I went --
of rose-colored glasses,
were hidden in plain sight.
that bring us joy,
of the world look like this?
that look like this?
that house the people
that looks like this?
opens us up to judgment.
are often dismissed as childish
that looks like this.
in the world around us,
to create more joy?
scouring the planet,
that people have answered this question.
of the artist Arakawa
of environments are literally killing us.
an apartment building
around the apartment,
in every direction.
to create an apartment
one that was joyful.
for everyday life,
What about the rest of us?
back into the real world?
who were doing just that.
by the Danish artist Poul Gernes.
has heard from school administrators
in these painted schools.
conducted in four countries,
working in more colorful offices
working in drab spaces.
our love of color,
see a connection to our evolution.
is a sign of life, a sign of energy.
where scarcity is dangerous,
the singular of confetti,
of one of the most joyful substances
uses this idea in her work a lot.
to create a feeling of abundance.
round things I noticed?
have studied this, too.
of angular objects and round ones.
in part with fear and anxiety,
looked at angular objects,
at the round ones.
angles in nature
that might be dangerous to us,
sense of caution around these shapes,
in the new Sandy Hook Elementary School.
a building that was secure,
one that was joyful,
along the side of the building,
over the entryway,
toward the entrance
than the sum of their parts.
of chasing after happiness,
in the path of it more often.
to seek out joy in our surroundings.
instinct for survival.
is the drive toward life.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERIngrid Fetell Lee - Designer, writer
Ingrid Fetell Lee studies joy and reveals how we can find more of it in the world around us.
Why you should listen
Ingrid Fetell Lee has devoted ten years to answering the question: "How do tangible things create intangible joy?" Drawing on research from the fields of neuroscience and psychology, her book, Joyful, and her blog "The Aesthetics of Joy" explore the powerful connection between our surroundings and our emotions, and empower people to find more joy in daily life through design.
Lee has more than twelve years of experience in design and branding, most recently as design director at global innovation firm IDEO. 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 and Fast Company.
Lee holds a Master's in industrial design from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor's in English and creative writing from Princeton University, and she was a founding faculty member in the Products of Design program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Joyful, her first book, will be published in North America by Little, Brown on September 4th.
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