Ingrid Fetell Lee
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Ingrid Fetell Lee

A designer and author whose work has been called “mesmerizing” by Adam Grant, and “completely original,” by Arianna Huffington, Ingrid Fetell Lee reveals how we can harness the surprising power of our surroundings to cultivate joy, creativity, and success.
Designer and Founder of The Aesthetics of Joy, former Design Director at IDEO, Author of Joyful

Expertise In:

  • Design
  • Creativity
  • Corporate Culture
  • Happiness and Mindfulness
  • Mental Health

Audience & Industry

  • Corporations
  • Associations
  • Women's Events
  • The Health Care Industry
  • The Marketing and Advertising Industry

A designer and author whose work has been called “mesmerizing” by Adam Grant, and “completely original,” by Arianna Huffington, Ingrid Fetell Lee reveals how we can harness the surprising power of our surroundings to cultivate joy, creativity, and success.

Ingrid Fetell Lee’s work occupies a truly unique space, situated at the intersection between design, neuroscience, and psychology. In her book, Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness, and as founder of the blog The Aesthetics of Joy, she reveals the powerful connection between our surroundings and our emotions, and empowers people to find more joy in their lives and their work through design. In 2018, she gave the closing address at TED; her talk “Where Joy Hides and How to Find It” received a standing ovation.

Lee’s uplifting and visually stunning presentations are laced with evidence-based insights, actionable takeaways, and delightful details. She possesses a rare ability to translate between disparate fields and make them accessible and exciting to audiences at all levels of fluency with her subjects. Informed by ten years of research, Lee’s work upends the conventional wisdom about happiness and success, giving audiences not only a new perspective on the world, but also an invaluable set of tools for increasing performance, creativity, wellbeing, and resilience.

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The Secret to Creating Universally Joyful Products and Experiences


We think of joy as elusive and intangible, but what if we could create products and experiences that reliably give people a feeling of joy? In this talk, Lee reveals the specific physical attributes that trigger our hardwired impulses toward joy, showing why some products feel delightful while others don’t, and how tangible elements can be used to create powerful moments of surprise, magic, and wonder. Grounding these insights with real-world examples, Lee shows how the aesthetics of joy can be used to create unique, innovative products and experiences that can captivate audiences, increase the adoption of new technologies, and build well-loved brands with timeless appeal.

Putting Joy to Work

In the pursuit of business success and bottom-line results, joy is an attribute that can often seem trivial or unimportant. But the irony is that joy originally evolved to motivate our early human ancestors to pursue goals, and psychologists are beginning to understand that rather than being a distraction from success, joy actually fuels it. Studies show joyful doctors make better diagnoses, joyful salespeople improve customer satisfaction, and joyful employees are up to 12% more productive. In this talk, Lee shows how to bring joy to every level of an organization, from the physical environment to leadership behaviors, to improve employee health and retention, innovation and collaboration, and organizational success. 

How to Create Spaces that Make People Thrive

We're often taught that our surroundings are incidental to our wellbeing, but an emerging body of research shows that the physical world can be a powerful resource to us in cultivating happier, healthier lives. For example, studies show that workers in more colorful offices are more alert, friendly, and confident than those in drab ones, that windows can speed healing, and that children progress faster in classrooms with better lighting. In this highly visual, evidence-based talk, Lee shows how organizations and individuals can use simple elements like color, light, and decor to create spaces that improve markers of physical health, reduce stress, stimulate creativity, facilitate social interaction, and of course, promote joy.

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