These are challenging times. Anger, contentious views, intolerance, a once-in-a-century pandemic has affected everyone. With so much negative energy in the air, it’s taken a heavy toll on each of us, personally. To keep my own spirits up, a little personal therapy was in order. So, being a designer, I created a series of designs with positive messages with the goal of sharing them to put more positive energy into the air.
One of these projects is the JOY Project. The idea is simple. Create and share small reminders of Joy — a most positive feeling, with friends, family, and in particular, strangers. Pocket Joy is a simple charm/token that you carry in your pocket, purse, or bag as a reminder. Over three years, I’ve handed out over 6,000 Joys to pretty much everyone I meet. I leave them on counters, with tips, and hand them to underappreciated grocery, restaurant workers, delivery drivers, and baristas. People you see every day, but often don’t notice. In return, I’ve received many wonderful smiles and a promise to share the extra JOYs with others who might need it even more.
So that more JOYs will be shared, the design is available to everyone. If you have a 3D printer, you can make and share JOYs yourself. They’re easy to print and cost about a cent to make. I encourage you to spread the message far and wide. Visit my Thingiverse or Printables pages to download JOY and other free designs.
About Tim Celeski
It’s simple. I’m driven by a strong desire to explore and create. I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve been able to make being creative my life and my work. I’m a lifelong designer and artist, maker and learner, fascinated by art, design, craftsmanship, and technology. Most of all, I believe in the power of ideas and love the challenge of putting it all together in ways that can seen, felt and experienced.– Tim