About The Joy Project

Keep some Joy in your pocket

We live in challenging times. Anger, contentious views, intolerance, a once-in-a-century pandemic have affected everyone. No matter who you are, with so much negative energy in the air, it’s taken a heavy toll on everyone. To keep up my spirits, personal therapy was in order. So, being a designer, I created a series of designs that carry positive messages. The goal is to to put positive energy into the air by sharing the simplest, most positive message with strangers. If I can make someone’s day just a little better, then my day is better, too.

One of these projects is the JOY Project. The idea is simple. Create, 3D print, and share small reminders of Joy — a positive message everyone can agree on, with friends, family, and in particular, with strangers. Pocket Joy is a simple charm/token you carry in your pocket, purse, or bag as a reminder. In five years, I’ve handed out over 10,000 Joys to pretty much everyone I meet. When dining I leave them on tables along with a generous tip. I hand them to under-appreciated grocery and 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 extra JOYs with others who need some Joy in their lives, too.

Makers Can Make Joys

So that more JOYs are shared, JOY designs are free and available to everyone. If you have a 3D printer, you can make and share JOYs, too. Please do! These are easy to print, use around 29″ or 2/3 of a meter of filament, and cost less than a cent to make one. It’s a perfect use for that little bit of extra filament at the end of a roll that you never find a use for. Use bright, happy colors as that’s what JOY is all about. Because JOY is so small (just 32mm) with a fair amount of vertical mass, they are prone to be knocked loose. Though my printers are well-tuned, I find it easiest to use a little glue on smooth build plates. Particularly, if you’re printing a lot of them at one time, as I do. And, because JOY is constantly handled, the small details and rounded edges can be felt, I suggest a finer layer height like .15 or .16 mm.

Put your 3D printer and left-over filament to work in a positive way. Make a habit of printing and sharing JOYs. Carry them in your pocket waiting for any opportunity to share. Feel free to design, create, and print your own JOY designs. With several dozen Joy designs a year, I’m constantly creating new ones, here are some designer’s tips: First, keep JOY small, soft, and easy to handle. This way recipients are inclined to carry them. Being tiny objects, be very cautious around young children who might put them into their mouths. Unlike large designs, the idea is JOY is meant to be a reminder, not a trophy. To do that they need to be simple, convenient, and casual. A friendly object to hold in your hand. Like a good luck charm but much better because they always work. It’s hard to look at JOY without feeling just a little bit better. Finally, when giving them out, give out more than one and ask the receiver to spread the message beyond their own friends and family. Suggest they give a JOY to a stranger.

Finally, I get a lot inquiries about making batches of JOYs and selling them. Selling JOYs is far beyond the idea of the JOY project. I think no-matter-what they should be free, so I won’t do that. If you decide to make lots of JOYs and people want to pay you for them, that’s up to you. But, consider this idea: When friends pester me for batches of JOYs or whene I’ve sold my JOY art pieces, I donate 100% of the proceeds to local food banks.

I encourage you to spread this positive message and share the JOY project with other 3D printing friends. Visit my Thingiverse or Printables pages to download JOY and other free designs.

About Tim Celeski

Tim Celeski in Port Townsend, Washington

Bio in a Timeline:  Architecture > Jazz Musician >  Graphic Designer  >  Professional Photographer  >  Digital Designer  >  Furniture Maker  >  Fine Artist

I’m driven by a desire to explore and create. That’s what I do. I love living on the creative edge. I’ve been fortunate 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 love the challenge of putting it all together in exciting ways that can seen, felt and experienced.

– Tim

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