Neighborhood

Spotlight Series:

Joy Cho

Oh Joy!

 

Hello Neighbor!

 

I have many fond memories growing up (pre-kindergarten) and lying on the carpet in front of the TV in my childhood home, my unicorn (“Uni”) in one hand and an apple juice in the other, watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood as my mom was in the kitchen either cooking or tidying up the house and my sister was at school. I LOVED everything about that show. Being that I was a very hyperactive kid there was always a certain calm that came over me while watching it. I loved how Mr. Rogers would get frequent visits from the postman and other folks in his neighborhood. At a young age this small detail instilled in me the belief that being part of a strong community is so important.

 

Flash forward to today, we are now lucky enough to have our office in sunny Los Angeles, which is such a treat! There’s so much talent bubbling in our own close-knit neighborhood, and in the spirit of Mr. Rogers’ spotlighting everyday standouts I thought it would be fun to introduce you to some of the friends in our Los Angeles neighborhood and give you a peek inside their creative worlds. We hope you are as inspired by these incredible women as we are!

-Laura ODell

Get to know Joy:

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

 

I launched Oh Joy! almost 17 years ago in 2005 as a graphic design studio. Since then we've successfully grown into a lifestyle brand and design studio that has created a wide range of licensed products including home décor, kids, pet, and furniture collections with brands such as Target, Band-Aid, Keds, Petco, and others. We also create daily editorial content with a focus on design, fashion, food, and joyful moments from everyday life.

In addition, I give keynote speeches on entrepreneurship, leadership, and business and consult with small businesses to help guide budding entrepreneurs through their growth and struggles. And I've authored seven books.

2. If you could only pick 3 colors to design with what would they be?

Gold

Hot Pink

Blush

3. What's your favorite ice cream flavor?

Rainbow Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt from Jeni's.

4. If you could be any animal for one day, which animal would you pick and what would your name be?

A flamingo named Young Love.

5. If you could go anywhere in the world right at this very moment where would you go and who would you take with you?

I would go to Thailand with my family and eat everything!