Steven M. Johnson

 

PRODUCTS AND PREDICTIONS

     Cars scratched at the factory 5-1-09  During this unasked-for, unannounced phase change in American life, some people now express relief that “keeping up with the Joneses” is impractical and almost meaningless. Yes, I believe relief from the tyranny of consumerism is being felt in many quarters. It is now okay to buy an older, dinged-up car, for example. I predict that a new industry will emerge that

offers cars that are pre-dented and scratched right at the factory!

Of course, one may object that such  cars will be less structurally sound, and harder to repair.  No doubt, it would be necessary to ruin the chassis of a new automobile with great care! Dent Planning Engineers would be tasked with assessing areas where robots can safely smash fenders and hoods. Read more...

 

Dashboard Oven Would they be safe? Might there be issues of a) driver distraction, b) driving upsets if fingers are burned or hands become greasy or c) greasy glove disposal?

To come...

THE WHIMSICAL DESIGNER

The Bathtub What happens when you design objects a) for no client, b) just for the fun of it? Read more...

Atlantic magazine article       8-25-11

Author and lecturer Steve Heller writes about my work: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/08/the-accidental-futurist-steven-m-johnsons-alternate-realities/244140/


New book published:

Have Fun Inventing, 5-19-11

A new, 192-page compilation of published and unpublished drawings from 1962 to 2011, with text explaining my thinking process and a review of my most successful and worst predictions.

See BIO & BOOKS...


NY Times article 1-14-11

A discussion of the three submissions to New York City’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” contest accompanied by my concept drawings for an article jointly created with columnist Allison Arieff. See NYC TAXI...


Good magazine 10-26-10 Illustrated article on repurposed work sites and furnishings: http://www.good.is/post/work-displacement-steven-m-johnson-imagines-future-workspaces/


Neatorama “Name that Weird

Invention” contest

Appeared on Mondays from 9-27-10 to 3-3-2011 on Neatorama.com as The Museum of PossibilitiesSee images...


Design Mind article 4-19-10

Frog Design’s Design Mind magazine shows my office work: http://designmind.frogdesign.com Read more...


NY Times article 5-4-09   Allison Arieff has written about me in her NY Times blog:  http://arieff.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/04/searching-for-value-in-ludicrous-ideas/


Signed, first edition of What the World Needs Now I still have for sale new copies of the 1984 edition of What the World Needs Now. See sample art...

   Four basketball hoops, constantly in motion 04-14-10 Maybe I’m one of the few Americans who finds watching basketball games painfully boring, even if players earn $ millions annually. It is simply too predictable. I favor making the game more complicated. Read more...

   Personality cars 04-29-10   Since 1983 I have predicted this trend, yet it still has not been fulfilled: Wealthy individuals will be able to order their own original car model, custom-built to a shape that describes their occupation or personality.  Read more...

2010 Cardiac

STEVE’S NEWS

1-14-11 Taxi for poor, indigent New Yorkers. See NYC TAXI

5-19-11 Signed copies of new book available: See BIO & BOOKS