Steve’s News

NEWS OF BOOKS, LECTURES, WORKSHOPS AND ART SHOWS                                       

What The World Needs Now, 3rd Edition, 5-9-12

A new edition of my 1984 book with a short discussion of the book’s history. Available on

Design Mind  4-19-10

Frog Design’s Design Mind magazine featured my ideas for office design and apparel. See article

New York Times 5-4-09   

Allison Arieff wrote about me in New York Times “Opinionator” blog. See article

Tacoma News-Tribune 11-4-04   Concepts for eating-while-driving.

MAGAZINES, 1966-1995  

Illustrations in Cry California, Sierra Club Bulletin, Wilderness, Whole Earth Review, Harper's, Road & Track, New Age Journal, The Futurist, Tur & Retur (Swedish Railways), Box and Brutus (Japan) and The National Lampoon.


Patent Depending: Armbrella...


Unique, odd ideas for future products, in color. Available on

Patent Depending: Vehicles


A compilation of vehicle-themed drawings from 1962 to present in color. Available on


Facebook since 10-1-14

“Patent Depending” feature. See page 12-8-16

“Usefulness Be Damned” by Steven Heller

See article

New York Magazine 11-21-16

“...Cartoonist Predicted Everything...” Thomas Macmillan. See article

The Daily Mail (UK)  10-28-15

“The Car That Turns Into a Hot Tub...” Richard Gray. See article

The New York Times 7-23-13

Illustrations for "Driving Sideways" by columnist Allison Arieff. See article

BloombergBusinessweek 06-06-13

"Modern Meadow Makes Leather and Meat Without Killing Animals." See article and 10-09-11

Drawings for “Gas Stations of the Future.”



Crocker Holiday Artisan Market

11-25 to 11-27-16

Book and print sales.

Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA

05-21 to 05-22-16

Book and print sales.

Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA

05-15 to 05-17-15

Book and print sales.

Toronto Comic Arts Festival

5-9 to 5-10-15.  Book and print sales.

Sacramento Arts Festival

11-7 to 11-9-14

Booth #244, Sacramento Convention Center. Book and print sales.

Crossroads Cultural Center, NYC 07-16-14   Lecture and book sales.

World Future Society annual conference 2014, Orlando, FL

07-11 to 07-13-14

Workshop and keynote address, "What If." See announcement

Maker Faire San Mateo, CA

05-17 to 05-17-14

Workshop and book/prints sales.

TEDx talk, Indianapolis, IN 10-22-13

Lecture, "Inventing Without A Purpose." Watch video

As Real As it Gets, ApexArt, NYC

11-15 to 12-22-12

Work of seventeen artists was shown. Rob Walker, curator. See article

Public Therapy Buses, 3rd Ed.


A reissued book, first published in 1991. Same as 2nd. ed. except tall format. Available on

Public Therapy Buses, 2nd Ed.


A reissued book, first published in 1991 by St. Martin's Press, this 210-page edition contains 82 new pages filled with drawings left out of the original publication. The book offered predictions for the future, many of which have been fulfilled. See

2011: Biofuels will grow in use and popularity in the future.

The Atlantic 8-25-11

Article by author and Professor Steve Heller describes me as an “Accidental Futurist.” See article

New York Times 1-14-11

A discussion of three (lame) submissions to New York City’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” contest was accompanied by my concept drawings. For an article jointly created with columnist Allison Arieff. See article

Neatorama “Name that Weird

Invention” contest

Feature appeared weekly from 9-27-10 to 3-3-2011 on as "The Museum of Possibilities."  See images

Good magazine 10-26-10

New ideas for repurposed work sites and furnishings. See article

2011: Illustration for NYTimes article, "All Tomorrow's Taxis," by Allison Arieff.

Banff Centre, Canada

9-17-12 to 9-27-12

Lecture, “Patent Depending,” plus tutoring: Experimental Comedy Camp with Michael Portnoy, Reggie Watts and Mai Abu ElDahab. See article

Smart Design, International Headquarters, NYC 09-07-11

Lecture, "Lateral Thinking/Inventing."

School of Visual Arts, NYC

07-12-11 and 9-22-11

Lectures to graduate students in two classes in design. See poster ad.

Elon University, Elon, NC

03-29 to 04-01-2010

Workshop and lecture "Imagine If: What the World Needs."

Have Fun Inventing, 5-18-12

A  236-page compilation of published and unpublished drawings from 1962 to 2011, with text explaining my thinking process.  See

Photo: Cybele at Apex Art

2012: Gallery goers study my prints at the "As Real As It Gets" show in NYC,