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August 14, 2009

The Ludicrous Designs of Steven M. Johnson

Writing in the New York Times, Allison Arieff investigates the work of Steven M. Johnson, who she describes as an "inventor/author/cartoonist/former urban planner ... a sort of R. Crumb meets R. Buckminster Fuller."

Johnson, a former urban planner, creates designs for inventions that are sometimes whimsical, sometimes visionary. He calls them "sneakily outrageous." Examples include an office desk that transforms into an enclosed bed for late nights and afternoon naps at the office. On the more practical side, Johnson envisions a city where gasoline and diesel powered vehicles are barred and only electrical cars and bicycles are allowed. These are only the tip of the iceberg of Johnson's ideas, which are illustrated by cartoon panels. Johnson describes his design process as lateral, letting loose the imagination and ignoring the worrying part of the mind. See Johnson's work on his PantentDepending website.

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at August 14, 2009 11:22 AM
category: Human Creativity


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