Science | Fiction | Design

Michael Neal is a designer, educator, speaker and occasional writer exploring the intersections of science, fiction and design. In addition to his personal design practice he currently teaches multiple levels and subjects as an adjunct lecture at California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach City College, California Institute of the Arts, Chapman University, and UCLA Extension.

Along with a foundation of practical design skills, Michael has researched the history, theory and cultural impacts of architectural, industrial, and graphic design through the School of Visual Art’s D-Crit MFA. Ever the Utopian, his graduate thesis engaged scientists from NASA and the Mars Society to explore human habitation in space and its connection to the sustainability movement on Earth.

Michael has tackled many roles throughout his career, including: designer, ad-man, creative director, writer, editor, journalist, public speaker and critic. As an advocate of design and storytelling, he has had the privilege of collaborating with many leading professional organizations and institutions such as Ogilvy, Pentagram, AIGA, Public Radio International, MoMA, The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, The City Of Los Angeles and more…