Oblique Strategies

Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt first published the Oblique Strategies card deck in 1975. The card deck’s concept is simple: draw a card at random whenever you need inspiration and it will present a strategy for thinking about the problem from a different angle.

Oblique Strategies cards, 1975.
“State the problem in words as clearly as possible.”
“Honor thy error as a hidden intention.”
“Look closely at the most embarrassing details and amplify them.”
Oblique Strategies in list form

I reorganized these cards into a list that I could print and paste to my wall. They now sit in front of my desk, a place where my gaze lands when my fingers stop typing.

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