Artefact Traveller. A way to document journeys.

I’ve been using a product I had a hand in conceiving, because even though I’d tried most of these cards out on a four-hour journey from Exeter, Devon to London on the train when they were a simple idea I’d had and chatted through with John, I hadn’t used a proper version of the product.

In the software world, this is known as dogfooding.

What has been most satisfying about this has been how much fun I’ve found the cards. Artefact Traveller has helped me document my journey from London to Rome, and I’ve also filled in a set as I’ve wandered around the Italian capital.

They’ll also get use on a journey to Pompeii and Herculaneum, via Naples.

And it’s not just me that’s been using them. Interestingly, my eight year-old daughter has had her own pack to use. She loves them – and not just because her Dad is involved in their creation.

Not having any clear instructions on the cards has left interpretation open – which, for kids, is the best. She has her favourite cards. As do I.

Here are a few of the cards I created on my flight.

Two cards have already become favourites; this changes often, though, so the next journey may well allow me to focus on different cards. Maybe it’s just the outcome of these two cards that I like?

I recently wrote about how the initial collaboration came about with Smithery. This process has been another huge part of the business I’m building with Formation London. I think it’ll be a cornerstone. It’s a journey in itself – and one I’ll be documenting with a set of Artefact Traveller cards, because I do believe it’s not just about a physical movement from one place to another. That would be shortsighted, I think; I’m intending on staying true to the idea that sits at the heart of Artefact Cards.

If you’d like to buy your own pack of Artefact Traveller, they are available for sale. Document your own journeys and let me know what you discover.