Pump Up the Creativity: Oblique Strategies

I’ve only recently discovered “Oblique Strategy Cards” — now available in a fifth edition. Apparently I’m a little slow sometimes, but I LOVE the concept.

They are, according to the creators:

Observations on the principles underlying what we were doing. Sometimes they were recognized in retrospect (intellect catching up with intuition), sometimes they were identified as they were happening, sometimes they were formulated.

They can be used as a pack (a set of possibilities being continuously reviewed in the mind) or by drawing a single card from the shuffled pack when a dilemma occurs in a working situation. In this case,the card is trusted even if its appropriateness is quite unclear. They are not final, as new ideas will present themselves, and others will become self-evident.

Personally, I find them to be a kind of “tarot for the creative arts” — for the fatalists among us. Draw a card, define or create your dilemma, and find a creative way out of that box.

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View them online randomly timed to generate here:


I’m considering creating my own deck — using the ones I like from the original decks and adding a few from my own pen/keyboard and printing them on moo cards! Or maybe I’ll just print them really lightly on the index cards I’m using to organize my life and let them be a sort-of “subliminal” creative force in my life. Hmmm….

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