Oblique Strategies, is a deck of cards developed by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt in 1975. Each of the cards contains an individual aphorism designed to help artist’s break creative blocks by thinking laterally. Examples include:
Give way to your worst impulse
Faced with a choice do both
Slow preparation.. Fast execution
Developed to help musicians in particular, users are able to select a card at random when faced with a creative block. The intention is that by thinking laterally about the problem and reframing it the user will break down the block.