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Oblique Strategies as a Mac OS X app

Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies are a set of one-line instructions to be selected at random to break creative block or shake things up in the creative process.

Discard an axiom.

Find a safe part and use it as an anchor.

Reverse.

Shayne of curvedspace has now implemented an Oblique Strategies app for Mac OS X. (Via Ed Vielmetti.)

Oblique Strategies for Mac OS X

Geeks have been playing with the Oblique Strategies for a long time. Here's a Usenet thread from 1992. Someone even implemented them in FORTRAN!

The strategies invite many variations. This gets the gears in my head turning about a version suitable for children.

toys 2004.12.08 link

Comments

The 21st century version of these that I have briefly seen but would like to have on my desk is the Ideo Method Cards:
http://www.ideo.com/methodcards/MethodDeck/

more design than creativity oriented (and more colorful)

Edward Vielmetti [edward punkto vielmetti cxe gmail punkto com] • 2004.12.08
The Ideo cards look great! But at $49, they'd better be better... :-)

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2004.12.08
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