Oblique Strategies (subtitled Over One Hundred Worthwhile Dilemmas) is a card-based method for promoting creativity jointly created by musician/artist Brian Eno and multimedia artist Peter Schmidt, first published in 1975. Physically, it takes the form of a deck of 7-by-9-centimetre (2.8 in × 3.5 in) printed cards in a black box. Each card offers a challenging constraint intended to help artists (particularly musicians) break creative blocks by encouraging lateral thinking.
for the past few months i’ve been drawing a card each morning, thinking about the text on the card (today’s was “repetition is a form of change”), and writing about each one in obsidian. i find it to be a rewarding and worthwhile practice, especially when it comes to getting mentally ready for work first thing in the morning or hammering through a creative block.
i’ve been working on developing my deck into a desktop application that i can fire up on demand with some shortcut, and after some thought i think i’d like to port what i’ve made over to an obsidian plugin. in the spirit of delivering something worthwhile i’m here looking for suggestions, thoughts, what have you, from the community.
here are some ideass i had earlier today for preliminary features:
- some kind of syntax that triggers a “card pull” [[in this format]] whenever a daily note is created;
- the ability to hit some hotkey and trigger a card pull;
- a note containing a link to each card so you can track which cards you’ve encountered, all the dates you’ve encountered them, and the thoughts/ideas you had on those days;
- the ability for users to create their own cards and have them appear at random.
i have some other ideas as well but these are the most concrete ones i have for the time being. does this sound like something you’d use? does something like this already exist? do you love it? do you hate it? how would you change it? what else do you want?
i’d love to hear from you and any ideas/comments/criticisms you might have.