‘Oblique Strategies’: (supervisor in a box)

Oblique Strategies: Over one hundred worthwhile dilemmas

Oblique Strategies by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt. A life saving solution to the dreaded creative brick wall.


“These cards evolved from separate observations of 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.” (excerpt taken from Oblique Strategies)