Strategies to Overcome Creative Block

Oblique Strategies is a concept developed by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt to help artists overcome creative block through lateral thinking. It consists of a deck of cards, each one containing a vague or ambiguous phrase which can be used to solve a problem intuitively, by breaking conventional thinking patterns and interpreting it from a new perspective.

This app aims to translate the essence of the original cards deck into a digital experience, making it accessible to a wider audience. It contains the original edition, as well as the newer decks, presenting them in a sleek minimalist style inspired by the original design of the cards. The user interface is simple and straightforward, built to encourage creative or design thinking without distracting from the process.

What’s New

Version 5.9

With VoiceOver, anyone with a visual impairment can have the Oblique Strategies phrase read to them. Long tap the screen to have the last sentence read to you again. Also, you can shake the iPhone for a new sentence.
The home screen widget on iOS 14 allows reading a new quote every day without opening the application.
We listen to our user's feedback, and now there is a new widget that will automatically set to light/dark mode.
Now the Apple Watch version can run independently without needing the app installed on your iPhone.
Optimised for the latest iPadOS, watchOS, and iOS version.
Follow us on Twitter or Instagram @oblique_se for updates and support. Thank you for getting inspired!

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
311 Ratings

311 Ratings

GypsyVoyager ,

Best Oblique Strategies App! Updated!

Update: Thanks for adding the widget option; however, the widget does not automatically update each day. It only changes when you go back and manually reopen the app.

With the addition of the 5th generation of cards in the latest version, this app has climbed to the top of the ladder! As a musician and photographer, this app stimulates my creativity and productivity immensely.

Developer Response ,


Thank you for your review. Just wanted to let you know that the last version will now change the widget quote every day.

Have a best creative day !

Enoch Soames ,

The best Oblique Strategies app!

I was surprised to see several Oblique Strategies apps in the store, and after trying them all I can say unequivocally that this is the best of the group - it offers the ability to switch between any combination of the four extant editions, it looks good, and it credits Eno and Peter Schmidt (which the others do not do).

Richard Mavis ,

Mostly great

This app is mostly great. My primary complaint is the flashing/shuffle effect between cards (after you tap or shake to pick another card, maybe a dozen or so other cards flash by in quick succession before the next one is presented), which I don't understand or enjoy. Also, it's not quiet clear how to dismiss the config/tool menu, but if you tap enough times it disappears.

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for your review.
Just wanted to tell you that a new version it is available in store and yes, you can now disable the shuffle effect from settings.
The settings window have now a button to dismiss and also the old method (swipe to dismiss) still works.
Have a great day! and thanks again for your review

App Privacy

The developer, Nicolae Gherasim, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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