Oblique Strategies App for Desktop & Mobile (iPhone, Android, etc.)

Posted by on Jul 11, 2012 in Blog, Geek, Projects | No Comments

Quick Links: You can view the oblique strategies app/site at http://obliquestrategies.ca or http://obstrat.net.

What are Oblique Strategies?

From Wikipedia:

Oblique Strategies (subtitled Over One Hundred Worthwhile Dilemmas) is a deck of 7×9 cm printed cards in a black container box, created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt and first published in 1975. Each card offers an aphorism intended to help artists (particularly musicians) break creative blocks.

The Idea

I came across oblique strategies a few years ago, and have always loved the idea. I didn’t actually purchase a deck, because it was quite expensive. Also, I like digital things. I created a simple WordPress plugin a while ago, but wanted an app I could use on my smartphone.

The Site

This is a mobile web app, so try visiting it from your mobile device. It will also work on any desktop browser.

You can view app at http://obliquestrategies.ca or http://obstrat.net.

Tech Notes

  • HTML5 Mobile Boilerplate saves you a ton of work by gathering all the different meta tags, icons for your web apps, CSS reset/defaults all in one place.
  • Random fonts from Google Web Fonts.
  • Faves stored using HTML5 localStorage
  • Uses HTML5 application cache to allow the app to work offline

You can view the source code for this site on GitHub: https://github.com/nomatteus/oblique-strategies

View this project in my “work” section: http://ruten.ca/projects/oblique-strategies/