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Brainstorming Flashcards

A game to facilitate brainstorming of product names
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A set of cards, each containing a large modifying word or phrase, such as "Amplify", "Extend", "More Sutble", "Opposite", "Bigger", "Wilder", "Crazier", etc.

Each person in the meeting is dealt a handful of cards, and places them face down in front of him.

One person gets the ball rolling by coming up with a name. She says the name, then draws a card, and flashes it at a random person. Let's say she says "Porcupine". The card she draws says "Opposite". The person she points at must come up with a word that is the opposite of Porcupine (as quickly as possible). That person then draws a new card and points at a new person.

So the idea travels around the room, mutating in random ways...

The next card I drew after "Opposite", incidentally, was "Amputate."

jbum, Mar 30 2002

Eno, Schmidt: Oblique Strategies http://www.rtqe.net/ObliqueStrategies/
A fifth edition just got published. [jutta, Apr 01 2002]

Roger van Oech: Creative Whack Pack http://www.amazon.c...0793589/halfbakery/
For some reason, I really like Oblique Strategies and really loathe this one, but it is the other prominent instance of the genre. [jutta, Apr 01 2002]


       Sounds a bit like Brian Eno's "Oblique Strategies" card deck that he used to guide his creative pathways in the studio. Each card has a strategy for changing creative direction in the midst of a project.
bristolz, Mar 30 2002

       HEY! I was gonna say that!
thumbwax, Mar 30 2002

       wish I had a £1 for every time I read that, thumb.
po, Mar 30 2002

       Naked mole rat?
StarChaser, Mar 30 2002

       spineless wonder
po, Mar 30 2002

       Hm. I'd wager the idea won't be traveling any further than the person who has to come up with "the opposite of porcupine."   

       (which is a great name for an album)   

waugsqueke, Mar 30 2002

       The opposite of "porcupine" is "Porsche" in that, with Porsches, all the pricks are on the inside.
bristolz, Mar 30 2002

       manx cat?
RayfordSteele, Mar 30 2002

       The opposite of porcupine is predator, such as a cat. The porcupine is a gentle, plant-eating creature that dully plods around at will because it has a passive, built-in external defense: the detachable quills. A predator such as a cat, however, is soft and supple but with an active defense system of claws, teeth, heightened perception and intelligence. A cat can afford to be pillow-like because it does have some prickly parts on the inside that it can bring forth at will. Am I or am I not the Lord of the Smarty Pants?
entremanure, Apr 01 2002

       like I said, spineless wonder
po, Apr 01 2002

       I like bris's answer best so far. (What's the next card drawn?)
waugsqueke, Apr 01 2002

thumbwax, Apr 01 2002

       What you do to the leg of a goal tender at the javelin toss.
reensure, Apr 01 2002


       "Banana who?"
"Knock knock."
"Who's there?"
"Banana who?"
"Knock knock."
"Who's there?"
"Banana who?"
"Knock knock."
"Who's there?"
"Banana who?"
"Knock knock."
"Who's there?"
"Orange who?"
"Orange you glad I didn't say banana?"
StarChaser, Apr 01 2002

       UB]: In color-wheel-ese, it would be "blue"
bristolz, Apr 01 2002


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