What Are Manual Cards?

Our new Manual Cards are a set of interwoven prompts to help you get the most from your Artefact Cards, but employing the same principles of remixing and reordering ideas. They're brilliant for using yourself, or giving out in workshops.

This first edition features six cards; Start, Play, Investigate, Experiment, Sketch and Map. The Manual Cards are A6 postcard size, on 560gsm Colorplan Factory Yellow stock, and printed on letterpress with black ink at the Axminster Printing Company (where we make the Artefact Cards of course).

They're called manual cards for two reasons. Firstly, they're your minimum viable instructions; just enough of a prompt to push you off in the right direction. You can pick up one of the cards, read the introduction, or use one of the six prompts on the reverse.

Secondly, they're manual because when you start lining the reverse of multiple cards, you can start sliding them up and down to create bigger, more interesting prompts as you line up different ideas. It's like an idea fruit machine. Or something.

In each Artefact for Pocket Pack, you'll find two random cards, in each Artefact for Desk kit, you'll find four.