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OuiSiBy OuiSi
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OuiSiBy OuiSi
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$15,296
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, April 5 2019 2:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

I see. You see. OuiSi! 

The name of this inventive set of photo cards is “yes-yes” in French and Spanish, pronounced “we see” in English. Fun, isn’t it? We call the set OuiSi because it invites players of all ages - regardless of language ability or background - to look more closely and marvel at the everyday world by making connections together. Visually, and with creative leaps, every card can be matched with other cards based on similar patterns, shapes, colors, composition and even concept - whatever you can imagine!

Do you see the matching SHAPES of the petals and pencils? And the MULTI-COLOR pencils and arm-cozy? And the PATTERN of the cup into the building, and the building into the turnstile?
Do you see the matching SHAPES of the petals and pencils? And the MULTI-COLOR pencils and arm-cozy? And the PATTERN of the cup into the building, and the building into the turnstile?

But OuiSi is so much more than just a set of photo cards.  Based on a myriad of connection possibilities, the 150+ card set includes instructions for six different games and activities, ranging from collaborative to competitive and playable in groups or on your own (think: vivid styles of play similar to Storycubes, Dominoes, Balderdash and Codenames). And with our prototype sets, we’ve seen players make up their own rules to new games, too, sparking new forms of visual play that reveal how uniquely each player sees the world. OuiSi is appropriate for ages 5 and up.

These two started with OuiSinoes but began to improvise by adding stories to guide their matches.
These two started with OuiSinoes but began to improvise by adding stories to guide their matches.

Igniting young minds through connection

It's so exciting when the kids in our lives share something with us that they've seen in a different light or when they come up with an idea that we could never have thought of. It's their unique perspective and creativity shining through. And now we’re beginning to realize that these innately-human qualities (selfie-taking didn't make the cut) are what our children need to thrive in the future, despite a technology-obsessed world.

Because we also believe creativity, empathy and connection are the backbone of a fully-lived life - and because we love games - we made OuiSi. OuiSi combines fun with learning, and it shows. Kids adore our prototypes, and adults love having an easy-to-use, thoughtful activity at home for their children. And because the gameplay is flexible and the cards durable, grown-ups can toss a handful of cards into their bag for creative play on-the-go.

"To be able to pull these out of a bag - and to feel good about it - is just a win-win for moms and dads."  - Chris S. / documentarian, technologist and mom


Igniting adult minds, too!

These days, it feels like the pace of our lives speeds up weekly, and we’re always glancing at our phones or staring at screens.  It’s tough to slow down long enough to enjoy activities that harness curiosity or prompt real dialogue, including with those closest to us. OuiSi is an antidote that fosters a childlike wonder in all of us and connects us to each other and our surroundings, all while stimulating laughter and play. 

OuiSi is a nudge to see your beautiful everyday in a new way.
OuiSi is a nudge to see your beautiful everyday in a new way.

Of course, we all enjoy creative games and activities. OuiSi makes for an engaging after-dinner pastime or parlor game, whether played competitively or collaboratively. But no matter how you use it, no matter how old you are, OuiSi ignites a rich, visual conversation that reveals not just “what” we see but “how” we see the world, surprising and delighting friends with each satisfying match.   



The nuts and bolts, or "what's in the box?"

Your OuiSi set will include 150 durable, visually-lush 3 x 3” photo cards that can be tossed into a bag for fun on-the-go or displayed atop a coffee table. And, unlike other card sets, it’s okay to lose one or to add one of your own to the mix! You’ll also receive instructions for games and activities, from competitive to collaborative and in groups or on your own. 

Shipping is included with each reward in the USA and Canada, and an additional fee for shipping to the EU. Interested in the game, but outside the US, Canada and EU? Let us know here, and we will look for additional duty/shipping-friendly locations. See our FAQs for more information about our budget and shipping.


How to play 


Connecting people, one card at a time

We’ve designed OuiSi for anyone who could benefit from stretching their creative, mindful and empathic muscles. But here are some folks who will find OuiSi particularly satisfying:

  •  Kids and parents: creative play, at home or on-the-go
  •  Colleagues: increase team presence, cohesion and morale
  •  Backpackers: connect across language barriers
  •  Seniors: strengthen cognitive functions through games
  •  Workshop facilitators: break the ice and create alignment
  •  Mindfulness practitioners: enjoy new ways into presence
  •  Photographers: build alternative visual muscles

Yet this is hardly an exhaustive list. OuiSi’s various games, activities and visual connections will offer ways to reset negative technology habits, sideline distractions and provide a nudge to notice the marvels in our everyday.

Pictures are a language nearly everyone speaks.
Pictures are a language nearly everyone speaks.

"My mom and nephew don't play as many games anymore, so it was great to watch them play OuiSi and have a different conversation inspired by what they saw."  - John B. / artist and entrepreneur


 Two friends mending culture and communication 

We first met at THNK School of Creative Leadership in Vancouver and soon began to look for meaningful ways to connect people with each other. We felt that if we could help people look more closely at the world around us - and help children do the same - we could offset some of the increasingly negative side effects of our modern world. 

LA-based Kaz Brecher (an innovation strategist) and NY-based Paul Brillinger (an entrepreneur) - came together over a shared passion for people and photography.
LA-based Kaz Brecher (an innovation strategist) and NY-based Paul Brillinger (an entrepreneur) - came together over a shared passion for people and photography.

In 2017, we launched the OuiSi app, a home for photographic conversations. Our app turned the simple act of sharing photos into an engaging visual dialogue (what we call a “photologue”), channeling the spirit of old games like Exquisite Corpse and Telephone. The app captured the evolving  “camera-phone conversation” zeitgeist that even The Met Museum noticed unfolding. 

Our app invites you to connect with your friends, family, colleagues and your own creativity using a language we all speak: pictures!
Our app invites you to connect with your friends, family, colleagues and your own creativity using a language we all speak: pictures!

Yet we recognized that many longed for an experience like the one in the app but that was totally offline. So, here we are, enlisting your help to launch OuiSi as a card game. 

We have to admit it: prototyping was a lot of fun!
We have to admit it: prototyping was a lot of fun!

Thanks and contact info

For this Kickstarter and recent updates to the OuiSi app, we want to acknowledge Jeff Puskar (design), John Baumgartner (video), Oona Eager (writing and strategy), Phil Loden (development), Raquel Hernandez (development), Marek Mrowiec (website), Elana Iaciofano (graphic design), Bartek Starak (graphic design), Michael Mills (design) and Jimmy Chen (design). Thank you for making this project happen.

95% of the photos for the cards and this Kickstarter campaign have been taken by Kaz and Paul. However, we are thankful for the close friends who have shared some of their favorite shots from their adventures for our game.


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Risks and challenges

Often, making card games can be a simple affair since there are many companies that manufacture card games. That said, OuiSi photo cards have specific needs - from size and texture to perfect borders and coloring - meaning we can't use templates offered by traditional manufacturers. So, we will work with specialty printers to ensure a great final product.

Our experience in writing/printing books as well as our strategy work on past Kickstarters has increased our ability to anticipate delays and problems during manufacturing and fulfillment. We commit to keep you informed about how the process is going and what we’re doing to ensure that we can deliver OuiSi to you in the best shape and shortest time possible.

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