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Digital Product Design

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Mobile Innovation
SXSW 2016

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German Design
2018

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Apple Best Apps
2015

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Webby Gold
2016

We use Design Sprints to compress work that would usually take months into days. Whether you need a new product from scratch, something drastically improved or just a difficult question answered, we can help. More about how we design products.

Design Sprint Training

These are not your Design Thinking courses from the 80s! We teach effective, practical and repeatable processes that work in todays rapidly changing digital world. Our programs are intense, hands-on and can be applied immediately. More about our Training Programs.

Culture

Creative problem solving is at the heart of what we do, so we actually need people from all walks of life, not just designers! So far musicians, stand-up comedians, VR nerds, pub-crawl leaders (??) and many more make up the eclectic and very sexy AJS family. Are you someone who loves solving difficult problems? Maybe you should be working here too! Tell us about yourself.

  • QUICK Q: What changes have you made to the Design Sprint that you found useful? It’s Monday afternoon (in Berlin) which means in Sprint 2.0 terms, it’s CONCEPT SKETCH TIME 🎉 But this week we’re doing a more “lean sprint” which involves less steps and more time for thorough concepting and feature development. We’d love to hear if you’re changing things up in your sprints and what’s been helpful for you!! Let us know 💪 . . . . . . . . . . . . #tech #designteam #designsprint #designthinking #designsprints #productdesign #productdesigner #work #sketching #wireframe #startup #techentrepreneur #innovation #innovate #innovateordie #ideo #googleventures
  • How long was your LONGEST HOLIDAY?! We’re pretty happy to have this guy back in the office this week! 🎉 @kischiman was away for over a month!!! I mean, we support long vacations but it doesn’t mean we don’t miss em’ when they’re gone!! 😫 . . . . . . . . . . . #designthinking #designer #teamwork #teamtime #happy #productdesign #innovationnation #tech #techguy #management #office #agency #agencylife #startup #holiday #vacationtime #unlimitedvacation
  • WE ❤️ USER TESTING & thanks to our #designsprint obsession we get to run them every single Thursday. Real life emoji, @brittnibow, breaks down the entire process for you over on our #Youtube channel 💁‍♀️ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #postoftheday #instagood #instagram #funatwork #fun #working #workshop #design #postit #postitfortheaesthetic #postitnotes #digital #teamtime #laugh #innovation #motivation #loveyourjob #designsprint #designsprintbootcamp #designthinking #ideo #teamtime #tech #process #instatech
  • Get your orders in! ☕️🍹🍺🍼🍾 How much coffee (in litres) would you estimate we get through in one design sprint-ing week? Hint:- ITS A LOT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #creativeagency #creative #creativeteam #digitalagency #design #designteam #agency #officeday #startup #newoffice #braingame #digitalbusiness #teamwork #success #goals #happy #lifestyle #work #career #ilovemyjob #working #uidesign #ux #ui #userexperience #designstudio #uxdesigner #digital #instatech
  • A lovely crew joined us for this weeks Design Sprint Bootcamp in Berlin! Now go forth and sprint!! #designsprint #designsprintmaster
  • What’s the best training/course you’ve ever been to? 🧐 Today we’re running Design Sprint Training at our office! We like to make it a pretty magical experience so are always looking for suggestions or ideas on how to 10X the crap out of it 😉💪 . . . . . . . . . #tech #startup #designthinking #entrepreneur #techentrepreneur #businesstraining #designsprint #designsprintworkshop #designsprintmaster #postoftheday #workshop #instagood #sketch #instawork
  • Designer? Check out @foreverdansky on Instagram and Youtube if you’re looking to become a creative ninja and develop your design skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe XD, Premiere Pro 🎉💪 . . . . . . . . . . . . . #tech #photoshop #design #designer #adobeillustrator #adobe #adobesketch #tutorial #designtutorial #learndesign #postoftheday #instagood #designbuddies #startup #designthinking #designsprint #danskyoutuber #work
  • This is a big one everyone! 🔥🔥🔥 We got to interview the great Jason Fried on this weeks episode of the Product Breakfast Club Podcast. We talk user research, design thinking, innovation processes, design inspiration and LOTS more. You can find the Product Breakfast Club on any podcasting app, on soundcloud and 1 week later on YouTube!
  • Who are your favourite business people to follow/read/listen to for inspiration/advice/motivation? 🧐 We’re super excited because we have Jason Fried (author of Rework) on our podcast tonight and it got us thinking, you all definitely know some great minds we haven’t even heard of yet! LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!👩‍🎓👋 . . . . . . . . . . #productdesign #designsprint #rework #jasonfried #innovationpodcast #businesspodcast #business #greatminds #entrepreneur #startup #design #digitalagency #basecamp #siliconvalley #garyvee #motivation #inspiration
  • What are your tools of choice for sketching? Paper? Digital? Let us know in the comments! This week we’re doing a lot of it! Building some new features for a very cool app! So we wanna know!! 🤓 ✍🏼 ✏️ . . . . . . . . . #sketch #sketchbook #designteam #sketchaday #designthinking #app #ideo #designthinking #designsprint #drawing #work #design #designstudio #designagency #toolsofthetrade #tools #digitalagency #digitaldesign #digital #backtobasics #photooftheday
  • 🎉 Follow us to watch our daily stories 🎉 We’re serious about getting our goals together for the year... What are some of your goals for 2018? Business or otherwise!! Let us know in the comments 😁 . . . . . . . . . . #okr #objectives #goals #2018goals #2018 #motivation #designsprints #coach #newbeginnings #newyear #berlinagency #agencylife #agencymodel #agency #designthinking #designer #designagency #design #berlin #work #teamtime #team #meeting
  • One phrase we've repeated again & again in the office this year! Really helps if you're ever stuck or over thinking something 🕺 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #knappattack #designsprint #designsprints #uxdesign #designagency #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #ux #uxdesign #creativity #uidesign #berlin #workday #uxdesign #designagency #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #siliconvalley #podcast #entrepreneur #bestpodcasts #business #inspiration #digitaldesign
  • Reading is a big subject on the #podcast today! @jakeknapp shares his learning mantra = Read-Synthesise-Do! What are you reading over the holidays? 📚💡📚 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #knappattack #designsprint #designsprints #uxdesign #designagency #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #ux #uxdesign #creativity #uidesign #berlin #workday #uxdesign #designagency #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #siliconvalley #podcast #entrepreneur #bestpodcasts #business #inspiration #digitaldesign
  • 2017 has been magic 🌟✨🌟 We are particularly grateful for all the wonderful people we've met at our #designsprint bootcamps!!! 💜 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #knappattack #designsprint #designsprints #uxdesign #designagency #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #ux #uxdesign #creativity #uidesign #berlin #workday #uxdesign #designagency #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #siliconvalley #podcast #entrepreneur #bestpodcasts #business #inspiration #digitaldesign
  • If you're looking to build a product don't spend weeks (or months!!) in the user research phase. Start building now 🚀 For full episodes of the Product Breakfast Club podcast click the link in our bio 🚀 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #knappattack #designsprint #designsprints #uxdesign #designagency #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #ux #uxdesign #creativity #uidesign #berlin #workday #uxdesign #designagency #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #siliconvalley #podcast #entrepreneur #bestpodcasts #business #inspiration #digitaldesign
  • Struggling with Christmas gift ideas? 😉🌲💡Here's all the supplies you need to run a #designsprint! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #digitaldesign #productdesign #uxdesign #uidesign #ux #ui #userexperience #userinterface #graphic #business #creative #inspiration #graphicdesign #instagram #designstudio #webdesigner #webdesign #uxdesigner #art #appdesign #workart #artist #icondesign #designer #digital #flatdesign #dailyui
  • In episode 1 of the #ProductBreakfast podcast Jake & Jon got talking about these two beauties! Which book has influenced you most this past year? 📚💡📚 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #knappattack #designsprint #designsprints #uxdesign #designagency #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #ux #uxdesign #creativity #uidesign #berlin #workday #uxdesign #designagency #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #siliconvalley #podcast #entrepreneur #bestpodcasts #business #inspiration #digitaldesign #businessbook #business #books
  • What a week!! We ran three (!?) design sprints, launched our first podcast AND had a Christmas party!! All we have to say is... we’re ready for the holidays 😴 . . . . . . . . . . . . #creativeagency #creative #creativeteam #digitalagency #design #designteam #agency #officeday #startup #newoffice #braingame #digitalbusiness #teamwork #success #goals #happy #lifestyle #work #career #ilovemyjob #working #uidesign #ux #ui #userexperience #designstudio #uxdesigner #digital #motivation
  • We’re still buzzing from our amazing design sprint bootcampers from last week! Thanks for making it such a wonderful experience teaching you all!🍾💕 . . . . . . . . . . . . . #postoftheday #instagood #instagram #funatwork #fun #working #workshop #design #postit #postitfortheaesthetic #postitnotes #digital #teamtime #laugh #innovation #motivation #loveyourjob #designsprint #designsprintbootcamp #designthinking #ideo #teamtime #tech #process
  • IT'S TOWNHALL TIME! Once a month we take a breather from all the sprinting & share with one another what has been happening around the company. Always a real buzz! 😃😃😃 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #creativeagency #creative #creativeteam #digitalagency #design #designteam #agency #officeday #startup #newoffice #braingame #digitalbusiness #teamwork #success #goals #happy #lifestyle #work #career #ilovemyjob #working #uidesign #ux #ui #userexperience #designstudio #uxdesigner #digital
  • We’re having a smiley morning jumping into day 2 of the Design Sprint bootcamp! What a great group of bootcampers we have this week! . . . . . . . . . . . . . #postoftheday #instagood #instagram #funatwork #fun #working #workshop #design #postit #postitfortheaesthetic #postitnotes #digital #teamtime #laugh #innovation #motivation #loveyourjob #designsprint #designsprintbootcamp #designthinking #ideo #teamtime #tech #process
  • Is it a band?! NOPE! Just a couple of satisfied AJ&Smarters almost at the end of Design Sprint Bootcamp Day 1😎 . . . . . . . . . . . . #postoftheday #instagood #instagram #designsprint #designsprintworkshop #designerslife #designers #designthinking #ideo #agencylife #agency #teamtime #teammates #fun #work #picoftheday #designagency #berlin
  • WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE YOUTUBERS? This is @ransegall 🤩 he’s got a really great YouTube channel all about Design (search for “Flux”) we made some videos with him today and tomorrow he’s participating in our #designsprint Bootcamp!! Super happy to have him 🕺🏻💕 . . . . . . . . . . . . #design #designers #design #postoftheday #youtube #youtuber #designthinking #instagood #fun #designagency #agencylife #work #entrepreneur #startup #digital #productdesign #freelance #makingithappen
  • Yesterday we had the pleasure of running a workshop the Lego headquarters in Denmark. We met some amazingly talented people and got to take a look at how their design processes work. An amazing company, an amazing way to end a crazy year ❤️ . . . . . #business #entrepreneur #hustle #motivation #design #innovation #agencylife #creativestudio #designagency

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