Better Products,
Faster.

Plug your company into a Facebook or Google-quality product strategy and design team. No prep required, no old-school agency legacy or hierarchies, no BS.

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Digital Product Design

WINNER
Mobile Innovation
SXSW 2016

WINNER
Google Best Apps
2015

WINNER
Apple Best Apps
2015

WINNER
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.
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Innovation 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.
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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!
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  • The @jicecream report! Jon goes deep on last nights #WWDC/#appleevent 🍏 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #smartphone #tech #phone #business #electronics #computer #design #mobile #iphone #iphoneonly #iphone6 #iphone6s #gadget #gadgets #tech #technology #technowize #technologynowadays #techgeek #techgadgets #techaddict #electronics #4kvideo #uidesign #ux #design #ui #userexperience
  • @jicecream is going to be flexing his specs all week long because we're working on a very #exciting new project. It's for a super cool #education platform & focused on #designsprints (of course) 🤓😎🤓 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #uidesign #ux #design #ui #userexperience #userinterface #creative #inspiration #designstudio #uxdesigner #appdesign #designer #digital #success #school #student #work #study #knowledge #art #university #students #adult #books #learning #teacher #college
  • It's Product Powwow! A weekly YouTube series on tech and innovation news with @brittnibow and @kittproudfoot 🤠 These are just some outtakes, watch the whole episode on our YouTube channel!! (Link in bio) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #entrepreneur #people #inspiration #tech #motivation #electronics #lifestyle #instagram #graphic #smartphone #happy #apple #equipment #life #phone #work #startup #mobile #digital #web #gadget #information #instadaily #technology #innovative
  • Day 1 of this weeks sprint is DONE! 💡 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #uidesign #ux #design #ui #userexperience #userinterface #graphic #creative #inspiration #icon #graphicdesign #web #instagram #shot #designstudio #webdesigner #branding #webdesign #vector #uxdesigner #art #appdesign #adobe #workart #artist #icondesign #sketchapp #designer
  • Episode 3 of #productpowwow is there for the world to see over on our YouTube channel (link in bio)! This week we discuss #SpaceX, drawing skills & Kitt's unwillingness to 'go bionic' 🚀🖍🤖 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #design #art #creative #brand #designer #designattack #amazing #fun #smile #technology #tesla #teslamotors #solarenergy #cars #energy #electric #renewableenergy #luxury #car #truth #esoteric #podcasting #laptoplifestyle #startupgrind #podcast #lol #hilarious #humor
  • @jicecream has declared his DEEP LOVE for the @apple #AirPods many times over the past couple of months!! Eventually we decided to point a camera at him while he was doing it ✨🎧✨ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #smartphone #tech #phone #electronics #design #mobile #iphone #iphoneonly #beautiful #gadget #productdesign #creative #brand #designer #production #industrialdesign #designattack #designlovers #digitaldesign #uxdesigner #uxdesign #ux #userexperience #uidesigner #uidesign #ui #userinterface #designstudio
  • We want to say a HUMUNGOUS thank you to all the beautiful people that attended our Design Sprint bootcamp with Jake Knapp (#knappattack) this week. We had so much fun. It was a joy to work with all of you!! THANK YOU ❤️ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #productdesign #design #creative #brand #designer #production #industrialdesign #happy #designattack #designlovers #digitaldesign #graphicdesign #digital #uxdesigner #uxdesign #ux #userinterface #userexperience #uidesigner #uidesign #ui #userexperience #userinterface #inspiration #graphicdesign #designstudio #webdesigner #webdesign #workart
  • "WHAT YA WORKING ON?” We get asked this all time but it’s usually just small talk. Well here at AJ&S we like BIG TALK & we reallllllly want to know the answer to that question. Sp let us know & we will share your projects & work via Facebook & Instagram. This week’s “friend of the AJS fam” is Fleur Augustinus (@fleur.augustinus). A Dutch UX Designer with a love for sailing & food-porn (specifically Mexican wraps & Tortilla chips = typical Dutch food, obviously). Right now Fleur is working for YoungDigitals as a consultant helping companies with their digital strategies. Fleur is also in the early stages of growing the UX design community @Designcracks. Give them a follow for interesting discussions on what constitutes a good or bad user experience, online and IRL ⛵️⛵️⛵️ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #business #inspiration #design #creativity #love #entrepreneur #tech #startup #energy #life #motivation #imagination #success #people #future #efficiency #intelligence #invention #techy #gadget #discovery #goals #techie #uidesign #ux #ui #userexperience #agencylife #creativeagency #goodlife
  • USER TESTING DAY! This means we're filling up our feedback wall with all the results we get from our user tests! HERE WE GO!! 🤸🏼‍♂️ . . . . . . . . . . . #designsprint #digitaldesign #digitalproductdesign #happy #usertesting #designthinking #postits #postit #productdesign #productivity #work #motivation #thursday #feedback #instagood #instadaily #picoftheday
  • What's more beautiful than a fully sketched concept?! NOTHING. 😍 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #goals #successful #entrepreneurship #hustle #entrepreneurs #motivational #inspire #work #smallbusiness #design #determination #startup #people #entrepreneurlife #boss #instadaily #designsprint #digitaldesign #digitalproductdesign #designthinking #workshops #learn #digital
  • There was a sprinkling of hijinks in between all the learning at our Design Sprint bootcamp with the Right Honourable Jake Knapp! Here is a pic of Jake feeding Jon (while Brittni looks on) to prove it 🥄🥄🥄 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #education #inspiration #motivation #knowledge #learn #life #love #students #teacher #fun #happy #cute #smile #lol #lmao #friends #hilarious #humor #comedy #funnypictures #jokes #uidesign #ux #design #ui #userexperience #userinterface #business #graphicdesign #designstudio
  • Had such a blast doing our signature 2-day Design Sprint Bootcamp with Jake Knapp! Teaching the process that we use every week!! #knappattack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #motivation #knowledge #life #instagood #work #business #goals #teaching #entrepreneur #smile #career #successful #hustle #people #design #motivational #digitaldesign #digital #sketch #storyboard #designsprint #designthinking #digitalproductdesign #wireframe #prototype #sharpie
  • All systems go this week with a sprint & a bootcamp running at the same time! 🏋🏻 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #work #success #startup #socialmediamarketing #socialmedia #smallbusiness #sketching #productdevelopment #motivation #love #idea #hardwork #goals #entrepreneur #design #creative #celebration #business #uidesign #ux #design #ui #userexperience #userinterface #agencylife #creativeagency #goodlife
  • And that's a wrap of #designsprintbootcamp day 1! We finished with some GREAT questions from our participants 🤓 . . . . . . . . . . . #inspiration #business #motivation #amazing #creative #success #people #entrepreneur #design #drawing #goals #successful #entrepreneurship #hustle #entrepreneurs #sketch #businessowner #sketchbook #doodle #work #smallbusiness #pencil #startup #designsprint #designthinking #digitaldesign #knappattack
  • It's a CRAZY week! The #designsprint bootcamp is happening over the water but here at @ajsmartdesign HQ we are running as usual! It's Kitt's first sprint so follow our stories to get the beat by beat 🤺 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #design #creative #lifestyle #brand #designer #production #industrialdesign #uidesign #ux #design #ui #userexperience #userinterface #graphic #business #creative #inspiration #graphicdesign #web #designstudio #webdesigner #webdesign #uxdesigner #appdesign #workart #frontenddesign #digitalmedia #digitaldesigner
  • Checking out the Apple Pencil & AR Kit on the newest episode of PRODUCT POWWOW (released today!) Click the link in bio to watch it!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #tech #technology #technowize #technologynowadays #techhouse #techgeek #techgadgets #techaddict #newsoftheday #gadgets #technews #business #design #apple #techies #people #inspire #newtechnology #electronic #device #ar #augmentedreality #appleproducts #applepencil
  • Fantastic team day today! Came up with a ton of new ideas & picked a handful to act on next week 💡 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #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
  • "WHAT YA WORKING ON?” We get asked this all time but it’s usually just small talk. Well here at AJ&S we like BIG TALK & we reallllllly want to know the answer to that question. Let us know & we will share your projects & work via Facebook & Instagram. When we contacted Brian (@Letsmakegreat_brian) he immediately dropped a #truthbomb on us….. “Through entrepreneurship, we discover and negotiate our place in society, our value, and ultimately who we are inside. In other words, it asks you who you are when no one gives you a title, offers you a salary, or suggests which goal you should strive for." WHOA. Brian's card game @proto_start is based around innovation and entrepreneurship & is REALLY FUN. They recently successfully funded on Kickstarter! Check out the video on how to play via their the website... www.proto-start.com . . . . . . . . . #technology #business #inspiration #design #creativity #love #entrepreneur #tech #startup #energy #life #motivation #imagination #success #lifestyle #marketing #people #computer #future #efficiency #intelligence #invention #techy #gadget #discovery #goals #techie
  • Michael doesn't hesitate to adopt a lunge position when in full flow of #designsprint training 🤸🏼‍♂️ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #technology #business #inspiration #design #creativity #love #entrepreneur #tech #startup #energy #life #motivation #imagination #success #lifestyle #marketing #uidesign #ux #design #ui #userexperience #userinterface #graphic #business #creative #graphicdesign #digital #redesign #frontenddesign
  • It's prototyping day, which means we take everything from this white board (the storyboard) and create the tangible prototype! #woopwoop . . . . . . . . . . . . . #design #productdesign #tech #technology #rapidprototyping #rapid #nerd #prototyping #business #computer #success #internet #entrepreneur #inspiration #electronics #graphic #creative #designer #production #smartphone #mobile #gadget #iphone #gadgets #successful #hustle #web #drawing
  • @jicecream is back in the office today after having been gone for a whole month!! Although we're glad he had the chance to completely shut off for 4 weeks, we're super happy to have him back!! 😁 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #motivation #happy #success #people #life #business #fun #happiness #entrepreneur #smile #goals #successful #hustle #entrepreneurship #portrait #person #businessowner #work #smallbusiness #office #boss #founder #designstudio #digitaldesign #berlinoffice
  • Product Powwow Episode 1: is Amazon going to build a warehouse in the sky?! Is remote work is actually productive?! Are robots taking all our jobs?! Click the link in bio to watch the episode and subscribe to watch every week!! 👊 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #business #design #computer #entrepreneur #tech #lifestyle #smartphone #apple #equipment #work #startup #mobile #digital #modern #web #gadget #instadaily #iphone #goals #entrepreneurship #hustle #technology #device #gadgets #electronic #wireless #technews #digitalproductdesign
  • 🚀2000 FOLLOWERS🚀 Woop 🙌 We'd like to thank... YOU!! Huge thank you from the whole team!! WE LOVE YOU! 🥂 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #motivation #happy #success #inspiration #instagood #people #life #business #fun #group #amazing #happiness #smile #goals #goal #successful #hustle #dreams #motivational #entrepreneurs #summer #determination #dreambig #believe #hardworkpaysoff #hardwork
  • Feeling fine after a cheeky #designsprint #lunchandlearn in #paris 👨‍🎨👋 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #photooftheday #picoftheday #happy #life #fun #bestoftheday #motivation #inspiration #success #business #people #design #entrepreneur #goals #successful #entrepreneurship #hustle #entrepreneurs #motivational #businessowner #work #smallbusiness #startup #digitalproductdesign #digitaldesign

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When you pay for a design agency, at least 50% of your budget is going to “busywork”. This is simply work that keeps the agency employees busy, but has absolutely no value for you. Do you really think 3 weeks of research and benchmarking is really neccesary? No, it’s not and they know it too.

Yeah, we know that design agencies don’t like when we point this out, but it's true: The large-scale, complicated hierarchies and superstar creative directors that were once key to agencies’ successes are now exactly what’s putting them in the ground. As agencies struggle to “go digital” and adapt their existing structure to a world that no longer has time to hang around and wait for them to get it right, we ask “Why should a project take 6 months, when it could take 8 days?”

As the antithesis of the traditional Design Agency, AJ&Smart has been lean and digital from day one. Using a core team of just 10 employees; AJ&Smart is dedicated to creating the best products and services, without wasting your time or budget. No busy-work, promise.