Better Products,
Faster.

Plug your company into a world-class 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.
More about how we design products.

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.
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!
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  • We left @dhyana.scarano behind in San Francisco! On Monday Dee will be speaking at the first ever #Google #DesignSprint conference! Check out our Facebook page for all the info 🐬 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #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 #sprintconference
  • We had a 🐋 of a time in #SanFrancisco last week for our #DesignSprint bootcamp! Amazing venue & super interesting people! ❤️ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #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
  • HAPPY MONDAY from Pierce & the rest of the AJ&S team! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #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
  • Had such a lovely evening at #wework in #SF doing our #designsprintworkshop with a group of sexy keeners 🤓 . . . . . . . . . . . #designsprint #design #digital #agile #instagood #instagram #postoftheday #picsoftheday #digitaldesign #happy #fun
  • Wonderful tour and Sprint pow wow here at IDEO in SF! Thanks @carlfudge @ideo #designsprints #designsprint #uxdesign #creativeagency #designthinking #designagency #creativity #innovation #sprints
  • One of our LOVELY volunteers for the #designsprint Bootcamp this week!! @justinfschafer . . . . . . . . . #team #workshop #worktrip #knappattack #digitaldesign #designthinking #sf #sanfrancisco #siliconvalley #businesscasual #businesstrip #design
  • Throw back to the first time we came to #SF to see what was up and felt right at home. 😍 #piercebrosnan #hugefans #worktrip #knappattack
  • Full house at our San Francisco Design Sprint Bootcamp! #knappattack #designsprint #designsprintworkshop
  • @kittproudfoot and @brittnibow have a new show. It’s called Normals Talk Tech. They will be discussing cool tech news and new products in the industry, all from the point of view of a normal. But what is a “Normal”? (Watch the most recent episode on our YouTube Channel! Link in Bio!) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #design #digitaldesign #digital #technology #technews #newschooltattoo #tech #mashabletech #designsprint #designthinking #fun #funny #starwars #comedy #comedyshow #youtuber #youtubers #instagram #instagood #normals #apps #techproducts #techreview #review
  • The wonderful people from Share Foods (the first Design Sprint we ever did with a physical product) has released the bar that we worked on together! We couldn’t be happier for them 🤗 Especially since when you buy one bar, a meal is given to a child in need! You can even track where in the world the meal is given! Pretty incredible! Visit them at sharefoods.de to see their story! 🎉 . . . . . . . . . . #charity #oneforone #help #design #digitaldesign #designsprint #designthinking #ideo #googleventures #digital #sharethelove #fun #love #helpingothers #designer #nice #instagood #instagram #picoftheday
  • @kittproudfoot is away this week... and boy are we missing him!! Good thing we just released his EPIC #postit hack on YouTube! Link to our channel’s in our Bio! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #designsprint #design #digital #digitaldesign #designthinking #ideo #youtuber #youtube #youtuberslife #businesshacks #lifehacks #hacking #postitnotes #instagram #instagood #happy
  • This week we’ve got two Sprints running simultaneously! LET’S DO THIS🕺🏻 . . . . . . . . . . . . . #designsprint #design #team #monday #mondaymotivation #mondaymood #digital #productdesign #productivity #designthinking #instagram #instagood #instadaily #motivation #boom #technology
  • I can put my hand on my heart & say that yesterday's 3-hour branding sprint #experiment went really well & was a lot of fun! We took the process from Sprint-Daddy #JakeKnapp! Our #Facebook page has the link to his original #Medium article . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #designsprint #digitaldesign #productdesign #uxdesign #uidesign #ux #ui #userexperience #userinterface #graphic #business #creative #inspiration #graphicdesign #instagram #designstudio #webdesigner #webdesign #uxdesigner #art #appdesign #workart #artist #icondesign
  • Our two resident "British guys" (@kittproudfoot & @robhamblen) are over the 🌝 thanks to a priceless delivery of tea ☕️☕️☕️ thank you @sean1e! You are a true gentleman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #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
  • There was so much happening in the office today, we almost forgot to INSTAGRAM?! A thousand apologies. Here’s a lovely shot of our team working super intensely together, which represents our day perfectly 🕺🏻 . . . . . . . . . . #digitaldesign #digital #design #productdesign #picoftheday #instagood #instagram #people #team #work #business #businesscoach #designsprint #businesstraining #goals
  • We're taking #HALLOWEEN very seriously today at AJ&S! Check out our Insta stories for all our costumes! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #happy #love #photooftheday #life #smile #amazing #friends #happiness #designsprint #digitaldesign #productdesign #uxdesign #uidesign #ux #ui #userexperience #userinterface #graphic #business #creative #inspiration #graphicdesign #instagram #designstudio #webdesigner #workart #artist #icondesign
  • "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. Sebastian is a photographer, designer & process geek. He is currently running the advertising department for a taxi company in his hometown of Bogota, Colombia. Conducting branding workshops, strategic campaigns and design management. He relies heavily on Jake Knapp’s Sprint book (you may or may not know that we are also fans of this book). “In Colombia I rarely find other fans of these types of design techniques. Everything I have applied so far has been a direct result of teaching myself online or through books like Sprint. My goal is to create a research company focused on consumer experience in the restaurant industry.” Connect with fellow design nut @bass_triana & see all of his cool photography as a bonus! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #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
  • Michael breaks down a user test flow hack we added to the #designsprint process. For the full video click the link in our bio & head to the @ajsmartdesign #youtube channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #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
  • Designer @robhamblen was wearing limited edition #StarWars Vans trainers at the bootcamp today!!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #starwarsfan #maytheforcebewithyou #jedi #theforceawakens #starwarstheforceawakens #uxdesign #productdesign #digitaldesign #designsprint #uidesign #ux #design #ui #userexperience #userinterface #graphic #business #creative #inspiration #graphicdesign #designstudio #webdesigner #branding #webdesign #uxdesigner #appdesign #workart
  • All about the #AMBIENCE of your next #designsprint ⚡️💁‍♂️⚡️link in bio for the full 📼 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #uidesign #ux #design #ui #userexperience #userinterface #graphic #business #creative #inspiration #graphicdesign #designstudio #webdesigner #branding #webdesign #uxdesigner #appdesign #workart #designer #digital #flatdesign #dailyui #redesign #mobile #uxdesign #productdesign #digitaldesign
  • Day 2 of the #designsprint & we're gonna be #sketching like crazy all day long 💡✏️💡 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #drawing #sketch #draw #artist #creative #design #drawings #pencil #uidesign #ux #design #ui #userexperience #userinterface #graphic #creative #inspiration #graphicdesign #designstudio #webdesigner #branding #webdesign #uxdesigner #appdesign #uxdesign #productdesign #digitaldesign
  • Happy birthday @dhyana.scarano ✨💫🌟 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #uidesign #ux #design #ui #userexperience #userinterface #graphic #business #creative #inspiration #graphicdesign #designstudio #webdesigner #branding #webdesign #uxdesigner #appdesign #workart #designer #digital #flatdesign #dailyui #redesign #mobile #uxdesign #productdesign #digitaldesign #designsprint
  • It's Monday & sprint rooms all across the 🌍 are ready for action! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #uidesign #ux #design #ui #userexperience #userinterface #graphic #business #creative #inspiration #graphicdesign #designstudio #webdesigner #branding #webdesign #uxdesigner #appdesign #workart #designer #digital #flatdesign #dailyui #redesign #mobile #uxdesign #productdesign #digitaldesign #designsprint
  • Our SUPER-talented intern @toooshki left us to go back to 🇬🇧 a few weeks back & we are still feeling the pain! WE MISS YOU TALI! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #designsprint #uxdesign #productdesign #art #design #artist #love #graphic #photooftheday #business #graphicdesign #uidesign #ux #design #ui #userexperience #userinterface #graphic #designstudio #webdesigner #webdesign #uxdesigner #workart #designer #digital

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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.