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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! Tell us about yourself.

  • 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
  • What's the diff?! It's something that comes up a surprising amount! Why did Jake Knapp use the word sprint when naming the #DesignSprint? @jicecream explains all! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #knappattack #designsprint #designsprints #uxdesign #designagency #workspace #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #postit #ux #uxdesign #creativity #uidesign #berlin #sharpies #workday #uxdesign #designagency #workspace #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation
  • 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
  • Today we were hanging out at #Lego in Billund and it was just as magical as you could imagine 💫 . . . . . . . . . . . . #legoland #designsprints #digital #innovation #designagency #fun #instagood #postoftheday #instafun #worktrip #worktrippin #nevergrowup #legoislife #happy #teamtime #team
  • Fantastic AJ&Smart Sprint workshop here in Paris with some really bright and enthusiastic business and engineering students ... actually solving real problems with the client. #design #designsprint #designthinking #agile #business #designagency #berlinagency #creativeagency #berlincreatives #siliconvalley #innovation #innovate #sprinttoinnovate #sprint #postoftheday #instawork #instagood #instadaily #boom #iphoneonly #busylife #worklife @ajsmartdesign @jakeknapp @jicecream
  • ➡️ It’s a SWIPER ▶️ We wanna know... Where do you all like to work?!? @spreadthephotolove is into the beanbags, @dannyholtschke is feelin’ productive on top of our grandstand steps and @brittnibow is lovin’ life at her standing desk! What about you? Where do you get the most work done? . . . . . . . . . . . . . #happy #inspiration #entrepreneur #lifestyle #instagood #office #photooftheday #career #goals #instadaily #workfromhome #grind #fun #picoftheday #successful #job #people #computer #technology #design #smile #happiness #person #motivational #entrepreneurs #hardwork #internet #entrepreneurship #hustle #laptop
  • Preach Pierce! PREACH!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #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
  • For the past two days @brittnibow and @kittproudfoot were in #london town upping their skills in film and lighting thanks to @london_film_academy 😊 SPIELBERG WATCHOUT! Get ready for some even more epic #designsprint videos 🎥🕺🏻💪 . . . . . . . . . . . #digital #innovation #designagency #designthinking #youtube #youtuber #killinit #filmmaking #film #movies #makingmoves #learning #skills #happy #fun #alwaysimproving
  • If you’ve ever done a Sprint you’ve probably done the “How Might We” note taking exercise! What did you think of it? We love the way it standardizes our note taking and we now use it across all our group meetings and brainstorms 🤓 if you don’t know the exercise (or want to know it better) watch the full video (link in Bio) on our YouTube channel! Check it out and try it in your next meeting/brainstorm! 💕 . . . . . . . . . . . #videos #videooftheday #instagood #design #designsprint #designagency #designthinking #fun #business #startups #startuplife #designprocess #meetings #howto #brainstorming #instawork #postoftheday #creative #notes #postit #innovation #digital
  • As the old Pierce Brosnan saying goes "Getting started is more important than being right!" 🙏🏻 We refer to those great words everyday so it was about time we had them printed in sticker form ❤️ . . . . . . . . . . #knappattack #designsprint #designsprints #uxdesign #designagency #workspace #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #postit #ux #designsprint #uxdesign #creativity #uidesign #berlin #sharpies #workday ##uxdesign #designagency #workspace #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #siliconvalley
  • 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
  • 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

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