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.
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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  • Who are these guys who look just WAY TOO PROFESSIONAL?! Super excited about the design sprint course being launched in the next few months... Details still TBA on that one 🤐 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #photooftheday #inspiration #business #picoftheday #happy #graphic #instadaily #motivation #creative #success #people #entrepreneur #photo #instalike #teamwork #designsprint #digital #digitaldesign #entrepreneurship #learning #elearning #excited #founders #boss #killingit
  • There's no better feeling than a full page of sketches for a new product feature 😅 (even tho he looks a little underwhelmed) #crazyeights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #draw #instaart #graphic #creative #instagood #sketchbook #doodle #photooftheday #picoftheday #pencil #instadaily #sketching #drawings #paper #inspiration #digitalart #business #art #sketch #digital #wireframe #storyboard #sharpie #entrepreneur #businesstraining #designsprint #designthinking
  • Jon tells us all about the #nintendoswitch and how he doesn't hate it! Click the link in our bio to see it! 🎮 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #playinggames #gamerguy #instagood #play #gamestagram #videogameaddict #youtube #instagaming #instagame #playing #gamergirl #winning #online #video #fun #nintendo #nerd #cute #life #instagram #happy #geek #productdesign #digitaldesign
  • We're at @esmtberlin today teaching a Design Sprint course!! And wouldn't ya love to have this smiling lady as your teacher?! . . . . . . . . . . . . . #teachers #teacherlife #work #learn #students #teachersofinstagram #happy #inspiration #business #instagram #goals #success #knowledge #university #motivation #study #creativity #thumbsup #educate #tech #entrepreneur #businessowner #digital #designsprint #design #digitaldesign #picoftheday #killingit
  • We Miss Jake Knapp!! Thank goodness we'll be traveling to San Francisco to do another one of our nifty #designsprint trainings in only a few weeks 😅tickets are on sale now! DM us for a special insta-discount 😉👌 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #work #conference #digitaldesign #digital #training #workshop #design #designer #designthinking #designthinkingworkshop #knappattack #office #businesstraining #businesstravel #sanfrancisco #siliconvalley #sf #technology #entrepreneur #success #successful
  • For the first time in god knows how long... we don't have any Sprints running this week!! WHOOP! Time to work on ourselves 😅 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #entrepreneur #inspiration #motivation #life #photooftheday #lifestyle #people #design #goals #working #technology #computer #grind #successful #instadaily #career #job #person #professional #building #office #team #designsprint #smile
  • Our first Procrastination Free Sunday is fascinating! Getting tonnes of work done and sharing great productivity tips ✅✅✅ #productivity #procrastination #sundays
  • Whatever they're talking about... it looks SERIOUS! Find out more in the most recent episode of PRODUCT POWWOW! Link to our YouTube in our bio! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #electronics #computer #love #mobile #gadget #entrepreneur #gadgets #picoftheday #internet #instadaily #appleiphone #inspiration #digital #lifestyle #work #people #style #electronic #life #technology #technews #news #innovation #funny #digital
  • Just a friendly Friday reminder: get it finished and stop trying to make it perfect 👊 #advice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #officeinspiration #instadesign #decor #desk #officedesign #shoutoutoffice #officesnapshot #modern #project #work #desksetup #success #picoftheday #photooftheday #career #love #worklife #diaries #motivation #inspiration #entrepreneur #agencylife #office #notperfect
  • "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 we have the multi talented Andrej Ktitarev (@kischiman). Andrej is our resident renaissance man. When he isn't prototyping new products or running design sprints for @ajsmartdesign he can be found playing classical piano, designing computer games & building machines to solve day to day problems (I KNOW! I am tired just typing this!!!). In recent weeks Andrej has been focusing mostly on his magic show which he can be seen performing in & around Berlin! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #magic #card #playingcards #beautiful #poker #playingcard #cardistry #playingcardart #cardart #flourishing #design #art #creative #style #photooftheday #lifestyle #inspiration #brand #designer #love #technology #business #design #electronics #computer #instagram #mobile #gadgets #motivation
  • Wise words from the big man ❤️ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #uidesign #ux #design #ui #userexperience #userinterface #graphic #business #creative #inspiration #icon #graphicdesign #web #instagram #designstudio #webdesigner #branding #webdesign #uxdesigner #art #appdesign #workart #artist #icondesign #designer #digital #quotes #inspire #success
  • Today was super hectic at the office with all the PROFESH video shoots hip-happenin' 😎 but that didn't stop us from getting our PROTOTYPE done for this week's #designsprint Wooooooop!! 👊 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #instagood #internet #computer #beautiful #photooftheday #creative #inspiration #equipment #digitalart #electronics #entrepreneur #artist #motivation #success #smartphone #web #phone #picoftheday #digitaldesign #digitalproductdesign #digital #protools #prototype
  • 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

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