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Oak Meditation

We used the Design Sprint 2.0 process to completely redesign and reimagine Oak, a meditation app for mind-hackers. We worked closely with Oak’s Founder and Developer to release in record time. Read the full case study here.

PRODUCT HUNT
App of the Day
June 2018

What AJ&Smart did:

  • Design Sprint 2.0
  • Product Strategy
  • Product Concept
  • UI/UX Design
  • Art Direction

APPLE STORE
App of the Day
June 2018

4.9 on Apple Store

Oak Meditation

We used the Design Sprint 2.0 process to completely redesign and reimagine Oak, a meditation app for mind-hackers. We worked closely with Oaks Founder and Developer to release in record time.

What AJ&Smart did:

  • Design Sprint 2.0
  • Product Strategy
  • Product Concept
  • UI/UX Design
  • Art Direction

PRODUCT HUNT
App of the Day
June 2018

APPLE STORE
App of the Day
June 2018

4.9 on Apple Store

Jake Knapp Podcast - AJSmart

“I can’t say enough good things about AJ&Smart. They were great partners and really drove the redesign and layout. LOVED the sprint process with them. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a design partner.”

Kevin Rose, Silicon Valley Serial Entrepreneur and CEO of Oak 

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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.  We cut the fat out of the standard design process to launch products faster so we can learn from real user data, not guesswork.
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Learn what works from people who actually work on successful innovation projects, daily. These are not your cookie-cutter Design Thinking courses from the 80s, we teach what works right now and give you practicle, applicable takeaways.
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Stellar ideas come from all walks of life. Within our walls you’ll find everything from former finance executives and engineers, to improv comedians and classical musicians; all bound by the same passion to kick-ass at their jobs. Want to work at the most exciting digital product company? Tell us about yourself.

  • ❓What's your go-to hardware❓⁣ These are our 10 must haves (clockwise from bottom left):⁣ 1️⃣ Macbook Pro ⁣ 2️⃣ Lap Desk ⁣ 3️⃣ Nintendo Switch⁣ 4️⃣ Apple AirPods⁣ 5️⃣ Canon G7x ⁣ 6️⃣ Minix adapter⁣ 7️⃣ Blue Yeti Mic⁣ 8️⃣ iPhone X⁣ 9️⃣ Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones⁣ 🔟 Apple Magic Mouse⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ #tech #technology #startup #business #entrepreneur #apple #iphone #innovation #electronic #gadgets #macbook #instatech #techie #gadget #electronics #geek #device #techy #nerd #laptops #agency #agencylife
  • ✏️ Finish this sentence in the comments ✏️ ⁣ We want to hear why you love being a designer! ⁣ Let us know in the comments and let's show a little love for our craft! 🧡⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ #creatives #designers #uxdesigner #uxdesign #uxuidesigner #productdesign #creative #instagood #ui #webdesign #dribbble #uidesign #graphicdesign #behance #designinspiration #userexperience #appdesign #graphicdesignui #uitrends #dribbblers
  • AND THANK GOD FOR THAT AM I RIGHT?! 😅 💡Steve Jobs once said, “We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.” 💡Anne Bogart said, “I’m not an inventor, I steal everything.” 💡Michael Caine was quoted saying, “You have to steal. Steal everything you see.” ✅ Friendly reminder from @austinkleon, Steve Jobs, Anne Bogart and Michael Caine: You are more than welcome to get ideas and inspiration from other people in order to do good work. You most definitely don’t have to be a genius to do incredible things, which makes us really happy here at AJ&Smart. . . . . . . . . #intrapreneur #mindset #innovation #success #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #positivity #motivationalquotes #motivation #creative #creativity #creatives #steallikeanartist #innovate #innovators
  • ❤️WE LOVE YOU❤️ We just hit 20,000 followers 🤯 To everyone we’ve met here on Instagram: We’re so thankful for your support and love throughout the years! Who knew that when we started this account it would grow to be a place where we’ve connected with some of the most interesting people doing the most inspiring things! We’re so excited about this community 🤩 Thanks for all your DMs, your excellent questions and your general interest in what we’re doing 🥳 . . . . . . . #uxdesign #uxui #uxuidesigner #productdesign #uxdesignmastery #instagood #postoftheday #happy #thankful #positivity #innovation #designsprints #designthinking
  • What would you ask Julie Zhuo?! 🤔 @joulee talks to us about starting @facebook as an intern when the company was only 100 people, to her role today as the VP of Product Design 🤯 This week on Product Breakfast Club podcast, find out how the VP of Product Design manages her time and how @facebook makes big design decisions! This isn’t an episode to miss! Find the link to the episode in our bio or our stories! 💪🏽 . . . . . . . #productdesign #uxdesign #uxui #business #success #digital #startup #startupstories #innovation #podcast #mindset #femaleleaders #womenleadership #intrapreneur #uxdesigner #execution #technology
  • ⚡️IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME ⚡️⁣ It’s @jicecream’s birthday today... so let’s giveaway our favourite books!!⁣ All you have to do to enter to win these five books is:⁣ ✅Like this post (and follow us @ajsmartdesign)⁣ ✅Tag three friends who you think would like these five books⁣ ✅Wait until 18.03.19 for us to announce the winner!⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ #designsprint #bookstagram #businessbooks #productdesign #uxdesign #business #success #inspiration #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #startuplife #hustle #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurs #startups #businessowner #grind #tech #design #goals #mindset #successful
  • Double tap if you're getting SH%T started today 🖐️⁣ Stop talking and starting doing. Today!⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ #motivation #getstarted #designsprints #inspiration #success #quote #entrepreneur #goals #business #entrepreneurlife #startup #entrepreneurs #hustle #successful #mindset #grind #motivational #startups
  • @brittnibow explains some KEY ways to ensure your workshop is a hit! #workshop #designsprint #designthinking #training #trainthetrainer #workshops
  • Who's excited about learning PRODUCT STRATEGY?! 🙋🙋🏾‍♂️⁣ Today we released a very detailed video on Youtube telling you about all our favourite resources for learning and keeping on top of product strategy! (Find the video in our stories!)⁣ For now, here are a few books that will help get you thinking more strategically in the world of product!⁣ 1️⃣ Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne⁣ 2️⃣ Good Strategy Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt⁣ 3️⃣ Blitzscaling by Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ #productdesign #uxdesign #creative #dribbble #ux #ui #uidesign #startup #entrepreneur #business #entrepreneurship #startuplife #success #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurs #startups #grind #tech #successful
  • 👋DOUBLE TAP FOR THAT👋 We are big believers in moving quickly, making mistakes, learning, and moving forward. You can’t learn if you’re always nailing it. So here’s to failure 🥂 . . . . . #failfast #agile #designsprint #designsprints #ideas #execution #businessstrategy #digital #uxui #uxdesigner #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #startup #startuplife #startupbusiness #technology #innovation #innovationnation
  • 🎉LAST CHANCE TO ENTER🎉 We’re giving away access to our Design Sprint Masterclass (worth €1497) for FREE to one lucky winner! Contest rules: 1️⃣ Follow @ajsmartdesign on Instagram! 2️⃣ Like this post 3️⃣ Tag 3 friends/colleagues (who should also enter the giveaway) in the comments of this post 4️⃣ Be patient until 05.03.19 when we announce the winner in our stories! *If you’ve already entered, you can enter again with three new tags! *If you’ve already purchased the masterclass, you can still enter and we will refund you if you win! ❓The Design Sprint Masterclass is the best way to learn how to run (and sell) Design Sprints like a pro. It’s the most in-depth Design Sprint course available with over 55 videos. You’ll get our slide decks, templates, and checklists, including everything you’ll need to run a successful Design Sprint 🤯For a sneak peek at the course, click the link in our bio and watch the free 1.5 hour Design Sprint webclass! Good luck!!! . . . . . . . #developer #digitalprojectlife #designsprints #designsprint #designthinking #uxdesigner #uxdesign #uxdesignmaster #udacity #productdesigners #digitalproducts #appdeveloper #success #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurship #uxui #uxuidesign #ideo #businessstrategy
  • 👋Double tap if you think we’re right🚀 . . . . . . . . #businessstrategy #techstartup #techstartups #innovationnation #ideas #creativity #creativeagency #execution #productdesign #uxdesigner #uxui #digitalprojectlife #apps #developer #startup #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife
  • In this one, our CEO Jonathan Courtney explains how you should price your design work. Anything from facilitating a design sprint to freelance ux design. He’s wild doggin’ it!
  • 👋 Double Tap if you agree! 👋 . . . . . . #uxui #digitalproducts #uxprocess #designsprint #designsprints #designthinking #motivation #inspiration #inspirationalquotes #startup #techstartup #techstartups #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #businessstrategy #innovation #innovationnation
  • 🚀@jicecream is GROOVIN’ for the GIVEAWAY! 🤯We’re giving away access to our Design Sprint Masterclass (worth €1497) for FREE to one lucky winner! ❗️Contest rules: 1. Follow @ajsmartdesign on Instagram! 2. Like this post 3. Tag 3 friends/colleagues (who should also enter the giveaway) in the comments of this post 4. Be patient until 05.03.19 when we announce the winner in our stories! *If you’ve already purchased the masterclass, you can still enter and we will refund you if you win! If you’ve already entered, ENTER AGAIN (new tags = new entry!) 🤓The Design Sprint Masterclass is the best way to learn how to run (and sell) Design Sprints like a pro. It’s the most in-depth Design Sprint course available with over 55 videos. You’ll get our slide decks, templates, and checklists, including everything you’ll need to run a successful Design Sprint. ⚡️For a sneak peek at the course, click the link in our bio and watch the free 1.5 hour Design Sprint webclass! Good luck!!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #giveaway #productdesign #productdesigner #uxui #uxdesigner #designsprint #designthinking #designsprints #uxprocess #digitalproducts #userexperiencedesign #userexperience #innovation #innovative #digitaltransformation
  • 👋Double Tap if when people ask how you are, you often say: BUSY 👋 ⚡️We are mega fans of Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson and @basecamp! 📖This book challenges the notion that in order to be successful you have to work long hours, have your head down for years and “hustle” your way to the top. 😎YES We’re drinking the cool-aid! For anyone who’s getting sick of hearing people tell them to hustle harder, this book’s for you. . . . . . . . . #bookstagram #bookrecommendations #businessbooks #worklifebalance #worklife #lifestyle #hustle #entrepreneur #startuplife #startuptips #startupbusiness #inspirationalquotes #motivation #balance #productdesign #productivity #productivitytips
  • In this video Brittni walks you through how we present the Design Sprint to people who have never heard of it before or who are very resistant to change/new ideas. #designsprint #designthinking #uxdesign #uxui #uxdesigner
  • ⚡️IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME⚡️ We’re giving away access to our Design Sprint Masterclass (worth €1497) for FREE to one lucky winner! Contest rules: 1. Follow @ajsmartdesign on Instagram! 2. Like this post 3. Tag 3 friends/colleagues (who should also enter the giveaway) in the comments of this post 4. Be patient until 05.03.19 when we announce the winner in our stories! *If you’ve already purchased the masterclass, you can still enter and we will refund you if you win! 🚀The Design Sprint Masterclass is the best way to learn how to run (and sell) Design Sprints like a pro. It’s the most in-depth Design Sprint course available with over 55 videos. You’ll get our slide decks, templates, and checklists, including everything you’ll need to run a successful Design Sprint. 🤖For a sneak peek at the course, click the link in our bio and watch the free 1.5 hour Design Sprint webclass! Good luck ☘️ . . . . . . . . #designsprint #designthinking #designsprints #uxdesigner #uxdesign #uxdesignmastery #udacity #productdesigner #innovation #uxui #uxdesigning #userexperiencedesign #prototype #business #startup #onlinecourse #digitalproducts
  • ✔️Agree or disagree?! ❌ When we’re prototyping, we don’t focus on building a fully formed product. Our prototype must be as high fidelity as possible, so that we can accurately test our hypothesis (with specific features or ideas) to validate or invalidate the business idea. What do you think? When it comes to prototyping, how do you know when it’s good enough? Ps. This is a quote from the book, Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson! Highly recommended. . . . . . . . . . . . #uxui #digitalproducts #innovative #prototype #prototyping #uxdesigner #designsprint #designthinking #usertesting #innovation #uxdesign #productdesign #usertest #userresearch #userexperiencedesign
  • 👋Double tap if you’ve read it (or want to)👋 We get asked all the time about books for NEW PRODUCT DESIGNERS. This is one that you should definitely have on your book shelf. It’s an older book, but (especially with the revision) it’s still super relevant today. It’s a practical, no nonsense guide to usability. Go get it! 🚀 . . . . . . . #uxdesign #ux #uxui #uxdesigner #uxdesigners #usability #productdesign #productdesigner #productdesigners #designstudent #digitalproducts #designsprint #professionalbookworm #web #mobiledesign #bookstagram
  • 📚 ADD THIS BOOK TO YOUR READING LIST 📚 We’ve just added The Lean Startup to our list of books every AJ&Smarter must read to work here. Have you read it?! . . . . . . . . #leanstartup #innovation #technology #entrepreneur #startuplifestyle #startuplife #startupbusiness #businessbooks #instabook #bookclub #professionalbookworm #creativeagency #business #inspiration #motivation101 #bookshelf #designsprint #designthinking
  • 👋Double Tap if this is what you’re striving for👋 We’re big fans of @austinkleon and his book, “Steal like an Artist”. So many words of wisdom packed into such a little book 📖 Check him out! 🚀 . . . . . . . . . #success #productdesignstudent #careergrowth #uxuidesigner #uxui #uxdesigner #uxdesign #uxdesigners #inspiration #austinkleon #steallikeanartist #motivation #startup #startuplife #agencylife #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #creative #creatives #creativeagency
  • 👋Double tap if you agree!!👋 . . . . . . . . #startuptips #startupbusiness #productdesign #productdesigner #uxdesigner #uxdesign #uxdesignmastery #uxui #uxuidesign #uxuidesigner #uxinspiration #success #careergrowth #productdesignstudent
  • Creativity isn’t magic. It’s not something that you have to sit and wait for. Creativity doesn’t strike when you least expect it. You can be creative everyday, when you put a process behind it. 💪🏽 . . . . . . . . . . #startupbusiness #startuptips #successquotes #creativity #creative #creativeprocess #thecreativeprocess #process #uxdesign #uidesigner #uxui #innovation #entrepreneur #inspiration #designsprint #startuplife

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No Busy-Work

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 necessary? 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.