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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

APPLE STORE
App of the Day
June 2018

4.9 on Apple Store

What AJ&Smart did:

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

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 good 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
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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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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.

  • DID YOU KNOW that we have our very own Youtube channel!? I know crazy right! We are always trying to figure out what you product design geeks want to know/learn. What #DESIGNSPRINT - #INNOVATION - #PRODUCTDESIGN related video do you want us to create next?? An AJS goodie bag goes to the most ridiculously specific video idea!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #productdesignaintacrime #designtime #designlife #imadesignerwhatyoudo #uxdesign #design #innovation #kreativ #ideas #digitalmarketing #designthinking #communication #berlin #newwayofthinking #thinktank #newway #designideas #experiencedesign #strategy #businessdesign #idea #creative #servicedesign #change #grow
  • TRAINING DAY! We spent all of today on a learning tip. Our coach, Tomek, came in from Hamburg & taught us so many cool ways to up our training/workshop/facilitation game. GREAT DAY! Expect us to talk about #facilitating A LOT in the next few weeks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #designaintacrime #designlife #designingeverydamnday #doubledesigntime #heycoach #marketing #creative #digitalmarketing #agencylife #creativeteam #digitalagency #graphicdesign #design #graphic #inspiration #digitalart #photographer #digital #webdesign #designteam #ux #uidesign #design #userexperience #userinterface #business #designstudio
  • It is both a sad & a joyous day! Our events maestro & all round joy bringer, @reinamarika, is leaving us for a little while on maternity leave. The place won't be the same without you Venla! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #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 #instatech
  • Half the team are taking Friday off to work on our facilitation skills! I asked our primo #facilitation #expert @dhyana.scarano for a TOP TIP. Dee said 'One thing that really changed how I run sprints and workshops is that I started to build in short MOMENTS OF REFLECTION. Taking time, even if its just a minute, to think about what you just learned/worked on has a real impact on our ability to retain information & can help us enjoy the #process itself a lot more' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #design #innovation #kreativ #ideas #digitalmarketing #designthinking #communication #berlin #newwayofthinking #designideas #newway #experiencedesign #strategy #businessdesign #idea #creative #servicedesign #digital #ux #designconcepts #workshop #graphicfacilitation #visualthinking
  • Our founder, @jicecream (just to clarify, this is not him), is currently reading Ed Catmull's Creativity Inc! ‘It is fascinating the problems Pixar had when growing their business into the behemoth that it is today. They came up against the same problems any corporate company would- #corporateness kills creativity. DEAD!’ They had to come up with fresh systems to nurture all that world-class creativity! HAVE YOU READ IT ALREADY? What did you think?? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #reading #bookstagram #booklover #bookworm #read #instabook #book #ilovebooks #booknerd #bookaddict #bookaholic #reader #inspiration #bookish #booklove #goodreads #education #bookshelf #booklovers #entrepreneurlife #successful #businessowner #businessbook #business #smallbusiness #motivational #motivation #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurs
  • Have you been catching @myrin20's #Youtube vlogs? He has been with us for six whole weeks & has been sharing the whole experience via his fantastic #Design focused channel! CHECK 'EM OUT! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #design #industrialdesign #designer #designinspiration #inspiration #creative #illustration #sketch #ux #uidesign #art #graphicdesign #ui #instadesign #product #blogger #vlog #youtuber #youtube #instagood #userexperience #webdesigner #productdesign #designselection
  • TIME FOR A SHOUT OUT! We have to shout about our fantastic #strategy #consultant & all round #businessdevelopment maestro, @sean_sankey! #seanyboy!! We learn so much from this man every time he comes to visit us. Check out his company @form_leadership! Who do you have mentoring/helping you with big picture strategy? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #creativeagency #creative #creativeteam #digitalagency #designteam #agency #officeday #startup #newoffice #braingame #digitalbusiness #teamwork #success #goals #work #career #ilovemyjob #userexperience #designstudio #successmindset #entrepreneursofinstagram #worksmarternotharder #entrepreneurial #professionaldevelopment #inspiration #knowledge
  • One book (written by the dude on the right there-@jakeknapp) changed our whole company! If one good book can do that imagine what 100 books can do? Or a million? With that in mind, our founder @jicecream has started his own book club. The first one will be focused on #BlueOceanStrategy! Have you read it already? What did you think? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #success #inspiration #tecmainland #blueocean #strategy #newterritories #ideas #reading #branding #design #inspirational #entrepreneurs #marketingtips #read #team #reading #bookstagram #booklover #bookworm #startupbusiness #ico #designlessons #dribble #ux #ui #portfolio #designer #uxdesign #userexperience
  • STORYBOARD! It's Tuesday afternoon so if you are #DesignSprint-ing you may be in the middle of drawing your storyboards. We asked one of our #Sprint gurus @timhoefer for his top tips. He says 'the most important thing is remembering you do not have to be a great illustrator to take responsibility for drawing the storyboard. It is better to focus on the copywriting aspect. Make your copy as clear as can be. Anything you leave vague will just have to be fixed by the designers on prototyping day' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #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 #prototype #prototyping
  • NOTING & VOTING! One surefire way to waste a life is with pointless work meetings! So much of nothing gets said & then exactly the same amount of nothing happens as a result. I am losing spirit just thinking about it. THERE IS A SOLUTION THOUGH:- The note & vote! Get everyone to write a post-it with their idea of the best possible solution, everyone sticks those post-its to the wall. Then everyone gets 3/4 little red dots & VOTES!!! DONE! Work life saved. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #fopw #productivity #productivityhacks #businesshacks #workhacks #work #businesstips #growthhacking #beingboss #savvybusinessowner #solopreneur #entrepreneur #successmindset #entrepreneursofinstagram #worksmarternotharder #entrepreneurial #professionaldevelopment #successtips #workanywhere #dailymotivation #beyourownboss #inspiration #hardwork #startups #startup #startuplife #wealth #knowledge #followyourdreams #hustle
  • STRUGGLING TO GET MOVING!?! If you are finding it hard to get going this #MondayMorning try this simple tip. #TIMEBOX EVERYTHING. It honestly works! Set a timer & just focus on things for short bursts. You will eventually build momentum & will end up owning the day! CARPE THAT DIEM! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #fopw #productivity #productivityhacks #businesshacks #workhacks #work #businesstips #growthhacking #beingboss #savvybusinessowner #solopreneur #entrepreneur #successmindset #entrepreneursofinstagram #worksmarternotharder #entrepreneurial #professionaldevelopment #successtips #workanywhere #dailymotivation #beyourownboss #inspiration #hardwork #startups #startup #startuplife #wealth #knowledge
  • Who uses #CrazyEights as a sketching exercise? It may be the simplest thing but it totally blasts through all sorts of creative blocks. You can use it for anything! We did a video on our #Youtube a while back with one of the AJS #DesignSprint leads, @robhamblen, that details the whole thing. CHECK IT OUT 🌧🌊🐋 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #designsprints #digitaldesign #productdesign #designlessons #ux #ui #designer #uxdesign #userexperience #designproject #meetingdesigners #fopw #productivity #productivityhacks #businesshacks #workhacks #work #businesstips #growthhacking #beingboss #savvybusinessowner #solopreneur #entrepreneur #successmindset #entrepreneursofinstagram #worksmarternotharder #professionaldevelopment
  • @jakeknapp is one hell of a guy! He was still answering questions hours after our #designsprint bootcamp last week! We even got him on camera answering some of the deepest cut questions from our #designsprint online masterclass too. They will be getting edited & added in the coming week or two . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #knappattack #designsprint #designsprints #uxdesign #designagency #workspace #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #postit #ux #uxdesign #creativity #uidesign #berlin #sharpies #workday #uxdesign #designagency #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #siliconvalley
  • It was such a blast having #Sprint author Jake Knapp with us here at AJS HQ last week. Aside from the fact he is such a cool dude to have around we also filmed a whole load of new videos to add to our #DesignSprint online masterclass. If you want to know more our founder @jicecream is doing a free webclass (the link is in our bio!) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #knappattack #designsprint #designsprints #uxdesign #designagency #workspace #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #postit #ux #uxdesign #creativity #uidesign #berlin #sharpies #workday #uxdesign #designagency #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #siliconvalley
  • How did we not shout about this MORE! It's been out for weeks BUT anyway- the gorge' @pagemag has a piece on us this month! It's all about the #designsprint & it's in German so if you are interested in #designsprints & you are German this is the article for YOU!!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #uxdesign #designagency #workspace #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #postit #ux #uxdesign #creativity #uidesign #berlin #sharpies #workday #uxdesign #designagency #workspace #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #ux #ui #portfolio #designer #userexperience
  • SHOW BEHIND THE SCENES! I am a huge @austinkleon fan. Mega huge. I have bought his books for upwards of ten people & read them just as many times. I have been shouting about his book #StealLikeAnArtist on our stories today already but this one, #ShowYourWork, is just as important. It is all about making a story out of your process instead of simply focusing on end result. Know any great designers showing their #workinprogress stuff? Let us know who in the comments so we can follow them too =) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #art #noexcuses #artwork #keeppushing #artist #design #workforit #motivation #productive #fopw #productivity #productivityhacks #solopreneur #entrepreneur #successmindset #entrepreneursofinstagram #worksmarternotharder #entrepreneurial #professionaldevelopment #successtips #workanywhere #dailymotivation #beyourownboss #followyourdreams #hustle
  • #RAPIDPROTOTYPING! It is so rare we get to share the #prototypes we create in our #designsprints! Most things are under strict NDA but this here is the #workinprogress prototype from the first iteration sprint on the #Oakmeditation app back in January! If you want to see how it progressed after this version you can download Oak in the #AppStore but for right now just have a look at these beauties! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #startupbusiness #ico #designlessons #ux #ui #portfolio #designer #uxdesign #userexperience #designproject #meetingdesigners #print #design #productdesign #prototyping #mobileapps #mobileapp #mobile #iosconcept #iosapps #ios10 #ios #interface #graphicdesign
  • We allow dogs at all our #designsprint bootcamps! We only ask that they be cute as hell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #funatwork #fun #working #workshop #design #postit #postitnotes #innovation #motivation #loveyourjob #designsprint #designsprintbootcamp #designthinking #ideo #teamtime #tech #process #instatech #dog #instadog #dogsofinstagram #dogs #dogoftheday #dogstagram #ilovemydog #cute #pet #puppy #doglover
  • 🤩The Women of AJS🤩 SHOULD WE START A PODCAST?!? Working with these powerful ladies is an absolute delight, not to mention the fact that AJ&Smart would absolutely crumble without them. Tag someone (maybe a woman?) you couldn’t get through your workday without and GIVE EM’ SOME LOVE ❤️ . . . . . . . . . . #designsprint #fopw #productivity #workhacks #work #businesstips #beingboss #savvybusinessowner #entrepreneur #successmindset #worksmarternotharder #entrepreneurial #professionaldevelopment #successtips #dailymotivation #inspiration #hardwork #startups #startup #startuplife #hustle #womenempowerment #strongwomen #workingwomen #designsprintworkshop #designsprintmaster #designer #agencylife #designsprintworkshop #designsprinttraining
  • Storyboarding is NOT EASY!! Except when you have @timhoefer at your side... our storyboarder extraordinaire! BUT DON’T WORRY: Sprint 2.0 has a nice hack just in case you don’t have Tim on your team!! Use the User Story Mapping to help facilitate your storyboard (google it for the step by step process!) . . . . . . . #designsprint #designsprintmaster #designsprintworkshop #designsprinttraining #designthinking #designer #sketch #appdesign #digitaldesign #ios #storyboarding #storyboard #storyboardartist #uxdesign #ux #ui #uidesign #uxuidesign #uxuidesigner #uxdaily #designdaily #designing #app
  • These two handsome blokes are @robhamblen & @timhoefer. They run our #DesignSprint teams. Between them they’ve run billions & billions of sprints. Let us know in the comments if there’s anything you want to ask them & that can be an IGTV episode/video/thing. I don’t know what we’re calling them yet! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #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 #instatech
  • Our Design Sprint bootcamp is in the fullest of flows! We are going to film the Q&A section at the end of the day so if you have any #DesignSprint questions I can ask ‘em then. May even pop it on IGTV - who knows - so many platforms these days. AMIRIGHT!!?!?!?!?!?!??!?! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #postoftheday #instagood #instagram #funatwork #fun #working #workshop #design #postit #postitfortheaesthetic #postitnotes #digital #teamtime #laugh #innovation #motivation #loveyourjob #designsprint #designsprintbootcamp #designthinking #ideo #teamtime #tech #process #instatech
  • Do you have meditation shame? Our intern (@myrin20 ) DOES NOT!! Many offices are setting aside space & time so that their employees can commune with their inner selves. Do you have a space at your workplace for meditation or are you still just hiding in the toilet like the rest of us? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #peace #love #inspiration #motivation #namaste #happy #goodvibes #spiritual #health #happiness #healthy #life #balance #creativeagency #creative #creativeteam #digitalagency #design #designteam #agency #officeday #startup #newoffice #braingame #digitalbusiness #teamwork #success #goals #happy
  • WHO SHOULD WE COLLABORATE WITH NEXT? Right now we have the uber-youtuber @myrin20 joining us from NZ on a six week internship. In the past we have had the pleasure of working on some great videos with @foreverdansky & @ransegall too! Which product design Instagrams & Youtube channels are you loving right now? Please let us know in the comments 💜 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #youtube #vlogger #youtuber #vlogs #subscribe #youtubers #vlogging #love #youtubechannel #videoblog #video #newyoutuber #media #creativeagency #creative #creativeteam #digitalagency #design #designteam #agency #officeday #startup #newoffice #braingame #digitalbusiness #teamwork #success #goals

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