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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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Digital Product Design

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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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  • We just shot a whole new #LightningDecisionJam video for our #youtube channel & we are so freakin' excited to share it with everyone. It will be as silly as it will (hopefully) be helpful. It is a full remake of the FIRST EVER AJS video (& still our most popular). We thought it was time to reshoot it now we have finally learned how to use #video cameras & stuff like that. Have you tried the #LDJ exercise? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #tech #startup #startuplife #ux #uidesign #ui#design #webdesign #userinterface #dribbble #designinspiration #uitrends #userexperience #creative #app #graphicdesignui #graphicdesign #appdesign #photoshop #sketch #uxigers #dailyinspiration #productiveday #beproductive #beproductivetoday💋
  • REWORK! A big book of sanity that we return to again & again. We had one of the authors, Jason Fried, on the #ProductBreakfastClub podcast in the 'early' days - way back in EPISODE 9! If you work in a toxic work environment right now & want to make some simple positive changes (or just don't want to feel like the only crazy person in the building) then try this book! Also, #podcast/book related - don't miss our #competition to win copies of Kim Scott's book, #RadicalCandor via Mondays post . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #rework #entrepreneur #business #businessbooks #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurlifestyle #siliconvalley #agency #designer#smallbusiness #smallbusinesslife #bestbooks #reading #whatimreading #kimscott #giveaway #lovereading #technology #startup #design #innovation#startups #inspiration #JasonFried
  • 🚀AMA TIME 🚀This is our #designsprint team intern @jonasschmahl. We asked Jonas if he wouldn't mind answering questions on HOW TO GET STARTED IN PRODUCT DESIGN & he said YES! Ask him anything about #designsprints, #productdesign, #internships, anything! This is an #AMA after all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #internship #intern #internshiplife #internshipabroad #interns #jobexperience #jobs #internshipdays #futurecareer #internlife #design #designer #designinspiration #creative #uidesign #graphicdesign #ui #creativeagency #agencylife #designstudio #agency #ux #creativestudio #graphicdesigner
  • 🚀 GIVEAWAY TIME BABAYYY!! 🚀 KIM SCOTT is on the Product Breakfast Club #podcast TODAY! 🤩 To celebrate we have FIVE copies of RADICAL CANDOR to give away to you wonderful people! All you have to do is... 1. Follow us! 2. Like this post! 3. Tag up to five friends (each tag is an entry!) The contest closes this Friday September 21st (11am CET). This book is a goldmine of advice on how to run an empowered team of people. It gives you a roadmap for how to develop as a leader! Kim Scott shows you can care personally while also challenging people directly & as many of the stories in the book prove that is a crucial skill for any boss. If you are thinking of being a #bossperson or if you are a #bossperson already this book is a #MUSTREAD . . . . . . . . . . . . #radicalcandor #entrepreneur #business #businessbooks #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurlifestyle #siliconvalley #agency #designer #smallbusiness #smallbusinesslife #bestbooks #reading #whatimreading #kimscott #giveaway #lovereading #technology #startup #design #innovation #startups #inspiration
  • Can you please give us an emoji that best represents Michael's expression in this picture!? Is there an emoji for handsomeness? We just had our near monthly #teammeeting! It lasted for HOURRRSSSS but it is just AMAZING to get an all-important download of what's going on inside the company from your #teammates. Even in tiny teams like ours, it's so important! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #productdesign #productdesigner #fopw #productivity #productivityhacks #businesshacks #workhacks #work #businesstips #growthhacking #beingboss #savvybusinessowner #designsprint #digitaldesign #uxdesign #uidesign #ux #ui #userexperience #userinterface #graphic #business #creative #inspiration #graphicdesign #instagram #designstudio
  • #TBT to our #facilitation training day with Tomek! We are geeks for this stuff & always looking for new teachers/ways to learn the most cutting-edge techniques. Who are you learning from at the moment? Which #Youtube channels, #books or #courses would you recommend?? 🤓 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #design #productdesign #teaching #training #facilitation #facilitator #designer #inspiration #creative #graphicdesign #designinspiration #ux #uidesign #ui #instadesign #product #learning #education #school #teacher #teachersofinstagram #fun
  • APPLE!!!! Who’s going to be watching the Apple Event live stream!? Everyone probably. What are you most excited about this year? What new exciting thing do you think they will announce? Will we ever get tired of hearing about new iPhones? THREE HOURS TO GO! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #biggestcompanyintheworld #design #productdesign #apple #AppleEvent #iphoneonly #applewatch #livestream #applekeynote #applelivestream #macbook #mac #style #iphone8 #tech #technology #ipad #iphonex #designinspiration #inspiration #minimal #designagency #creativeagency #stevejobstheatre #stevejobstheater #applepark #cupertino #applemac #wozniak
  • @brittnibow is going to be testing out 4 of the 89 techniques #JakeKnapp & #JohnZaretsky have set out in their new book. It's out two weeks today but we wanted to get in early. It hopes to do for your day to day life what #Sprint set out to do for the #workplace. Which is basically SAVE YOU TIME so you can spend it on what you feel matters most. Keep an eye on our #Instastories over the next few days as Brittni documents her progress 🕰⌚️⌛️ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #productivity #success #entrepreneur #motivation #googleventures #google #design #innovation #ideas #designthinking #newwayofthinking #thinktank #newway #designideas #experiencedesign #designsprint #selfhelp #selfhelpbooks #selfdevelopment #personaldevelopment #bookclub #readersareleaders #personaldevelopmentbooks #selfdevbookclub
  • HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE! Who's Sprinting this week?? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #productdesign #productdesigner #productdesignsketch #productdesignsketching #productdesigns #productdesigning #productdesignandtechnology #productdesigners #productdesignerlife #productdesignseries #designspiration #productdesignstudent #designsprint #appdesigner #appdesigning #appdesignagency #appdesigners #appdesign101 #appdesigncompany #appdesigns #agilescrum #appdesign #appdesigner #appdesigning #appdesignagency #appdesigners #appdesign101 #appdesigncompany #designsprints #designthinking
  • The latest addition to the AJS #DesignSprint team = @jonasschmahl! Please say hello to Jonas everybody! 🤩⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #fopw #productivity #productivityhacks #businesshacks #workhacks #work #businesstips #growthhacking #solopreneur #entrepreneur #successmindset #entrepreneursofinstagram #worksmarternotharder #entrepreneurial #professionaldevelopment #successtips #workanywhere #dailymotivation #beyourownboss #inspiration #hardwork #startups #startup #startuplife #wealth #knowledge #followyourdreams #hustle ⠀ ⠀
  • Our CEO, @jicecream, ran a book club last month & #BlueOceanStrategy was the book. Did you take part? Let us know in the comments if you've read it & what you thought 🐳 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #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
  • Midway through one of our two-day #DesignSprint bootcamps & @dhyana.scarano is HOLDING IT DOWN!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #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
  • Our CEO @jicecream wrote a great article about how UX designers can stay relevant in a world where design is slowly becoming a commodity. Here are a couple of great nuggets from that article. It’s not enough to understand the user, you need to understand the business. To make this transition from UX Designer to…. “Product Designer”, there are 3 things you’ll need to understand: Growth 📈 Growth can mean anything from sales growth to user-base growth. It can also relate to the growth of engagement numbers on the product. Product Strategy 🤔 How does the product you’re working on connect to the other products and services within your company? Is the product purely a data collector for the core business? Marketing and Awareness 📺 It is crucial, to have a basic grasp of the concept and the current state of marketing as a topic if you want to be a useful member of a product team. . . . . . #ux #uidesign #ui #design #webdesign #userinterface #dribbble #uitrends #userexperience #graphicdesignui #uxigers #productdesign #designer #behance #uxdesign #appdesign #dribbblers #dailyinspiration #graphicdesign #digital #websitedesign #graphicdesigner #digitalmedia #digital
  • How do you get a job in #productdesign without a single scrap of work to share with your prospective employer! I'll tell ya how! SAVE THIS POST & do these three things 🤩 | 1. Volunteer at Events (and be useful AF)! When you volunteer at events, for example, a UX Meetup run by a company you want to work at, you’re basically giving yourself a foot in the door without having to be interviewed or going through the painful process of showing off your portfolio | 2. Canvas Strategy (a.k.a Make Other People Look Good)! Making other people look good, removing obstacles for them, helping them make connections to people that they might find invaluable is the ultimate job hack. | 3. Use the Least Crowded Channel! How do you get a companies’ attention in the over-saturated, messy world of hiring? Well, you look for the companies’ Least Crowded Channel. | Really Cool Startup? See what happens when you contact them on Instagram DM! | Famous Design Agency? Are they putting on events in your city? GO. VOLUNTEER. | Big Company? Check out their Snapchat, they’re just starting out and not a lot of people are getting in touch. ‎܁ ‎܁ ‎܁ #startupbusiness #ico #designlessons #dribble #ux #ui #portfolio #designer #uxdesign #userexperience #designproject #meetingdesigners #job #jobs #jobsearch #students #productdesign #productdesigner #productdesignsketch #productdesignsketching #productdesigns #productdesigning #productdesignandtechnology #productdesigners #productdesignerlife #productdesignseries
  • What do you feel are the main differences between the SF tech scene & the fast growing European scene?? Now that we have ALMOST recovered from our mammoth #SanFrancisco team trip we are taking time to reflect on the experience. We always try & bring back tools/techniques from the US & apply them here. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #uxdesign #designagency #workspace #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #postit #ux #uxdesign #creativity #uidesign #berlin #sharpies #workday #uxdesign #designagency #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #siliconvalley #technology #startup #design #business #entrepreneur
  • HOW DO YOU SELL A #DESIGNSPRINT!? How do you sell anything for that matter?! Luckily Penny is the AJ&S resident sales #expert & Brittni got her to spill the beans (ALL OF THEM). For all of Penny's top tips check out our IGTV for the vid #BRITTNILEARNS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #productdesign #productdesigner #productdesignsketch #productdesignsketching #productdesigns #productdesigning #productdesignandtechnology #productdesigners #productdesignerlife #productdesignseries #productdesignandmanufacturing #productdesignstudent #appdesigner #appdesigning #appdesignagency #appdesigners #appdesign101 #appdesigncompany #appdesigns #appdesignsite #appdesign #appdesigner #appdesigning #appdesignagency #appdesigners #appdesign101 #appdesigncompany
  • We 💜 our #Kreuzberg office so much but this week we travelled to #Switzerland to run a #designsprint workshop & well....... this place is just RIDICULOUS! Those hills in the background... THEM'S THE ALPS! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #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
  • WE ARE HIRINGGGGG!!! To be exact- we are looking for a #SocialMedia #Intern and a #MarketingAssistant to join the slow-growing AJ&Smart team. If you are interested the link with more information is residing in our bio 💖 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #hiring #wearehiring #fopw #productivity #productivityhacks #businesshacks #workhacks #work #businesstips #growthhacking #beingboss #savvybusinessowner #successmindset #entrepreneursofinstagram #worksmarternotharder #entrepreneurial #professionaldevelopment #successtips #dailymotivation #inspiration #hardwork #startups #startup #startuplife
  • #TBT 🚀 EVERYTHING you need to run a #DESIGNSPRINT including a #designer! 🚀 . . . . . . . . . . . . . #productdesign #productdesigner #productdesignsketch #productdesignsketching #productdesigns #productdesigning #productdesignandtechnology #productdesigners #productdesignerlife #productdesignseries #productdesignandmanufacturing #productdesignstudent #appdesigner #appdesigning #appdesignagency #appdesigners #appdesign101 #appdesigncompany #appdesigns #appdesignsite #appdesign #appdesigner #appdesigning #appdesignagency #appdesigners #appdesign101 #appdesigncompany
  • A leftover post-it from a #LightningDecisionJam we did! We were thinking of ways we could get our favourite actor, #PierceBrosnan, to join a #designsprint. NEVER LET YOUR DREAMS DIE 🙌🏻 . . . . . . . . . . . . . #design #innovation #kreativ #ideas #digitalmarketing #designthinking #communication #idee #berlin #playframe #newwayofthinking #thinktank #newway #designideas #experiencedesign #strategy #businessdesign #idea #creative #servicedesign #change #grow #branding #graphicdesign #creativeagency #agencylife #LDJ
  • 🇨🇭AJ&SMART’S IN SWITZERLAND 🇨🇭 We’re here for a few days checking out the sites and training up some new Design Sprinters! (With a view of the alps!) Check out our insta stories to see what we’re up to! 👀 . . . . . . . . #uxdesigner #uxdesign #productdesign #servicedesign #designthinkingworkshop #designsprint #designsprints #uxui #ux #uxuidesign #agencylife #success #businesstravel #entrepreneur #businesscoaching
  • When you’re working with any kind of team, and you find that you’re going around in circles discussing what the potential solution could be (or should be) STOP. And instead find something to SHOW that explains your point. People will understand faster what you mean and the discussion will be immediately shut down. Everyone will quickly be on the same page. Try it. It works. . . . . . . . #design #sketch #designsprint #designsprints #designthinkingworkshop #uxui #ux #designthinkingworkshop #business #success #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #inspiration #businesshacks #teamwork #uxuidesigner #sketching #designthinkingworkshop
  • ✅ Tag somebody you’ve Design Sprinted with 🏃‍♀️🏃🏾‍♂️😅 There’s no better feeling than the end of a successful Design Sprint week! Today is Sunday which means we’re gearing up to do it all over again tomorrow!! Have a lovely restful Sunday Instagram world!! 🎉❤️ . . . . . . . . #designsprint #uxui #freelancedesigner #designsprints #designthinking #designthinkingworkshop #uxdesign #uxdesigner #productdesign #servicedesign #ux #becreative #designprocess #design #designer #creatives #team #creativespace
  • In this week’s IGTV episode, @brittnibow talks with our head of new business about how AJ&Smart sells Design Sprints! Check that out for a more detailed description of these three simple steps!💪 . . . . . . #businesspitch #designsprint #designsprints #designthinking #uxdesign #startuplife #designservice #productdesign #uxdesigner #freelancedesigner #freelancelife #salestips #success #businesstips #designagency #agencylife #uxui #agileworking #agile #igtv

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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.