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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 

Product Design & Innovation Digest.

Get our bi-weekly Product Design & Innovation Digest, where we round up the latest tech news, productivity hacks, and share what’s been going on at AJ&Smart.

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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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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  • These are the four books that every AJ&Smart team member MUST READ (it’s actually a requirement of the job) Have you read them?! - Sprint by @jakeknapp - Power of Moments by Chip & Dan Heath - Radical Candor by @kimmalonescott - Hacking Growth by Sean Ellis & Morgan Brown . . . . . . . . . . #instabook #instaread #bookclub #businessbooks #success #successmindset #uxdesign #designbooks #uxschool #agencylife #bookstagram #entrepreneur #businessinspiration #creativeagency #designsprint #designsprints #designthinking #growthmindset #growthhacking
  • 👋 Double tap if you agree! 👋 Never rely on having a burst of creativity in order to come up with a good idea. If you have a process behind you, you’ll be unstoppable. Happy Weekend Y’all! #motivation #designers #designspiration #inspiration #uxdesign #uxui #designprocess #agencylife #ux #uxdesigner #digital #designsprint #designthinking
  • 🎮TAG SOMEONE YOU WORK WITH WHO’S A REAL GAME-CHANGER 🎮 We often underestimate how important our teammates are. A good teammate is the difference between us doing an average job vs us doing an excellent job. AND WE DON’T CARE HOW CHEESY IT IS 🧀 #designteam #teamwork #uxdesigners #positivity #business #uxui #motivation #worklife #designagency #agencylife
  • Anyone out there time boxing?! It’s like magic. You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes 🕺🏻 . . . . . . #success #successmindset #entrepreneur #digitalnomad #worktips #attheoffice #motivation💪 #2019goals #uxui #timemanagement
  • Do you find it difficult to make decisions at work? A big reason we love working with the Design Sprint process is that we make decisions quickly, but create the space to “test” those decisions before sinking all our resources into the project. . . . . . . . . . #success #entrepreneur #inspiration #motivation #business #successmindset #designsprint #designthinking #designer #uxdesign #uxui #uidesigner #decisionmaking
  • At AJ&Smart, we don’t believe in traditional user research 😱 Do you? The video that we released today, discusses just that! @amrkhalifeh does a full deep dive into how we take the Design Sprint and actually use it instead of User Research. We believe the data you end up with is much more valuable... @anfisign @davidoadesign @ryan.warrender @brand0ngr0ce @ransegall @jicecream @sam_does_design @iamjesseshow WHAT DO YOU GUYS AND GALS THINK?! . . . . . . . . . . . #userresearch #designsprint #designthinking #ideo #productdesign #usercentereddesign #userexperience #userfirst #uxdesign #design #user #app #appdesign #digitalproducts #ux #uxresearch
  • Yesterday we were invited to do a talk at NIKE! 🤯 They have something called “Future Talks” several times a year for their team and we were lucky enough to be a part of their 2019 kickoff! It was such a great experience, especially learning what a killer company NIKE is ✔️ We were treated like family (maybe even the Royal Family?!) from the moment we arrived. Let’s just say… 🎵We got stompin’ in our Airforce One’s🎵 Thank You NIKE! 🤩 Want us to talk at your company? DM us and let’s “Talk” 😉 #success #business #entrepreneur #businessgoals #successmindset #nike #airforceones #motivation💪 #businessstrategy #agencylife #2019goals #worklife #girlboss #technology #futuretech #motivation💪 #productdesign #uxdesigner #digitalproducts
  • What products help you get ahead in the design game?! Let us know in the comments! @ajsmartdesign’s User Research Lead @amrkhalifeh shares his favourite tool for getting ahead in product design and levelling up your skills! . . . . . . #productdesign #design #designer #designers #designertips #businessbooks #bookstagram #book #read #readbooks #growthhacking #hackinggrowth #growthmindset #growth #uxui #uxuidesign #uxdesigner #uxresearch
  • Have something that you’re not doing but wish you were? Ask yourself this question, and be honest. Are you making it harder on yourself? If so, stop it and do it the simple way. *this blurb was taken from an article written by @jicecream. In it, he describes an exercise called “Short-Cut-O-Matic” (inspired by the question, Tim Ferris asks in #toolsoftitans = “What would this look like if it were easy?” The exercise, developed by Jon, serves to help you get started instead of making excuses. Find a run down of the exercise (and a link to the full article) in our highlights 🙌 . . . . . . #motivation💪 #businessstrategy #inspiration #career #careergoals #careercoach #advice #success #successmindset #entrepreneur #noexcuses #motivation #timferriss #4hourworkweek
  • 💦 IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME 💦 Happy new year everybody!! To celebrate the start of 2019, we are giving away the THREE BOOKS we’re reading in our internal Product Strategy Book Club to THREE LUCKY WINNERS 🥳 The books are: 📚 Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariel 📚 Inside the Nudge Unit by David Halpern 📚Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A. Moore 👏👏👏 All you have to do to win is: 1. Like this post 2. Follow us on Insta 3. Tag your friends in the comments (every tag is an entry to win all three books!) Wait with your fingers crossed! And your toes, and your arms, and your legs. That should do it! Winners announced on 11.01.19 🍀 GOOD LUCK! 🍀 . . . . #productdesign #uxdesigner #business #success #goals #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #motivationmonday #motivation💪 #inspiration #bookclubofinstagram #businessbooks #businessstrategy #digitalstrategy #newyearsgoals
  • What’s the difference between design thinking and design sprints?! Have you used either in a project before? @ajsmartdesign ‘s Head of Sprint Training, Dee Scarano, discusses the difference between the two methodologies! Full video in our bio! . . . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #designthinking #uxui #design #designer #digitaldesign #ideo #designers #uxdesign #uxdesign #uxdesigner #userexperiencedesign #designagency
  • What podcasts and youtube channels are you following?! Do you produce content to attract clients? Let us know in the comments! @ajsmartdesign ‘S CEO and Co-Founder Jonathan Courtney offers insights on how to attract and keep clients with engaging content! Taken from a live talk called ‘Own Your Niche’ hosted by @bleechberlin In November! . . . . . #uxui #design #designagency #agency #agencylife #agencymodel #socialmedia #content #contentproduction #livetalk #talk #onlinecontent #contentcreator #podcasts #youtube #contentcreation #contentstrategy
  • Do you know the differences between Design Thinking, Agile and Design Sprints? Swipe left to find out more! . . . . . #designthinking #agile #designsprint #design #designmethods #designsprint #uxdesign #ux #uxdesigner #uxdesigners #userinterface #userinterfacedesign #designthinkingworkshop #uxui #uidesign
  • How would you describe Design Thinking?! 🧐 Dee breaks it down once and for all in our most recent YouTube video! Link to the full video is in our bio⚡️ . . . . . . . . . . . #designthinking #designsprints #designthinkingworkshop #designprocess #uxdesigner #uxdesign #productdesign #usercentereddesign #design2019
  • Who hates meetings?! We’ve got the solution 🎉 It’s called the NOTE & VOTE! This process will change the way you feel about meetings forever. Try it and you’ll never go back. . . . . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #designthinking #business #workshops #meetings #workhacks #lifehacks #nomeetings #design #design2019 #uxdesigner #success #successmindset #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #businessadvice #leadership
  • What do you see taking off in the design world next year? Do you agree with the predictions we cover? @ajsmartdesign‘s @brittnibow curates a range of predictions for the design world in 2019. Covering a return to minimalism in design and the internet of things! . . . . #design #designtrends #design2019 #uxdesigner #uxdesign #userexperience #userexperiencedesign #productdesign #digitaltech #minimalism #internetofthings #materialdesign #uxui #flatdesign #app #appdesign
  • What are your opinions on minimalism in design? What are your favourite examples of it in digital product design? @ajsmartdesign ‘s @brittnibow looks at minimalism as a key design trend in 2019. Check out our full video for more trends and analysis! Link in our bio. . . . . . . #minimalism #uxdesign #productdesign #products #apps #ux #uxdesigner #uxui #uxuidesign #digital #digitaldesign #trends2019 #2019
  • What are your design and tech trend predictions for 2019?! What do you already see emerging? Let us know in the comments! @ajsmartdesign’s @brittnibow looks at a key design trend that will emerge in 2019. Full video in out bio! . . . . #uxui #design #uxtrends #uxdesign #ux #uxdesigner #userexperience #predictions #designtrends #design2019 #uxdesignmastery #uidesign #minimalistdesign #uiuxdesign
  • What are your top tips for getting started in product design? Are you just starting out? Let us know in the comments! @ajsmartdesign‘s @brittnibow shares 5 useful insights on getting started in the product design industry! Full video in our bio! . . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #agencylife #productdesign #uxui #uxdesign #careertips #career #careergoals #gettingstarted #creativeagency #design #digitaldesign #designjobs #designindustry
  • 🎉 ITS GIVEAWAY TIME 🎉 Woohoo!! 15K followers on Instagram!! You all are the best which is why we’re giving 2 lucky winners a gift bag full of all our favourite things! 3 of our favourite books (including Made to Stick, The Power of Moments & Don’t Make Me Think) a bunch of AJS swag, and some special holiday treats too! What you have to do to enter: 1. Follow @ajsmartdesign 2. Tag 3 Friends in the comments of this Post THAT’S IT! 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩 Winners will be announced Friday December 7th at 5pm CET . . . . . #bookstagram #giveaway #productdesign #uxdesigner #uxdesign #uxui #bookgiveaway #bookgiveaways #agencylife #designindustry #designjobs #creativestudio #followus
  • 👋 DOUBLE TAP IF YOU AGREE 👋 Good design doesn’t matter. The market matters. Companies struggling to innovate are too precious about their products. . . . . . . . #uxdesign #uxdesigner #productdesign #uxui #designindustry #agencylife #designjobs #uxdesignmastery #creativestudio #designstudio #designadvice
  • How do you see roles changing within UX? Is an understanding of the process more important than software skills? Let us know in the comments! @ajsmartdesign’s @brittnibow spoke with Google’s @ryan.warrender about how UX is changing, how roles within it are splitting, and how you can define yourself in UX design going forward! . . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #uxdesign #ux #uxdesigner #google #livestream #instagram #design #creativeagency #agencylife
  • Do you have a hero in the design world? Did their career inspire you? Let us know in the comments! @ajsmartdesign’s @brittnibow offers a vital design career insight to help you get ahead! Full video in the bio! . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #uxdesign #designcareer #designthinking #creativeindustry #designindustry #careertips #uxui #designjobs #worktips #creatives #uxprocess #career #careergoals #careeradvice
  • Are you a UX designer? How are your roles defined within the industry? Do you already see a change? Let us know in the comments below! Jonathan Courtney, CEO and Co-founder of @ajsmartdesign looks at how the market defines UX roles, how it’s already changing today, and how to stay ahead of the trend! Full video in the bio! . . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #uxdesign #ux #uxui #uxdesigner #app #designthinking #creativeagency #agencylife #designindustry

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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.