Better Products, Faster.

We help the best companies in the world create products and innovate better and faster.

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.

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Digital Product Design

WINNER
Mobile Innovation
SXSW 2016

WINNER
German Design
2018

WINNER
Apple Best Apps
2015

WINNER
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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Culture

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.

  • OUR DESERT ISLAND DESIGN SUPPLIES #TBT . . . . . . . . . . . . . #designer #inspiration #technology #startup #design #business #entrepreneur #electronic #macbook #instatech #innovation #kreativ #ideas #designthinking #communication #newwayofthinking #designideas #newway #experiencedesign #strategy #creative #workshop #designconcepts #ui #webdesign #uidesign #uxdesign #graphicdesign #designinspiration
  • This is @robhamblen & he runs our #designsprint team here at AJS! ASK HIM ANYTHING about design sprints right here in the comments & he will use his great mind & thumbs to answer anything you need to know!!! . . . . . . . . . . . . #design #innovation #ideas #digitalmarketing #designthinking #communication #berlin #newwayofthinking #newway #designideas #experiencedesign #strategy #businessdesign #idea #creative #servicedesign #grow #digital #ux #brand #workshop #designconcepts ⠀ #ui #uidesign #uxdesign #designinspiration #userexperience #appdesign #designer
  • IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE CRAZY AT WORK! Another surefire classic from two of our heroes, Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson! Its all about creating a calm company culture! How dreamy does that sound!? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #motivation #inspiration #entrepreneur #success #business #focus #goals #smallbusiness #work #hustle #smallbusinessowner #startup #simplicity #productive #timemanagement #hardwork #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneurship #ITDOESNTHAVETOBECRAZYATWORK!!! #books #bookstagram #entrepreneurlife #booklover #reading #bookclub #nonfiction #knowledge #book #bookworm #booksofinstagram
  • #PROTOTYPING #AMA! A digital prototyping Q & A session right here on Insta with Fedor (@shkliarau)! ASK HIM ANYTHING! Fedor is our #prototyper extraordinaire! Every week he delivers yet another amazing #digital prototype for one of our clients! As this picture proves, he is also incredibly good at staring off into the middle distance. What do you want to know about the #process!? . . . . . . . . . . . #innovation #design #product #concept #designlovers #innovative #designlife #graphicdesign #webdesign #websitedesign #branding #web #graphicdesigner #ui #ux #uxdesign #uidesign #digitalmedia #userexperience #userinterface #website #uitrends #designinspiration #digitaldesign
  • #TB to a 2017 classic - one of the questions we are still asked the most = WHEN SHOULD YOU RUN A DESIGN SPRINT!?! @jicecream shared his top five tips whilst bounding about one of our balconies holding what looks like a Christmas tree. It was actually just a small tree we used to have in the office. I wonder what happened to that tree 🌲☠ The full video is over on the AJS Youtube⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #design #innovation #ideas #digitalmarketing #designthinking #communication #berlin #newwayofthinking #newway #designideas #experiencedesign #strategy #businessdesign #idea #creative #servicedesign #grow #digital #ux #brand #workshop #designconcepts ⠀ #ui #uidesign #uxdesign #designinspiration #userexperience #appdesign #designer
  • We are still obsessing over big #JAKEKNAPP and #JOHNZERATSKY's new book, MAKE TIME! Geez, the guys knocked it out of the park with this one. It is the antidote to all the uber-macho #productivity nonsense out there that screams at you to get up at 330am & immediately jump into an arctic plunge pool. One of the most joyous ideas they put forward is the HIGHLIGHT. By consciously deciding on what your upcoming day's highlight is going to be you are so much more likely to make time (GET IT!) for it! Well-spent days = well-spent lives! . . . . . . . . . . #maketimebook #motivation #inspiration #entrepreneur #success #business #focus #goals #smallbusiness #work #hustle #smallbusinessowner #startup #simplicity #productive #timemanagement #hardwork #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneurship #love #health #sustainable #wellness #mindful #peace #mindfulness
  • Who’s seen our new #LightningDecisionJam video!? This is a workshop #exercise that you can use for ANYTHING. What kinds of things? ANYTHING. I LITERALLY JUST SAID THAT!! How many people? ANY AMOUNT. We’ve run this exercise to help the #UN World Food Program make decisions on how to increase donations, we’ve run it for C-Level #executives at #Lego on new #strategicinitiatives, we’ve run it on ourselves at AJ&Smart to come up with EVERYTHING. It takes the best of the world’s #problemsolving #processes (#DesignThinking/#Gamestorming/#DesignSprints/#Agile to name a few) and blends them down to their purest essence⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #interiordesign #style #designer #inspiration #creative #graphicdesign #product #innovation #uxdesign #startup #digitalartist #userexperience #technology #entrepreneur #workshop #creativeagency #creatives
  • WHO WANTS THIS??? We're giving away 20 LIMITED EDITION LDJ booklets. These are not for sale! Limited edition! Here's how to enter: 1. Today we will be releasing a new video on Youtube at 3pm Berlin time. It's all about running the LDJ workshop.🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 2. If you like the video, comment on it and share it (tag us) somewhere then you're in!🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 3. The competition runs till tonight at midnight to give those in other timezones a chance!🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 4. MORE DETAILS IN OUR STORY TODAY! WOHOOO! . . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #uxdesign #designagency #workspace #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #postit #ux #designsprint #uxdesign #creativity #uidesign #berlin #sharpies #workday #uxdesign #designagency #workspace #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #siliconvalley #business #entrepreneur #hustle #motivation
  • ✋DOUBLE TAP IF YOU AGREE ✋ We never get tired of this one because it’s so so so helpful! Don’t worry about getting it perfect, just get it started. . . . . . . #startup #startuplife #business #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurship #motivation #businessmotivation #inspiration #businessadvice #advice #lifeadvice #productdesign #uxui #uxuidesign #uxuidesigner #agencylife #agencylifestyle #creative #creativeagency #agency #design #digitaldesign
  • Tag somebody you love working with!! We’re in San Francisco and we’re VERY happy about it. A big part of that is that we have some pretty fan-freaking-tastic people on the AJS team, and we genuinely love working together! Who are those people for you?? Tag em and give em some ❤️❤️❤️ . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #getstarted #inspiration #motivation #teamtime #agencylife #creativeagency #siliconvalley #tech #worktrip #work #berlinagency #feelgood #picoftheday
  • WHO’S READY FOR THE LIVE STREAM????? 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥#designsprints #getstarted #uxdesign #designers
  • What are you excited about this week?! We’re feeling super pumped this morning about to go work with a DREAM client. (Yes!! This is a #postit on a big tree!) . . . . . . #designsprint #designthinking #design #uxdesign #mondaymotivation #motivation #designagency #agencylife #uxui #weloveourclients #siliconvalley #bayarea #tech #designer #inspiration #designinspiration
  • A blog? Your portfolio? Learning a new tool? Whatever it is, start it this weekend. . . . . . #designsprints #inspiration #motivation #inspirational #creative #creatives #postit #getstarted #doit #makeithappen #entrepreneur #startupmindset #startup #personaldevelopment #designsprints #start #weekendtime #agencylife #agencylifestyle #creativewriting
  • We asked @garyvee about monetizing our audience... here’s what he said 🔥 . . . . . . #garyvee #garyveequotes #garyveemotivation #garyvaynerchuk #teamgaryvee #vaynermedia #selling #jabjabrighthook #howtosell #businessconsulting #consulting #4ds #dailydigitaldeepdive #designagency #designsprints #salestips #sales #digitalstrategy #contentstrategy #businessstrategy
  • We attended @garyvee’s Daily Digital Deep Dive in London last week! It was a jam packed day full of insights from @vaynermedia and @teamgaryvee and of course #GARYVEE himself! We learnt a lot, and we made a video about it- to get all the knowledge nuggets, watch the full video (find the link in our bio) 👀 Massive thank you to @drock, @krainak and @nickdio for letting us attack them with a massive list of questions! . . . . #garyvaynerchuk #garyveequotes #personalbrand #teamgaryvee #vaynermedia #garyveehustle #garyveemotivation #entrepreneur #business #strategy #personalbranding #digitalmarketing #socialmediamarketing #socialmedia #socialmediatips #garyv #agencylife #social #4ds #startuptips #startup #startupbusinesses
  • Pulled this from a recent article @jicecream wrote about what he learnt from interviewing @scottbelsky on the Product Breakfast Club Podcast: ✅ “He [Scott Belsky] talks in the book (The Messy Middle) about how a great leader will leave every meeting or conversation with energy, and he stresses the importance of this because often you’ll leave meetings or situations when no solution has been fully reached yet, and it’s essential that the leader instills a positive energy within their team at these times.” 👏👏👏 Link to the full article is in our stories 🤠 . . . . . . #designsprint #designteam #designsprints #agencylifestyle #designagency #digitalagency #entrepreneur #leadership #leader #boss #manager #managerproblems #managerlife #bosslife #startup #startuplife #teambuilding #teambuilding2018 #positivity #positivequotes #beingboss #techteam #hr #humanresources
  • IT’S A TEAM PIC!! (It’s missing a few very important people, but F&@$ it’s hard to get 20 people in a room together) Thanks for all the birthday love, we’re so excited for our 7th year! 🎉 . . . . . #digitalagency #agency #agencylife #agencymodel #designers #designsprint #designsprints #designsprintmaster #agencylifestyle #designagency #designteam #smallbusiness #startup #startuplife #berlinagency #berlinoffice #entrepreneur #creativeagency #creative #picoftheday #instagood
  • 🎉AJ&SMART IS 7 YEARS OLD🎉 This is the original three including the “A” that everyone asks about on their way to their first ever project presentation! 😎 From the left to right: Alex (A), Michael Smart (Smart) and Jon (J) . . . . . . #business #businesscasual #entrepreneur #agencylife #smashingit #nailedit #meninblack #designagency #agencylifestyle #digitalagency #creativeagency #designteam #friday #happybirthday
  • Give a thumbs up to these dorks!! 👍 They just finished delivering their first strategy webinar ever, “How to use Design Sprints to kick off 2019” It was an experiment that was a huge success! 👏👏👏 Stay tuned for more of these exclusive webinar events! . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #designthinking #agencylife #loveourclients #designagency #agencylifestyle #designteam #productdesign #designstudio #studio #uxui #productstrategy #businessstrategy #strategy #digitalstrategy #worklife #entrepreneur #success #business #webinar #businessworkshop #marketingstrategy
  • It’s lightning decision JAM 😂 We have the BEST COMMUNITY EVER. We’re here in Sweden running a design sprint bootcamp and @nadel_se (who we worked with a few months back) gave us this JAM made from his garden, naturally it’s Lightning Decision Jam 😉 He has also recently opened an online shop called Lean Beards, which is a hilarious apparel company. Check that out ➡️ @leanbeards 👏 UNREAL! . . . . . #client #bestclients #consultant #entrepreneur #lightningdecisionjam #agency #designteam #designagency #loveourclients #agencylife #agencylifestyle #ajsmart #ajsmartdesign
  • There are a few books we just can't shut up about at AJ&Smart. We have our number one favourite of course (#BUYSPRINT) but there are 4 or 5 others that we come back to again & again & again. War of Art by Steven Pressfield is one of those. The power of this #book is that it gives a vocabulary to the struggle of creating things for a living. On top of that, it gives a path you can follow to blast through those obstacles (usually mental - the toughest kind) & get your work done (or started!). We #recommend a lot of books but this one we think everyone should read once a year. It is great to have on your shelf to turn to when you feel the 'resistance' that Pressfield talks about. A true #MUSTREAD for #designers, #creators, #artists & people trying to bring their visions/dreams to life! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #resistance #Pressfield #books #WarofArt #StevenPressfield #vocabulary #bookstagram #reading #bookworm #booklover #booknerd #bibliophile #bookish #read #instabook #bookaddict #igreads #bookstagrammer #design #art #creative #inspiration
  • PROTOTYPING! The #designsprint demands speedy prototypes! So every Wednesday our designers hideaway in the sprint room & create a full testable #prototype in under 9 hours. HOW!!!!!? Well, with a piece of software called FIGMA (@figmadesign). If you are just getting started in the design game or if you are thinking of making the switch from another prototyping software such as #Sketch then we have a new @robhamblen video just for you over on our Youtube channel (link in bio!) . . . . . . . . . . #design #innovation #startup #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #qualitycontrol #smallbusiness #invention #inventor #productdesign #creator #productdevelopment #industrialdesign #designer #designinspiration #creative #ux #uidesign #ui #webdesign #uitrends #userexperience #kreativ #ideas #designthinking #communication #newwayofthinking
  • @brittnibow is in London and she’s VLOGGING 📷🤗 We’re documenting what we’re up to so we can share it with all of you! 👀 For now, check out our stories to follow us around London!! 💛 . . . . . . #agencylife #agency #designteam #designagency #garyvee #vlogging #vloggingcamera #vloggingyoutubers #uxdesignerlife #designlife #worktrip #ajsmart #ajsmartdesign #designthinking #designsprint #designsprints #designsprintslondon #agencymodel #digitalagency
  • Great facilitators can be hard to come by. Who do you know that works outside of the design world but would be AMAZING at running #Sprints? My pick top pick would have to be @therock . . . . . . . . . . . . . #designsprint #productdesign #uxdesign #digitaldesign #sprints #design #industrialdesign #designer #designinspiration #innovation #ideas #designthinking #berlin #newwayofthinking #ux #uidesign #ui #userinterface #uitrends #userexperience #executivecoach #coach #businessconnector #togetherness #technologycreator #unleashleadership #togetherwewin

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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.