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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.

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

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
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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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  • Are you a #uxdesigner? Are you looking to start in the Product / UX Design industry? We give an overview of the four books you NEED to read to become a better #ProductDesigner! ALL BOOK LINKS: SPRINT (Jake Knapp): https://jakeknapp.com/sprint/ Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Sprint-Solve-Problems-Test-Ideas/dp/1442397683 HACKING GROWTH (Sean Ellis & Morgan Brown): https://growthhackers.com/ Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Hacking-Growth-Fastest-Growing-Companies-Breakout/dp/045149721X THE POWER OF MOMENTS (Chip & Dan Heath): https://heathbrothers.com/the-power-of-moments/ Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Moments-Certain-Experiences-Extraordinary/dp/1501147765 RADICAL CANDOR (Kim Scott): https://www.radicalcandor.com/ Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Radical-Candor-Paperback-%E3%80%902018%E3%80%91-Author/dp/B07DDHTGF5/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=radical+candor&qid=1549623492&s=Books&sr=1-2 #uxui #uxdesign #uidesign #uidesigner #uxbooks #digitalproducts #ux #ui
  • Are you new to design? Here’s what NOT to do! Do you agree? Let us know in the comments below 🔥 . . . . . . . #uxui #digitalproducts #uxjobs #uxdesign #uxdesigner #uxdesigners #uxdesigning #ux #uxuidesign #uxuidesigner #learnux #uxresearch #udacity #appdeveloper #digital #webdesign #webdesigner
  • WHO SAID IT?! 🤔 These are a few of our favourite #productdesign quotes. Is that a thing? Favourite product design quotes?! IT IS NOW! Guess in the comments who said it and of course double tap if you like these ones too 👋 . . . . . . . #uxdesign #uxui #uxdesigner #uxdesigners #ux #uxjobs #productdesigner #uxinspiration #apps #developer #digitalproducts #digital #uiinspiration #motivation #business #startup #userresearch
  • In this video, @brittnibow takes you through a list of all our favourite (free) online courses! For links to all the resources, check out the video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LupF26_Zs5Y&t For a FREE #DESIGNSPRINT WEBCLASS - Sign up here: https://ajsmart.com/webclass #productdesign #uxdesign #uxui #uxdesigner #learnux #udacity #lynda #linkedin #onlinelearning #learn #uidesign #uxinspiration
  • ❤️IT’S PIERCE BROSNAN’S BIRTHDAY❤️ Dear Pierce, you’ve been our mascot for longer than we’d legally like to admit. You’ve watched over us (whether you knew it or not) for the past 7 years and we are a better company for it. You can sing, you can dance, you can order a cocktail unlike anyone else. Please don’t ever stop being you, because you are perfect. #piercebrosnan
  • No portfolio? No problem! Want to work in UX Design but don’t have a portfolio?! 😣 Then this top tip from our CEO, Jonathan Courtney, will help you stand out and impress employers! 🤩 . What tips do you have for getting work and standing out from the crowd?! Let us know in the comments below! 🔽 . Taken from our Youtube video: 📺 https://youtu.be/4mIr6CvW1nY which is packed with even more UX job tips! . #uxui #uxuidesigner #uxdesign #ux #digitalproducts #productdesign #uxjobs #uxdesigners #career #jobtips #design #designer #uxdesignerlife #uxdesigner #uiuxdesign
  • 📚What's on your bookshelf right now? These are a few of our go-to's! Double tap if you've read any of them!⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ ⁣ #entrepreneur #success #motivation #inspiration #startup #hustle #startuplife #successful #grind #mindset #uxdesign #behance #designinspiration #userexperience #uxigers #dribbblers #appdesign #uidesign #webdesign #creative #bookstagram #booklover #booksofinstagram #igreads #bookaholic
  • 🚀We're hiring🚀 ⁣ It doesn't matter to us where you worked before, whether you have no degree or a PHD, show us what you do and how you do it. We hire based on the work, not the resume.⁣ ⁣ Find out about all the roles we're hiring for in our story highlights!⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ ⁣ #ux #uidesign #design #userexperience #innovation #kreativ #ideas #designthinking #newwayofthinking #thinktank #businessdesign #strategy #experiencedesign #designideas #servicedesign #designsprint #designsprints
  • Calling all #UX friends! How do you up your skills, keep in touch and make sure that you keep moving forward?! What tools, books, websites do you swear by?! Tell us in the comments 🤓⁣ BONUS: Check out our stories today to see our latest video on our favourite free resource for learning UX!⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ ⁣ #ui #webdesign #uidesign #uxdesign #dribbble #graphicdesign #designinspiration #creative #userexperience #app #appdesign #graphicdesignui #uitrends #productdesign #uxigers #dribbblers #ux #uxui #uxdesign #learnux #education #motivation #inspiration #startup
  • After getting some experience in an industry, it's easy to forget to stay curious. But it's important to stay curious and excited to learn, no matter where you are in the food chain. Be nosy, ask questions, don't be afraid of looking stupid. In the end you'll be the one on top 🚀⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ ⁣ #entrepreneur #business #entrepreneurship #startuplife #success #motivation #hustle #inspiration #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurs #startups #grind #businesswoman #tech #goals #mindset #successful #bookstagram #books #reading #bookworm #booklover #bookish #booknerd #bookaddict #read #bookgram
  • What's the thing that you've been trying to get started but haven't been able to find the time?⁣ Stop putting it off, make it happen this weekend 💥⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ ⁣ #motivation #inspiration #quoteoftheday #goals #success #instagood #hustle #business #grind #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #startuplife #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurs #tech #smallbiz #successful #mindset #work #startup #startupmindset
  • Find more videos on Design Sprints (including a full run down of all the exercises) on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/ajsmart In this video, @brittnibow shares how AJ&Smart now operates an optimised Design Sprint package that promises great results every sprint! This video is perfect if you're running Design Sprints, looking to sell Design Sprints, implementing Design Sprints in your organisation or simply curious as to how we structure them at AJ&Smart. If you have any questions about the Design Sprint package, how we run and sell them, or anything at all about the Design Sprint in general, just pop your question in the comments and we'll get back to you! FREE DESIGN SPRINT WEBCLASS - Sign up here: https://events.genndi. 818182175026315610/657cf1055fcom/register/ #designsprint #digitalagency #productdesign #uxdesign #designagency #app #appdevelopment #uxuidesign #uxdesigner
  • How many times can @jicecream say #typography in 60 seconds?! This excerpt came from our video on the skills that most #uxdesigners ignore! Let us know in the comments if you agree with Jon or if you think there’s a more important skill to focus on?! . . . . . . . . #productdesign #uxuidesigner #uxui #digitalproducts #uxuidesign #uxinspiration #learnux #appdesign #appdesigner #developer #creative #webdesign #webdesigners #webdesignerlife
  • From that time @jicecream interviewed @scottbelsky (VP of product at Adobe and Founder of @behance) on the Product Breakfast Club podcast. Scott gives us all his best advice for product leaders in this juicy episode of PBC. To listen to the whole episode (# 48), follow the link in our profile! . . . . . . . . . . #productdesign #uxdesign #uxdesigner #uxui #uxuidesign #uxuidesigner #uxinspiration #uxresearch #digital #digitalproducts #apps #developer #developers #startup #startupbusiness #entrepreneur #success #mindset #behance #leadership
  • Here’s a list of who you should follow to keep upping your UX game 💪 @anfisign @ransegall @informationlovers @davidoadesign @interaction_design_foundation @uxgoodies @christvizcarra @danielkorpai These are just a few of our favourites! Who else should we be following?! 🤔 . . . . . . #uxuidesigner #designsprints #learnux #uidesigners #productdesign #productdesigner #ux #uxdesign #uxdesignmastery #uxdesigner #uidesign #uidesigner #uxui #uxuistack #uxinspiration #digitalproduct #app #developer
  • 👋DOUBLE TAP IF YOU AGREE!👋 As a designer, it’s your job to explain your work in a way that your clients will understand. @amrkhalifeh discusses the skill of presenting your work, which is crucial in order to be taken seriously by your client or senior management (and often something a junior designer might neglect to learn) 😱 . . . . . . . . #uxuidesigner #learnux #uidesigners #uxdesign #uxdesigner #uxresearch #uxigers #uxinspiration #uxdesignmastery #uxdesigners #productdesign #productdesigners #digitalproducts #productmanager #ux #uxui
  • 🍳GIVEAWAY TIME⁣🍳⁣ This Easter weekend, we're going to be posting one book recommendation per day. These are our go-to reads for product design, business strategy and levelling up your career. AND GUESS WHAT: You can win every single one of them.⁣ Just follow these instructions:⁣ ✅Like this post (and be following @ajsmartdesign)⁣ ✅Tag three friends who you think would like this book too!⁣ ✅Wait patiently until Tuesday (23.04.19) for us to announce all the winners!⁣ ✅Watch our feed over the weekend and enter to win all five books!⁣ 📚About The Book:⁣ The Power of Moments, by Chip & Dan Heath⁣ This book explores why certain brief experiences can jolt us and elevate us and change us—and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work. It's a book that will help you improve your products or services, to surprise and delight your customers/clients and also might inspire you to think a little more about what you're doing in your life to ensure you're creating memorable moments.⁣ ⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ ⁣ #ux #startup #startupmindset #inspiration #entrepreneur #startuplife #tech #entrepreneurship #goals #startups #incubators #userexperience #success #business #hustle #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurs #successful #mindset #work #motivation #positivity #happy #instagood #positivevibes #personaldevelopment #customerservice #businesstips #marketingstrategy
  • 💪GIVEAWAY TIME⁣💪⁣ This Easter weekend, we're going to be posting one book recommendation per day. These are our go-to reads for product design, business strategy and levelling up your career. AND GUESS WHAT: You can win every single one of them.⁣ Just follow these instructions:⁣ ✅Like this post (and be following @ajsmartdesign)⁣ ✅Tag three friends who you think would like this book too!⁣ ✅Wait patiently until Tuesday (23.04.19) for us to announce all the winners!⁣ ✅Watch our feed over the weekend and enter to win all five books!⁣ 📚About The Book:⁣ Hacking Growth: How Today's Fastest Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success by Sean Ellis and Morgan Brown⁣ A concept that is taking Silicon Valley by storm, this book talks all about how to build growth teams and experiments to promote quick market share growth. It involves cross-functional teams, rapidly testing and iterating. The focus is on the customers: attaining them, retaining them, engaging them, and motivating them to come back and buy more. ⁣ ⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ ⁣ #productdesigner #startup #startupmindset #inspiration #entrepreneur #startuplife #tech #entrepreneurship #goals #startups #incubators #designthinking #userexperience #success #business #hustle #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurs #successful #mindset #work #siliconvalley #sfbayarea #mountainview #sanfrancisco #bayarea
  • ⚡️GIVEAWAY TIME⁣⚡️⁣ This Easter weekend, we're going to be posting one book recommendation per day. These are our go-to reads for product design, business strategy and levelling up your career. AND GUESS WHAT: You can win every single one of them.⁣ Just follow these instructions:⁣ ✅Like this post (and be following @ajsmartdesign)⁣ ✅Tag three friends who you think would like this book too!⁣ ✅Wait patiently until Tuesday (23.04.19) for us to announce all the winners!⁣ ✅Watch our feed over the weekend and enter to win all five books!⁣ 📚About The Book:⁣ Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All⁣ The founders of #IDEO, Tom and Dave Kelley, wrote this must-read book for anyone who wants to use the creativity inside themselves to better solve problems in order to be more successful in our lives and careers. Everyone needs to read this book!⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ ⁣ #designsprint #designsprints #designthinking #productdesigner #startup #startupmindset #inspiration #entrepreneur #startuplife #tech #entrepreneurship #goals #startups #incubators #designthinking #design #product #sketch #ux #uxdesign #userexperience #designer #digitalartist #creative #create #uxui #uxdesigner #success
  • 🥚GIVEAWAY TIME⁣🥚⁣ This Easter weekend, we're going to be posting one book recommendation per day. These are our go-to reads for product design, business strategy and levelling up your career. AND GUESS WHAT: You can win every single one of them.⁣ Just follow these instructions:⁣ ✅Like this post (and be following @ajsmartdesign)⁣ ✅Tag three friends who you think would like this book too!⁣ ✅Wait patiently until Tuesday (23.04.19) for us to announce all the winners!⁣ ✅Watch our feed over the weekend and enter to win all five books!⁣ 📚About The Book:⁣ Zero to One: Notes on Startups or How to Build the Future,⁣ by Peter Thiel⁣ This book is for the innovator. Anyone who wants to make new things, must learn to think for themselves. In this book, Thiel discusses that in order to truly innovate, we must ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ ⁣ #designsprint #designsprints #designthinking #productdesigner #startup #startupmindset #leanstartup #technology #business #inspiration #entrepreneur #startuplife #tech #success #innovation #innovator # #entrepreneurship #goals #startups #incubators #zerotoone
  • 🐣GIVEAWAY TIME🐣⁣ This Easter weekend, we're going to be posting one book recommendation per day. These are our go-to reads for product design, business strategy and levelling up your career. AND GUESS WHAT: You can win every single one of them.⁣ Just follow these instructions:⁣ ✅Like this post (and be following @ajsmartdesign)⁣ ✅Tag three friends who you think would like this book too!⁣ ✅Wait patiently until Tuesday (23.04.19) for us to announce all the winners!⁣ ✅Watch our feed over the weekend and enter to win all five books!⁣ 📚About The Book:⁣ Sprint: Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days⁣ This is our bible. Here at AJ&Smart we run Design Sprints with our clients on a weekly basis. This book is what started it all. Learning to run Design Sprints as a product designer is a great way to level up your skill set and make sure that you're building products that will have a positive impact on the business.⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ ⁣ #ui #webdesign #dribbble #uidesign #uxdesign #graphicdesign #behance #designinspiration #userexperience #appdesign #uitrends #productdesign #uxigers #dribbblers #uxdesign #designsprint #designsprints #designthinking #productdesigner #startup #startupmindset #leanstartup
  • 🚀Share your advice in the comments! 🎉Being passionate and excited about product, design and tech is something that will ensure you stay driven and focused in your career. Do you think that you can be successful if you don’t spend some of your free time learning and levelling up your skills? . . . . . . . . #productdesign #uxui #uxdesign #uxuidesigner #learnux #uidesigners #designsprints #productdesigner #uidesign #skills #technology #developer #appdeveloper #startup #webdesign #webdesigner #webdesigners #designtrends
  • 🔥Ignore these skills at your own risk!🔥 Our designers go through the skills that they think designers often overlook (especially juniors) 🧁What skills do you think #uxdesigners often ignore? Let us know in the comments! 👀 For the full video, check out our stories! . . . . . . . #designsprint #productdesigner #uxui #uxuidesign #uxuidesigner #productdesign #uidesigners #uxuinspiration #learnux #mindset #designthinking #designthinkingworkshop #designsprints #facilitator
  • 👋Double Tap if you agree 👋 And if you disagree, maybe you should just commit anyway? 😬 Disagree and commit is a management principle that describes how individuals are allowed to disagree while a decision is being made, but that once a decision has been made, everybody should commit to it. It’s a powerful philosophy that promotes alignment and progress on teams. Anyone out there a fan of this one?! . . . . . . . . #productdesigners #management #managementconsulting #consulting #uxdesign #success #entrepreneur #mindset #motivation #inspiration #business #startup #designsprint #designthinking #productdesign #motivationmonday

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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.