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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

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“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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  • We had such a great time training the wonderful people @twitter last week! It was such a pleasure running our design sprint training (and a special advanced facilitation day) for such an enthusiastic and fun group! The goal is that each participant leaves our training with a new set of tools in their toolkit to help them work better and more productively with their teams! 💪 If you’d like us to come train your company don’t hesitate to contact us! We travel around the world to help companies onboard design sprints and create evangelists for the process! Where should we go next? . . . . . . . . #designsprint #designthinking #training #designsprintworkshop #designthinkingworkshop #productdesign #dreamclient #success #agencylife #uxdesign #uxui #uxuidesign #design #workshop #businesstraining
  • Yes? YES!! 🚀 We’ve been busy (and neglecting our Instagram feed) for the past couple weeks! This is just a perfect mid-summer slump reminder! If you’re finding yourself stuck for an idea, try running a workshop, do a round of inspiring lightning demos, or anything else that will force you to shake things up! You’ll be surprised how quickly the ideas will start flooding in! Any tips on creative processes that you’ve found helpful? Share them in the comments! . . . . . . . . #creative #process #design #productdesign #ideas #brainstorm #designthinking #designsprint #creativity #creatives #uxdesign #uxui #uxuidesign #designer #dribbble #behance #productdesigner #digitalproducts #entrepreneur #business #entrepreneurlife #startup #mindset #successquotes
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  • "There's NO WAY we'll get our decider to clear their schedule for a design sprint..."⁠⠀ This is one we hear all the time. It's definitely a tough hurdle, but you'll need to fight to get them there because the design sprint can't happen without them. Luckily in the Design Sprint 2.0, you'll only need them for the first 2 days 💡⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ #designsprint #designthinking #designsprints #ux #uidesign #design #webdesign #userinterface #dribbble #interface #designer #userexperience #productmanagement #productmanager #appdesign #startup #businessconsulting #consultant #uxdesigner
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  • 👩‍🔬What about the RESEARCH?! The Design Sprint usually doesn't sit well with people who believe in the more traditional research practices! Here's what you should say to anyone who says that a Design Sprint lacks the research component⁠🙌 .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ #uxresearch #designsprint #uxdesign #designthinking #designsprints #ux #research #tech #innovation #uxresearcher #kreativ #ideas #idee #experiencedesign #thinktank #newway #designideas #strategy #businessdesign #creative #servicedesign #workshop #designconcepts
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  • How do you define UX / User Experience Design in 2019?! What insights can you offer on getting started in the industry? Share your thoughts in the comments below! In this IGTV video, one of our senior product / UX designers, Dee, defines the term 'UX', and describes the 3 essential areas that makes for GREAT User Experiences. Dee offers practical examples of GOOD and BAD UX Design, and what the implications of each can be, along with insights of what you can expect to do in a UX Design role, based on her 10+ years of experience in the UX industry! Thanks for watching, and please let us know if you agree with our definition and the examples we use in the comments below!
  • 🚀What is INNOVATION really?⁠⠀ It's being able to change the status quo.⁠⠀ To figure out what's not working, come up with solutions and implement those solutions (after testing of course!) Do you agree?? .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ #innovation #innovate #technology #productdesign #business #entrepreneur #success #motivation #inspiration #entrepreneurship #startup #hustle #smallbusiness #businessowner #entrepreneurlife #goals #mindset #grind
  • You want to run a #designsprint but your company already did a #designthinking course?! Here's your answer.⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ #designsprints #innovation #business #progress #design #uxdesign #innovate #ux #innovationhub #innovationlab #success #mindset #businessadvice #businesstips #entrepreneurship #startup #smallbusinessowner #coaching #consulting
  • It might not be obvious, but UX Design is all about connecting with people! Consider that when you're looking for your first job! 👫⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #uxdesign #uxui #learnux #uxdesigner #ux #productdesign #design #designer #creative #sketch #dribbble #graphicdesign #uidesign #instadesign #designsprint #meetup #uxmeetup #innovation
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  • Our list goes something like this...⁠ ✅@Figmadesign: Collaborative prototyping⁠ ✅Marvel: Fancy prototyping (animations, etc.)⁠ ✅@Mirohq (formerly, Realtime board): Remote working⁠ ✅Notion: Planning, organising, note taking⁠ What's on your list?!⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ ⁠ #ui #design #webdesign #dribbble #uidesign #uxdesign #graphicdesign #behance #designinspiration #creative #userinterface #userexperience #appdesign #app #sketch #uitrends #designer #webdesigner #productdesign #uxigers #dribbblers #ux #uxui #uxdesigner #uxdesign #prototyping #prototype
  • Hope this doesn't ruin anyones day.⁠ Do you agree with Dee? 🤔⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #uxdesign #uxdesigner #ux #uidesign #webdesign #userinterface #dribbble #userexperience #creative #uxigers #dribbblers #webdesigner #productdesign #designer #interface #uxui #learnux #apps #developers #tech #userexperiencedesign
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  • 🔥WIN OUR DESIGN SPRINT TRAINING BOOKLET!⠀ We have a few spare training booklets hanging around the AJ&Smart office, so we thought... LETS GIVE EM AWAY (along with some AJS swag too) But of course, it's a contest 😜⠀ How to enter?⠀ ✅Follow us on Instagram & like this post⠀ ✅Tag 3 people who could use this training manual⠀ ✅Wait for us to announce 5 winners on Monday July 1st⠀ What is this booklet?!⠀ This is what we give to every participant of our Design Sprint Training. It's a manual that outlines the most important things to keep in mind, it provides examples, common pitfalls and how to avoid them, checklists, and much much more! 🎉⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #designsprint #designsprints #designthinking #designer #appdesign #uxdesign #uxui #uxinspiration #innovation #kreativ #newwayofthinking #designideas #strategy #businessdesign #servicedesign #ux #designconcepts #designprocess
  • FREE DESIGN SPRINT WEBCLASS - Sign up here: https://events.genndi.com/register/818182175026315610/657cf1055f Getting the Design Sprint Map correct (on day 1 of the process) is vitally important! In this video tutorial, taken from our Design Sprint Masterclass, Dee walks you through, in DETAIL, the steps to create an accurate and meaningful map, for Day 1 of the Design Sprint 2.0 Process. This Video is perfect if you are looking to host / and or run Design Sprints, and really want to PERFECT the Map drawing segment on day one! #designsprint #designthinking #designsprints #uxdesign #productdesignprocess #uxprocess
  • From concept sketch to app store release!⠀ A lot of people ask us about the products we've helped bring to market with Design Sprints. We can't always talk about it because of those pesky NDAs, but this is one we're allowed to shout about!⠀ We helped the OAK team do a full redesign of their meditation app and we're very proud of how it turned out 🍓⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ #design #ui #ux #creative #uidesign #userinterface #uxdesign #ios #dribbble #inspiration #graphicdesign #graphicdesignui #mobile #userexperience #appdesign #uitrends #behance #dribbblers #uxigers #iphone #designinspiration #digital #uxuidesigner
  • 🚀FACILITATION TIPS 🚀 This is Dee, one of our PRO facilitators! She has some tangible tips for how to make sure that when you facilitate you keep everyone on track and get the best out of your team. 1️⃣Make sure you set expectations. Tell the team what's going to happen, how it will feel and what kind of outcome they can expect. 2️⃣Choose your room wisely. Fresh air, sunlight and a nice space is super important if you're running a workshop, training or even a long meeting. Make sure that you've got a room where people won't start to feel claustrophobic or uncomfortable. 3️⃣Show rather than tell. For every explanation, every example, every exercise, show your team what you're talking about instead of simply telling them. Having something tangible to see will eliminate any confusion and will ensure you stay aligned throughout your time together. ------------------- Do you have any facilitation tips?! We'd love to hear them in the comments! . . . . . . . . . #facilitation #designsprint #designthinking #design #product #innovation #ux #creative #startup #uxdesign #userexperience #technology #workshop #designer #uidesign #webdesign #dribbble #designinspiration #uitrends #uxigers #dribbblers #productdesign
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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.