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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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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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  • How do you sell the Design Sprint?! Here's your script.⁠⠀ Whether you're trying to sell it internally or externally, the same objections will stop you from making it happen.⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ #designsprint #designthinking #design #productdesign #appdesign #innovation #tech #technology #success #innovate #innovationhub #innovationlab
  • It's not glamorous, but it's reality. A stagnant company is a a dangerous place to be.⁠⠀ Why do you think companies stagnate?⁠⠀ Let's talk about it in the comments 👇⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ #business #innovation #startup #entrepreneur #success #hustle #businessowner #startuplife #mindset #goals #money #work #entrepreneurlife #goal #innovate #innovationhub #innovationspace
  • 🔥THE RULES OF INNOVATION 🔥⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ #innovation #design #technology #business #entrepreneur #startuplife #startup #tech #success #leadership #incubators #funding #entrepreneurship #startups #goals #smallbusiness #business #businessowner #entrepreneurs #mindset #grind
  • Double tap if you agree! 🚀⁠ The Design Sprint is a 1-week process that takes you from a big challenge to user tested prototype. It's the most efficient way to make real progress on a problem that requires input cross-functionally.⁠ Have you tried running a design sprint?! How much time did you save? If you were to take a guess!⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #designsprint #designthinking #innovation #designprocess #uxdesign #uxui #productdesign #designer #designinspiration #creative #startup #product #entrepreneur #startuplife #success #progress #designsprints #business #entrepreneurship #motivation #hustle #entrepreneurlife #startups #grind #tech #mindset
  • What's your UX Process?! Dee dives into what a UX process actually looks like!⁠ ❗️Spoiler Alert ❗️ it's not a bunch of circles thrown together on a confusing looking diagram.⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #uxprocess #uxdesign #designer #design #uxui #uidesign #productdesign #apps #developer #startup #techstartup #ux #uxdesigner #learnux
  • 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
  • These three quotes are from some pretty famous people in the tech industry! ⁠⠀ We give you the names, you tell us who said what:⁠⠀ Jason Fried, Co-founder & CEO @Basecamp⁠⠀ Larry Page, Co-founder @Google⁠⠀ Michael Dell, Founder and CEO @Dell⁠⠀ -------------⁠⠀ WHO SAID WHAT?! Tell us in the comments⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ #tech #technology #productdesign #uxdesign #appdesign #uxui #uidesign #startup #success #mindset #uxdesigner #motivation #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #startuplife #hustle #entrepreneurlife #grind #startups #successful #goals
  • 🔥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
  • OMG OMG OMG!!!! We just hit 50K subscribers on Youtube! We'd like to thank everyone who subscribed to our channel despite the abundance of fart jokes, childish humour and discussions around Jon's hair. Hopefully you've learnt something about #uxdesign from the couple hundred videos we've put out into the world. ------------ QUESTION: What video should we make next?! The most voted up suggestion in the comments will get their video made 😱 ------------ If you're not subscribed yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! New videos every week on #ux #ui #productdesign #designsprints #innovation and much more! Click the link in our bio to check it out! . . . . . . . .    #designer #dribbble #uidesign #instadesign #startup #uxui #entrepreneur # #success #entrepreneurship #hustle #entrepreneurlife #goals #mindset #grind #startuplife #creative #designsprint #agile
  • You can have all the tangible "skills" of a great designer, but if you don't know how to work well with others, you'll have trouble with career advancement. Thanks @timhoefer for the advice! 🚀 . . . . . . . . #uxdesign #ux #ui #uxui #uxdesigner #learnux #designstudent #designer #onlineeducation #creative #teamwork #design #webdesign #dribbble #uidesign #graphicdesign #behance #userexperience #sketch #webdesigner #productdesign #dribbblers
  • Who's read this one?! Jake Knapp & John Zeratsky (authors and creators of the Design Sprint) wrote this one to help us focus on the important stuff. It's a great read if you want some tips on deep work and living a more balanced life! Who doesn't need a little more balance, am I right?! . . . . . . . . . . #entrepreneur #success #motivation #inspiration #startup #hustle #smallbusiness #lifestyle #work #goals #mindset #grind #successful #startuplife #designsprint #booksofinstagram #instaread #readthis #business #timemanagement #designthinking
  • BEFORE YOU WATCH...⠀ What drove UX to become so popular?⠀ When did UX as a career really take off?⠀ Answer in the comments, then compare your answer with @jicecream's 🔥⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #ux #uxdesign #webdesign #userinterface #dribbble #behance #app #appdesign #userexperience #productdesign #uxigers #uxdesigner #uxdesignerlife #uxui #uidesign #uxinspiration #apple #design #digitaldesign
  • All Junior Designers should follow this hack! . What advice would you offer junior designers looking to level up their career? How can they stand out in an increasingly busy market?! . In this video, Jonathan Courtney, CEO and a senior Product Designer at AJ&Smart, shares his insights on asking questions and being humble about what you do AND don’t know at a junior level in your career! . #ux #uxui #uxdesign #uxdesigner #digitalproducts #freelancedesigner #uxlife #uxjobs #uxcareers #userexperiencedesign #userexperiencedesign #userexperiencedesigner #juniordesigner #uidesign #uiinspiration
  • How important is it to be able to SKETCH as a UX designer?!⠀ Getting your idea across clearly is super important, especially when working with clients who aren't necessarily familiar with design. This means, you need to be able to visualise your idea in a way that's understandable by designers and non-designers alike. So better get sketchin'!⠀ This book by the talented @rohdesign is a nice starting point if you need a bit of guidance. 👀🖍⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ #drawing #illustration #sketchbook #draw #instaart #creative #design #pencil #graphic #doodle #graphics #illustrator #sketching #creativity #visualnotes #sketchnoting #notetaking #mindmapping #illustrationgram #sketchnote #sketchnotes #instaillustration #illustrationdaily #uxdesign #uxdesigner
  • Our list goes something like this:⠀ ✅Understanding the business behind the product⠀ ✅ Understanding that ideas are a commodity⠀ ✅Being able to facilitate a group of people in order to gain valuable insights cross-functionally⠀ ✅Knowing that getting a product into users hands is the only way to validate it⠀ 🔥TELL US WHAT YOU THINK BELOW🔥⠀ ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #uxdesign #uxdesigner #uxui #ux #webdesign #dribbble #behance #userexperience #appdesign #uxigers #dribbblers
  • Join @brittnibow as we take a tour through the AJ&Smart office and ask our team what THE BEST Apps of 2019 are so far, and why! #uxdesign #apps #appdesign #uxdesigners #appstore #bestapps #iosapps #ux #uxui
  • DON'T DO THIS!⠀⠀ These are the mistakes that we see happening time and time again. Keeping them in the back of your mind will help you have a near perfect design sprint 😬⠀⠀ ❌Don't get precious about your ideas. Ideas are easy to come by. Don't worry that you might lose the "good ones" when you move on to the next design sprint exercise. The whole point of the design sprint isn't to come up with new ideas, it's to get the users insights as quickly as possible to save time and money.⠀⠀ ❌The design sprint is time boxed for a reason. Theres no way you could get it all done if you don't stick ruthlessly to the timings. Use them as an excuse to move on if you get stuck on an exercise, or the decider won't make a decision.⠀⠀ ❌Constantly remind your team to look back at the sprint goal and the sprint questions. It can get tricky when lightning demos come out and often the team can get a bit distracted by cool/exciting ideas. Don't lose your focus.⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .#designsprint #designsprints #designthinking #uxdesign #uxfacilitation #designsprintmaster #ux #uxdesigner #uxui #startup #startuplife #design #innovation
  • What books should you be reading to up your UX game?! Here's the ultimate list.⠀ Thanks to Romina Kavcic for this epic list!⠀ What would you add to it?! 🤓⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ #ui #design #webdesign #dribbble #uidesign #uxdesign #graphicdesign #behance #designinspiration #userexperience #uxui #ux #uxdesigner #digitaldesign #productdesign #instaread #bookshelf
  • 📚 NEW ON OUR BOOKSHELF!⠀ We're big fans of #leanstartup by Eric Reis. The Startup Way is his newest book and we've just added it to our shelf! Have you read it?⠀ The book talks about how big enterprises can use startup tactics to innovate faster and drive growth. Sounds interesting (and relevant) to us!!⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ #entrepreneur #business #entrepreneurship #startuplife #success #hustle #grind #successful #goals #startup #businessbook # #technology #tech #incubators #startups #innovation #productdesign #digitalproducts #instaread #readersareleaders #bookofthemonth
  • Are you a freelancer?⠀ Even if you're not, this is a book that will help you get what you want, earn what you deserve and generally just KILL IT 🔥⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ #entrepreneur #success #smallbusiness #hustle #startup #entrepreneurship #startuplife #successful #freelancer #designer #graphicdesign #creative #freelancelife #freelance #freelanceux #uxdesign #uxui #uxdesigner #uidesigner

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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.