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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 

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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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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.

  • DOUBLE TAP TO AGREE 👏 COMMENT TO ADD ✏️ The word “design” sometimes throws people off when it comes to describing what we do. We don’t just make things pretty. We make things work. And that means that we are constantly finding creative/innovative ways to solve problems. . . . . . . . #productdesign #designer #productmanager #productdesigner #designthinking #designsprint #digitaldesign #appdesign #app #digitals #designproduct #ux #uxdesign #uxui #uidesign #uxinspiration #uxdesigner #uxdesigner #servicedesign
  • ⚡️NEW ON IGTV⚡️ Watch Kyle teach @brittnibow how to Powerslide in #mariokart8 in the first ever episode of “Brittni Learns”. What should Brittni learn next?! . . . . . . . . . . #instagramtv #igtv #gamers #gaminglife #productdesigners #agencylife #berlingram #instawin #nintendoswitch #gamergirls #productdesigner #funny #supermariokart #mariokart8deluxe
  • 🎉IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!! 🎉 We just reached 11,000 followers 🤩 To celebrate... We’re giving away a few of our favourite book - HACKING GROWTH by Sean Ellis (3 of them) to a few lucky winners (3 of them)! What you have to do: 1. Follow us! 2. Like this post! 3. Tag up to five friends (each tag is an entry!) Contest closes Aug 15 (5pm CET) Ps. In the ever changing product design world, it’s important to stay relevant. This book explains the process of rapid experimentation across marketing funnel, product development, sales segments, and other areas of the business to identify the most efficient ways to grow a business. This book is great for #uxdesigners #productdesigners or anyone looking to get into product strategy. READ IT. Seriously. . . . . . #growthhacking #entrepreneur #business #businessbooks #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurlifestyle #siliconvalley #agency #designer #smallbusiness #smallbusinesslife #bestbooks #reading #whatimreading #seanellis #giveaway #lovereading
  • What do you think makes a good concept sketch? We always tell people to make sure the copy is as clear & direct as possible & that you don't need to be a stunning visual artisté to sketch out your ideas! . . . . . . . . . . . . . #design #industrialdesign #designer #designinspiration #inspiration #creative #sketch #illustration #ux #uidesign #art #graphicdesign #innovation #kreativ #ideas #designthinking #communication #idee #berlin #playframe #newwayofthinking #thinktank #newway #designideas #experiencedesign #strategy #businessdesign #drawing #draw #doodle
  • #TBT! @brittnibow put together a fantastic video about the #EffortImpactScale & how it can help you reduce stress by managing your priorities! It is a joy of a vid. When you have time (between all those tasks) head to our #Youtube channel & check it💜 . . . . . . . . . . . #motivation #inspiration #entrepreneur #success #business #focus #goals #smallbusiness #work #hustle #smallbusinessowner #quotes #startup #simplicity #productive #timemanagement #quoteoftheday #hardwork #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneurship #businesslesson #wedothework #foreverlearning #startuplife #successtips #motivational #inspire
  • Have you ever tried the #BrandingSprint!? We did it here at AJS last year & it really helped us define our brand & direction! It is another #JakeKnapp special! This time you don't even need to buy a book. He has written the whole thing as a #Medium post! . . . . . . . . . . . #design #marketing #graphicdesign #logo #entrepreneur #creative #business #logodesign #brand #socialmedia #smallbusiness #designer #graphicdesigner #brandidentity #illustrator #digitalmarketing #inspiration #creativity #success #advertising #innovation #kreativ #ideas #designthinking #communication #idee #berlin
  • Do you use the #LightningDecisionJam in your company!? IT KILLS POINTLESS MEETINGS DEAD!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . #design #innovation #kreativ #ideas #digitalmarketing #designthinking #communication #idee #berlin #playframe #newwayofthinking #thinktank #newway #designideas #experiencedesign #strategy #businessdesign #idea #creative #servicedesign #change #grow #branding #graphicdesign #creativeagency #agencylife #LDJ
  • #DESIGNSPRINT TIME! Who is in a #Sprint right now? Give us a thumbs up in the comments if you are #facilitating or part of a Sprint. If you are then you should absolutely not be looking at your phone. We apologise for the distraction! . . . . . . . . . . . #design #innovation #kreativ #ideas #digitalmarketing #designthinking #communication #idee #berlin #playframe #newwayofthinking #thinktank #newway #designideas #experiencedesign #strategy #businessdesign #idea #creative #servicedesign #change #ux #uidesign #ui #userinterface
  • Don't be a #creeper! Give that follow button a SMASH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #marketing #socialmediamarketing #entrepreneur #business #digitalmarketing #branding #smallbusiness #instagram #inspiration #contentmarketing #socialmediatips #motivation #startup #girlboss #success #onlinemarketing #design #instagood #entrepreneurship #facebook #hustle #social #advertising #creative #graphicdesign
  • 🎉ITS GIVEAWAY TIME!!🎉 Tag a product manager that you love working with and we’ll throw you both in the draw to win one of 10 lightning decision jam booklets (and some other AJS goodies)!! The lightning decision jam is an exercise that we use regularly in meetings, brainstorming sessions and to convince people of the value of the Design Sprint! This is the updated version that walks you through how to run one yourself! TAG AWAY!! . . . . . . . . . #productdesign #siliconvalley #productmanager #productdesignsketch #productdesignsketching #productdesigns #productdesigning #productdesignandtechnology #productdesigners #productdesignerlife #productdesignseries #productdesignandmanufacturing #productdesignstudent #appdesigner #appdesigning #appdesignagency #appdesigners #appdesign101 #appdesigncompany #designsprint #designthinking #technology #nomeetings #designteam #designagency
  • TOGETHER, ALONE! The #DesignSprint is one big process made up of loads of little processes & principles! Oftentimes, after a #Sprint people will take individual exercises & use them in their normal day to day work. One of the most popular is the #TOGETHERALONE principle. As well as being the name of the fourth studio album of the pop band, #CrowdedHouse, it is also a fantastic way for your project teams to get into that FOCUSED FLOW that can make work so enjoyable! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #design #innovation #kreativ #ideas #digitalmarketing #designthinking #communication #idee #berlin #playframe #newwayofthinking #thinktank #newway #designideas #experiencedesign #strategy #businessdesign #idea #creative #servicedesign #change #ux #uidesign #ui #userinterface
  • Tag a couple of your favourite people to work with!!👩‍💻+👨🏾‍💻 = 🎈 We have been working hard (and having a great time) in San Francisco for the past couple weeks! It’s so great to work with people who are genuinely good humans! We’re lucky, AJ&Smart is full of them 😎 Who do you love working with?? . . . . . . . . . #postoftheday #instagood #instagram #funatwork #fun #working #workshop #design #digital #teamtime #laugh #innovation #motivation #loveyourjob #designsprint #designsprintbootcamp #designthinking #ideo #teamtime #tech #process #instatech #agencylife #siliconvalley #wework #worktravel #worktrip #agency #teamwork
  • #TheWarOfArt! If you are having #creative/#artistic/#career blocks this book is like a snowplough! Our #videoproducer, @kittproudfoot, says this book changed his life:- "I have bought it for five friends at least & have read it so many times. I am reading it AGAIN right now in fact!" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #stevenpressfield #inspiration #motivation #entrepreneur #business #inspiration #love #success #life #mindset #marketing #entrepreneurship #startup #hustle #instagood #smallbusiness #businessowner #entrepreneurs #creative #digital #creativeagency #design #agencylife #designer #designstudio
  • Just nerding out after the most amazing tour of the new @slackhq offices! Thank you so much @adamatorres for setting it up and for @wreckk for giving such a great tour and answering all our geeky questions!! . . . . . . . . . #productdesign #prouddesigner #sf #uxdesign #uidesign #siliconvalley #slack #technology #inspiration #digitaldesign #designsprint #uxdesign #designagency #creativeagency #innovation #creativity #uidesign #sanfrancisco #workday #uxdesign #designagency #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #entrepreneur #business #inspiration #digitaldesign
  • The #Designsprint is taking off right now! So many more people are running & selling #SPRINTS & WE COULDN'T BE HAPPIER! How many people around the world are doing their Tuesday afternoon #Storyboards RIGHT NOW!? Gimme a number!? I think seven thousand! 🚀🚀🚀 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #design #innovation #kreativ #ideas #digitalmarketing #designthinking #communication #idee #berlin #playframe #newwayofthinking #thinktank #newway #designideas #experiencedesign #strategy #businessdesign #idea #creative #servicedesign #change #ux #uidesign #ui #userinterface
  • Want to see what a redesign looks like from concept sketch to implementation? Perfect!! We’ve got you covered 🤩 This is from the redesign of the @oakmeditation app! It’s the sleep screen that was just released a couple weeks ago! We’ve been using it to help us get to sleep ever since 😴 . . . . . . . . #productdesign #productdesigner #productdesignsketch #myuidesigninspiration #productdesigns #productdesigning #productdesignandtechnology #productdesigners #ui_ux #ultimateuiux #productdesignstudent #appdesigner #appdesigning #appdesignagency #appdesigners #appdesign101 #appdesigncompany #appdesigns #appdesignsite #appdesign #appdesigning #appdesignagency #appdesigners #appdesign101 #appdesigns #uxdesign #uxui #uidesign #uiinspirations
  • We’re running an advanced facilitation training at #google today 🤩 Super excited to share some knowledge and learn how others are running their #designsprints . . . . . . . #knappattack #designsprint #uxdesign #designagency #workshop #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #postit #ux #creativity #uidesign #berlin #sharpies #workday #uxdesign #designagency #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #siliconvalley #facilitator #productdesignaintnocrime #productdesign #sf #technology #training
  • Are you spending too much time on your phone? With companies like #Apple & #Google thinking more & more about #digitalwellness it seems like we are all learning new coping strategies to help us from staring endlessly at our shiny palm robots! What do you do when you feel you have scrolled as much as you can scroll & your brain starts to hurt? What #copingstrategies do you have? Or do you think it's all a worry about nothing & everyone needs to #chill!? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #aintnobodygottimeforthat #timemanagement #time #mindset #socialmedia101 #socialmediamanager #soufulsocialmedia #marketing #digitalmarketing #agencylife #creativeagency #socialmedia #digital #agency #design #socialmediamarketing #webdesign #ux #uidesign #userinterface #ui #designinspiration #uitrends #userexperience #creative
  • THIS BOOK! The world is changing FAST for #graphicdesigners & #UXdesigners! We're hearing every day about designers that are completely rethinking how they operate. Many are moving towards #processdesign, #servicedesign & #businessstrategy! Understanding how to serve a client/business in the modern day requires understanding #growth! This book is THE BIBLE! Have you read it yet?? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #entrepreneur #business #inspiration #love #success #life #mindset #marketing #entrepreneurship #startup #hustle #instagood #smallbusiness #businessowner #entrepreneurs #creative #digital #creativeagency #design #agencylife #designer #designstudio #productdesign #agency
  • We love digging out old sketches from past #designsprints. Here are a few that contributed towards design of the #OakMeditation app. #Sprint lead, @timhoefer, dug these out for us so we could share them 😍 . . . . . . . . . . . . . #mindfulness #meditate #wellness #health #ux #ui #uidesign #design #uxdesign #graphicdesign #webdesign #userexperience #userinterface #app #designinspiration #uitrends #graphicdesignui #interface #sketch #drawing #sketchbook #draw #artist #creative #appdesign #dailyinspiration
  • Our proudest product design moment (at least one of them) was bringing this physical product through 2 rounds of sprints! The first week we figured out what mattered most to the user/eater, and during the second week we iterated and really drilled home the concept. It’s a snack bar that also helps feed children in need! We love working on projects that matter. The @share bar started feeding children in developing countries a few months ago and we’re still beaming with pride ☺️ *WIN our design sprint masterclass by sharing YOUR proudest product design moment* tag us @ajsmartdesign and use #productdesignaintnocrime and wait for us to announce the winner!! . . . . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #uxdesign #designagency #workspace #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #ux #uxdesign #creativity #uidesign #workday #uxdesign #designagency #creativeagency #prototyping #prototype #dogood #productdesigner #productdesign #physicalproducts #1for1 #uxui #designsprintmaster #design
  • WE WERE ALL TAUGHT THE WRONG THINGS AT SCHOOL! It is all about trying things & iterating. How much do you think young kids would benefit from being taught basic design principles? #ALWAYSBETESTING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #ideasdontmatter #design #product #artlife #carryforcreatives #artistoninstagram #innovation #dailyart #ux #conceptart #digitalartist #kreativ #ideas #designthinking #communication #berlin #graphicdesign #creativeagency #creative #agencylife #designer #designstudio #branding #businessstrategist #lifecoaching #thinkandgrowrich #personaldevelopment #workcoaching #careerchange
  • ✈️WHERE WOULD YOU LOVE TO HAVE YOUR NEXT WORK TRIP?! Half the team is in the US for next few weeks spreading the Design Sprint LOVE ❤️ We’re so excited to be working with some super exciting companies in Silicon Valley, New York and Portland too! . . . . . . . . #fopw #productivity #work #businesstips #growthhacking #beingboss #savvybusinessowner #entrepreneur #successmindset #entrepreneursofinstagram #worksmarternotharder #entrepreneurial #professionaldevelopment #successtips #workanywhere #dailymotivation #beyourownboss #inspiration #hardwork #startups #startup #startuplife #bayarea #knowledge #siliconvalley #hustle #worktrips #teamo
  • WE GET IT! We go on about #Sprint A LOT but it gets a little hard to shut up about a book when it totally changes your life or company or relationship or whatever. What one book can you not shut up about? Maybe you have bought it for all your friends? Or perhaps you have re-read it many times? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #design #innovation #kreativ #ideas #designthinking #communication #idee #berlin #newwayofthinking #thinktank #newway #designideas #experiencedesign #strategy #businessdesign #idea #creative #servicedesign #ux #designconcepts #bookstagram #reading #bookworm #book #booklover #booknerd #bibliophile #bookish #read

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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.