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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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Learn what works from people who actually work on successful innovation projects, daily. These are not your cookie-cutter Design Thinking courses from the 80s, we teach what works right now and give you practicle, applicable takeaways.
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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 if this is what you’re striving for👋 We’re big fans of @austinkleon and his book, “Steal like an Artist”. So many words of wisdom packed into such a little book 📖 Check him out! 🚀 . . . . . . . . . #success #productdesignstudent #careergrowth #uxuidesigner #uxui #uxdesigner #uxdesign #uxdesigners #inspiration #austinkleon #steallikeanartist #motivation #startup #startuplife #agencylife #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #creative #creatives #creativeagency
  • 👋Double tap if you agree!!👋 . . . . . . . . #startuptips #startupbusiness #productdesign #productdesigner #uxdesigner #uxdesign #uxdesignmastery #uxui #uxuidesign #uxuidesigner #uxinspiration #success #careergrowth #productdesignstudent
  • Creativity isn’t magic. It’s not something that you have to sit and wait for. Creativity doesn’t strike when you least expect it. You can be creative everyday, when you put a process behind it. 💪🏽 . . . . . . . . . . #startupbusiness #startuptips #successquotes #creativity #creative #creativeprocess #thecreativeprocess #process #uxdesign #uidesigner #uxui #innovation #entrepreneur #inspiration #designsprint #startuplife
  • 👋 Double tap if you’re up for it! 👋 This is something that always gets us moving on Monday morning. That thing that you’ve been meaning to start, you should start it, today 🚀 . . . . . . . . . #startuptips #successquotes #success #mondaymotivation #motivation #inspiration #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #workadvice #workhacks #mondaymood #startupbusiness #business #successmindset
  • The Design Sprint isn’t a cure all! The success of the process relies heavily on whether or not you’re Sprinting on the right challenge. So, what’s a good design sprint challenge? Pop your challenge/idea in the comments (if you dare) and we’ll let you know if it makes sense to do a Design Sprint 🕺🏻 . . . . . . . . #designsprint #designthinking #designsprints #productdesign #innovation #startup #startuplife #startuptips #betterworkstories #workbettertogether #workhacks #workadvice #innovationlab #getstartednow #agencylife #agile #agileworking
  • Not next month, not next week, not tomorrow. TODAY. 👏 . . . . . . . . . . #entrepreneur #startup #startuplife #tech #business #inspiration #worklife #successmindset #successquotes #getshitdone #getstarted #getstartednow #successdiaries #agencylife #makechanges #designsprint #designsprints
  • Thanks for having us @kidscreen!! ❤️ We had the best time spreading the Design Sprint love to the entertainment industry! Not sure what @brittnibow’s doing in this picture, but she sure is having FUN! . . . . . . #designsprint #designthinking #designsprints #speaker #keynote #agile #success #successmindset #happiness #business #getshitdone
  • 🧐Option 1 or Option 2? 🧐 Watched a talk by the VERY inspiring @neilpasricha today about how to be happy and make shit happen. What do you think the key take away was? Let us know in the comments... and one lucky person (who guesses correctly)will win one of Neil Pasricha’s books 🤗 . . . . . . . . #makeshit #makeshithappen #success #successmindset #happiness #thebookofawesome #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurship #startup #successtip #successquotes #agencylife #creatives
  • What’s a skill you hope to improve?!Today we worked on our sketching skills with the very talented @evalottchen 😬 We did an afternoon workshop where we learnt how to clearly sketch our ideas and use visuals to deliver information. IT WAS WONDERFUL. Highly recommended! Check out @evalottchen’s Instagram for all her gorgeous sketching and more info on her workshops! . . . . . . #sketching #designsprint #uxuidesign #sharpie #sharpieart #art #creative #informationdesign #designer #sketchingdaily #sketchdaily #visualart #creatives #uxui #photooftheday
  • 👋 Double tap if you want to do more DOING 👋 We're all about less talk and more action. How do you make sure you're not spending too much time talking and that you're actually getting sh*t done? Let us know in the comments! . . . . . . . . . . #entrepreneur #business #entrepreneurship #startuplife #success #motivation #hustle #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurs #smallbusiness #startups #grind #tech #work #goals #mindset #successful
  • 💥Give us a like if you're TIME-BOXING💥 This is something that is highly underrated. Whenever you don't give yourself a set time frame to complete a task, it will take longer, guaranteed. . . . . . . . #timetimer #designsprint #designthinking #worklife #business #entrepreneur #worklifebalance #officelife #smallbusiness #creative #career #success #startup #productdesign #uxdesign #uxui #timemanagement #productivity #coaching
  • 🙌 Give us a double tap if this is the way forward! 🙌 When it comes to your competitors, don’t out spend, out teach. This is a rule we live by. It will position your brand as the industry leader and make people turn to you first when they’re looking for an expert. This philosophy comes from the book Rework, which is a book that WILL change the way you work. Highly recommend reading 🤓 . . . . . . . #technology #business #entrepreneur #startup #startuplife #tech #success #leadership #entrepreneurship #startups #smallbusiness #motivation #inspiration #mindset #entrepreneurs #businessowner #goals #hustle #successful #leader #entrepreneurmindset
  • 👋Double tap if you’ve read this book (+ WIN THE SPRINT BOOK) Let us know in the comments why you want to read this book and we’ll pick the best comment and send it to you!! Hurray! 💥 Sprint has changed our lives here at AJ&Smart and it’s THE MUST READ BOOK for anyone who wants to work better and faster with their teams. . . . . . . . #creative #ux #ui #uidesign #instadesign #startup #productdesign #designinspiration #userexperience #designer #uxdesign # #userinterface #app #appdesign #innovation #technology #business #entrepreneur #startuplife #tech #success #leadership
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  • 👋Double tap if you love BOOKS!👋 We are always upping our game here at AJ&Smart and a big part of that is reading… BOOKS! 📚 A little piece of advice from people who read a lot of books: make sure you don’t take everything you read in a book and apply it blindly. Always consider the author’s point of view, their background and their current situation. You can learn a lot from a good book, but don’t hastily implement anything before assessing if it’s truly valuable for YOU. ✊🏼 This is Good Strategy Bad Strategy by Richard P. Rumelt, we’re reading it right now. What are you reading?! . . . . . . . . . #business #instabook #instabookclub #bookstagram #businessstrategy #growthstrategy #entrepreneur #successmindset #workinspiration #successquotes #motivation #readingchallenge #reading #agencylife #creatives
  • 👋DOUBLE TAP THAT👋 And don’t be afraid to tell us why you hate them in the comments! 🙋‍♀️🙋🏽‍♂️ . . . . . . . . . #designsprint #designthinking #workinspiration #successquotes #successmindset #businessadvice #careergoals #meetings #motivation #uxdesign #uxdesigner #startup #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship
  • 👋Double tap if you agree👋 I didn’t like this photo. I thought I could have done better. Then I was like, GOOD ENOUGH! We have to remind ourselves of this on a regular basis. It’s always better to move forward than to try to reach perfection. #startup #technology #productdesign #uxdesign #successmindset #success #motivation #designsprint #uxuidesigner #designthinkers #uxinspiration #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #workinspiration
  • 🚀LAST CHANCE TO WIN!🚀 We’re giving away access to our Design Sprint Masterclass (worth €1497) for FREE to one lucky winner! It’s so easy too, there’s no reason not to enter! Contest rules: 1. Follow @ajsmartdesign on Instagram! 2. Tag 3 friends/colleagues (who should also enter the giveaway) in the comments of this post 3. Be patient until 29.01.19 when we announce the winner in our stories! *If you’ve already purchased the masterclass, you can still enter and we will refund you if you win! . . . . . . . #uxuidesigner #designsprint #uxinspiration #designsprints #innovative #designthinking #designthinkers #businessideas #uxui #uxuidesigner #uxuidesign #appdesign #appdeveloper #productdesign #productdesigner
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  • 🕺🏻IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME🕺🏻 We’re giving away access to our Design Sprint Masterclass (worth €1497) for FREE to one lucky winner! It’s so easy too, there’s no reason not to enter! Contest rules: 1. Follow @ajsmartdesign on Instagram! 2. Tag 3 friends/colleagues (who should also enter the giveaway) in the comments of this post 3. Be patient until 29.01.19 when we announce the winner in our stories! *If you’ve already purchased the masterclass, you can still enter and we will refund you if you win! The Design Sprint Masterclass is the best way to learn how to run (and sell) Design Sprints like a pro. It’s the most in-depth Design Sprint course available with over 55 videos. You’ll get our slide decks, templates, and checklists, including everything you’ll need to run a successful Design Sprint. For a sneak peak at the course, click the link in our bio and watch the free 1.5 hour webclass. Good luck!!! . . . . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #uxdesigner #uxui #productdesign #productdesigner #productdesignerlife #designthinking #designprocess #growthmindset #successmindset #giveaway #contest #entrepreneur #uxuidesign #uxresearch #uxdesignmastery
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  • These are the four books that every AJ&Smart team member MUST READ (it’s actually a requirement of the job) Have you read them?! - Sprint by @jakeknapp - Power of Moments by Chip & Dan Heath - Radical Candor by @kimmalonescott - Hacking Growth by Sean Ellis & Morgan Brown . . . . . . . . . . #instabook #instaread #bookclub #businessbooks #success #successmindset #uxdesign #designbooks #uxschool #agencylife #bookstagram #entrepreneur #businessinspiration #creativeagency #designsprint #designsprints #designthinking #growthmindset #growthhacking

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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.