Better Products, Faster.

We help the best companies in the world create products and innovate better and faster.

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 

Product Design & Innovation Digest.

Get our bi-weekly Product Design & Innovation Digest, where we round up the latest tech news, productivity hacks, and share what’s been going on at AJ&Smart.

Digital Product Design

WINNER
Mobile Innovation
SXSW 2016

WINNER
German Design
2018

WINNER
Apple Best Apps
2015

WINNER
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.
More about how we design products.

Innovation Training

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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Culture

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.

  • What are your opinions on minimalism in design? What are your favourite examples of it in digital product design? @ajsmartdesign ‘s @brittnibow looks at minimalism as a key design trend in 2019. Check out our full video for more trends and analysis! Link in our bio. . . . . . . #minimalism #uxdesign #productdesign #products #apps #ux #uxdesigner #uxui #uxuidesign #digital #digitaldesign #trends2019 #2019
  • What are your design and tech trend predictions for 2019?! What do you already see emerging? Let us know in the comments! @ajsmartdesign’s @brittnibow looks at a key design trend that will emerge in 2019. Full video in out bio! . . . . #uxui #design #uxtrends #uxdesign #ux #uxdesigner #userexperience #predictions #designtrends #design2019 #uxdesignmastery #uidesign #minimalistdesign #uiuxdesign
  • What are your top tips for getting started in product design? Are you just starting out? Let us know in the comments! @ajsmartdesign‘s @brittnibow shares 5 useful insights on getting started in the product design industry! Full video in our bio! . . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #agencylife #productdesign #uxui #uxdesign #careertips #career #careergoals #gettingstarted #creativeagency #design #digitaldesign #designjobs #designindustry
  • 🎉 ITS GIVEAWAY TIME 🎉 Woohoo!! 15K followers on Instagram!! You all are the best which is why we’re giving 2 lucky winners a gift bag full of all our favourite things! 3 of our favourite books (including Made to Stick, The Power of Moments & Don’t Make Me Think) a bunch of AJS swag, and some special holiday treats too! What you have to do to enter: 1. Follow @ajsmartdesign 2. Tag 3 Friends in the comments of this Post THAT’S IT! 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩 Winners will be announced Friday December 7th at 5pm CET . . . . . #bookstagram #giveaway #productdesign #uxdesigner #uxdesign #uxui #bookgiveaway #bookgiveaways #agencylife #designindustry #designjobs #creativestudio #followus
  • 👋 DOUBLE TAP IF YOU AGREE 👋 Good design doesn’t matter. The market matters. Companies struggling to innovate are too precious about their products. . . . . . . . #uxdesign #uxdesigner #productdesign #uxui #designindustry #agencylife #designjobs #uxdesignmastery #creativestudio #designstudio #designadvice
  • How do you see roles changing within UX? Is an understanding of the process more important than software skills? Let us know in the comments! @ajsmartdesign’s @brittnibow spoke with Google’s @ryan.warrender about how UX is changing, how roles within it are splitting, and how you can define yourself in UX design going forward! . . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #uxdesign #ux #uxdesigner #google #livestream #instagram #design #creativeagency #agencylife
  • Do you have a hero in the design world? Did their career inspire you? Let us know in the comments! @ajsmartdesign’s @brittnibow offers a vital design career insight to help you get ahead! Full video in the bio! . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #uxdesign #designcareer #designthinking #creativeindustry #designindustry #careertips #uxui #designjobs #worktips #creatives #uxprocess #career #careergoals #careeradvice
  • Are you a UX designer? How are your roles defined within the industry? Do you already see a change? Let us know in the comments below! Jonathan Courtney, CEO and Co-founder of @ajsmartdesign looks at how the market defines UX roles, how it’s already changing today, and how to stay ahead of the trend! Full video in the bio! . . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #uxdesign #ux #uxui #uxdesigner #app #designthinking #creativeagency #agencylife #designindustry
  • How do you define yourself within Digital Design? Do you agree UX shouldn’t be a catch all term? Let us know in the comments! Jonathan Courtney, CEO and Co-founder of @ajsmartdesign analyses Google’s current designer roles and looks at how they’re splitting up “UX designer” into more specialised roles! Full video on UX definitions in our bio! . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #uxdesign #ux #uxdesigner #uxui #creatives #designthinking #app #designagency #creativeagency #agencylife #designthinking
  • Double tap if you agree!! 👋👋 “The tech media are obsessed with innovation. Front pages of sites like The Verge, Wired, or Fast Company tell us very clearly that innovation is all about cool, new ideas. Pragmatic iteration is overlooked as the boring rehashing of old things, while exciting ‘moonshots’ and 10X leaps are fetishised. However, the opposite is often true: the most successful companies in the world focus on nailing iterative execution, not constant reinvention. For companies tasked with releasing new products, the urge to seem innovative can be a distraction, or worse, it could even be damaging for your company.” To read the full article either google “innovation is overrated Jonathan Courtney” or checkout out our stories today! . . . . . . #innovation #agencylife #creativeagency #appdevelopment #apple #design #productdesign #uxdesign #uxdesigner #uxui #uxuidesign #tech #innovate #innovateordie #innovatorsmindset #startup #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife
  • How would you define UX? Do you see job roles changing or expanding? Let us know in the comments! AJ&Smart CEO and Co-founder Jonathan Courtney offers insights into the changing landscape of UX definitions and roles coming into 2019, as a reaction to large companies reassessing what they now need from potential candidates. Full video on UX definition in our bio! . . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #prototyping #digitalproducts #productdesign #uxui #uxdesign #ux #userexperiencedesign #designthinking #creatives #app #designagencylife #creativeagency #agencylife
  • Have you invested in Youtube and/or Instagram to grow your business? Let us know in the comments! AJ&Smart CEO and co-founder, Jonathan Courtney, recently gave a talk as part of the ‘Own Your Niche’ evening, hosted by @bleechberlin . Here, Jonathan offers insights on how AJ&Smart invest in social media (over more ‘conventional’ means) to grow our business and attract clients! . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #prototyping #digitalproducts #productdesign #uxui #uxdesign #designthinking #creatives #app #developerslife #appdevelopment #designagency #creativeagency #agencylife #apps #appdesign #socialmediamarketing #socialmediadesign
  • 👋 Double tap if you agree! 👋 The Golden Age of UX is Over. How are you dealing with the changing market? What can designers do to stay relevant while “design” becomes more and more of a commodity? . . . . . . #uxui #creativeagency #agencylife #appdevelopment #productdesign #productdesigner #uxdesign #uxdesignmastery #uxuidesign #uidesigner #productdesigners #creatives #userexperiencedesign #userexperience #designthinking #designsprint
  • The third prototyping tip from Dee Scarano, our Head of Design Sprint Training! Check out the full video via the link in our bio for more top prototyping tips! What are your prototyping day tips and hacks?! Let us know below! . . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #prototyping #digitalproduct #productdesign #uxui #uxdesign #designthinking #creatives #app #developerslife #appdevelopment #designsprintworkshop #creativeagency #agencylife #apps #appdesign #appdesigner
  • Head of Design Sprint training, Dee Scarano, gives us another TOP secret prototyping type for day 3 of the Design Sprint 2.0! Link to the full video in our bio! What are your favourite prototyping day tips?! Let us know below! . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #prototyping #digitalproduct #productdesign #uxui #uxdesign #designthinking #creatives #app #developerslife #appdevelopment #designsprintworkshop #creativeagency #agencylife #apps #appdesign #appdesigner
  • Head of Design Sprint training, Dee Scarano, gives us her most TOP SECRET prototyping tips for Day 3 of the Design Sprint 2.0! For the full video, click the link in our bio! . . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #prototyping #digitalproduct #productdesign #uxui #uxdesign #designthinking #creatives #app #developerslife #appdevelopment #designsprintworkshop #creativeagency #agencylife #apps #appdesign #appdesigner
  • How about actually MAKING A DECISION!!! 🤯 The #designsprint is a powerful tool for a lot of reasons, but it’s especially great when you need to gather some people together and actually make a decision on something important. . . . . . . . #businessstrategy #businesscoach #businesslife #designsprints #designthinking #designthinkers #designthinkingworkshop #uxdesign #uxprocess #uxui #agilecoach #agileworking #businessinspiration #businesstips #worktips #agencylife #creativeagency #creatives
  • Should your #designsprint team be aligned pre-Sprint? This clip was taken directly from a webclass @jicecream and Penny did on using Design Sprints to kickstart 2019! It was super insightful with lots of knowledge nuggets. Stay tuned for more of these sessions! . . . . . #designsprints #getstarted #creativeagency #agencylife #webclass #business #designagency #creative #strategy #designthinking #uxdesign #designstrategy #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurship #businessstrategy #businesscoach #businessowner #businesslife #smallbusiness
  • OHHHOHOHOHO SHIIIiii🔥🔥🔥 We’re brewing something special for 2019! It’s a new course 😱 can you guess what it’s about!? (Nope, not Design Sprints!) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ . . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #uxdesign #designagency #workspace #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #postit #ux #designsprint #uxdesign #creativity #uidesign #berlin #sharpies #workday #uxdesign #designagency #workspace #creativeagency #designthinking #innovation #siliconvalley #business #entrepreneur #hustle #motivation
  • OUR DESERT ISLAND DESIGN SUPPLIES #TBT . . . . . . . . . . . . . #designer #inspiration #technology #startup #design #business #entrepreneur #electronic #macbook #instatech #innovation #kreativ #ideas #designthinking #communication #newwayofthinking #designideas #newway #experiencedesign #strategy #creative #workshop #designconcepts #ui #webdesign #uidesign #uxdesign #graphicdesign #designinspiration
  • This is @robhamblen & he runs our #designsprint team here at AJS! ASK HIM ANYTHING about design sprints right here in the comments & he will use his great mind & thumbs to answer anything you need to know!!! . . . . . . . . . . . . #design #innovation #ideas #digitalmarketing #designthinking #communication #berlin #newwayofthinking #newway #designideas #experiencedesign #strategy #businessdesign #idea #creative #servicedesign #grow #digital #ux #brand #workshop #designconcepts ⠀ #ui #uidesign #uxdesign #designinspiration #userexperience #appdesign #designer
  • IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE CRAZY AT WORK! Another surefire classic from two of our heroes, Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson! Its all about creating a calm company culture! How dreamy does that sound!? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #motivation #inspiration #entrepreneur #success #business #focus #goals #smallbusiness #work #hustle #smallbusinessowner #startup #simplicity #productive #timemanagement #hardwork #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneurship #ITDOESNTHAVETOBECRAZYATWORK!!! #books #bookstagram #entrepreneurlife #booklover #reading #bookclub #nonfiction #knowledge #book #bookworm #booksofinstagram
  • #PROTOTYPING #AMA! A digital prototyping Q & A session right here on Insta with Fedor (@shkliarau)! ASK HIM ANYTHING! Fedor is our #prototyper extraordinaire! Every week he delivers yet another amazing #digital prototype for one of our clients! As this picture proves, he is also incredibly good at staring off into the middle distance. What do you want to know about the #process!? . . . . . . . . . . . #innovation #design #product #concept #designlovers #innovative #designlife #graphicdesign #webdesign #websitedesign #branding #web #graphicdesigner #ui #ux #uxdesign #uidesign #digitalmedia #userexperience #userinterface #website #uitrends #designinspiration #digitaldesign
  • #TB to a 2017 classic - one of the questions we are still asked the most = WHEN SHOULD YOU RUN A DESIGN SPRINT!?! @jicecream shared his top five tips whilst bounding about one of our balconies holding what looks like a Christmas tree. It was actually just a small tree we used to have in the office. I wonder what happened to that tree 🌲☠ The full video is over on the AJS Youtube⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #design #innovation #ideas #digitalmarketing #designthinking #communication #berlin #newwayofthinking #newway #designideas #experiencedesign #strategy #businessdesign #idea #creative #servicedesign #grow #digital #ux #brand #workshop #designconcepts ⠀ #ui #uidesign #uxdesign #designinspiration #userexperience #appdesign #designer

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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.