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.

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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.
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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.

  • We asked @garyvee about monetizing our audience... here’s what he said 🔥 . . . . . . #garyvee #garyveequotes #garyveemotivation #garyvaynerchuk #teamgaryvee #vaynermedia #selling #jabjabrighthook #howtosell #businessconsulting #consulting #4ds #dailydigitaldeepdive #designagency #designsprints #salestips #sales #digitalstrategy #contentstrategy #businessstrategy
  • We attended @garyvee’s Daily Digital Deep Dive in London last week! It was a jam packed day full of insights from @vaynermedia and @teamgaryvee and of course #GARYVEE himself! We learnt a lot, and we made a video about it- to get all the knowledge nuggets, watch the full video (find the link in our bio) 👀 Massive thank you to @drock, @krainak and @nickdio for letting us attack them with a massive list of questions! . . . . #garyvaynerchuk #garyveequotes #personalbrand #teamgaryvee #vaynermedia #garyveehustle #garyveemotivation #entrepreneur #business #strategy #personalbranding #digitalmarketing #socialmediamarketing #socialmedia #socialmediatips #garyv #agencylife #social #4ds #startuptips #startup #startupbusinesses
  • Pulled this from a recent article @jicecream wrote about what he learnt from interviewing @scottbelsky on the Product Breakfast Club Podcast: ✅ “He [Scott Belsky] talks in the book (The Messy Middle) about how a great leader will leave every meeting or conversation with energy, and he stresses the importance of this because often you’ll leave meetings or situations when no solution has been fully reached yet, and it’s essential that the leader instills a positive energy within their team at these times.” 👏👏👏 Link to the full article is in our stories 🤠 . . . . . . #designsprint #designteam #designsprints #agencylifestyle #designagency #digitalagency #entrepreneur #leadership #leader #boss #manager #managerproblems #managerlife #bosslife #startup #startuplife #teambuilding #teambuilding2018 #positivity #positivequotes #beingboss #techteam #hr #humanresources
  • IT’S A TEAM PIC!! (It’s missing a few very important people, but F&@$ it’s hard to get 20 people in a room together) Thanks for all the birthday love, we’re so excited for our 7th year! 🎉 . . . . . #digitalagency #agency #agencylife #agencymodel #designers #designsprint #designsprints #designsprintmaster #agencylifestyle #designagency #designteam #smallbusiness #startup #startuplife #berlinagency #berlinoffice #entrepreneur #creativeagency #creative #picoftheday #instagood
  • 🎉AJ&SMART IS 7 YEARS OLD🎉 This is the original three including the “A” that everyone asks about on their way to their first ever project presentation! 😎 From the left to right: Alex (A), Michael Smart (Smart) and Jon (J) . . . . . . #business #businesscasual #entrepreneur #agencylife #smashingit #nailedit #meninblack #designagency #agencylifestyle #digitalagency #creativeagency #designteam #friday #happybirthday
  • Give a thumbs up to these dorks!! 👍 They just finished delivering their first strategy webinar ever, “How to use Design Sprints to kick off 2019” It was an experiment that was a huge success! 👏👏👏 Stay tuned for more of these exclusive webinar events! . . . . . #designsprint #designsprints #designthinking #agencylife #loveourclients #designagency #agencylifestyle #designteam #productdesign #designstudio #studio #uxui #productstrategy #businessstrategy #strategy #digitalstrategy #worklife #entrepreneur #success #business #webinar #businessworkshop #marketingstrategy
  • It’s lightning decision JAM 😂 We have the BEST COMMUNITY EVER. We’re here in Sweden running a design sprint bootcamp and @nadel_se (who we worked with a few months back) gave us this JAM made from his garden, naturally it’s Lightning Decision Jam 😉 He has also recently opened an online shop called Lean Beards, which is a hilarious apparel company. Check that out ➡️ @leanbeards 👏 UNREAL! . . . . . #client #bestclients #consultant #entrepreneur #lightningdecisionjam #agency #designteam #designagency #loveourclients #agencylife #agencylifestyle #ajsmart #ajsmartdesign
  • There are a few books we just can't shut up about at AJ&Smart. We have our number one favourite of course (#BUYSPRINT) but there are 4 or 5 others that we come back to again & again & again. War of Art by Steven Pressfield is one of those. The power of this #book is that it gives a vocabulary to the struggle of creating things for a living. On top of that, it gives a path you can follow to blast through those obstacles (usually mental - the toughest kind) & get your work done (or started!). We #recommend a lot of books but this one we think everyone should read once a year. It is great to have on your shelf to turn to when you feel the 'resistance' that Pressfield talks about. A true #MUSTREAD for #designers, #creators, #artists & people trying to bring their visions/dreams to life! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #resistance #Pressfield #books #WarofArt #StevenPressfield #vocabulary #bookstagram #reading #bookworm #booklover #booknerd #bibliophile #bookish #read #instabook #bookaddict #igreads #bookstagrammer #design #art #creative #inspiration
  • PROTOTYPING! The #designsprint demands speedy prototypes! So every Wednesday our designers hideaway in the sprint room & create a full testable #prototype in under 9 hours. HOW!!!!!? Well, with a piece of software called FIGMA (@figmadesign). If you are just getting started in the design game or if you are thinking of making the switch from another prototyping software such as #Sketch then we have a new @robhamblen video just for you over on our Youtube channel (link in bio!) . . . . . . . . . . #design #innovation #startup #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #qualitycontrol #smallbusiness #invention #inventor #productdesign #creator #productdevelopment #industrialdesign #designer #designinspiration #creative #ux #uidesign #ui #webdesign #uitrends #userexperience #kreativ #ideas #designthinking #communication #newwayofthinking
  • @brittnibow is in London and she’s VLOGGING 📷🤗 We’re documenting what we’re up to so we can share it with all of you! 👀 For now, check out our stories to follow us around London!! 💛 . . . . . . #agencylife #agency #designteam #designagency #garyvee #vlogging #vloggingcamera #vloggingyoutubers #uxdesignerlife #designlife #worktrip #ajsmart #ajsmartdesign #designthinking #designsprint #designsprints #designsprintslondon #agencymodel #digitalagency
  • Great facilitators can be hard to come by. Who do you know that works outside of the design world but would be AMAZING at running #Sprints? My pick top pick would have to be @therock . . . . . . . . . . . . . #designsprint #productdesign #uxdesign #digitaldesign #sprints #design #industrialdesign #designer #designinspiration #innovation #ideas #designthinking #berlin #newwayofthinking #ux #uidesign #ui #userinterface #uitrends #userexperience #executivecoach #coach #businessconnector #togetherness #technologycreator #unleashleadership #togetherwewin
  • Met @garyvee in the FLESH! 🤯 @brittnibow And @laurafaint_ Are in LONDON today doing Gary Vaynerchuck’s 4D program. It’s been unreal so far, and it’s only lunch time! Check out our stories to follow along!! . . . . . . #garyvee #garyvaynerchuk #business #digital #digitalmarketing #digitalagency #designteam #designagency #vaynermedia #agency #agencylife
  • NEW #DESIGNSPRINT HACK! Have a cool AF dog present at all times. It will take care of morale. Everyone will be happy & motivated throughout. This is a brand new discovery for us & we just want to share our #learnings. We had Nala join us for this week's sprint & we do not want her to leave. Ever. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #designsprint #productdesign #uxdesign #digitaldesign #sprints #dogsofinstagram #design #industrialdesign #designer #designinspiration #innovation #ideas #designthinking #berlin #newwayofthinking #ux #uidesign #ui #userinterface #uitrends #userexperience #dog #dogstagram #cute #instadog #pets #dogoftheday #doglover
  • What's going to be your highlight this weekend? What's one thing you want to do over the next two days to make your weekend a great one? Jake Knapp's wonderful new book Make Time launched this week, and we've been talking a lot about it. But what we haven't really talked about the real meaning behind the book. Make Time is about making sure you're spending your time doing the things that matter most to you. From everyone at AJ&Smart, we hope you have a really great weekend and don't forget to "Make" some "Time" for the thing or the people that you care about 💛🤸 . . . . . . #motivation #love #design #instagood #entrepreneur #lifestyle #success #goals #photooftheday #business #happy #life #inspiration #motivate #mindfulness #wellness #health #happiness #goodvibes #consciousness #zen #entrepreneurship #startup #hustle #smallbusiness #grind #successful #startuplife #mindset
  • Our own Penny Blackmore ran a #designsprint sales workshop last week and one of the participants @sabrinagoerlich wrote an article all about it. Reading the article entitled, "The Formula for Selling Design Sprints" is sort of a sneaky way to get around paying for a ticket 😅 If you want to check it out, the link to the full article is in our bio! . . . . . . . #design #innovation #ideas #designthinking #digitalmarketing #thinktank #designideas #experiencedesign #strategy #businessdesign #creative #servicedesign #digital #ux #designconcepts #workshop #business #entrepreneur #success #motivation #startup #entrepreneurlife #hustle #designsprint #designsprints
  • 🚀 SUPER SPECIAL BOOK GIVEAWAY!! 🚀 #JakeKnapp & #JohnZeratsky strike again! MAKE TIME is the new book from the authors of #SPRINT and it’s OUT TODAY! We are extremely excited for these guys & think they’ve created something really special. To celebrate we have FIVE copies to giveaway! All you have to do is... 1. Follow us! 2. Like this post! 3. Tag up to five friends (each tag is an entry!) The contest closes this Friday September 28th (11am CET). The book sets out a system for reclaiming your time on earth by reclaiming how you spend your time. Jake & John are extremely passionate about time & it shows! This book will help a lot of people! 🕰 . . . . . . . . . . . . #maketimebook #entrepreneur #business #businessbooks #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurlifestyle #siliconvalley #agency #designer #smallbusiness #smallbusinesslife#bestbooks #reading #whatimreading #giveaway #lovereading #technology #startup #design #innovation#startups #inspiration
  • In today's, #ProductBreakfastClub podcast (hosted by these gents- @jicecream & @jakeknapp) the chat centres around an age-old argument- should #designers rely on user testing or go with their gut instinct! What do you think!? If you like the pod please go give it five stars on Apple podcasts! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #usertesting #uxdesign #uidesign #goingwiththeflow #applepodcasts #podcast #podcasting #designlife #design #industrialdesign #designer #designinspiration #inspiration #creative #ux #graphicdesign #ui #instadesign #startup #startupbusiness #designlessons #ux #ui #portfolio #uxdesign #userexperience #designproject #meetingdesigners
  • Have you heard of @austinkleon? He's the author of many of our favourite books including Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work. He's full of beautiful little chunks of wisdom and we highly recommend you follow him, read his books and share his articles. Check out our stories today for a nice summary of one of his most recent thoughtful pieces 🤠 Who inspires you? Let us know in the comments 👇 . . . . . . . . . #design #artist #inspiration #illustration #creativity #designer #designinspiration #graphicdesign #instadesign #startup #business #success #motivation #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #hustle #entrepreneurs #mindset #startuplife #work #successful #grind #businessowner #smallbusiness
  • We just shot a whole new #LightningDecisionJam video for our #youtube channel & we are so freakin' excited to share it with everyone. It will be as silly as it will (hopefully) be helpful. It is a full remake of the FIRST EVER AJS video (& still our most popular). We thought it was time to reshoot it now we have finally learned how to use #video cameras & stuff like that. Have you tried the #LDJ exercise? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #tech #startup #startuplife #ux #uidesign #ui#design #webdesign #userinterface #dribbble #designinspiration #uitrends #userexperience #creative #app #graphicdesignui #graphicdesign #appdesign #photoshop #sketch #uxigers #dailyinspiration #productiveday #beproductive #beproductivetoday💋
  • REWORK! A big book of sanity that we return to again & again. We had one of the authors, Jason Fried, on the #ProductBreakfastClub podcast in the 'early' days - way back in EPISODE 9! If you work in a toxic work environment right now & want to make some simple positive changes (or just don't want to feel like the only crazy person in the building) then try this book! Also, #podcast/book related - don't miss our #competition to win copies of Kim Scott's book, #RadicalCandor via Mondays post . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #rework #entrepreneur #business #businessbooks #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurlifestyle #siliconvalley #agency #designer#smallbusiness #smallbusinesslife #bestbooks #reading #whatimreading #kimscott #giveaway #lovereading #technology #startup #design #innovation#startups #inspiration #JasonFried
  • 🚀AMA TIME 🚀This is our #designsprint team intern @jonasschmahl. We asked Jonas if he wouldn't mind answering questions on HOW TO GET STARTED IN PRODUCT DESIGN & he said YES! Ask him anything about #designsprints, #productdesign, #internships, anything! This is an #AMA after all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #internship #intern #internshiplife #internshipabroad #interns #jobexperience #jobs #internshipdays #futurecareer #internlife #design #designer #designinspiration #creative #uidesign #graphicdesign #ui #creativeagency #agencylife #designstudio #agency #ux #creativestudio #graphicdesigner
  • 🚀 GIVEAWAY TIME BABAYYY!! 🚀 KIM SCOTT is on the Product Breakfast Club #podcast TODAY! 🤩 To celebrate we have FIVE copies of RADICAL CANDOR to give away to you wonderful people! All you have to do is... 1. Follow us! 2. Like this post! 3. Tag up to five friends (each tag is an entry!) The contest closes this Friday September 21st (11am CET). This book is a goldmine of advice on how to run an empowered team of people. It gives you a roadmap for how to develop as a leader! Kim Scott shows you can care personally while also challenging people directly & as many of the stories in the book prove that is a crucial skill for any boss. If you are thinking of being a #bossperson or if you are a #bossperson already this book is a #MUSTREAD . . . . . . . . . . . . #radicalcandor #entrepreneur #business #businessbooks #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurlifestyle #siliconvalley #agency #designer #smallbusiness #smallbusinesslife #bestbooks #reading #whatimreading #kimscott #giveaway #lovereading #technology #startup #design #innovation #startups #inspiration
  • Can you please give us an emoji that best represents Michael's expression in this picture!? Is there an emoji for handsomeness? We just had our near monthly #teammeeting! It lasted for HOURRRSSSS but it is just AMAZING to get an all-important download of what's going on inside the company from your #teammates. Even in tiny teams like ours, it's so important! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #productdesign #productdesigner #fopw #productivity #productivityhacks #businesshacks #workhacks #work #businesstips #growthhacking #beingboss #savvybusinessowner #designsprint #digitaldesign #uxdesign #uidesign #ux #ui #userexperience #userinterface #graphic #business #creative #inspiration #graphicdesign #instagram #designstudio
  • #TBT to our #facilitation training day with Tomek! We are geeks for this stuff & always looking for new teachers/ways to learn the most cutting-edge techniques. Who are you learning from at the moment? Which #Youtube channels, #books or #courses would you recommend?? 🤓 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #design #productdesign #teaching #training #facilitation #facilitator #designer #inspiration #creative #graphicdesign #designinspiration #ux #uidesign #ui #instadesign #product #learning #education #school #teacher #teachersofinstagram #fun

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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.