1. Define the challenges
2. Produce a mass of solutions
1. Curate and vote on best solutions
2. Define the prototype with a storyboard
1. Build the prototype
2. Set up the user tests
1. Test the prototype with real users
2. Use feedback from the testing to create clear next steps
Working with Martin Backes and his studio was great. We hired him to direct and consult us in our vision of becoming a worldwide-leading audio product. He used some custom-made Sprints to effectively align the Blinkist stakeholder team on the company’s brand and supported us in the process of becoming an audio-first company. The workshops were highly engaging and super productive. I was impressed by the amount of output we generated as a group, what would have taken months, took days. The Sprints gave our project the right boost to then go ahead and execute, bringing it to market only a few months later! In the end, we were even awarded the German Design Award for this project.
Whether you need to create a new product from scratch, drastically improve a product or give your team an innovative kick, we have you covered. By the help of the Design Sprint method, we push your business forward, innovate, and achieve tangible results in just a week. It’s a promise! We compress months of work into a few days in a pleasant and creative atmosphere. We align your teams and deliver results quickly, even on complex issues.
Organizations and companies need to innovate faster than ever, but distributed teams' work can be a tricky and tough challenge. So what about running a fully remote Design Sprint? Well, we think it’s the perfect solution and the right tools are already there. We are just using simple tools and guide you through each and every step, to make sure, the remote Sprint team doesn’t need to have specific skills or experience regarding remote work.
Learn how to run the Design Sprint 2.0 inside your organization. We offer a 2-day intense Bootcamp for companies that would like to use this method to boost production and incorporate an innovation mindset in their teams. We will present all steps of the workshop and will share our secrets with you. At the end of this training, you will be able to facilitate your Design Sprints, recruit the ideal team, and know everything about testing and prototyping.
The core of the Marketing Strategy / Campaign Booster Workshop uses the exercises from tried and tested Design Sprint method while adapting it to the specifics of working on a marketing challenge. It combines several powerful exercises and techniques, which makes it an all-rounder tool for marketers and can be used for challenges like defining marketing strategy, organizing promotional campaigns, or crafting strong content ideas.
Every situation that demands change can benefit from a tailor-made approach. All organizations, as well as us, have to deal with different situations. There are many different target groups, change requirements, possibilities, and so on. That is why we offer custom-tailored workshops to respond to such individual situations and, of course, to keep our clients happy. So if you have a specific issue, we can tailor a workshop or training for your specific needs.
How people experience your product matters. As user experience and product designers, we help to shape such interactions between you and your customers in order to stand out from the competition. We support you in the design, conception, and execution of your products and can even organize and conduct interviews with your customers, in person or remotely. We call this a human-centered approach, which will drive your business forward.
Design Sprints Studio is run by award-winning designer & consultant Martin Backes. He is a certified Design Sprint Facilitator by Jake Knapp (the creator of the Sprint at Google Ventures) and AJ&Smart. Additionally, he is co-founder of aconica, a design studio specialised in the fields of UX & IxD design, branding, sound & media design, media-enhanced scenography, and multi-sensory marketing. His portfolio comprises over ten years of experience in consulting and designing for brands, mobile and website platforms, in-vehicle infotainment systems, music soft- and hardware, financial services, and museums. His passion for design spans all known (and some unknown) forms of media, for major companies such as VW, Škoda, Miele, Bayer, Google, YouTube, Linde, MINI, BMW, Native Instruments, and Blinkist. Since 2009 he has been working as a lecturer at various universities worldwide. Martin founded Design Sprints Studio as a way to apply Design Thinking, Business Strategy, Innovation, Behavior Science, and of course Design Sprints to larger-scale problems.
Júlia Marí Bernaus is a passionate user experience & interface designer from Barcelona, Spain now living in Berlin Germany. With a background in Fine Arts and 10 years of experience in product design, communications strategy, and management, her superpower is a balanced combination of structure, creativity, and innovation. Being a former founder of the community platform Artconnect.com has given her unique business insight into complex projects and what affects their success. Besides co-facilitating Sprints with Martin, Júlia takes care of User testing and research using dedicated methods to find out what customers really want and need in order to design the products, services, and experiences accordingly. She has created digital products and experiences that include a wide range of brands in art, retail, technology, fashion, media, and nonprofit, namely IKEA, Olympus, Userzoom, Chopard, Boesner, MELO Group, and many more. Besides her work for Design Sprints Studio, Júlia is currently a UX Design tutor at CareerFoundry.
Mikko Milz is an UX designer and creative director with 20 years of experience in visual and interaction design. Experienced in leading teams from concept to the final product, he has designed a variety of platforms and award-winning digital products for financial institutions and corporations to startups and government departments, namely Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Audi, Postbank, and many more. Analyzing problems and developing user-centric, future-proof solutions is exactly his cup of tea. By asking the right questions, listening carefully, and methodically approaching every step along the way, he creates delightful and user-friendly experiences. Besides user experience design and co-facilitating Sprints here at DSS, Mikko helps to turn our clients promising ideas into products and services. No matter if you are designing digital products like intuitive car configurators, modern online banking, or complex and future-proof design systems, he is convinced that Design Sprints are clearly the best way to develop solutions quickly and effectively.
Liza Sander is a future strategist, workshop facilitator, and university lecturer for social-ecological design processes with strong visionary, conceptual, and executional skills with over 10 years of experience working in multi-disciplinary environments including educating, coaching, life cycle design, product development, research, and marketing. She especially loves to share her expertise in circular economy & design, open-source economy, zero waste principles, and design thinking. Besides working in cooperation with the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), and The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), she teaches at various universities on social-ecological design processes, with a focus on circular economy and design. Here at Designs Sprints Studio, Liza supports design innovative and sustainable products and services or optimizes existing processes besides facilitating Design Sprints or other workshop formats. She is definitely the right person to make your business future-fit and ready for the Circular Economy.