Design Sprints

About us

Design Sprints Studio is a product design, strategy, and innovation studio with particular expertise in using Design Sprints and other workshop methods for ideation, decision-making and problem-solving to help our partners with product design, product strategy, and rapid innovation.


Design Sprints are a wonderful, structured way to approach the discovery process. But they can still fail epically if you don’t have the right experts in the room, who can guide you through challenging decisions and infuse their perspective. We have decades of hands-on experience in design, entrepreneurship, and strategy in real startup and enterprise environments to support your process. We know what it’s like. In short, we can relate to your reality because we have been there too. We know the stakes, understand the dynamics, and will deliver real added value and satisfaction to you.

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The core team

Design Sprints Studio Team - Martin Backes

Martin Backes

Innovation Facilitator & Consultant, Product Strategist, and Sprint Coach

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.

Design Sprint Studio Team - Mikko Milz

Mikko Milz

Creative Director, UX & Product Designer, and Workshop Facilitator

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.

Design Sprints Studio Team - Liza Sander

Liza Sander

Future Strategist, Workshop Facilitator, and University Lecturer

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.