If you have a thorny problem in dire need of a solution, a product begging for innovation, or an idea just waiting to be explored, then a Design Sprint with Clearleft could be the perfect way to get real answers in just five days.
We’ll take your team on a highly collaborative Design Sprint journey from defining the problem or opportunities, through potential solutions, to a user-tested prototype giving you valuable, actionable outputs.
How does a Design Sprint work?
Design Sprints are an intensive but effective way of working. The deliberate time constraints and highly collaborative nature of the process force creativity, resulting in a surprisingly versatile approach.
We’ll work closely with your team to tailor each Design Sprint to your precise needs, but in general a Design Sprint with Clearleft follows this tried and tested process:
We’ll start off by helping you get a focus for your Design Sprint, assemble your most appropriate team, identify the experts and background information to bring into day 1.
Day 1: Understand and Map
We start by collectively reviewing all the background information, understanding user insights, and gathering input from your experts. By the end of the day, we will all have a shared understanding of the problems and opportunities by mapping out your service.
Day 2: Demos and Sketch
This is when we brainstorm what might be possible. We start with lightning demos of ideas, then get stuck in to sketching. To create concrete, detailed solutions, everyone sketches (artistic ability is irrelevant, it’s the thinking that matters).
Day 3: Decide and Storyboard
Next, we discuss and rank the possible solutions, and pick one of them using structured decision making techniques. This is when your group really starts to rally around a shared goal. We then all storyboard the solution to the point the it can be prototyped.
Day 4: Prototype
The big day. This is when we create a prototype of the solution suitable for testing with users. Clearleft’s designers can do this for you, but we find it yields better long term results if we collaborate with your team on the design.
Day 5: Test
Finally, we’ll test the prototype find out what works for users. You’ll be able to watch the tests in real time, while we record them for future reference.
Post-sprint: Wrap-up and review
We’ll write-up a brief report summarising all the learnings from the week, including the early sketches, final prototype and testing recommendations. We’ll give you a high level plan for what to do with the conclusions and outcomes of the Design Sprint.
All this is available from
We can run a Design Sprint with you in our studio in Brighton, come to your place anywhere in the world (visas notwithstanding), or locate to a neutral venue somewhere in the middle.
Why choose Clearleft for your Design Sprint?
Clearleft has been running Design Sprints, tailored for a wide variety of clients, for many years (even before the term ‘Design Sprint’ was coined).
If you're looking for expertise to see you through your own Design Sprint process, look no further than Clearleft’s excellent team.Jake Knapp, Creator of the Google Ventures Design Sprint
Some of our Design Sprint successes
We enabled Virgin Holidays to articulate a vision for the future including designs for three new products, by running three consecutive Design Sprints.
We were able to make rapid progress on one of our biggest challenges, make some important decisions, and turn out a great-looking prototype. It really was like fast-forwarding into the future. An awesome result for three weeks of work.Alex Glancy, Head of Creative, Virgin Holidays
We helped Attraction Tickets Direct to identify and fix issues in their checkout process.
The Design Sprint provided the perfect structure to achieve our goals. Clearleft facilitated a fun and collaborative environment, which energised and engaged the team, and enabled us to push through changes that would have internally taken years.Chris Bradshaw, Sales & Marketing Director, ATD
We worked with Suffolk Libraries to design a digital self-service kiosk which helped them improve customer service while saving money.
I can’t recommend this kind of research sprint enough. We got a report, detailed technical validation of an idea, mock ups and a plan for how to proceed, while getting staff and stakeholders involved in the project – all in the space of 5 days.Leon Paternoster, Deputy Head of IT, Suffolk Libraries
Contact us to discuss your next Design Sprint
To find out precisely how a Clearleft Design Sprint could help you, contact us to book a free, no obligation consultation with a highly experienced member of the Clearleft team.
The Design Sprint Canvas
If you’re about to run or participate in a design sprint, download our handy Design Sprint Canvas to guide you through the process.
Whether you’re an experienced hand or sprint novice, print this out and keep it up on the wall throughout the sprint to help keep everything on track.