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good stuff 004 - tricks

Tricks for product stakeholders to create fundamental differentiators, delightful experiences, and better user engagement.

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Tricks for product stakeholders to create fundamental differentiators, delightful experiences, and better user engagement.

Magic is the word as this week’s good stuff covers FOUR tricks successful products use to surge ahead of their competition, increase user-engagement, created stronger brand and upped conversion, and build great designs that do the business. This stuff is gooood!

Are you a product designer, product manager, or owner interested in:

  • creating fundamental differentiators,
  • delightful experiences, and
  • better user engagement?

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How to create fundamental differentiation?

The Most Advanced Yet Acceptable (MAYA) Products Win!

Do you ever wonder:

  • Why certain products work, yet other seemingly similar ones don’t,
  • What made ChatGPT much bigger success right off-the-bat than OpenAI’s other experiments,
  • How to strike the right balance between the novel and the familiar in design

Patrick Morgan explains how The Most Advanced Yet Acceptable products surge ahead of their competition:


How to increase retention and user engagement

Duolingo’s iOS widgets

How Duolingo experimented with their iOS widget and created a distinct, on-brand element that elevated their retention.

The marketing virality is a bonus.


How to create stickiness of experience by pushing the boundaries?

Duolingo brings characters to life with Rive

Duolingo is easily one of the most unique products ever. their world-building & storytelling are not just pinnacle of gamifications, they are legit games.

here’s how they added animation to their character designs using rive:

(disclaimer: rive fans)


How to design smooth motion experiences?

Invisible Details of Interaction Design

What are some more fundamental design details of interaction design, so core that they are invisible until you really pay attention?

Rauno Freiberg captures in this mind-blowing essay.


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