By now, we’re used to letting Facebook and Twitter capture our social lives on the web — building a “social layer” on top of the real world. At TEDxBoston, Seth Priebatsch looks at the next layer in progress: the “game layer,” a pervasive net of behavior-steering game dynamics that will reshape education and commerce.

Find more of my favorite TED videos here.

David McCandless shows how visualizing data makes more information by revealing patterns within it.

See more on data visualization from Hans Rosling’s lecture here.

See my favorite TED talks here.

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You’ll get better results when you work with a designer if you understand core design concepts.

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Find out more about my Blurb seminars in New York April 29 and Toronto May 15.

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Use space to improve your design. There’s the space around blocks of text – margins. And there’s the space between elements of text – tracking and leading. Tracking is the space between letters. Leading is the space between lines. If tracking and leading are too tight, words appear cramped and are harder to distinguish from one another. If tracking and leading are too loose, units of text fall apart into separate units. Use enough space to help text rest gracefully on the page and breathe, but not so much space that it weakens the relationships between separate pieces and they drift apart.

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Limit the number of fonts you use in a single project. If you combine too many fonts they’re almost certain to draw attention away from the content of the words and pictures. Instead use variations of one font.

All of the variations below are of the font Gil Sans.

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Whether you’re designing for a book or a presentation choosing the right type face is important. The font you choose helps shape the tone of what you create. As with any endeavor, it helps to have a trusted resources you can always turn to.

Here are my go to serif and sans serif fonts … and a few I steer clear of.

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Serif and san serif and the most common kinds of fonts. Serif fonts have a classic feel. Sans serif fonts set a contemporary tone. Decorative or display fonts have a great deal more flair and are generally best used for signage; it takes the right project and a great designer to use them well in other applications. Design is typically best used as a support for content, not a distraction from it or a substitute for it.

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