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  1. Hot To Build A SpriteKit Game In Swift 3 (Part 2)

       

    Have you ever wondered what it takes to create a SpriteKit game? Does collision detection seem like a daunting task? Do you want to know how to properly handle sound effects and background music? Game-making has never been easier on iOS since the introduction of SpriteKit. In part two of this three-part series, we will explore the basics of SpriteKit.

    If you missed out on the previous lesson, you can catch up by getting the code on GitHub. Remember that this tutorial requires Xcode 8 and Swift 3.

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  2. Breaking Out Of The Box: Design Inspiration (December 2016)

       

    Time moves pretty fast. A new year will be upon us soon, and most of us probably haven't even realized it. So while we're almost ready to leave the autumn season (and 2016!) behind, let's refuel our inspiration for another month and start working on our New Year's resolution list. Observe closely at the following techniques used, and how the colors have been applied to add contrast and character. As always, there is a lot to learn.

    I hope that these illustrations and photographs will inspire you to get creative and get ideas which you can apply in your own projects. Go ahead, don't let anything come in your way, and let your artistic juices flow so you can create something beautiful and unique yourself. Let's begin.

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  3. Web Development Reading List #161: Restyling Form Elements, HTTP/2 HPACK, And The Empathy Vacuum

       

    Are you afraid of refactoring code? I love refactoring code. It’s nice to see a code base growing, but this also means that new quirks and suboptimal changes are introduced along the way. At some point, you might realize that there could be a huge opportunity in rewriting the code — to eliminate conflicts or to rename things.

    For me, refactoring is both: It’s a challenge to master, but, in the end, also a relief to see how the code evolved. We can’t anticipate everything when we first build modules, and we shouldn’t try to do so either. So let’s not be afraid to set our hands to an already existing code base and improve our code over time instead.

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  4. Brush Lettering: It Only Gets Better After Practice (Part 2)

       

    In the first part of this article, we discussed the resurgence of lettering, we defined the differences between lettering, calligraphy, and typeface design, and we also discussed pens, papers, and other supplies. In this second part, I will share with you how I got started, my journey, and will also share specific tips on how to start. Let's get started.

    When I decided to practice lettering daily, I was a tad overwhelmed with the options: Crayola (there is even a term for it, crayligraphy), pointed pen, brushes, illustrative lettering, lettering, calligraphy (Copperplate and Spencerian), modern calligraphy, and so on. I did not know what to do or where to start.

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  5. Freebie: Christmas Advent Icon Set (25 Icons, AI, EPS, SVG, PNG, PDF)

       

    Are you ready for the countdown to Christmas? Today, we're merrily releasing a brand new Christmas Advent Icon Set, a set of 25 icons that are all available in AI, EPS, SVG, PNG and PDF formats. These icons were all designed and created by Manuela Langella and are free to be used in private as well as commercial projects.

    You may modify the size, color or shape of the icons. No attribution is required, however, reselling of bundles or individual pictograms isn't cool. Please note that this icon set is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. We'd kindly like to ask you to provide credits to the creator and link to this article if you would like to spread the word about the freebie.

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