Written by

Chris Gonzales


Tobias Cornille

Welcome to this week’s edition of our Friday Quality Linkage column. Please enjoy this week’s collection of interesting and entertaining links. Brew a fresh cup of coffee, find a comfortable place, and relax.

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Winners of the 2016 CSS Design Awards »

Sometimes I forget how awesome websites can be, then this stunning collection comes along and I just get lost in them. The first-prize winner alone — “Because Recollection”, which has some NSFW content — distracted me for a good half-hour and I could’ve kept going.

Winners of the 2016 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards »

Well, I suppose it is that time of the year when ~All The Awards~ are given out. Anyway, there are some great architectural photos in this collection of winners. The categories are:

Photo: Stephen Hiltner, The New York Times

Photo: Stephen Hiltner, The New York Times

Decades in the Making: Fidel Castro’s Obituary »

The New York Times obituary for Fidel Castro was first drafted in 1959. Over the next several decades and through Castro’s numerous health scares, the obituary has passed through the hands of various NYT writers, editors, and correspondents like a baton, almost a rite of passage. Castro actually ended up outliving the tenure of the obit’s writer, Anthony DePalma.

The sheer amount of journalism craft that went into this thing is astonishing:

Fidel Castro’s obituary cost us more man/woman hours over the years than any piece we’ve ever run.

Every time there was a rumor of death, we’d pull the obit off the shelf, dust it off, send it back to the writer, Tony DePalma, for any necessary updates, maybe add a little more polish here and there and then send it on to be copy-edited and made ready — yet again — for publication.

The Evolution of Disney Animation, From Snow White (1937) to Zootopia (2016) »

Madrid-based filmmaker Bora Barroso cut together this short montage showing how Disney animation has evolved over the last 79 years. I discovered the video via Jason Kottke, who notes:

It’s astonishing how good the animation was in the early days and then got less so until fairly recently.

52 Things I Learned in 2016 »

After a year of working at Fluxx Studios, senior consultant Tom Whitwell learned some interesting and weird stuff. Here are just a few examples:


Twitter has enough money in the bank to run for 412 years with current losses. [Matt Krantz]


Iranian ecommerce entrepreneur Nazanin Daneshvar found that business partners didn’t take her seriously when she went to meetings wearing her hijab. So she hired her Dad, a power station manager who knows nothing about the Internet. He’d turn up, introduce himself as her manager, remain silent for the rest of the meeting while she did the deals, then sign the contract at the end. After 18 months, her company Takhfifan had over two million users across Iran, and Dad was finally able to ‘retire’. [Christopher Schroeder]


Most iPhone case manufacturers don’t get advance notice from Apple about new designs; they rely on rumours. Case maker Hard Candy went out of business after producing 50,000 custom-moulded cases for a leaked iPhone design that never appeared. [Tim Fitzsimmons]

Everybody Dies, But Not Everybody Lives »

Need a little motivational fire lit under you this weekend? This video by Prince Ea should help. The thing to remember is, don’t just get fired up for a minute or two; do something about it and keep the momentum going.

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