85 Resources to pass the time during your next furlough

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So, you’ve got some time on your hands, regardless if you are a student on summer vacation, an employee on furlough, or a professional in between jobs. Whatever the scenario, I have got a great list of resources to keep you busy for days. I have quickly realized that our industry loves lists — on tips, software, tools, projects — so I decided to make a Top-85 collection of these lists.

All together, the list below points you to more than 2,730 articles, projects, tools and tips in eight broad categories. Whew, don’t get overwhelmed. Just use this as inspiration to make the most of your free time — there is something here for everyone!

Multimedia / Interactivity:
10000Words | 7 Eye-popping interactive timelines (and 3 ways to create one)
10000Words | 5 Common photo slideshow mistakes
10000Words | 5 Reasons you should create a wiki now
Copyblogger | Four Easy Ways to Create Innovative Content With Interactivity
Digital Films | 12 Tips for Better Film Editing
Dzine Blog | 20 Brilliant Kinetic Typography (Motion Typography) Videos
Graphic designr | Multimedia toolkit: 55 sites you should know about
Kobre Channel | KobreGuide: Top 20 from 2008
Smashing Magazine | 40 Amazing Online Photography Magazines
Smashing Magazine | 20 Beautiful Video Motion Pieces

Data Visualization:
10000Words | Be inspired! 12 ways to find the best in data visualization
FlowingData | 40 Essential Tools and Resources to Visualize Data
FlowingData | 5 Best Data Visualization Projects of the Year
Journerdism | 25+ bodacious and inspirational visualizations for data, interactivity and new storytelling forms
Meryl’s Notes | 175+ Data and Information Visualization Examples and Resources

Flash:
Down the Foxhole | 50 Absolutely Killer Flash Templates
Six Revisions | 12 Websites To Help You Learn Flash/ActionScript
Spoonfed Design | 50 Stunningly Creative Interactive Flash Websites
VentureBeat | Mochi Media’s top 10 most popular Flash games of 2008

Web Design:
10Steps.SG | 40 Sets of Cool Vector Brushes
AisleOne | 8 Simple Ways to Improve Typography In Your Designs
Creative Nerds | 12 Of The Best Photoshop Web Design Tutorials
DesignM.ag | 40+ Inspirational Non-Profit Website Designs
Design M.ag | 60 Photoshop Actions for Photo Touch-Ups and Enhancements
Freelance Folder | 27 Indespensible Resources for Graphic Designers
Freelance Folder | 25 Tutorials for Advanced Freelance Web Designers
Hongkiat | 20 Useful CSS Tips For Beginners
Mashable | 100 Great Resources for Design Inspiration
MeganTaylor | Learning Web Design: 6 Blogs, 3 Cheat Sheets and 1 Degree
Naldz Graphcis | 45+ Most Wanted Beautiful Free Hand Drawn Fonts
Psdtuts+ | 9 Information Design Tips to Make You a Better Web Designer
Psdtuts+ | 50 Totally Free Lessons in Graphic Design Theory
Smashing Apps | 31 Incredible Resources And Inspirations For Designers Like You To Discover The Best Of The Web In November
Smashing Apps | 13 Most Desirable Collection Of Free Resources For Every Designer
Smashing Magazine | 50 Extremely Useful And Powerful CSS Tools
Smashing Magazine | 50 Excellent Adobe Illustrator Video Tutorials
Smashing Magazine | 50 Useful Design Tools For Beautiful Web Typography
Speckyboy Design | Top 10 Resources To The Perfect Color Scheme for Web Designers
Speckyboy Design | 25 Photoshop Tutorials for Creating that Perfect Web Page Design
Spoon Graphics | 50 Illustrator Tutorials Every Designer Should See
The Design Cubicle | 50 Brilliant Design Articles of 2008 in 23 Categories + 40 Reader Submitted Posts
The Design Cubicle | 12 Common Photoshop Mistakes and Malpractice
Tutorial 9 | 9 Design Blogs to Follow in 2009
Vandelay Design | 50+ Gorgeous Navigation Menus
Web Design Schools Guide | 100 Terrific Web Design Cheat Sheets that Will Save you Time, Money and Mistakes
WellMedicated | 40 Beautiful Web Design Portfolios
Woork | 25 Awesome tutorials for web designers

Web Development:
1st Web Designer | 57+ Free Image Gallery, Slideshow And Lightbox Solutions
Design M.ag | 12 Content Management Systems Recommended by Readers
Mashable | 7 Useful Tools for Web Development Testing
Mashable | 9 Must-Try Adobe AIR Apps for Better Productivity
MediaShift | 9 Tips to Improve Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Nettutts+ | 30+ Eye-Opening Web Development Screencasts
Nettuts+ | 50 Must-read Books on Web Development
Nettuts+ | 10 Most Sought-after Skills in Web Development
Nettuts+ | 30+ Amazing Mac Apps for Developers
Nettuts+ | 25 Resources to Get You Started with PHP from Scratch
SmashingApps | 13 Free Online Tools That Helps You To Create And Host Your Website
Smashing Magazine | 50 Useful JavaScript Tools
Smashing Magazine | 100 Free High-Quality XHTML/CSS Templates
Usability Post | 8 Characteristics Of Successful User Interfaces
Web Design Ledger | 11 Ways to Enhance a User Interface with MooTools
Webdesigner Depot | 50 Inspirational Website Introductions

WordPress:
DesignM.ag | 20 WordPress Tricks to Improve Your Blog
Espreson | 70+ Top Quality FREE WordPress Theme Resource
Mashable | 20 of the Best SEO Plugins for WordPress
Mashable | 20+ Great WordPress 2.7 Compatible Plugins
Pro Blog Design | 55 Premium WordPress Themes to Blow Your Mind
Pro Design Blog | 10 Things to do After Installing WordPress
Noupe | 15 High Quality Free Premium WordPress 2.7 Themes
Sitepoint | More than 10 “Must Have” WordPress Plugins
Six Revisions | 40 Excellent Free WordPress Themes
Smashing Magazine | 10 Exceptional WordPress Hacks
Smashing Magazine | 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes
Smashing Magazine | 10 Useful RSS-Tricks and Hacks For WordPress

Personal Enhancement:
Authentic Boredom | 20 tips for better conference speaking
FlowingData | 23 Personal Tools to Learn More About Yourself
Idea Champions | 50 Ways to Foster a Sustainable Culture of Innovation
Mashable | 10 Great Social Sites for Resume Building
Online Degree World | 100 Free Open Courseware Classes on Journalism, Blogging and New Media
Overthinking It | 40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes
Smashing Magazine | 10 Steps To The Perfect Portfolio Website
Smashing Magazine | 40+ Books For Professional Design & Development

Other:
10000Words | 21 iPhone-friendly news sites and how to format your own
The Future Buzz | 49 Amazing Social Media, Web 2.0 And Internet Stats

Thanks to my del.icio.us community for their wonderful tagging habits. Please let me know if you find an error with any of these links … I am starting to see double and I don’t claim perfection!

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