For every bi-annual review, my boss asks me “What’s your favorite part about Clique?” And I always say the same, cheesy answer “the people.” Because, well, it’s true.
At Clique, we’re pretty tight knit. We work together, stress together, celebrate together. We grow together and change together. And, as 2019 ends (faster than any of us imagined) we’re saying goodbye to a decade together.
The “together” is what matters. It’s what we want to bring with us into 2020, 2021, 2022…
So now, before we all share our new resolutions, let’s take a quick moment to look back on the year. Together.
We welcomed a few new people to our team.
Announced a new office, in a new state (Austin, Texas).
Raised $2,130 for Howard Brown, dedicated to supporting trans, nonbinary, intersex, and gender nonconforming individuals with health resources and services.
Launched our RedBubble Store, where all profits are donated to The Greater Chicago Food Depository.
We partnered with Gameday Gateway and celebrated the launch of their massive new sports sponsorship platform.
And celebrated project launches, milestones, (and ourselves) during our monthly First Fridays, including a Halloween themed one 🎃.
We had fun in the office, with a few movie nights.
And we had fun out of the office. We explored the American Writers’ Museum.
Attended a night of ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo.
And, of course, hosted our annual State of the Clique.
We hosted students from CMU and Designation at our Chicago office, hosted Marketing Leaders Lunches in Denver, and Fen, our Accessibility Lead, traveled the country speaking at conferences.
We even attended a few conferences ourselves, including the Awwwards Digital Thinkers’ Conference and Creative South.
Created some cool things.
Including the results of the design challenges…
Results from a design challenge dedicated to our Furry Friend Friday slack channel.
Headline results from a challenge all about having a strong, possibly controversial, opinion.
And development challenges.
Results from a Holiday-themed coding challenge.
We built a lot of things (too many to name here).
Launched our new website.
And, of course, capped the year off with our holiday party.
The end of the year is a weird time. It’s when you take stock and remember the good times (and bad), the biggest changes, and the new learnings. It’s a time to reflect.
It’s when you surround yourself with people who really matter, the ones who were there for everything
So—from me and your friends at Clique—cheers to another year of working, celebrating, stressing, laughing, and building. Together.