The end of the year is a great time to reflect on the challenging (but rewarding) work we do, our growth as a company, and the good memories we’ve made.

But how do we sum up a year’s worth of stuff in less than 500 words?

You don’t. But let’s give it a shot anyway.

We refined our values by trimming them from 6 to 3.

Why? To make them as memorable as possible, better embed them into our work, and grow into a better company, not just a bigger one.

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We welcomed an incredible cast of new characters to our Clique family.

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Expanded our horizons as we figured out how to make remote work, work.

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Hosted two successful 24-hour fundraisers for causes we care about.

Raising $1,823 for The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

fight for immigrant children

…and $2,130 for Howard Brown Health.

intersex rights are human rights

We helped Denver Public Art celebrate the launch of their new website.

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Spent some quality time together decorating our office.

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Tasted some quality beers with our “in-house cicerones” at First Fridays.

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We took a field trip to our local bookstore to build a library and keep up with our reading habits.

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We taught each other some new things in our latest round of Lightning Talks.

Like how to find easter eggs in movies…

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…and how to make ninja stars. (It’s easy, we promise).

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We planned some awesome events for the team with our Inclusion Committee.

Like carving out some time for arts and crafts to recognize mental health awareness…

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…and hosting A11y workshops to level up our team’s understanding and implementation of web accessibility best practices.

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We spent time together outside of the office.

Like participating in the Burgers and Beer 5K at Soldier Field…

clique studios in orange tshirts at soldier field

…and volunteering with the Chicago Food Depository to repack donated food and other products for food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in Cook County.

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We hosted our annual State of the Clique.

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We karaoke’d at Brando’s (of course).

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And capped it all off with a memorable holiday party.

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Oh, and we did some work, too—more launches than we can mention.

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And we won a ton of hardware.

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The end of the year is a great opportunity to reflect on what we’ve done, how we’ve grown, and why we do this.

But it’s also about looking forward.

We’ve still got things to build, so much to learn, and so many people to help.

It kind of feels like we’re only at the beginning.