Clique exists for a simple reason: we want to do work we can be proud of, with people who inspire us. Our values are a reflection of that mission.
Our second value at Clique is: Be a student and a teacher.
There is no such thing as “self-taught.” Directly or indirectly, everyone learns from someone. Recognizing that reality, we resolve to be the best at getting better. Technology, after all, is the most rapidly evolving industry in the world. To stay on top of it, we are committed to learning and improving, and building it into what we do — not as an “add on,” but as part of our daily work. We recognize that any minute spent teaching one another will pay itself off tenfold.
Thus, we wanted to put together a resource hub, not only for internal use, but also to share with the world.
Want to see what we’re reading and learning from right now?
Clique’s top resources for designers, devs, project managers, marketers, and digital professionals:
Resources for designers
Professional organizations for designers
Where designers share their work
Designers who do a great job sharing their work
- 1924.us (Christian Watson)
- The Futur (Chris Do)
- Intercom’s design teams
- Focus Lab
- Basic Agency
- Meg Lewis
- Judson Collier
- Skip Hursh
- Marleigh Culver
- Laura Bee
How do these people do that?
- Instagram posts
- Go live on Instagram/Facebook or videos showing process – not just the finished product but how they do it (step by step)
- Live critiques on youtube/FB where people can show their work and get design advice or resources
- Agencies that get their names out at events / in organizations like AIGA
- A strong social presence, posting regularly, and consistent series that focuses on the process (and isn’t overly designed)
- Not being afraid to show unfinished products
Design inspiration resources
Resources for developers
Professional organizations for developers
- Laravel Slack
- OctoberCMS Slack
- Chicago Tech Diversity Initiative (also check out their Slack!)
- Chicago Digital Accessibility
- Inclusive Design
Where developers share their work
What web developers do a great job sharing their work?
- TheNewBoston (YouTube)
- Naomi Wu
- Saron Yitbarek
- Lindsey Dragun
- Courteney Ervin
- Ed Finkler
- Suz Hinton
- Ashe Dryden
- Sharlene King
- Eric Wastl
- Chiu-Ki Chan
- Stephanie Nemeth
- Catt Small
- Marcy Sutton
- Amy Wibowo
- Terian Koscik
Web dev inspiration resources
- Stack Overflow
- Chicago Tech Diversity Initiative
- Product Hunt
Resources for project managers
Professional organizations for project managers
Project management (PM) at Clique is vastly different from a traditional project management role. Our PMs feel we’re more aligned with the people and conversation topics in UX groups and startup groups (multidisciplinary roles that cover operations as well as strategy). They’re more of digital product strategists than traditional project managers.
If you’re our kind of PM, here’s a few resources that you’ll find helpful:
- PM Meetups on Meetup.com – groups to be wary of The bad groups are → What enterprise resource management tools are you using? Most PM is herding cats
- WeWork meetings – There is a Product School that they do along with free presentations by Product Managers
- Car Building and Motorcycles – On of our PMs likes to see their process of what they’re doing in a waterfall-esque feel
- Coffee meetups that talk about coding and also have a PM session
- Chicago Meetups at tech companies
Who inspires our project management team with how they share their work?
Standup comedians – working in small clubs, honing their next big set; then roll out the big product in an album or special. Somewhat how we operate with learning individual components (learning about integrating with a CRM) and what does and doesn’t resonate in how you explain things to a client. Through those conversations, you should hone your way of gathering information and delivering information back to the client.
DJ Premiere collab with berkley symphony orchestra – ReGeneration.. Educating each other is super interesting to me
Issa Rae – Insecure show on HBO – shows that she’s a real person and not just somebody who is on TV
Vlog style videos
Facebook groups for comedians and improvisors
Quincy Larson from FreeCodeCamp
Project managers’ inspiration resources
As you’d expect, our project managers see inspiration and resources a bit differently that you might think. Here’s a tip from one of our senior project managers:
Other resources for project managers:
- Free code academy
- Software for Project Managers
- Nielsen Group (UX)
- First Round Review
Resources for copywriters and content creators
Professional organizations for content creators and copywriters
Where content creators share their work
Content and copywriting inspiration resources
- Nishi – A collection of the best copy on the internet.
- A Cup of Copy – A weekly newsletter by Kaleigh Moore.
- The Cult of Copy – A heavily moderated copywriting and content creation Facebook group. An excellent resource for beginning copywriters.
- 30 Day Writing Challenge
- How to Start a Blog – The best guide we’ve found for starting a blog from scratch.
Resources for marketers
Professional organizations for marketers
Traffic Think Tank – A premium SEO community
Marketers’ inspiration resources
What I’ve found is that if you’re seeing anybody’s work anywhere, there’s probably a marketer or a smart content creator behind it. That said, here are a few communities that have helped our marketing team grow and learn alongside some of the world’s best digital marketers:
The “Dream” Link Building Strategy – A smart SEO link building strategy that we implement at Clique to focus only on the most important SEO relationships.
5 Essential Podcast Tips – Article about how to grow your podcast to 200k+ downloads
GrowthLab – If you want long-form articles that actually teach you what the title promises to teach, this is perfect for you. Also, an incredible case study of what type of content performs well in 2018.
The Sunday Dispatches by Paul Jarvis
That Seems Important by Margo Aaron
Tradecraft – A highly-produced publication from Convertkit. If you’re looking for the signal amongst the marketing noise, this is it.