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.

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.

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Clique’s top resources for designers, devs, project managers, marketers, and digital professionals:

Resources for designers

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Professional organizations for designers

Where designers share their work

Designers who do a great job sharing their work

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

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Resources for developers

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Professional organizations for developers

Where developers share their work

What web developers do a great job sharing their work?

Web dev inspiration resources

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Resources for project managers

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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

Tim Ferriss

Quincy Larson from FreeCodeCamp

Sara Mei

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:

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Resources for copywriters and content creators

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Professional organizations for content creators and copywriters

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Where content creators share their work

Content and copywriting inspiration resources

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Resources for marketers

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Professional organizations for marketers

Coming soon

Marketers’ inspiration resources

 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:

Chicago Internet Marketing Meetup

SEO Keyword Tool – A fun project by Nick Eubanks

Digital Marketing Questions – A free Facebook group run by Ryan Stewart, an incredibly smart SEO thought leader and agency owner

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.

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