Things I Love /
Things I've Learned

TIL was inspired by Joe Sparano's Great™s and Aaron James Draplin's Things We Love. This is a running list of the things that are important to me; that have had/have an impact in my life. Be it an app, movie, place, person, service, website, or book, it goes on the list. There is no meaning to the order, I just add things as I go.


  1. My Papu
  2. My Nona
  3. My Grandma
  4. My Grandpa
  5. Design
  6. Sunsets
  7. My Mom
  8. My Dad
  9. Standards Manuals
  10. This Is Chicago by AIGA Chicago
  11. My Brothers
  12. Val
  13. Timex Weekender (Chronograph)
  14. UE Boom 2
  15. Camp Timberlane for Boys
  16. The Alchemist by Paulo Cohelo
  17. Teehan + Lax
  18. Jack
  19. The Chicago Flag
  20. Luke
  21. Waterskiing
  22. Snowboarding
  23. Roboto
  24. Field Notes
  25. Helvetica Bold
  26. Aaron James Draplin
  27. The Friendly Midwest
  28. The Foggy Pacific Northwest
  29. Rock Climbing
  30. Paul Rand
  31. Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you’ve never noticed
  32. Glass Art
  33. Zack
  34. 99 Percent Invisible
  35. Tron: Legacy
  36. Banana Bread
  37. If— by Rudyard Kipling
  38. The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service
  39. The Newsroom
  40. Chef
  41. Brackets
  42. 15 Rounds - Billy Crystal
  43. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
  44. Beaver Creek, CO
  45. The West Wing