Michelle from Hong Kong took the Path in the Wild Challenge as she tucked into a plate of sweet treats and enjoyed a spectacular view from her cable car. See if you can spot the Path smile amongst the collage of retro posters.
To participate in the Path in the Wild Challenge, email us at email@example.com with your mailing address!
We’re very excited to announce the release of our first sticker pack since the launch of Path 3— “Dramaticals”, by artist David Lanham. Get it now in the Shop, and start sharing with messaging. Available on iOS and Android.
As longtime fans of artist Hugh Macleod and his work, it was a no-brainer for us to ask him to create custom sticker packs to be used in messaging. Here, Hugh chats with us about his work, his inspirations, and his creative collaboration with Path.
Q: Among other things, you’re known as a blogger, a marketer, and a cartoonist. Tell us a bit about the road to the career you have carved out for yourself. When did you first begin creating/drawing?
A: I drew cartoons in college, then got a day job in advertising. I landed a job in NY, and one night just started drawing cartoons on the back of business cards. I’ve often written about the power of ‘small art’. I get to create with little risk, put ideas out there and see what happens. It’s really an art form that parallels marketing. Pushing ideas out and seeing what happens.
I drifted off into blogging territory once the Internet came along. In 2004, I met my business partner, Jason Korman, who showed me that my art form could have real business applications. Off we went, and the rest is history.
Q: What are a few adjectives that you would use to describe your work?
A: Adjectives and phrases: Inspirational, Subversive, Culturally Relevant, Honest, Transparent, Real, The Voice of Contemporary Business.
Q: Where do you seek inspiration (other contemporary artists, publications, friends, etc.)?
A: Most of my inspiration comes from people watching. This is what made my years in New York so wonderful. The artists who inspire me the most are composers and musicians. Visual artists inspire me less. I am a voracious reader.
Above all, I am a keen observer of business and entrepreneurship. I love big enterprise. It is a stage where people play out every form of human behavior. I am always looking for what motivates people. Why people really get out of bed in the morning, and how can I help communicate what really matters. Business people think that business is about making money. At it’s core, it isn’t – the money flows from doing other stuff really well. Usually the better you do it, the more you make. If you understand human behavior, human needs, you can accomplish anything you want in business. I help real leaders do that.
Q: How did you become interested in marketing? How important is good marketing to the contemporary artist?
A: In social media, we love sharing both the stuff we really like (The Best) and the stuff we really hate (The Worst) with our friends. The two extremes are the bookends of our lives. Friends sharing their lifestream is of course one of Path’s most important functions, so I wanted to make stickers that made it easier and/or more fun to do so.
Q: How do you envision/what is your hope for how your work is used in Path messaging?
A: I just want people to have random fun with them. Random fun is the best kind. The “usefulness” comes later…
Q: Has the experience working with Path differed from any other commissioned work you’ve done in the past?
A: I’m often producing work for clients who aren’t certain how they are going to use it. This often creates anticipation on my part that is unmet. I like that.
One other point that really mattered: Since I am used to working in small spaces, my ‘normal’ canvas is 3.5 × 2 INCHES. So, I am really comfortable working in tiny spaces. Most artists aren’t, and this is why working in a postage stamp sized space actually felt good.
Aside from that, Path was really great to work with, Jenny Ji, Path’s Design Director, was a joy, and let us get on with our work. I say this mainly because not all clients are so nice to deal with, or respectful of the process.
Q: Any advice to budding cartoonists?
A. 1. Practice every day, regardless. 2. Embrace the web. 3. Most cartooning business models suck, so try to invent a new one. 4. Be the most tenacious SOB in the history of the planet.
As you know, with the release of Path 3 a couple weeks back, we introduced one-to-one and group messaging. Allowing for those conversations you want to keep just between two or a few, Path messaging is designed to be a private space for personal expression, fun, and utility.
Step into the Shop to personalize your conversations with handcrafted sticker packs. Stickers are designed to communicate what words sometimes can’t; choose “Nom Nom” to express how much you’re craving that burger, conjure up a little romance with “Fluffie” and his big brown eyes, vent with “The Worst” while waiting in the never-ending line at the DMV.
We so hope you’re enjoying messaging, and that it’s providing a fun, intimate, and useful stage for the conversations with those you love talking to most. For questions or feedback, reach out to us at any time through our service form: http://bit.ly/PathHelp or on Twitter: @pathservice.
Last December we launched Search, one of our favorite features so far. It was great to reminisce as a team and look back at how much the Path team had evolved throughout the past years. We rediscovered some great times that made for good laughs and stories all around. We hoped that the rest of our Path community could do the same, and have so far heard of some great stories that had once been considered lost and have have once again been found.
Though we were excited to launch Search - we know we still had to continue working on making Search available to our international users. We are now thrilled to announce that it is now available in Spanish and French, and we will be rolling out new languages during the coming months.
As part of this launch, we hoped to talk to some of our international users and feature some of the moments they were able to rediscover. We reached out to David Sulitzer, who lives in Paris and has been using Path to share life with his best friends, his girlfriend and his parents. He was kind enough to talk to us and share some of the great things he found:
I’ve used Path to document some of my most exciting moments this past year - from starting a new job to taking a trip with my family. This photo is from a skiing trip my cousins and I had been waiting to go on for quite some time. Once it finally happened we thought there was no better place to share our trip than on Path. It was a great trip, and it had been the first time the three of us had gone skiing together.
I also found some wonderful memories I shared with my girlfriend. This day was particularly peaceful - just relaxing at the park after work; I wish everyday could end this way.
One of the best parts of searching back in time was finding great comments from my friends and family. This particular moment is just another one of those lovely Christmas evenings where we exchanged way too many presents. My favorite part is my mom’s comment.
What surprised me the most though was that I could look back and see all my friends’ imported moments from before they had joined Path and re-start old conversations around some memorable stories. I could see old jokes, past trips and how things have changed over the years. It’s great to have one place where we can store all of these memories.
We’d like to thank David for sharing the moments he found with us. Feel free to check out his blog for more of his thoughts here.
We’d also love to hear of any great memories that you guys have found with the help of Path. Please share with us any memorable stories at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This weekend we hosted our very first community meetup in Austin, Texas. We were thrilled to meet a crew of diverse and enthusiastic users, some visiting Austin for the SXSW festival all the way from Germany. Over pitchers of Blue Moon, we discussed how everyone uses Path with their family and friends, along with feature requests, and the just launched Path 3.0. We want to thank everyone present for the laughs, war stories, and for the incredibly valuable insight into how we can improve and build on the Path experience for those who love it most.
As our first gathering was such a fun success, we’re hoping to have another one soon! If you’re interested in hosting a Path meetup with your community, email email@example.com, and we’ll set you up with a meetup pack and feature you here.
Many thanks again to everyone who came out!
When we speak with friends, share a joke, a quiet word, or a conversation over drinks, there is so much more than words that pass between us. A smile or nod or encouraging gesture – these allow for true connection and understanding. Being really with someone. How can a technology hope to recreate our unspoken language? How can it create the experience of being across the table from someone, beside them in a crowd – when you are miles apart? It’s a goal worth striving for, and one that is so important to us.
Today we are excited to introduce Path 3. We have added private messaging – the Path take on it – that we hope will help you feel like talking in person, with a hand on your arm, seeing a friend’s scrunched nose, wide smile. That it might make you laugh out loud.
One-to-one and group messaging is made for the smaller, more personal conversations that you want to have on Path. It includes text, voice, location, stickers, songs, books, movies, photos, and videos. There’s utility and context. For example, if you’re running late, you can tap the location button to let a friend know where you are. Or if you don’t have free hands to type, you can record a voice message.
Stickers? These are pieces of art to be used in messaging. They are expressive and fun, and they communicate what words can’t. You can choose what speaks to you, and speaks best on your behalf: a fist bump, over-caffeination, jealousy, big love. We’ve given you two free sticker packs designed in-house and we’ve worked with some of our favorite artists, like David Lanham, Hugh MacLeod, and Richard Perez, to create packs that you can buy in the Shop.
Thank you for being with us these past three years. If you are just joining us, we are so happy to have you, welcome. We hope you enjoy Path 3.
Path 3 is available in 19 languages and for iOS and Android devices. Get it now in the App Store. Available soon in Google Play.
Thanks to all of you who have participated in the Path in the Wild Challenge so far! We have loved watching Path accompany you on your adventures from Chicago to New Orleans, Minnesota to Tokyo.
It’s down to the wire and you’re panicking, in search of a special treat for your sweetheart to come home to after a long day at the office? We’ve got you covered. These no-fuss, incredibly easy yet impressive heart-shaped hand pies are a sure thing. These guys go great with a classic champagne cocktail or hot chocolate (don’t forget the dash of whiskey). Throw on a little Stevie, Smokey or Marvin, scatter a few tea lights, and arrange these on some of that good china you’ve been saving for situations such as this. Valentine’s Day: easy as pie!
“For me 2012 was an amazing year! I graduated from business school, traveled to the US for an exchange program and started my career. Path was a great friend through it all, keeping track of all those amazing moments for me.
At the end of the year I went back through my Path and revisited the moments I had shared. They were all right there in front of me as if they were actually happening right then. I wanted to share my past year with my friends, so I took screenshots of some of the best moments and created a video so everyone could relive the journey with me.”
-Hadi, Saudi Arabia