A Moment With: Jake Mix, Graphic Designer at Path

Today we get to know Jake Mix; graphic artist, cartoonist, board game fanatic, newsboy cap aficionado, and ever-chuckling member of the design team at Path. 
What inspires you?
Comics artists! There are so many amazing cartooning styles around the world – I love seeing how an artist chooses to convey information and emotion.

What’s your favorite part of working at Path?
Since everyone is so capable, we’re afforded a great deal of trust with each other. It strikes me as a rare and fortunate thing.

A perfect Sunday would look something like…
Getting together with friends to play hours of board games, with good food and beer. Or camping in an isolated forest grove, with good food and beer.

Besides Path (obviously), what app do you use the most?
Nothing shocking here: Twitter. I love the creativity that comes from the 140 character constraint. Perfect for comedy, experimentation or brief blasts of conversation.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I’ve always been partial to Nightcrawler’s power: short, quick teleportation. Just think of the parkour!

How did you dream up the Patheputians?
For those who don’t know, we call the characters in the illustrations used in our blog posts “Patheputians.” We needed an illustration style and character design that would read well at a small scale while conveying a great deal of emotion. Also, I wanted anyone to be able to put themselves in a Patheputian’s shoes, so I kept them very abstract, and add detail as the scene requires.

What would be the first song on the playlist of your life?
Talking Head’s “Don’t Worry About the Government”. Great combination of optimistic naïveté and cynicism.

Who are some of your favorite contemporary artists?
Back to the comics well! I love Chris Ware, Darwyn Cooke, Moebius, Joost Swarte and Taiyo Matsumoto, to name a few. But really there are too many to name. Any time I see something new by Olly Moss, it never fails to blow me away. I also love the minimalism of Oakland poster designer Jason Munn.

What qualities do you most admire in people?
Always working to get better, and never being satisfied with your current level of abilities. And, frankly, just being level-headed.

Do you have a motto or favorite quote?
“How’s that for a slice of fried gold?” An eminently usable quote from Spaced.
 
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Portfolio: www.jakemix.com
Twitter: @jakemix