Paperman

Paperman is the animated short that was released by Walt Disney Animation along with Wreck-It Ralph last year. It was released for free on YouTube just a few days ago.

The cute and touching short is beautiful and features a brand new animation process which is a hybrid of traditional hand-drawn animation techniques and modern computer generated imagery. You can read more about the technique here.

The thing that excites me about the short, though, is the idea that rather than supplanting them, new technologies can be used to enhance and supplement more traditional techniques. I love the look of the old, hand-drawn Disney films, and this definitely hearkens back to that time, while doing things that would be very difficult without the help of computers.

Like Common Craft’s hand-drawn explanation videos or artists who can turn vector graphics into physical objects, I’d love to see presentation designers experiment with hybrid techniques like this rather than just creating the computer-generated shapes and word art that are native to PowerPoint.

Do you know of some examples of presentations that incorporate both old and new techniques? I hope you’ll share them in the comments.

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