Can Traditional Mediums Survive in Today’s Digitally-Designed World? This Short Film, “Ink & Paper,” Will Make You Wonder

Do ink and paper still have a place in today’s digital world? Ink & Paper, a short film directed by college student, Ben Proudfoot, will make you wonder.

The film features two employees of neighboring downtown Los Angeles shops: printing press, Aardvark Letterpress, and paper shop, McManus & Morgan Paper (the oldest in Los Angeles), both struggling to stay in business. They are the last standing paper and print businesses left in the downtown Los Angeles area, according to the film, in an area where these industries once thrived.

Whether you feel that printing methods and fine paper are here to stay, or gone for good, the film certainly reflects a transformation taking place in the design industry.


Ink & Paper, short film about letterpress and paper shops in Los Angeles.

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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