4th November 2016

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Over the summer of 2016, Paris-based Parallel Studio put together an animation dedicated to the annoying, disappointing and frustrating moments that we all experience day to day. While these moments are excruciating to live through they’re equally tough to watch.

I love the style of the video, from the isometic videogame-esque visuals to the colour choice. The music and subtle sounds really work, and the simple movements say so much without being busy.

There are enough unsatisfying situations that this animation could have gone on for hours, so to keep the momentum going Parallel have created the Unsatisfying Challenge, encouraging other animators to show what grinds their gears.

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Rik Kendell is a developer, designer and writer in Leeds, UK. Originally from Bradford but always from Yorkshire, he specialises in front-end, responsive websites and WordPress builds. Having worked in software houses, the radio industry and design, marketing and digital agencies Rik has almost 10 years commercial experience and has worked with clients ranging from the NHS, Sky and Skipton Building Society to McDonalds, Lamb’s Rum and Crabbies Ginger Beer.

Rik is also a keen writer, covering digital/tech news, gaming, food and short fiction. His blog posts, reviews and Tweets have been published by the BBC, the Evening Standard, a number of agencies and industry websites and Rik is a key contributor on a foodie website.