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, specialising in responsive WordPress websites. With over 10 years experience in the industry, Rik has worked on award-winning teams at agencies, in-house and as a freelancer. Rik has worked with clients ranging from the NHS, Sky and Skipton Building Society to McDonalds, Lamb’s Navy Rum and Crabbie’s Ginger Beer.

Outside of work Rik is also a keen writer, an amateur woodworker, gamer and foodie. His blog posts, reviews and Tweets have been published by the BBC, the Evening Standard, the Guardian and the Independent. He has written guest posts for a number of agencies and industry websites.