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Jul 26, 2007


Alistair Hall

Heh. I'd say that it's the more likely it's the marketing team who are the wankers, and the designers just lack the balls to stand up to them. And I guess a lack of balls would make wanking pretty pointless. Or perhaps just endless... there'd certainly be friction burns.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing how long the new stripped back Coke can design lasts. I give it... oh, six months.

And, um, designers are wankers because they're "constantly slagging each other off"? Pot kettle much?

Paul H. Colman

Got to hurt that top result returned is us sitting in a cafe talking rubbish.

Marcus | Culturemaking

Hi Ben

Nice post - I'm all for the heritage angle. Some brands simply don't need to keep changing.

And this is why a lot of the emotional branding, emotional design, emotional whatever niggles me: "yeah, lets dial up the bubbles; dial up the fruit slices; dial up the colour contrast; dial up the emotion!"

Looking back though, it's understandable how it all happened. The 80s and 90s were all about 'out-designing' one another. It's only recently that the cultural turntable has received a design rewind: back to plain, classic, iconic, simplicity.

It's interesting though that we also have this rather bold hyper-psychedelic-cum-rainbow-optimism thing doing the rounds in design (and advertising) at the moment. A trump card that W&K have played on many occasions - from Honda's Grrr through to Diet Coke. Perhaps there's some kind of polarisation taking place then? But I'd sooner suggest dipping into the Diet Coke archive all the same.

Joe Moran

Moira = design godess!

Hi Moira!



Happy birthday, Ben.

Interesting post. "Classic" is a lovely looking word, isn't it?

henry lambert

Happy birthday Ben. Always a pleasure to read.


That's a nice post, Ben. However I disagree with Alex - I don't think that word 'classic' looks right - not quite. It's too modern a font and too clean to be really classic. And if it was really classic at least the grammar would be correct, and it waould have a capital 'C'.

There I go on fonts and grammar again.

Ryan Y.

Why bother with the word 'classic', afterall it is coca-cola that is in the tin. pure & simple.

which leads me to the re-design. It is beautiful, so elegant but why has it taken so long to get back to this design? seems obvious to me.



Quick tip: if you're going to pick up on grammar, then you sure as hell need to get your spelling right!

Isn't it ironic how so many 'graphic' designers on NDG seem so obsessed with spelling?


I love that "new" coke can, actually that can has been used in japan for some time now. I'm that kind of design guy, and my bosses are always over me asking for more details, bubbles, reflexes...shit. ufff.

Anyways, congratulations on your blog :)


It's all about the bottle anyway.

claire gates

Happy Birthday Ben and NDG.

I can't stand Coke, drink of the devil.

And don't even get me started on that 'zero' version - my tube station was covered with empty mini-cans last night, they were obviously giving away freebies. Poor cleaners!


I've been saying that Pepsi should revert back to their old white cans for a while now (with my non-design friends wondering why I should even give a crap), just clean, with not much else on them (much better than those god awful "submit your own design" ones they have at the moment, do they not know that metallic packaging looks dated now??).

It's one of those things, when you go into a shop for a can of cola and you're presented with either a ghetto ridden can of pepsi or a gleamingly elegant glass bottle of coke - I will always go for the bottle of coke (even though I prefer the taste of pepsi!!)

It's crap really, but I think most people do judge the book by the cover. The way they see it though there'd be no room to slap on a big picture of scarlett johansson or Dr. Dre...

Rob Mortimer

Hurrah hurrah hurrah.
Much common sense from you, and at least some from Coke.

The simplicity of the logo and iconic branding is what makes Coca Cola so special. I find it unbelievable that they have taken this long to see it.

John Dodds

Looking forward to the terrible twos!

Vicki Brown

Happy Birthday! What a coincidence. Have some cake I stole from David The Designer.


A Pepsi bottel redesign would be brilliant - but I doubt we'll see it now Coke have got there first.


i'm hoping that with the rebirth of cool, there's also a renaissance for tab and mellow yellow.


You've hit on one of my pet peeves about product design here in the States. Every time I get a soda of any brand the darn thing has been redecorated from the last time I got it.

Likewise, every month I restock on feminine hygiene supplies, the packaging has been redesigned! This month some wanker has put flowers all over the bag and on the pads themselves. Eeeew and why?!


great post, and happy birthday!


Happy Birthday NDG.

Paul H. Colman

Oh yes, and happy birthday.

Andrew Kingham

It's still a horrible drink.


I do like the new (if retro), simpler design that Coca-Cola has adopted for its cans; however, I'd really like it if Coca-Cola were to resume the so-called "harlequin" or "small diamond" design that was used on cans from 1966 to 1970. This look has been revived in Taiwan:



well. I'm not sure what kind of 'shit' you were speaking of, but I liked the other cans. the ones like this?


yeah, they were pretty. but what do I know?


Hey! let's hope Coke sitck with this "classic" can design for ever.

Because that'll benefit designers - it'll save them having to go into work and get paid to mess around in Photoshop doing a new coke can design.

Which means they get more time to watch TV and worry about when their next job is coming...

Hopefully, all companies will decide to stick to their "classic" branding, thus meaning mass unemploymenmt for an army of designers.

Which will be cool.

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