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I went to the V&A in South Kensington with Stephen and David to check out the Modernist movement exhibition that is currently on.Modernism: Designing a new world 1914 – 1939 speaks to a more continental European experience than a British one. Much of the modernist work that I most like (such as the work of Charles and Ray Eames) was post-war.

The exhibition has been well put together, highlights include an original Tatra saloon, though the exhibition is ‘disrupted’ by the exhibitors not wanting to address modernism in Fascist-era Europe. An exception to this is a statue that takes the profile of Musolini and rotated through 360 degrees so that it gives it an abstract but recognisable shape.

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What the blak is that?

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Coca-Cola have launched a new variant of Coke in the States called Coca-Cola Blak. Essentially is some sort of Coke-coffee hybrid. Fast Company blogger Jennifer Reingold thought that it was designed to compete with Starbucks head on, or is it supposed to compete with Jolt cola – a heavily caffienated cola that acts like nitrox for jaded geeks?This would explain why it is in a ‘Coke-shaped’ PET bottle with a wrap that looks like the kind of camoflage pattern that would be worn by Satan’s storm-troopers in the battle between heaven-and-earth.

It has been launched with a pretty standard brochureware site in Flash and the home page has a female voice over that sounds like she should be reading the news on a smooth jazz radio station with second-rate lift music in the background. This vibe is continued in the free wallpaper downloads that feature a bongo player.

The product and the brand messaging feel schizophrenic.

Weird, if Coke wants to sell more drinks, what about selling Barqs in Europe?

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Cool as BAPE?

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IG Trendcentral make the mighty claim of having spotted the next BAPE (Bathing Ape – the uber cool Japanese streetwear brand) being American they think that aNYthing (A New York Thing) can equal or surpass the kingpin streetwear brand today. I don’t think so.Meanwhile flyer pack dons Don’t Panic have an exhibition of posters since the millenium (their words not mine) at the Aram Gallery at the bottom of Drury Lane in central London.

Finally AOL has changed its name from America Online Inc to AOL, I know you can’t control yourself with excitement, but it gets better. Explaining the rebrand Jon Miller the chairman and CEO said “Our new corporate identity better reflects our expanded mission — to make everyone’s online experience better.” Right well there you have it. You may want to discuss it in more depth amongst yourselves. Kudos to the San Jose Mercury News.

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Nice Design Site

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The Goethe Institute has a selection of what it considers to be great German product and industrial design including the Fischer wall plug, the Nivea pot, Rimowa cases and Leibniz butter biscuits.

For obvious reasons they leave off the Volkswagen Beetle, but do include the Porsche 911. Have an exploration of their selection here.

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PSP Print ads

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PSP Print ads
Originally uploaded by renaissancechambara.

I like these new single sheet ads on the London Underground for the Sony PSP.

The designers deliberate use of white space must have taken quite some convincing of the marketing manager to sign off.

Also the poster shows that an effective poster can be done in just one colour.

Shame the PSP looks like a polished black tombstone and the UMD media standard has a failure thus far.

There are murmurings that Sony is going to try and breathe life into UMD by selling Sony Pictures films in a dual DVD / UMD package.

However UMD is likely to become a victim of the video iPod in the same way that iPod MP3 players strangled Mini-Disc.