Narcissism is a trait currently associated with millennials—consider the selfie as a seminal expression of this. For me, self-obsession is an ever-present, and probably healthy state for humans regardless of age and its manifestation goes beyond the age of the selfie, right back to personalisation. It’s a topic about which I’m becoming slightly obsessed myself —I seem to be seeing it everywhere. 

Diet Coke has revealed the winning design of the second annual Diet Coke Young Designer Challenge, announced in the U.S. in mid-May. The participants were tasked to create a design for a limited-edition T-shirt that would capture Diet Coke’s “Stay Extraordinary” ethos and mirror the style of the brand’s ambassador Taylor Swift. The winning work by Brooklyn-based Julianna Bass features a modern, self-assured woman in “a dramatically flaring red skirt” and a stepped shirt, leaning on the Diet Coke logo, placed vertically.

Diet Coke has released a new commercial as part of its collaboration with Taylor Swift, who became the brand’s ambassador earlier this year. The new 33-second commercial premiered nationally during yesterday’s “American Idol” in the USA. The spot by Droga5 New York arrives one week after Coke’s major rival, Pepsi, unveiled its spot “Mirror” for Pepsi Max starring its global brand ambassador Beyoncé.

Coke Zero is launching a new U.S. campaign, revolving around the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The brand, which was created as a male-targeted diet version of Coca-Cola, is highlighting this “men” twist in the new advertising effort, developed by Droga5. The tagline of the new campaign, “It’s Not Your Fault,” plays around the men’s right to be in the game, even when they are at work.

Diet Coke is continuing to celebrate its 30th anniversary in Europe, focusing on the “hunk” theme. The brand has teamed up with Channel 4 in the UK to create a new short teaser, featuring the well-recognized faces from the channel’s most popular shows. The new spot follows the “Gardener” commercial, premiered on January, 28, and the promotional video featuring Marc Jacobs, the brand’s new creative director in Europe.