Rodney Fitch takes Robert Dyas on-line

Independent home and garden products chain Robert Dyas has launched an on-line brand called Robert Dyas Direct, offering customers the opportunity to buy anything from the chain’s 66 high street stores via the Web. As part of its growing move into digital media, Rodney Fitch & Co has designed the identity and built the new […]

BMW to keep Rover brand

While the short-term future of Rover looks safe following BMW’s sale of the car-making business to Phoenix for £10, it has emerged that BMW will continue to own the Rover brand. Under the deal, BMW will license the Rover name and brand to Phoenix.


Design group Navy Blue has been appointed to design annual reports for retailers Dixons Stores Group and Blacks Leisure Group.

Future dates

Can you hear us?; 12th International Corporate/ Brand Identity Conference; Type Directors Club of New York

Lights out

It is the season of lighting fairs, including Hanover’s technical showcase and Milan’s Euroluce extravaganza. Here we highlight some of the brightest fittings around.

The Nest puts chefs on Net at Foodoo website

Several leading chefs and cookery writers have become equity partners in a new culinary website,, which launched this week. The site has been designed by branding specialist The Nest. will provide free access to more than 2000 recipes. These are supplied by an array of contributors, including chefs Gordon Ramsay, Gary Rhodes, Anthony […]

Paper White image update for Big Bus

London sightseeing tour operator The Big Bus Company is to unveil a new identity, vehicle liveries and branding in mid-June. The new look has been created by Paper White which was appointed last month following a three-way paid creative tender. The company’s 80-strong fleet of buses will retain its existing burgundy and cream colours, incorporating […]

Clean emissions

Consumers and the Government are becoming more interested in environmental reports. Design groups are creating some original solutions.


Smithfield Design is changing its name to AMD Brand Evolution, following its integration into the AMD Group last year (DW 28 May 1999). AMD is the creative and marketing services arm of Chime Communications.

Forte plans website with on-line booking service

Design groups are yet to be appointed for a new joint Internet venture by Forte Hotel Group, Hilton International and French group Accor, which is due to be launched at the end of 2000. Forte Hotel Group worldwide director of e-commerce Michael Madison claims there is “no rush” about making any appointments, as the website […]

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