David Bowie: ★ (Blackstar)

Sony Music Entertainment

The design of the packaging and marketing of David Bowie’s last album named ★, Barnbrook collaborated closely with Bowie with this and all of his releases since the 2003 album Heathen. The design follows much of the themes in the lyrics and the feel of the music. As a tribute to Bowie, the graphics for the album was released under a creative commons licence for fans to use and remember him by. Photography of Bowie by Jimmy King.

The design won Best Recording Package at the 59th Grammy Awards, Beazley Graphic Design of the Year at the Design Museum London and the Grand Prix at the Tokyo Type Directors Club Awards 2017.