Graphic designer Jonathan Barnbrook, who founded London-based creative studios Barnbrook, is the designer behind several David Bowie album covers, including Heathen, The Next Day, Reality, and Blackstar. As Pitchfork reports, on Thursday, Barnbrook offered Blackstar‘s artwork elements for free to the public for non-commercial use.
His agency also released a statement that was shared on the David Bowie Facebook page. “Barnbrook loved working with David Bowie, he was simply one of the most inspirational, kind people we have met. So in the spirit of openness and in remembrance of David we are releasing the elements of his last album [Blackstar] to download here for free under a Creative Commons NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence,” Barnbrook wrote. “That means you can make T-shirts for yourself, use them for tattoos, put them up in your house to remember David by and adapt them too, but we would ask that you do not in any way create or sell commercial products with them or based on them. Any questions or commercial licence usage please contact us.”
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In an interview with Dezeen earlier this month, Barnbrook said that he worked directly with Bowie to discuss ideas and collaborate on artwork, and explained the meaning behind Blackstar‘s design. “This was a man facing his own mortality,” Barnbrook said. “The Blackstar symbol, rather than writing ‘Blackstar,’ has a sort of finality, a darkness, a simplicity, which is a representation of the music.”
Blackstar‘s individual elements can be downloaded for use at Bowieblackstar.net.