When David Bowie died there were many magazine and newspaper features, all of them showcasing many photographs of him from over the years. I was approached to design a feature on Bowie, asked to cut through this dense mass. We had all heard the term ‘iconic’ perhaps too many times at this point but that word set me thinking about how to approach this.
I decided to use his record covers but to simplify them by reducing them to flat graphics, using only a few colours in each one, like a large software icon. Aladdin Sane, with its famous lightning bolt, was an obvious cover to start with because it leant itself to having its detail stripped down and leaving just the outlines. The hair colour was close to the background cover to make the bolt and mouth leap out from the image.
Lodger and Low were both well suited to this minimal approach. I would have liked to have tried other covers as well but Hunky Dory was too blurry and full of tiny detail for this approach, and Blackstar could not be simplified any further.