David Bowie was an inspirational figure for many designers and artists. Shortly after the sad news of his death a year ago today, it seemed everyone took to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to pay tribute to the musician, actor and visual pioneer.
Many revealed their shock and sadness at the passing of a man who had only turned 69 a few days before, the day his latest album Blackstar was also released. As you’d expect from a community of visual creatives, many of these have taken the form of graphics and illustrations – whether drawn in response to Bowie’s death or plucked from projects celebrating happier occasions.
Here we’ve collected some of these works: not only to celebrate just how much of an impact a man equal parts Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke and the Goblin King has had on us all – but also to ensure that they’re properly credited to the artists and designers behind them. Both a year ago and today, we’ve seen many of these shared without the proper credit – especially Helen Green’s animated GIF (shown here) that charts Bowie's ever-changeling visual identity.
Helen created the GIF for Bowie’s 68th birthday a year ago – which she reworked into a trailer for Sky Art's Bowie weekend in November last year – and has created many other wonderful portraits of the singer.