101 Designers Create Original Typefaces Inspired By David Bowie

101 Designers Create Original Typefaces Inspired By David Bowie

As part of the V&A’s ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition, the museum is offering an exclusive print that combines many versions of the singer's name.

Emma Hutchings
  • 27 february 2013

As part of the V&A’s ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibit, Mark Blamire (aka ‘Blam’) created a typographic print that simply reads his name many times. Blam asked 101 designers to create their own typeface or pick their favorite for ‘The Changing Faces of Bowie‘, creating a unique piece inspired by the singer’s career. Blam combined the 101 Bowies together.

101 Designers Create Original Typefaces Inspired By David Bowie

The print includes contributions from Build, The Chase, Spin, Nom de Strip, Studio NMO, Stockholm Design Lab, Monocle, Paul Belford, Corey Holms, Pentagram, Crispin Finn, Anthony Burrill, Wallpaper, Martyn Atkins, The Designers Republic, Trevor Jackson, and Jonathan Barnbrook.

Designer Harry Heptonstall’s maze-like submission was inspired by Bowie’s role in the 1986 film Labyrinth, David Jones’ ‘Bowie’ is a modern interpretation of a graphic he painted on his school satchel, while Gareth Wild swapped the letters around in his contribution, inspired by the time Bowie asked his band to swap instruments.

101 Designers Create Original Typefaces Inspired By David Bowie

Screen-printed matte white onto a rainbow holographic, the exclusive design will be available as a limited release and can be pre-ordered for £45 ($68). It comes with a certificate and a full list of contributors.

The Changing Faces of Bowie


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