As clients go, surely there can’t be many a designer would be prouder to work for than David Bowie. The musician’s career has been defined almost as much by his visual image and aesthetic as his music, so to work with someone that iconic (and I don’t use the word lightly), is something of an honour. Artwork for Bowie’s forthcoming new album ★ (pronounced Blackstar) was unveiled last week ahead of the record’s full release on 8 January, Bowie’s 69th birthday. As with 2013’s The Next Day, Bowie’s most recent album, Jonathan Barnbrook was brought in to create the design work. The designer has a long-standing relationship with Bowie, having also created the covers for the 2002 release Heathen and 2003’s Reality, as well as designing the graphics for the V&A’s 2013 exhibition David Bowie is.