An Illustrated Ode to AnOther Magazine A/W16

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Graphic artist Pâté, AKA Paul Pateman, concocts an encoded tribute to our latest issue

TextMaisie SkidmorePhotographic EditorHolly HayIllustrationPâté

As legendary wartime code-breaker Alan Turing would no doubt have testified, the very best messages take some working on to fully understand; with secret codes come a world of mystery and mischief. So, when it came to selecting an illustrator to assist us in condensing the myriad meanings and references of the Autumn/Winter 2016 issue of AnOther Magazine into one engaging image, London-based graphic artist Pâté – who also goes by the name of Paul Pateman – was a natural fit.

Collecting moments from throughout the issue, Pâté concocted a series of letterforms entirely from its visual elements. "It's like a game where you can look through the issue and try and spot the letters," he says of his typographic taster. "I've taken inspiration from all over the magazine, from set dressing to fashion pieces, and even Gilbert & George's amazing ant-covered tie." There were, however, some more nuanced moments he chose to exclude – particularly the more gruesome of Document guest editors Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy’s literary extracts: "I left out any cannibal references!" he exclaims. We can’t deny that we’re relieved, the symbolism he has opted for being far more fashion-focused and very much appealing – just see if you can locate the various style moments that he alludes to within the magazine. Turing himself would have been delighted, no doubt.

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