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Artist Series: Q+A with Niklas Lundberg

![niklas-lundberg](/content/images/2015/04/niklas-lundberg.jpg) Niklas Lundberg, born and raised in Umeå, Sweden, is known for his abstract and inspiring digital work.  Specializing in design and illustration he has worked with a wide range of international clients such as Nissan, Infiniti, Red Bull Racing and the Grammy’s. His work has also been featured in various publications including IdN Magazine and Computer Arts. Q+A with Niklas Lundberg What inspired the Mogo Card design you created? Perhaps you can talk about where the elements come from and how everything comes together? During the concept phase I was really inspired by dark sci-fi films like Prometheus / Alien. In the beginning I intended to go completely alien but then I came up with the idea of incorporating a guy to make the transformation. One of my colleagues Simon Sjödin was more than happy to participate in a quick photo shoot. Totally committed to the character, he screamed his guts out during the photo shoot. It was pretty intense! Everything was built using Zbrush, textures, lots of line work and endless hours of grinding and obsessing over details. Thanks to Robert Elmengård who helped me set up the lighting and take

Artist Series: Q+A with Mike Joyce, Graphic Designer and Creator of Swissted

We’re big fans of excellent design here at Mogo and have been working closely with a group of talented designers to bring you over 30 Mogo Card designs. In this blog series, we’ll profile some of the designers we’ve been working with, his or her latest project and showcase the limited edition Mogo Card design(s) created exclusively for the Mogo community. The Mogo Card Artist Series This spring, we’re thrilled to release the Mogo Card Artist Series with the first cards by world renowned artist, Mike Joyce. Joyce is best known for his graphic design work in the music and entertainment industry. He’s designed album covers for musicians like Iggy Pop, Katy Perry, Aretha Franklin and more. His latest creation is Swissted – a personal project recently turned into a 200-page book.  In *Swissted: Vintage Rock Posters Remixed and Reimagined *(Quirk Books, $28) Joyce redesigns show flyers for legendary punk, new wave and indie rock concerts in international typographic style. Every single one of these shows actually happened and each design is set in lowercase berthold akzidenz-grotesk – not helvetica, as noted on his website. I’m partial to his design for Iggy Pop with the

The Origin of Oktoberfest

While I was sipping a delicious pumpkin beer last week (thanks to fellow Mogoer Sean Yu for the awesome recommendations), I ran smack dab into an Oktoberfest celebration at my local pub. Besides the awesome beer discount and delicious sausages that that implies, it also got me thinking about the reasons behind the Oktoberfest. Why do Germans and friends of Germans get their own week of beer drinking and oom pah pah-ing? I didn’t know! So I looked into it. You’re welcome. Oktoberfest is over 200 years old, for starters, and it began with the marriage of the Bavarian King Max Joseph, later King Ludwig I, to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen (try saying that one three times fast). The celebration took place in what is now Munich, and became a national holiday thereafter, gradually adding in an agricultural fair, games and beer pubs (ay! There’s the rub!). The traditional costuming of lederhosen, for men, and drindls, the lady version, came shortly thereafter, and the celebration grew longer and more involved in the decades hence. In Munich, several different parties—hosted by the seven major breweries—would gather together around a central meeting place, which is where our

Toronto's best comic book stores (and maybe Canada's)

The evergreen comic book has managed to thrive thanks to the subculture of enthusiasts who carry from one generation to another the urban mythology of Gotham city or spawn fantastical new heroes and villains. Toronto has always been a haven for the comically minded, made even more popular by the exploits of Scott Pilgrim. Tucked in inconspicuous nooks and crannies, the comic book stores of Toronto are some of the best in the world. The Beguiling Books and Art: This magical store is owned by Peter Birkemoe whose personal touch is what makes it so special. The large range of unusual titles is one of The Beguiling’s most attractive features. The store is clean and well-appointed and the staff are knowledgeable and friendly. You can find The Beguiling at 601 Markham Street. The Silver Snail: This is a centrally located store which is more mainstream than its eclectic sidekicks. The Silver Snail has an impressive selection including action figures and manga. You can find the Silver Snail at 321 Yonge Street. Excalibur Comics: was established in 1987 and is tucked away in its original location near the old Kingsway Cinema. The founder Robert Chin still rocks the counter in

Family fun for under $20

It’s the dog days of summer and if you want to get in the last couple of family fun days and nights, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Although the best things in life are free, you can have a really amazing time for under $20 too! Museums Every museum has discount days and nights. Just consult your local museum website to see which times are best for the frugal family. You can also save on snacks by packing a family picnic to be enjoyed in the museum grounds or a nearby park. Match your picnic to the museum theme, for example a trip to the dinosaur exhibition can be followed up with barbequed ribs while sandwiches cut into interesting shapes are the perfect snack after the museum of modern art. Camping adventure Camping can be an expensive affair, unless you do it in your backyard. Don’t have a backyard? Ask a neighbour or family member to lend you theirs. Pitch a tent and have a barbeque. Play flashlight tag, stargaze and tell campfire stories. The family that plays together… Collect a couple of large corrugated boxes from your local grocery store. Spend