I recently had the pleasure of working with the amazingly talented Fernando Baptista and Matthew Chwastyk to create a 10 page, double-sided gatefold for National Geographic magazine. It took months of research and consultation with experts (and several trips to the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark--conveniently located less than 2.5 hours away from my home in Sweden) to gather information on every aspect of Viking seafaring and exploration: from shipbuilding and trade routes to weapons and clothing. You can check out the end result in the March 2017 print issue of the magazine (graphics pictured below) and online here:
In addition to the print article, I also helped with the research for a short companion animation—A Fearsome Fleet: Secrets of the Vikings—produced by Hans Weise, Fernando Baptista, and Monica Serrano. Created entirely out of paper, it brings Viking history and myth to life by telling the story of Harold, a young Viking who learns the shipbuilding trade and later sets out on a grand adventure.
Graphics: Fernando G. Baptista, Daisy Chung, Matthew W. Chwastyk, And Eve Conant, Ngm Staff; Amanda Hobbs. Sources: Vibeke Bischoff And Morten Ravn, Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde, Denmark; James Graham-Campbell, University College London; Neil Price, Uppsala University; Kenneth F. Nordan, Friends Of The Viking Ship; The Age Of The Dromon: The Byzantine Navy Ca 500-1204, John Pryor And Elizabeth Jeffreys; Niels Lund, University Of Copenhagen; Anna Wessman, University Of Helsinki; Fedir Androshchuk, Swedish History Museum.
Animation: Fernando G. Baptista, Hans Weise, Mónica Serrano, Daisy Chung, Alberto Lucas López, Oscar A. Santamariña, Matthew W. Chwastyk, Laruen E. James, Amanda Hobbs, Nils Östergren, Eve Conant, María Begoña Marroquín González. Sources: Vibeke Bischoff And Morten Ravn, Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde, Denmark; James Graham-Campbell, University College London; Neil Price, Uppsala University; Félix De La Iglesia Salgado, Andalusian Historical Heritage Institute.