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Meet some of the great people who work at DK, from marketing and production, to communications and design. Find out what a typical day at DK is like by reading the inside scoop in a variety of departments.

Jessica Chun, Senior Online Marketing Manager, tells us about her day at #dkbooks

 

Jessica Chun

I’m responsible for…
The online marketing for DK’s US division. It’s sort of amazing how a bulk of my job allows me to nerd out with fellow book lovers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I also work closely with other members of the global marketing team on DK Explore, as well as the US team on our newsletter campaigns and other general online marketing plans.

(P.S. If you haven’t already, follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest)

The best bits…
Are definitely coming up with new and creative campaigns alongside my colleagues both in the US and abroad. Social media trends change all the time and our titles are so varied...it seems like every day is different. It’s really fun and exciting trying to figure what will resonate with our online community.

My favorite spread…
Now this actually comes as a surprise to me, but I will have to give it to Super Bug Encyclopedia. If I saw any of these guys in real life I would probably shriek in terror and immediately run in the other direction, but the stunning pages of this book really turn them into gorgeous and majestic creatures.

Here is one of my favorites:

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Mike Sanders, Publisher of DK Life, gives us an inside look into his daily life at DK

 

I’m responsible for…
A relatively small but passionate and productive group of editors, designers, and support staff who oversee the Idiot’s Guides list, idiotsguides.com, the local US publishing program in the Life division, and adapting the global Life list for the American market.

The best bits…
Identifying new trends to publish, finding creative ways to turn those ideas into books that stand out from the competition, and collaborating with our team in the Indianapolis office and with our colleagues in the UK to bring those books to life.

My favorite product…
Too many to choose from! I’m very proud of all the books we’ve done to date and I really feel like each one raises the bar for the next. But as a gym rat, I’m a little biased toward the fitness books so I’ve chosen Bodyweight Workouts for Men.

Did you know?...
Our core series, Idiot’s Guides, has been around for 22 years, translated in 26 different languages, and sold more than 40 million copies to date.

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Christine Borntrager, Technology Manager, North America, tells us what it’s like to work on the DK Technology Team

 

I’m responsible for...
Technology for the DK North America sites (NYC, Indianapolis, Roseville and Toronto) and liaising with the global DK Technology Team.

The best bits...
No two days are alike; different questions and issues occur that make for varying challenges and rewards. I also get to work with amazing DK colleagues who ​have an array of technology skills as well as personalities.

DK is an leaner entity operating within a larger enterprise, so we are able to quickly cut through layers for faster project implementations and finding answers or solution to problems.

Interacting with my UK colleagues who provide continual support and guidance, even though we are 5+ hours apart, is made easier due to routine Google Chats and Hangouts.

My favorite spread...
I’m fascinated every time I open Design: The Definitive Visual History.

One of the chapters I always refer back to is “Art Nouveau, Electric Lighting”. In particular, the spread on “Louis Comfort Tiffany” provides a glimpse into his aesthetic for working with colored glass. The designs, originally manufactured in a primarily women staffed NYC factory, date back to the late 1800’s.

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