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10 Minute Make-Up Giveaway

We’re running a competition for you to win your very own copy of 10-Minute Make-Up!

Resident make-up artist on Germany’s Next Top Model series, Boris Entrup is legendary in the make-up industry for his passion, creativity and influence. His latest book 10-Minute Make-Up gives you everything you need to transform your image in record time. Still not convinced? Here’s Boris demonstrating some essential make-up techniques:

Take part in our competition on Facebook to be in with a chance to win this fabulous new book!

DK Food & Drink on YouTube

We know that nothing beats freshly cooked homemade food so we’ve got a wonderful array of colourful videos to give you a helping hand with your recipes, guiding you along each step of the way.

Breakfast can often be an uninventive meal but by cooking up a batch of our French Toast with Blueberries you’re sure to rapidly become everyone’s favourite family member! This video provides step-by-step pictures of what your French toast should look like, ensuring that you get it just right, whether you’re making it yourself, or with your kids.

With guidance from the queen of cooking herself, Mary Berry, on How to Cook Roast Chicken, from her comprehensive guide, Mary Berry’s Cookery Course, you can guarantee an impressive result every time!

For treats all day round, take a look at our vanilla cupcakes recipe video from Step-by-Step Baking. This video shows you how to make delicious cupcakes and top them with a professional looking swirl of vanilla buttercream icing, making them look as if they are straight out of a bakery. If you can bear to give any away, they also make an ideal gift!

Next time you are in the kitchen give these recipes a go!

Tribute to Yoga Guru B.K.S. Iyengar

‘I always tell people, live happily and die majestically.’ – B.K.S. Iyengar

This is the quote that you will find on the homepage of the Iyengar Yoga website and seems the most fitting way to pay tribute to legendary yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar, who has sadly passed away aged 95.

B.K.S. Iyengar triumphed over poverty and ailments to master and revolutionize the art of yoga. Credited with bringing yoga to the West, he has also made it accessible to millions of people all over the world. We had the privilege of working with Iyengar on his yoga books and interviewed Penny Chaplin, to whom Mr Iyengar was a teacher and guide for forty-five years.

“He never realised that his work would be taken up in the way it was; that he would become a famous man and that his yoga would be taught in all four corners of the world. He has had a huge impact on the lives of millions of people who practise ‘Iyengar Yoga’. More importantly he didn’t set out to convert the world. It wasn’t his ambition to become famous. His teaching promoted itself because it was truthful and taught with sincerity.  Anyone who goes to class or practises at home experiences the very profound effect of ‘Iyengar yoga’ on body, mind, spirit and emotion.” – Penny Chaplin

B.K.S. Iyengar 1918 – 2014

B.K.S. Iyengar

The History of the DK Logo

This year we’ve been celebrating our 40th anniversary and there’s no better reminder of our heritage than the iconic DK logo. Stuart Jackman, DK Children’s Design Director, tracks the evolution of this logo over the last forty years.

When DK was founded in 1974, the company was not a publisher but a book packager and so there was no need for a logo as such. We did need an identity however, so Peter Kindersley’s father, David Kindersley, created a unique font to use on the company stationery. This font was hand-drawn and reflected the calligraphic qualities that David Kindersley was famous for. However it was not a font as such and so couldn’t be used in any typesetting system and only existed as the letters used in the colophon.

DK logo 1974

A couple of years after the founding of the company, when DK had around twenty books to sell to publishers worldwide, there was a need for a catalogue and David Kindersley created the cover. His design can be seen as the birth of the DK logo!

DK logo 1976

When DK first became a publisher a logo or some sort of mark was essential for use on the book covers. It was the precomputer age and the first actual logo was an evolution of this catalogue cover. It was hand-drawn and still had the calligraphic qualities with cross-hatching on the “cover” of the book and a very non-mechanical feel. The hand-drawn qualities soon proved to be a difficulty when the logo was used at a small size on spines, with the cross-hatching filling in and the hand drawn lines of the grid breaking up.

DK logo

To counter this, a new version was created. The number of pages in the book were reduced and the letters D and K were based on the font Garamond.

DK logo

After DK was aquired by Pearson in 2000 it was agreed that the time was right for a modernisation of the logo. The international design group Pentagram was engaged and part of their brief was to improve the impact of the logo on book covers. In the version below they were able to increase the size of the D and K by around 20% but still keep the logo the same size. They also introduced a less rigid cover with more curves to the book cover which was thought softer and more contemporary. The diagonal grid lines were removed to improve readability.

DK logo

In 2014 the DK logo has been modified again to improve readability and visibility on the books and in digital products. Even in this digital age the logo is still very much a book and retains much of the feel of David Kindersley’s original.

DK logo 2014

 

Being ‘better by design’ is an important part of what makes our illustrated non-fiction books unique and our iconic logo continues to represent the high quality design that is essential to every book we create. So here’s to another 40 years of great design and that open book with two little letters telling you everything you need to know…DK.

Want to get a sneak peek of our new books?

We’re looking for a group of adults and two groups of parents along with their children to trial our fantastic new books…We’ll have plenty of snacks, drinks and goodie bags for them to take home! As well as lots of tea and cake for the adults!

There will be three different focus group sessions.

Session 1

Date & time: Monday 18th August, between 10.00 and 12.00
Age: Adults
Testing: New Knowledge titles: 100% Human and Wildlife of the World.

Session 2

Date & time: Tuesday 19th August, between 14.00 and 16.00
Age: Teenagers along with their parents
Testing: New teen knowledge titles: Careers and Heads Up Philosophy.

Session 3

Date & time: Wednesday 20th August, between 14.00 and 15.00
Age:  Children aged 8 – 10 along with their parents.
Testing: How To Do Maths.

If you are available to come to our London office at these times and dates, drop us an email at social.media@uk.dk.com by Monday 11th August 2014.

New and Updated Books for August 2014

All of these books are out today!

New and updated DK books published August 1 2014

Find out more…

The Science Book: http://ow.ly/zPOeB
Kid’s Birthday Cakes: http://ow.ly/zPOjX
LEGO Chima Character Encyclopedia: http://ow.ly/zPOqf
Snakes and Other Reptiles: http://ow.ly/zPOCh
Do You know Who You Are? http://ow.ly/zPOLj
Science a Chldren’s Encyclopedia: http://ow.ly/zPOPd
Why? Encyclopedia: http://ow.ly/zPOUK
Knowledge Encyclopedia Dinosaur! http://ow.ly/zPP0t

DK Needs You!

We’re looking for children to trial our fantastic new homwork help website and lots of new books…We’ll have plenty of snacks, drinks and goodie bags for them to take home!

There will be three different focus group sessions.

Session 1

Date & time: Monday 18th August, between 14.00 and 16.00
Age: 5 – 9 year olds
Testing: Factivities, like LEGO City Ultimate Factivity Collection and Spider-Man Ultimate Factivity Collection

Session 2

Date & time: Tuesday 19th August, between 10.00 and 12.00
Age: 4 – 11 year olds
Testing: DK Reads books, that’s titles like LEGO® Mixels Meet The Mixels and Star Wars What Makes A Monster?

Session 3

Date & time: Wednesday 20th August, between 10.00 and 11.00
Age:  7 – 11 year olds
Testing: Our new (and yet to be released) DKFindOut! homework help website

If you are available to come to our London office at these times and dates, drop us an email at social.media@uk.dk.com by Wednesday 6th August 2014.

Celebrating DK’s 40th birthday

This year we at DK are incredibly proud to say we have turned 40 years old. Established in 1974 we have grown and changed over the years to become the publisher we are today. However, we have always stayed true to our fundamental aim, to inform, enrich and entertain.

DK Logo 1974 - 2014

Hmm but how to share our 40th birthday celebrations with as many readers across the world as possible? Why through the brilliant mediums of Twitter and Facebook of course!

We had tonnes of fun researching facts about DK (as well as how the world has changed in the last 40 years) to share with you. These ranged from how many Eyewitness titles we have published (150); to how many people have set foot on the moon in that time (0), to sharing DK photos of years gone by, kindly provided by former DK author Alan Buckingham.

DK 40th Throwback

By far the best thing about these celebrations were the fantastic comments and tweets we received from readers of all ages; from the USA to Canada and Australia you guys helped us celebrate our 40th anniversary in style.

Thank you all and here’s to another 40 years!

To view all of our 40th birthday celebration facts and photos check out our #DK40 photos on facebook.

Cardboard Cities and Monster Menageries

This summer, DK Art Editor Jemma Westing’s Brilliant Builds workshop pitched up at both Glastonbury and Latitude festivals. Armed with a large pile of cardboard kindly donated by DK, children got creative with recycling, building a thriving cardboard city at Glasto and a menagerie of monsters and dinosaurs at Latitude.

Collin the Stegosaurus was made entirely from DK boxes. That’s the kind of inventive recycling we want to encourage – let your imagination run wild and go green creatively!

Jem would like to thank everyone who kindly donated materials to Brilliant Builds; without you, it couldn’t have happened.

 

The Brilliant Builds workshop tent at Glastonbury 2014

Beautiful Builds tent at Glastonbury 2014

Colin the dinosaur doesn’t like hats…

Beautiful Builds at Latitude 2014

The Loch Ness Monster at Latitude Festival 2014

Beautiful Builds at Latitude 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Maps – A Very Beautiful Book

We’re so excited to have received the first  copies of our new book, Great Maps by Jerry Brotton:

Great Maps

 

Great Maps takes you on a journey through the history of maps, from ancient maps such as medieval mappa mundi to Google Earth. Each map provides a window into the age in which it was created and the world view at the time, as well as showing you what was known and unknown by people of the period.

Plus, you might have noticed that Great Maps has a beautiful gold DK logo on the spine, a departure from our usual black and red!

Great Maps publishes 1 September 2014 but you can pre-order your copy now from retailers such as Wordery and Amazon.

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