Boogie the Cold Away

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Introducing the Big Monocle Quarterly Playlists. Each quarter, each Big Monocle employee shares 10 songs for our quarterly playlist. Here are the picks for Q1, a Seasonal Depression Dance Party playlist to shake off the winter blues.


I used to live in Idaho. It’s a beautiful place, but it’s also a place with snow on the ground 8 months of year. (One year, the last day of snowfall was in June!) My friends and I found that the best antidote for sub-zero temperatures was dancing, so here are ten of the warmest, most booty-shaking tunes from our Idaho dance parties, each guaranteed to melt the frost away. If you too find yourself stuck in winter gloom, try basking in the sunny synth of electropop. It’s easy. Just turn down the lights. Turn up the volume. And dance yourself clean of winter’s icy grip. 

It turns out, through scouring through my personal playlists, that I’m honestly not that big a fan of pump-up, dancey music. But after searching far and wide, my 10 songs gathered consist of a few heavy-beat, dance club-y jams as well as one Heart song (cuz it makes me feel old school badass, ya know?). Added to that, throw in one electro-pop French artist and 3 AlunaGeorge collabs and you’ve got what I turn on on a February drive home, dreaming of that sweet, sweet spring air to hit me like a ton of bricks. Or one can hope it will sometime soon.

I chose a couple of good mood songs that make me pick up my dog and dance around my apartment. I also probably chose my dog’s least favorite songs. In particular, Hunnybee by the Unkown Mortal Orchestra is one you can’t help but dance to, and Attack of Panic by my favorite middle school pop duo Aly & AJ.

I get stuck on songs for days at a time, so my SDDP playlist would probably only have two songs on it: Purple Hat by Sofi Tukker and Dance Monkey by Tones and I. I dare you to explore the simple pleasures of one song on repeat for an hour — do it on a roadtrip, power through a design session, clean the kitchen, the louder the better.

A Very Big Monocle Holiday Playlist

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Ah, the holidays. A time of family, friends, and food—and the 2019 Big Monocle Holiday Playlist.

We put together a playlist of our team’s favorite holiday tunes. In it you’ll find family-friendly gems like DMX’s “Rudolph” and John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over),” as well as classics enjoyed generation after generation, like “Dreidels of Fire,” and “That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!” So jam out while you frost those sugar cookies, photograph your cat in a Santa hat, and make with the holiday merriment — from the Big Monocle family, to yours.


Our Favorite Halloween Movies

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Flicks that make Big Monocle say boo — but in a good way.

OK, full disclosure, to say these are our favorite Halloween movies may be overstating it. A better title might be “Halloween movies we’ve watched recently,” or that traumatized us in our childhoods. Oh, and one isn’t a movie, it’s a TV show. Deal with it.

In the Tall Grass

Dillon: I don’t watch too many spooky movies, but one I watched recently is In The Tall Grass, on Netflix. Based on the Stephen King book. I wouldn’t say I liked it very much but it was a thriller for sure.


Jeff: We usually watch this every year at my house. It’s based on the Roald Dahl book, and is pretty much what a Wes Anderson Halloween movie would be, if he made one. Made for kids, deeply disturbing, and maximally entertaining.

Nightmare Before Christmas

Carly: I always watch Nightmare Before Christmas! And then I watch it again… at Christmas. I haven’t decided which holiday it fits in with more. I also started watching What We Do in the Shadows, the show. Watched the first episode and it was hysterical!! Then I got 3 episodes in and kind of lost interest in the storyline, but it’s based on a movie which I haven’t seen and I’m guessing it’s fabulous. Maybe I’ll watch that tonight!

Ghost Adventures

Mayra: I’ve just been watching Ghost Adventures bc reality tv spooks me. There was one we just watched where the ghost of a pregnant nun haunted a Utah mountain retreat and it was 10/10 😂

Watcher in the Woods, Lady in White

Amy: I don’t like scary movies, but for some reason a few creepy movies were always picked for slumber parties when I was in elementary school. They are legit creepy and deal with molestation, murder, incest, and abuse. To this day I don’t like to watch these and I don’t know why on earth they became a go-to for 5th and 6th graders. See also:

The Lady In White

Flowers in the Attic

Halloween Costumes for Designers

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From Sexy Serif to Couples Kerning we’ve got you covered with these radical — and totally DIY-able — design-inspired costumes.

October is back. And if you’re like us — lovers of pumpkins, falling leaves, and sweater-weather — you couldn’t be happier. But if (also like us) you’ve put off your Halloween costume to the last minute, don’t fret. We’ve got you. These design-inspired costumes are not only amazing, they’re quite simple to execute. So put down those tired vampire fangs. Drop that overplayed zombie makeup. This is the year to become a Sexy Serif you were always meant to be. 


In typography, kerning is when you adjust the space between letters; in costume, it’s perfect for the couple that needs some extra space.
Here’s how it’s done:

  • Dress in matching outfits, the more illustrious the better.
  • Next, draw large letters on cardboard (serif, sans, monospace… anything goes!)
  • While at a party, waltz around the room with joviality holding up the letters, expanding and contracting the space between yourselves.”

Sexy Serif

In design, a serif is a small stroke added to the ends of letterforms. In costume, it’s an excuse to stand around duck-footed at a Halloween party in sexy clothes with black cardboard attached to your forehead and feet.


In design, a serif is a small stroke added to the ends of letterforms. In costume, it’s an excuse to stand around duck-footed at a Halloween party in sexy clothes with black cardboard attached to your forehead and feet.


In printing, CMYK is a color model standing for cyan, magenta, yellow and black, referring to each individual plate in the printing process; in costume it makes for a quick and colorful group costume! It’s simple:

  1. With a group of 4, put together outfits that each align to one of the four colors.
  2. Stand together at your Halloween party and let people revel in your four color combination!

Big Monocle Takes Home a Telly

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Big Monocle took home a Silver Telly for our People Team video series with eBay, featuring the Studio C actors Mallory Everton and Stacey Harkey. The Telly Awards are a celebration of excellence in video and television across screens big and small, and this year marked their 40th anniversary.

“Eye-catching, off-kilter work is a kind of our signature at Big Monocle,” said project lead Jeff White. “Being recognized this year by the Telly’s validates our team’s efforts and focus on quality. Personally,

I’m getting a tattoo to mark the occasion” 

Other Big Monoclers encouraged Jeff to get the tattoo. 

“I told him face tattoos are “in” this year, while Carly suggested he get ‘T-E-L-L-Y’ across his knuckles,” said Big Monocle designer Dillon Blue. “We’re hoping he at least splits the difference and shows up with a neck tattoo on Monday.”  

Receiving over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents, Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world. 

“You might ask, didn’t we always count ourselves among those high ranks?” said Big Monocle CEO and Founder Amy Stellhorn. “You’re goddamn right we did. But now it’s official. I mean, Jeff got a tattoo. That’s permanent.”