We had the good fortune of connecting with Talin Gureghian Hall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Talin, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
In a year almost completely defined by epic disaster — global pandemic, a fascist president, the highest recorded temperatures in history, the raging fires in California (and Australia), Black Lives Matter and the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, happiness has become a choice. The films I love are never sagas — they are about one a small thing, a few details. Nothing really happens in them, but everything does; everything changes. Pre-Covid, life resembled the movies I never liked. Too many plot twists, too much action, too many characters to keep up with. Today life is very much like the films I love, which makes me happy. Along with: • Good light • Designing & Creating • Bread proving in the sun • Peanut M&Ms • Good wine • Dappled sunlight on a pool and Mike Leigh films.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
‘A singular voice with an uncommon perspective.’ Such is the guiding principle for Talin Gureghian, founder and creative director of ALSO Inc. probably one of the brightest and most interesting branding and design agencies in LA’s exciting new wave of creative energy. Building on over 25 years as a creative leader for some of the most influential and effective design studios in the US and London, Talin established ALSO in 2006 with the objective of bringing her clear, simple and considered design aesthetic to new audiences. Talin’s work has been recognized by international design publications and garnered awards from D&AD, Graphis, AIGA, Communication Arts, Grafik, Print, and International Design Effectiveness Awards.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Drive in DTLA at night Get your food at Grand Central Station and take Angels Flight to a secret outdoor dining area that is 100% private with the best views of Los Angeles. Carousel restaurant in Glendale Angeles National Forrest Fireworks from our rooftop in Atwater Village
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Andrew Hall / Mischa Gureghian Hall / Bill Cahan (@ Cahan and Associates) / Stuart Flake / Peter Mills / My father / The city of San Fransisco in the late eighties / London always.
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