Sara Little, Peripatetic Product Designer, Dies at 97
Working in small groups, her students designed, manufactured and marketed a product — a ski rack, an alarm clock, anything — to learn the panorama of its creation. “I see design as essentially creating order,” Ms. Little told Metropolis magazine in 2000....
September 7, 2015
Sara Little Turnbull, innovative product designer, dies in Seattle at 97
To make small apartments more livable, she designed collapsible furniture, closet shelving and folding screens. She created safer In 1974, artifacts gathered in her travels — clothing, cooking and dining implements, textiles, artworks — became ...
September 9, 2015
Haj: Make it convenient by better preparation
Slippers (flip-flops, thongs, chappals), sneakers, folding umbrella, sunglasses (or clip-on sunshades), small flash light with extra batteries, travel alarm clock, elastic eye-glass holder, baseball cap, 10 zippered sandwich bags, 4 garbage bags ...
September 10, 2015
How to Get to Thursday's Rally and Parade
As the city gears for the insanity that will be a day full of celebrations for the Chicago Blackhawk's 2015 Stanley Cup Championship Thursday, it's time to let your boss know you won't be in for work and get your travel arrangements squared away. The ...
June 17, 2015
Less luggage means a better trip: Here's the gospel
If you have a cellphone, you probably don't need a travel alarm clock or a book light. And yes, that tiny Roll your clothes, bundle your clothes, fold them, whichever — I'm not wading into that packing-light doctrinal debate. But whatever method ...
August 9, 2015
'The Folded Clock' an engaging portrait of a woman's sense of identity
In "A Book of One's Own," his 1984 study of diaries, Thomas Mallon made the debatable assertion that "no one ever kept a diary just for himself." This is clearly true of Heidi Julavits' "The Folded Clock," which is billed as a diary but is actually a ...
April 2, 2015
Waiting in Kuwait, Between Home and War
I couldn't sleep past four in the morning, when individual alarm clocks started going off one by one in the dark. Each seemed to have a sound The author William Gibson had written that your body travels faster than your soul. His book Pattern ...
May 27, 2015
Sara Little Turnbull, center, shares a laugh with Jann Crosta, left, and Paula Rees as the three check out a collection of shoes at “Connections 2007: ‘Sole’ Searching — Walking the Journey Together. ” There was an exhibit of women’s shoes at the Seattle event, including many from Turnbull’s collection. Banner/The Seattle Times) Sara Little Turnbull, an innovative product designer who found inspiration for her work in geisha styles, a Kenyan game park, an American prison and other unlikely places, died Friday, Sept. Operating at a nexus of design, culture and commerce (“applied cultural anthropology,” she called it), she studied geishas and persuaded a cosmetics maker to promote matte makeup. She saw a cheetah grip its prey and got an idea for a pot lid handle whose shape and grip minimized slips and burns. But for 30 years, from 1958 to 1988, she was an influential, behind-the-scenes consultant to dozens of major companies — “corporate America’s secret weapon,” the Corporate Design Foundation called her. She was only 4 feet 11 inches tall — “Little Sara” to friends — and she called her business Sara Little, Design Consultant. Soon after founding it, she wrote an article for Housewares Review, “Forgetting the Little Woman,” arguing that too many companies designed products for retailers, not consumers.
Since Haj is once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people, the importance of early and adequate preparation cannot be over-emphasized. Saudi Arabia is a very hot part of the world most of the year. The presence of 2-3 million pilgrims during Haj is definitely a daunting task to perform Haj in convenient manner. Consequently, light and airy clothes for street wear are most advisable. Take enough changes of clothes to make your stay comfortable, but be careful not to overburden yourself with unnecessary clothes. Professional laundry facilities are available in the country, though coin-operated laundries are a rarity. Getting your clothes cleaned professionally is quite expensive, particularly as the prices tend to sky-rocket during the Haj season. Some do-it-yourself light laundry may be necessary and is, indeed, highly recommended. It is a good idea to pack some laundry detergent and wash your Ihram and other light items yourself. For street wear, loose garments like shalwar-qamees or kurta-pajama, which is worn in some Asian countries like India and Pakistan as well as the Saudi thobe (a one-piece head-to-toe garment) are ideal and are recommended. Everything is readily available in Saudi Arabia at a reasonable cost.
All travelers hear the advice: Take less stuff. There are entire websites devoted to the pack-light religion ( onebag. (All hail Rick Steves and Doug Dyment ). I’m an agnostic in the one-bag religion: While I happily pack for a two-week trip to Europe in a carryon bag, I admit to possession of a huge suitcase (used only for the rare cruise vacation). Still, after clothes and tiny travel-sized hairdryers kept coming home unused after I’d lugged them through airport after airport, I try to follow the True Path. Even people who relish travel react to being out of their comfort zone by preparing for every eventuality. And that’s when packing heavy happens. So let’s talk about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to less-encumbered traveling. Know thyself: You have a packing pattern, even if you aren’t aware of it. Paying attention to your pattern will help you combat your packing sins. Once he’s “finished,” he begins Phase II: tucking an extra this and an extra that, one of those and some of these, into every available square inch. My pattern is to lay out every item that could be useful on the trip, then start packing favorites. It also led to a lot of post-trip unpacking of clothing that never got worn and personal care items that never got used.