Congress & Packaging?
Well, lawmakers in Congress will sometimes call proposed legislation a “package.” (As in: “Senate approves spending package on debt.”)
But aside from that usage of the term, you don’t expect to hear a lot of debate about packaging in the halls of congress. And you certainly don’t expect to see many package designers called upon to testify before Congress.
For Day 7 of our extended “Robert Sidney Dickens Week,” we’re going back in time (to Washington) with Sid Dickens.
As I mentioned at the end of the previous post, Dickens is one package designer who has testified before Congress. He appeared before Senator Hart’s 1961 “Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly of the Committee on the Judiciary.” He testified about package design in a hearing on “Packaging and labeling practices.”
But, in a way, Dickens had already “testified” before Congress a decade earlier in a 1950 “Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations.”
(More about all this, after the fold…)