Get me to the ball


If formalities are to be observed in style - a thank you, a sale, the arrival of new products - then it is most fitting to do so using a design derived from a stylish and formal society - such as 19th Century Paris.

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Manners are an important part of business. It's not just about deference to the customer, but if you act with respect, you get respect back. So with this Postcard design, we wanted to deliver something of the formalised code of manners that the Victorians and Edwardians held dear, with a bit of charm - hence these line-drawn French seamstress mannequins.

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Jovanna Mendes de Souza was born in Brazil, and brought up in Sweden. She came to London to study design at the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art, graduating with an MA in Graphic and Communication Design. She is inspired by a huge range of influences, including Victorian inventions, layering different styles, and the work of design luminaries like Max Huber and Aubrey Beardsley.

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