Our Story

The journey began when a language entrepreneur decided she would create her own marketing materials. For a professional result, she started learning design and happily plunged into the intriguing world of colour, shape, and type.

She quicky realised that she loved creating layouts, choosing colours, and playing with fonts. She designed her own logo, business card, CV, brochure, and website – and truly enjoyed every stage of the process! That was it: she had fallen in love with design.

But there was still something missing. She couldn’t keep this gift to herself. Colleagues near and far were struggling to give their businesses the polished edge they need to take things to the next level. She knew what she had to do.

The first design clients came in no time and the one-woman band rapidly evolved into a husband and wife team. Recently, we have joined forces with equally passionate creatives and grown into a close-knit company, providing the expert design services we once needed.

We believe in entrepreneurship

People who create their own jobs so they can do what they love for a living have our utmost respect and admiration. Our goal is to support that dream by offering affordable, hassle-free services.

With language and translation backgrounds, our core team run their own freelance businesses as translators, copywriters, and teachers.

By helping other language professionals thrive, we feel we’re contributing to the professionalization and credibility of the language industry. And we love it!

We’re Portuguese

We’re happily based in Coimbra, a charming city in central Portugal with rich academic traditions and one of the oldest universities in Europe.

​As a language nerd, you’ll be interested to learn that Coimbra is known as the city of poets. Many Portuguese writers have either studied or worked here and developed a strong connection to the city, which reflected in their writing.

There’s even a hill called Penedo da Saudade, where many poems are literally written in stone as if they were eternal love songs for Coimbra.

​Look out for us working hard on a cafe terrace in the summer or in a traditional pastry shop in the winter!

Nice to e-meet you

We’re the husband and wife duo who will be guiding you through the whole process

Hi! I’m Sara

​Dreamer and founder of Designing Translations, I’m the team’s project manager and designer. You can expect timely replies, regular updates on your project and all the support you need.

With a background in translation and training in graphic design, I’m always ready to jump from commas to colours. I love learning about my favourite fields and regularly invest in CPD to serve you better.

I prefer the country to the beach, afternoons to mornings, and good old board games to on-screen fun. My partners in crime? Definitely my precious MacBook and an indispensable cup of steaming Moroccan tea.

Hi! I’m Sam

As co-founder of Designing Translations, I’m Sara’s second pair of eyes and her right-hand man. I’m also the tech-savvy support, grammar geek and the attentive linguist she can always rely on.

Split between a passion for languages and computers, I’ve chosen the linguistic path and haven’t regretted it (yet). However, Designing Translations is a great excuse to delve into the tech world now and then.

I’ve always been fascinated by country borders and I’ve been to almost every spot where Portugal and Spain officially hold hands. I prefer rainy days to the warmest sunshine, quiet solitude to noisy crowds, and poetry to film.

We are not alone!

We work alongside other creative professionals to present  you the results you deserve and build a brand you can be proud of.


Brand designer


Web designer


Video editor


Legal expert

Our workflow

1 . You reach out

You get in touch with us by email, social media, phone or WhatsApp.

2. We listen to you

We send you our super practical questionnaires to assess your business needs and preferences.

3. You get a detailed quote

You receive a proposal with all the info about your project, including services, a timeline, general conditions, and an installment plan.

4. We start work

Once we have all the info we need for the project, we’re ready to get the pen rolling. (Literally!)

5. You get news from us

We send the first creative proposal and you take the time to analyse it. You can ask for amends or an extra round of proposals. We only stop until you’re completely happy.

6. You grow your business

Show the world your newly crafted materials and reap the benefits of a professional-looking language business!

Have any questions? Need a quote?

We'd love to hear from you!