I’m an experienced design researcher, copywriter, and translator. I use Japanese and Dutch for all three services.

Design Research

As a design researcher, I draw out insights about people’s behaviour, and underlying motivations, desires, hopes and struggles so that organisations can better understand their users, stakeholders, or constituents.

Read more about my design research expertise here.


I create clean, compelling prose that conveys the mood, attitude and message of the client. I’m also an eagle-eyed editor that’s allergic to waffle.

I’ve worked with clients including EIT Climate-KIC, leading Dutch architectural studios Bentham Crouwel and Marc Koehler Architects, Japanese conglomerate Marubeni, the Amsterdam city government, and product and design studio AQ.


I translate from Japanese > English and Dutch > English.

I have experience as an interpreter for presentations, interviews, and meetings from Japanese > English.

I can transcribe Japanese audio directly into English. This is useful for projects conducted in Japan for non-Japanese clients.

“I’m always looking for excuses to work with Sophie because she’s the best kind of collaborator.

She brings with her a mix of positive energy, open mindedness, critical rigor and quick footwork to projects that makes the hard parts feel fun, important and attainable for everyone involved.”

– Chris Palmieri, Managing Director and co-founder of AQ

Let’s create something together.

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