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About Me

Design & Business

My obsession with design started when I was a 5-year-old weirdo. 

I would go with my parents to the bank and quietly collect every single leaflet I could put my hands on - they amazed me! Specially the ones with forms. I could spend hours just reading, filling, and even coloring them. 

Fast forwarding a little, there’s me going to University. I couldn’t decide between the business side of things and the creative one, so I ended up studying a bachelor in Tourism Management at the same time as another one in Graphic Design. It was hectic, but I love a good challenge! 

My focus today is precisely in the intersection between business and design. Solving complex business issues, tackling growth challenges, and developing new business opportunities through creativity and design. 

Early in my career I shifted from designing myself to empowering others to do so. I realized that what I love the most is building teams, ensuring the team and the practice can scale, and focusing strongly on developing people and helping them grow. 

Business

Strategy
innovation
business development
consulting
auditing
project management
digital transformation
agile
MVPs
B2B
B2C
B2B2C
FinTech
Gov
intranet
corporations

Design

design management
design mentoring
design performance management
service design
strategic design
UX/UI
data visualization
research
concepting
prototyping
testing
mobile app
web
adobe suite
sketch
invision

During my journey, I've helped 100+ corporations all around the world with their B2B and B2C digital transformation, innovation, and product design projects. These corporations include many leading financial and insurance institutions, as well as government organizations, including the following:

A couple of years ago I got involved with Creative Education as a way to give back to the industry while helping other people grow and develop a career they love. I had the most amazing experience as Head of Curriculum and Mentorship at Designlab while every now and then helping corporations worldwide with their design challenges via Toptal.

Today, I have founded a research and innovation firm named Moonward, and I share my knowledge on D-School, my own online creative education platform. I am doing all of these remotely, online, while I travel the world.

Leadership

Empowering people is what I love most. Enabling others to do their best work, on a fostering environment, and always striving for better performance is my thing.

Education

Creative Education is in trouble. Most institutions don't prepare students well enough. Through Designlab and D-School, I've been aiming to change that.

Design

At the core, I'm a designer. I hold a Graphic Design bachelor's degree, and as a UX/UI designer I've helped companies of all sizes in all 5 continents.

Don't take my word for it

Sara’s strongest point is how quickly she learns and adapts to not only any team but also even the most complex line of businesses. This makes her a natural strategist that is able to make order out of the messiest chaos and even create a great solutions out of thin air.

Robin Bultot

Global Head of Pre-Sales at Backbase

My learning experience was most definitely shaped by Sara's brilliant expertise and her support. Whenever I faced challenges, Sara would draw from her own industry experiences to provide valuable insights and tips but still ultimately empowered me to be confident in my design decisions.

Emily Huang

Experience Designer at Intrepid (Accenture Interactive)

I had the pleasure of working with her on a few projects. She quickly understands the customers' businesses which I believe it's a very important skill to have on the design process. Her communication and user experience knowledge makes her a great and valuable designer.

Guilherme Medeiros

Lead Frontend Developer at New10

Despite her youth, Sara is confident and experienced, but also listens to other people’s ideas and opinions. She is a natural leader who effortlessly grasps complex ideas and concepts and guides the craft required to deliver undeniably good digital experiences.

Telma Rodrigues

Freelance Translator

Sara is an amazing designer, teacher, and listener, and I am extremely fortunate to have had her as my mentor. I cannot recommend her enough based on her vast experience in design, her friendly and positive attitude, and her amazing ability to assess and tackle any situation as they came.

Autumn Tran

UI/UX Designer at Clearhead

Sara is an excellent mentor. She's incredibly challenging, friendly, knowledgeable, and constantly engaging. Her enthusiastic personality is addictive. Sara manages a large group of students but I never felt pushed to the side. I'm very grateful for being paired with her.

Michael Messina

Senior User Experience Specialist at Travelers