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digital production and science communication

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Descipher is about communication. You have a story – and Descipher has the tools to help you tell it.
Sarah Wilcox has ten years’ experience in producing creative and engaging web content, digital media and printed material. She specialises in making technical subjects engaging for a general audience.

About Sarah

“I love the challenge of translating complex information for the public and making things happen. I’m a natural communicator and ‘people person’. I have an honours degree in chemistry and a postgraduate diploma in heritage materials science.”

Sarah is a finalist in the 2015 Writemark Plain English Awards


    • Design and production of digital content
    • Video and videoscribe production
    • Relationship management
    • Creative, pragmatic approach
    • Finalist in the Best Technical Communicator category, Plain English awards
    • Science writing for web and print
    •  Traditional and social media development
    • Communications planning and strategy
Sarah Wilcox

Ministry of Education

Design and production of digital resources to communicate and support Communities of Learning (groups of schools that work together) to ‘bundle’ the services they purchase, saving time and money.

Department of Conservation

Development and production of a series of marine reserve report cards to present the health status and trend of selected marine reserves. Web and printed brochure versions were created.
View report cards.

Dragonfly Data Science

Writing news stories and case studies to showcase the work of this innovative (and very clever) small business.

View page.

Malaghan Institute of Medical Research

Annual reports for 2015–2017: sourced images, wrote the research sections and managed the production process. Produced a commemorative booklet for the Malaghan’s 50th anniversary as well as other promotional articles.
View 2016 annual report.

Curious Minds website

Wrote text, sourced images and documented processes for a refreshed website. Curious Minds is a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) initiative.

An expedition to the Kermadec Islands

A holiday/work trip to see the wonder of these islands for myself. I wrote a blog for DOC about the time spent on Raoul Island.

Robinson Research Institute

Full website production – client liaison, project management, site architecture, text writing, image sourcing, content loading – for Robinson (and Ferrier) Research Institutes at Victoria University of Wellington.

Ministry of Health

Streamlined contracting project: managed communications including email, web (internal and external), printed guides and survey.

Our Far South

As a crew member of Gareth Morgan’s fabulous trip to Antarctica in 2012, Sarah blogged about what she was seeing and learning each day. In the following year, she gave 40 talks to schools, churches and many other community groups.
View website.

Knit the Periodic Table

Curating, producing and promoting a fun project to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry in 2011. 150 knitters from around the world raced to secure an element to knit.

Massey University

Writing, editing and laying out the university’s magazines using InDesign and Photoshop. DefiningNZ is also published on the iPad.
View definingnz website for examples of Descipher’s work.

Ministry for the Environment

Wrote 100-word summaries for the 30 finalists in this annual celebration of environmental heroes.

View page.

Faculty of Science video

Producing a promotional video for the Faculty of Science at Victoria University of Wellington.

Learning Media

Writing engaging stories for New Zealand school children about earthquakes, ocean acidification, Happy Feet, severe weather and Argo floats.

Victoria University of Wellington

Creating an iPad and web-friendly Prezi (with images and video) to inform potential donors about a project to honour the memory of Sir Paul Callaghan.
View Prezi.


Editing the Public Health Surveillance Reports and annual health reports for ESR.
View website.

New Zealand Geographic

Writing a ‘parting shot’ essay about the rights and wrongs of penguin rehabilitation.


A selection of Descipher’s work is featured below. Click an image to read more about the project.


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Get in touch

  • Descipher is based in Wellington, New Zealand. Please email Sarah via the contact form or give her a call to arrange a chat over coffee.

  • 027 267 7586