How Translators Can Make Use Of Diagrams, Photographs, Samples and Maps


Diagrams are sketches or drawings of the parts of an item or the steps in a process.  While there are numerous types of diagrams, a few that Baltimore Translation Services workers use on a regular basis include the following:

  • Diagrams of Mechanical Parts. A mechanism description should be accompanied by diagrams that show its parts and illustrate its operating principle.
  • Exploded Diagrams. Exploded diagrams show how parts of an item are assembled. They often appear in repair or maintenance manuals, or in brochures attached to sales letters showing why or how a product is better than another.
  • Diagrams of Procedures. Diagrams are especially useful for clarifying instructions by illustrating certain steps.


Photographs provide an accurate overall view, but they can sometimes be too “busy.” By showing all details as more or less equal, a photograph sometimes fails to emphasize important areas.

Miami Translation Services recommend the use of photographs that are distinct, well focused, and uncluttered. For a complex mechanism, you probably should rely on diagrams instead, unless you intend simply to show an overall view, as is often done in sales brochures.  Lend a sense of scale by including a person or a familiar object in your photo.


Sometimes, Philadelphia Translation companies produce reports and sales letters that discusses certain materials, such as clothing fabrics, types of paper, or paint colors, you might include actual samples. The same holds true if you’re discussing new business forms, contracts, brochures. or such. For items like fabrics and paints, glue or paste a small sample – titled and numbered – to your report page.


Maps are excellent for illustrating areas of growth, population densities, natural resources, flight or transportation routes.