Learn more about me, my experience and what I do.
Welcome to the world of me.


My name is Holger Bartel, I’m a designer, developer and consultant living in Hong Kong.

After starting to work as a freelance web designer/developer in the early days of the web, I co-founded the design studio uforepublic in 2001. In 2009 we opened our second office in Hong Kong. Since then I have been involved in various projects, ranging from creative direction for corporate designs, advertising campaigns and a lot of digital products of all kinds and shapes for a wide range of clients.

I’m also one of the founders of Colloq, a conference and event platform. We built and run this “startup” with high standards and put ethics at the core of everything we do to create a sustainable business. To find out more about it, take a look at our blog.

I have worked in many different areas of web design & development, yet now mainly advise on strategy, design, as well as craft beautiful, well performing websites. Web performance, accessibility and general best practices are the solid base of all of them. I like stuff that works well.

You can contact me via h@foobartel.com, find me on Twitter or connect with me on LinkedIn. (If we haven't met yet and you would like to connect on LinkedIn, it would be great if you'd drop me a line about who you are and why you want to connect ;))

If you are looking for a speaker for your web design conference or a technical workshop, have a look at my speaking page and don't hesitate to contact me.

Some Other Things

In 2014 I organized the Harbour Front Web Days Hong Kong, a three-day design extravaganza presenting the ZURB Worldtour with talks and workshops around product & responsive web design. The event was kindly hosted at the Hive co-working space in Wan Chai, Hong Kong, with further support from MailChimp. Harbour Front has now turned into a regular event on web design and development that I run with Charis Rooda, and continues to be hosted at the Hive. To learn more about this event, visit the lovely Harbour Front site and make sure you'll come to join us at one our meetups.

From 2013-2015 I have been a part-time lecturer for Interaction Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design. Around that time I also wrote a small piece for about why Asia is important when designing for mobile devices Design for Mobile: Why We Need to Think Beyond the West (This article originally appeared in net magazine issue 255).

This site is powered by Kirby and serves as my personal playground, where I sometimes try new techniques and technologies. If you notice that something doesn't work correctly, feel free to reach out and let me know.