Find out more about who I am, my experience and what else I'm up to.
Welcome to the world of me.


My name is Holger Bartel, I’m a web design consultant and front end developer living in Hong Kong.

After starting to work as a freelance web designer/developer in the fairly early days of the web, I co-founded the design studio uforepublic in 2001. We then opened our second office in Hong Kong in 2009.

I’m also a co-founder of Colloq, a conference and event platform that connects organizers, speakers and attendees in an enjoyable and engaging way. We want Colloq to be the central resource for comprehensive and rich conference and event content.

I have gained expertise in many different areas of web design & development, but now mainly advise on strategy as well as design, and develop responsive and mobile websites with a focus on performance and high standards. Bottom line: I like stuff that just works well.

You can contact me via h@foobartel.com, hit me up on Twitter at @foobartel, connect with me on LinkedIn or find me on pretty much any other (more or less) relevant social media site out there. (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 reach out.


Design for Mobile: Why We Need to Think Beyond the West (This article originally appeared in net magazine issue 255)

Other Things I Do

Since 2013 I am part-time lecturing Interaction Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design.

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 monthly 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 some time.

This site is powered by Kirby, and currently uses Gentium Basic & Open Sans from Google fonts. This site serves as my personal playground, where I sometimes try and experiment with new techniques and technologies. If you notice that something doesn't work correctly, feel free to reach out and let me know. If you just think it doesn't look nice enough, I consider this site a constant work in progress which will hopefully look awesome one day ;)