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


My name is Holger Bartel. I’m a web designer & developer.

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, from brand identity, advertising campaigns and a lot of digital products of all kinds and shapes for a wide range of clients.

I have worked in many different areas of web design & development, yet now mainly design and hand-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 Mastodon 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. Don't hesitate to contact me.

Some Other Things

In 2014 I organised the Harbour Front Web Days Hong Kong, a three-day design extravaganza presenting the ZURB World Tour 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 turned into a regular event on web design and development that I ran with Charis Rooda, hosted at the Hive in Hong Kong.

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 piece 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, the best CMS in the world*. It 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.

(* obviously this is my personal opinion, but I like it a lot and it served me well over all those years.)