About Faruk Ateş

Faruk Ateş in a white suit and pink shirt.

Faruk Ateş is a writer, product designer, web developer, and professional licorice enthusiast. He doesn’t care much for third-person bios, so I’m switching voice now.

I am a mostly-white, cis-gender, heteroflexible, atheist, sex-positive, trans-inclusive, intersectional feminist man.

I enjoy creating things that are useful to people, like Modernizr: an award-winning Open Source library that has enabled wide-scale adoption of cutting-edge web technologies. Or Presentate, a presentation tool that solves the hard problems and helps you become a better presenter. I’m working on some tools for fiction writers, which I use myself for the short fiction and Sci-Fi novel I am writing.

I’m currently available for Product Design & Development-related contract work and consulting.

Previously I was Product Designer at Quantifind, a company where data science meets human pattern-matching and curiosity. I served as Design Director on one of the world’s largest government software projects at Edyt. I was the Product Designer at Apture, a startup acquired by Google; I advocated for web standards and accessibility with the Web Standards Project; and I spearheaded the team at Apple bringing their famous Online Store into the modern age of web design and development.

Besides writing this blog, my short fiction and my upcoming novel, I also write & curate Product Matters, a publication focused on the intersection of product design, ethics, and society. It combines the insights and experiences I’ve gained over the years in back– and front-end development, UX, IxD and Product Design, and entrepreneurship.

Contact Faruk

I’m most efficiently reached via Twitter, but private communications have yet to be Executive Ordered away, so for those you can use this form: