Endorsements & Recommendations

“Faran is a highly talented and enthusiastic UX professional. Whilst working for me at PayPal, Faran fulfilled a number of key posts. Firstly, he worked on the "Standards and Patterns" team, harvesting design patterns from across the many PayPal UX projects in service of a more consistent and optimised User Experience across the digital ecosystem. Secondly, he worked on the mobile team helping to develop the new PayPal consumer app for IOS, Android and Windows 7 platforms. Faran made an excellent job of both roles, with the latter being especially crucial strategically to the future of PayPal. The thing I appreciate especially about Faran is his enormous creativity and his "beyond-the-call-of-duty" commitment. For example, whilst working on the Standards and Patterns team, Faran took it upon himself (and in his own time!) to completely redesign the look-and-feel of the internal design server portal. The result was infinitely superior to what we had. Faran was also the source of many innovations and new ideas, frequently coming up with creative ideas for the improvement of the User Experience. I recommend Faran highly for any UX position and would very much welcome the opportunity of working with him again in the future.”

Hendrik Kleinsmiede, VP, Global Design, PayPal / October 30, 2012

“I worked with Faran while consulting at PayPal. What immediately struck me was his passion and enthusiasm for design and the web as a whole. Unlike most designers, Faran has an excellent grasp of technical concepts. This allowed him to easily sit in on discussions with the UI engineering team and participate in prototype design and development as well as discussions about responsive design. Faran also has an significant knowledge regarding internationalization and globalization, something that a lot of designers have no concept of. and overall, Faran is a pleasure to work with. He is always thinking, always communicating, always learning, and treats everyone that he meets with respect. His wide-ranging skills and genuine personality would make him an asset to any design or development team.”

Nicholas C. Zakas, Owner, Nicholas C. Zakas Consulting / June 7, 2012


“With an uncanny eye for beauty, deep understanding of modern interface technologies, Faran utilizes Web “constraints” and CSS to create miraculously detailed interface elements, such as buttons and similar interface controls; combined within a great array of textures, there's always a moment of surprise and hence visceral satisfaction. Faran is also a passionate photographer, and I have now doubt that he will become one of the leading voices at the intersection of art, design and technology. I already have learned a lot from Faran, and so I hope, he did from, me.”

Sarah A. Brody, Vice President of Global Design, eBay, Inc. and PayPal / June 26, 2012

“Faran has been a great asset to PayPal since he arrived. He has a wide breadth of experience and brings a lot of awareness to the table regarding scalability, localization, standardization and adaptation. In a short time, Faran has showed what he is capable of and has moved to a team where his talents can be leveraged for the greater organization. I have no doubt that he will be successful in that venture.”

Skot O'Mahony, Director of Visual Design, PayPal / April 9, 2012

“Faran is a talented guy. He is a great designer and has made a big impact on the usability of our platform for thousands of users. Most importantly, Faran is a great guy and teammate. We all love him at RL!”

Nathan Hanks, Chief Distribution Officer, Co-Founder, ReachLocal / September 19, 2010


“Faran is an incredible designer and a wonderful person to work with. He has a clean, intuitive design sensibility and always finds way to make great design even better. He is extremely knowledgable about all aspects of online and mobile design, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and browser limitations and is able to create flexible designs that adapt fluidly. On one of our larger projects, his scalable web interface accommodated English, German, Dutch and Japanese localization without any changes to the CSS (and still looked great!). Faran is also a consummate team player and extremely collaborative. He takes on many user experience projects in addition to design and has a solid  sense of interaction design. He is a great mentor to new team members and is able to navigate strong personalities with ease. ”

Amanda McConnell, Director of User Experience & Product Management, ReachLocal / August 18, 2011

“Faran is an excellent designer, who takes his craft seriously. He works hard to come up with interesting ideas and always strives to deliver top-notch work. In addition, he has a great attitude and a collaborative spirit, making it easy for teammates to work with!”

Vince Tsai, Vice-President, Marketplace Operations, ReachLocal / November 12, 2010