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Ben Callahan

Ben Callahan

Sparkbox was founded in 2009 with a mission to build a better web. As President, Ben has helped lead and grow the organization while they work alongside clients like Gap, The Oklahoma City Thunder, and Stanford University.

He’s focused his energy most recently on developing a maturity model for design systems, articulating the anatomy of design systems, and chronicling his findings about workplace culture in the tech space. When not knee-deep in these explorations with others, Ben is a father, partner, poet, and home barista. His personal motto is, “Stay in learning mode” and this helps him to remember that every interaction is an opportunity to grow.

Ben Callahan's Talk

Design System Culture

November 15 – 9:40 AM

The culture of your design system is greatly impacted by the culture of your organization. Ben will share how understanding this, will impact the way you approach creating a sustainable systematic design practice. We’ll examine the various types of organizational cultures and consider how they work together (and how they don’t).
Spoiler: the cultural work is the hardest work 😅. This talk will help you face that challenge head-on and shape your approach, making your system more sustainable.