Ben Callahan

President of Sparkbox

Selected Presentations

  1. A Maturity Model for Design Systems 50 Minute Presentation, Delivered via Zoom for the Design Friends Meetup
  2. The Story of Stitch: Gap's Design System 45 Minute Keynote, Delivered at HOW Design Live
  3. How to Create Something Timeless 12 Minute Keynote, Delivered at TEDx Dayton
  4. Letting Go of Workflow Baggage 45 Minute Keynote
  5. Small Screen Navigation Patterns 60 Minute Keynote
  6. Workflow on Responsive Projects Full Day Workshop
  7. Dissecting Design 45 Minute Keynote
  8. Build Right: Build Responsively Full Day Workshop
  9. Serving Responsive Styles 45 Minute Keynote
  10. Get Your (Visual) Style On 60 Minute Keynote, Co-Presented with Yesenia Perez-Cruz and Dan Mall
  11. Flexible Complexity 30 Minute Keynote
  12. Responsive Retrofitting 45 Minute Keynote
  13. An Introduction to Responsive & Adaptive Web Design 45 Minute Keynote

Selected Engagements

  1. Front Conference, Zürich Zürich, Switzerland
  2. Generate Conference New York, NY
  3. HOW Design Live Chicago, IL
  1. Frontend Conference Zürich Alte Papierfabrik, Zürich
  2. Frontend Design Conference St. Pete, FL
  3. Generate New York New York, NY
  4. HOW Design Live Chicago, IL
  5. Converge SE Columbia, SC
  6. Refresh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA
  7. Revolve Charleston, SC
  8. Rustbelt Refresh Cleveland, OH
  9. Breaking Development Nashville, TN
  10. Future Insights Live Las Vegas, NV
  11. Converge SE Columbia, SC
  12. RWD Summit Online
  13. Build Right: Collaboration, Columbia Columbia, South Carolina
  14. TEDx Dayton Dayton, Ohio
  15. Frontend Design Conference, Portland Portland, Oregon
  16. UIE Virtual Seminar Web Based Presentation
  17. Converge SE Columbia, South Carolina
  18. UX Immersion, Denver Denver, Colorado
  19. Artifact Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  20. SXSW Interactive Austin, Texas
  21. Artifact Conference Providence, Rhode Island
  22. Breaking Development Nashville Nashville, Tennessee
  23. 2013 CSS Dev Conf Estes Park, Colorado
  24. Breaking Development San Diego San Diego, California
  25. Front-End Design Conference St. Petersburg, Florida
  26. Artifact Conference Austin, Texas
  27. Converge SE 2013 Columbia, South Carolina
  28. In Control 2013 Orlando, Florida
  29. In Control 2012 Honolulu, Hawaii
  30. CSS Dev Conference Honolulu, Hawaii
  31. Frontend Masters Workshop Series Minneapolis, Minnesota
  32. Refresh LX Lisbon, Portugal

Selected Writings

  1. The Anatomy of a Design System The Sparkbox Foundry

    A breakdown of the layers and parts of a Design System.

  2. A Maturity Model for Design Systems The Sparkbox Foundry

    A model of healthy design system growth based on years of research. Learn the different stages of maturity and where your system fits.

  3. The Never-Ending Job of Selling Design Systems A List Apart

    Collected ideas on how to present the common benefits of design systems to the executives who fund them.

  4. Be Better: Impact The Sparkbox Foundry

    An issue of my "Be Better" newsletter exploring how to make an impact where you are.

  5. Be Better: Accessibility The Sparkbox Foundry

    An issue of my "Be Better" newsletter exploring the criticality of accessibility in our work on the Web.

  6. Be Better: Unity The Sparkbox Foundry

    An issue of my "Be Better" newsletter exploring how design systems can build team unity.

  7. Be Better: Investing in Your Team The Sparkbox Foundry

    An issue of my "Be Better" newsletter sharing a framework for investing in your team, leading to greater buy-in and more innovation.

  8. A Framework for Collaboration The Sparkbox Foundry

    A framework for valuable collaboration that considers the diversity of perspectives and the amount of empathy a team demonstrates.

  9. Be Better: Enterprise Teams The Sparkbox Foundry

    An issue of my "Be Better" newsletter exploring how an organization's values can unlock web project success at a very large scale.

  10. Be Better: Design Systems The Sparkbox Foundry

    An issue of my "Be Better" newsletter offering an in-depth look at how to make design systems better.

  11. Self Actualization The Sparkbox Foundry

    Journeying inward, not upward: this post shares how “Westworld” provides a unique perspective on helping the folks on your team become the best versions of themselves.

  12. On Values The Sparkbox Foundry

    Values are the context for your culture. In this piece, I try to demystify “trusting your heart” by sharing that “your heart” is simply the things that matter most to you—your values.

  13. An Efficient Perspective on Responsive Design Process Smashing Magazine

    An excerpt from my contribution to Smashing Book 5 on efficient responsive process.

  14. The Cost of Compromise Words

    Every project requires compromise—every compromise has a cost.

  15. How we get There The Pastry Box Project

    My defense of the idea that we care too much about how we get to great work, and not enough about actually getting there.

  16. What to do when your project is failing Words

    A bit of advice for what to do when your project is falling apart.

  17. Project Drag The Pastry Box Project

    A few ideas about the things that are slowing your project down and how to shape your project to avoid them.

  18. How to Get Smarter The Pastry Box Project

    A simple piece, encouraging you to write more.

  19. Roots The Pastry Box Project

    Some thoughts on earning your heat and learning from the past.

  20. Dissecting Design The Sparkbox Foundry

    Dissecting the design process for a modern Web.

  21. There Is No Breakpoint The Sparkbox Foundry

    My answer to the often-asked question, "How many breakpoints should I use?"

  22. Cross-Width Consistency The Sparkbox Foundry

    Are off-canvas layouts a shiny new tool ripe for abuse? Just posing a quick question for us to consider.

  23. The Responsive Dip The Sparkbox Foundry

    An explanation of my 30,000 foot view of our industry’s current state as it relates to responsive web design.