My name is Ben Callahan.
These days, I'm spending time researching and writing a book on design systems.
I believe there is only one team and that we're all on it.
I believe every interaction is an opportunity to learn.
I believe we should quiet our egos enough that we can actually hear each other. And then I believe we should listen.
I believe in humanity—I'm an optimist to my core. It can get me in trouble, but I'd rather go through life believing the best about people, even knowing I'll occasionally be proven wrong.
Most of all, I believe we should work to be a force for good in the world.
I believe in the potential impact of every individual.
I offered a full day workshop on maturing design systems to 55 people and a keynote presentation on design system culture to over 400 people.
A 45 minute presentation along with a follow up discussion led by Jeremy Keith on design system culture for Clarity, a design system conference.
I led a full-day workshop on maturing design systems along with a 45 minute keynote and Q&A session on the anatomy of a design system.
A 45 minute keynote presentation with Q&A led by Vitaly Friedman about the anatomy of a design system.
An exploration of the undeniable link between an organization's culture and the approach of its design system. The technical and creative aspects of a design system are important, but they are only two parts of a three-part puzzle.
Though they have numerous benefits, design systems are still sometimes seen as design constraints. Understand how creating a culture of trust can bridge this gap between consistency and flexibility in your design system.
A design system can unify different disciplines and lead to improved consistency, efficiency, and much more. Let's define a shared understanding of how systems connect core brand elements with digital interfaces and empower teams to work together effectively.
My new design system course is available!
This Frontend Masters course is for technical and design leadership looking for strategies to lead, create, and mature your organization's systematic design program. I offer a series of mental models to help shift the way you think about design systems, addressing the root causes of so many design system challenges.
This course covers the anatomy of design systems, how systems mature, how your organization's culture impacts your design system, and a whole lot more.
Fair warning: this is not a course on Figma, React, Zeroheight, or any other tool. This is a chance to let go of the tooling and tackle the hard problems—the people problems.