Ben Callahan

Ben Callahan

President

Heysparkbox

Heysparkbox

Design System Researcher and Consultant. Speaker, writer, thinker. Always in learning mode. Founder of Sparkbox.

Upcoming Talks

Enabling the Team

For the last five to ten years, systematic design and development practices have been growing and growing. It’s no wonder that, once we put a name on this snowball (hello, “design systems”), it only picked up speed. If you manage more than one site, if you support more than one brand, if you want to be more efficient or more consistent or more unified in your digital interface building approach—this is the session for you.

We’ll start with a breakdown of design system concepts, reframing how to think about them in a practical and approachable way (The Anatomy of a Design System).

  • Where design systems live in an organization
  • The four layers of a design system (concepts)
  • The three parts of each layer (tangibles)

Then we’ll dig into the four major concepts covered by the Design System Maturity Model developed from years of work, interviews, and industry-wide surveys.

  • The stages of design system maturity
  • How a design system’s origin story impacts its path through maturity
  • A framework for maturing in a healthy way
  • A framework for maintaining stability

Finally, dig into the ways organizational culture impacts how you create a sustainable and successful design system program.

Additionally, we’ll cover the delicate balance between flexibility and consistency. We’ll discuss an additive approach to maturing that will allow you to move from one stage to the next and keep your team and system in good health. And we’ll discuss strategies for you to assess your current stage and discover opportunities to fill in the gaps you might have missed along the way.

Join this workshop for a half-day of discussion that will reframe the way you think about the people and the processes your design system was built to support.

Ben Callahan
Ben Callahan

President

Heysparkbox

Heysparkbox