Hi, I’m Ben 😊


Infrequent notes & strong opinions weakly held, usually (but not exclusively!) about designing, building & shipping user interfaces for the web.







Side Projects

San Blas

A flexible, component-first static site generator.

Frustrated with the priorities and tradeoffs in popular static site frameworks, I made one with different priorities.


I’ve been privileged enough to travel all over the world with my best friend. While seeing the sights, meeting new friends and tasting the food, we’ve taken some photos.

benandcamilla.in is a hand-rolled photoblog and an attempt to show that big, beautiful photo stories can be done faster, better and simpler independent of the behemoth publishing platforms.

Dormant projects


In a case of right place right time, after dabbling in a few 🚤 career 🤖 options 🎬 I found myself in the new-ish field of web design, in a city with an selfishly large share of the industry’s best & brightest to learn from.

I’ve been building user interfaces at Envato since 2011.


I’ve presented talks on web design and development at local meetups, at work and at the occasional conference. Public speaking still terrifies me.


I write open source code and build side projects on GitHub, suit up on LinkedIn and am usually the human behind bensmithett everywhere else.

Be kind. Assume good intentions. Always buy the tourist photo.