Greetings from Chicago! Im Ben Lister, a designer and developer who specializes in building Design Systems.
In 2010, I joined Sprout Social as the first design hire. Since then, I’ve spent my time designing, coding and prototyping as the company has grown from less than 10 employees to more than 500 with over 20,000 customers across the globe. I am currently the Design Systems Lead at Sprout Social, where I work with a small team of full-stack product designers and developers to build, evolve and implement our Design System and Component Libraries across our products.
I got my start in the industry working as a freelance designer creating websites for local businesses as a teenager. I moved to Chicago in 2006 where I have worked in many roles in the designer and developer spectrum on projects ranging from implementing modern web standards and building templates for hundreds of radio stations to building interfaces for clients like Ford Motor Company, City University of New York, The University of Miami and Hyatt.
When I need a break from the mesmerizing glow of the Incredible Retina Display™, I like spending my time cooking overly ambitious food, traveling, mentoring designers,
speaking about design, drinking fancy beers,
watching the Chicago White Sox or driving really fast cars
on a race track.
I also have a Whippet named Devo who can definitely run faster and sleep longer than your dog and an amazing
accountant personal Tide to Go® Pen carrier wife named Erin.