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 first got hooked on designing and building on the web in the late 90s when I built a Nirvana fan website as a hobby. The site eventually grew to become one of the most popular Nirvana fan sites on the web and after countless <frameset>s, Flash intros and guestbook signatures when I sold it in 2002, I had learned many of the building blocks of the web and realized I had found my passion. After college, I moved to Chicago where I have worked in many roles in the designer and developer spectrums on projects ranging from implementing modern web standards and creating 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.
I like spending my time cooking overly ambitious food, traveling, mentoring designers,
speaking about design, drinking fancy beers,
watching the Chicago White Sox and attempting to drive really fast cars.
I live with my amazing
accountant personal Tide to Go® Pen carrier wife Erin and our Whippet Devo, who can probably run faster and sleep longer than you.