Greetings from Chicago! Im Ben Lister, a designer and developer who specializes in 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 400 with over 25,000 customers across the world. I am currently a Staff Product Designer at Sprout Social, where I lead a small team of product designers and developers to design, build and evolve Sprout's design system and component libraries.
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 would eventually grew to become one of the most popular Nirvana fan sites on the web around 2000. 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 discovered my passion. After college, I moved to Chicago where I have worked in many roles in the designer and developer spectrum 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 wife Erin and our Whippet Devo, who can probably run faster and sleep longer than you.