Ben Lister

Product Designer and Developer.

I am a creative leader, product designer, and developer who specializes in Design Systems. I am currently focusing on designing and scaling Design Systems at Gusto in San Francisco. I previously established and led a team of product designers who build Sprout Social's design system, Seeds.

I first got hooked on designing 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, I was ready to move on. By the time I sold the site 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 joined Sprout Social in 2010 as the first design hire. Over the next decade, I spent my time developing my skills as a designer, developer and leader as the company grew from fewer than 10 employees to 650+ and became publiclicy traded. I've recently joined the Design Systems team at Gusto, where I am focusing on establishing cross-functional collaboration processes, and helping scale the growing company's design system efforts.

I like spending my time away from the screen cooking overly ambitious food, traveling, writing, watching the Chicago White Sox, hiking, and, running. I live with my wife Erin and our Whippet Devo, who can run faster and sleep longer than you.

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