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 built Sprout Social's design system, Seeds.

I started designing on the web in the late 90s when I built a Nirvana fan website as a hobby. The site became quite popular, which allowed me to connect with former band members and scored a banner ad deal with the band's record label. While running the site, I chatted with former band members over email, had an ad sponsorship with the band's record label, and negotiated an acquisition of a start-up, all before I was eligible for a driver's license. This hobby turned job taught me business lessons, helped me quickly learn the foundations of design, and most importantly, enabled me to discover my passion and future career ambitions. After college, I worked in numerous designer and developer roles and had the opportunity to work on projects for clients like Ford Motor Company, CUNY, and University of Miami.

I joined Sprout Social as the first design hire. Over the next decade, I spent my time building my skills as a designer, developer, and creative leader as the company grew from 10 to 750 employees and became publicly traded. In 2020, I joined the Design Systems team at Gusto, where I am focused on building and scaling design systems. You can read more in my portfolio.

I like spending my time away from the screen cooking ambitiously, traveling, watching the Chicago White Sox, hiking, and biking. After spending the last half of my life in Chicago, I've recently transplanted to San Francisco with my partner Erin and our Whippet Devo, who runs faster and sleeps longer than any living being should be able to.

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