Ben Lister

Product Designer and Developer.

I am a Product designer, creative leader and (occassional) developer specializing in Design Systems. Previously, I established and led a team of product designers working on Sprout Social's design system, Seeds and was responsible for branding and leading design and vision on the website for Gusto's design system Workbench.

I started designing on the web as a hobby when I was a teenager. My first site was a fansite for the band Nirvana that featured a Flash intro, countless MIDIs, and a guestbook for visitors to deface sign. The hobby quickly became a side job when I landed a banner ad deal with the band's record label and later began doing freelance design work for other music sites. This experience helped me learn the foundations of design, programming, and most importantly, enabled me to discover my passion for design.

I joined Sprout Social as their 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. At Sprout, I developed a knack for design systems early on, creating style guides to strengthen the partnership between designers and engineers and eventually led a team focused on managing and evolving the company's design system. At Gusto, I helped reinvigorate and grow their design system practices and led the design, documentation practices, and vision on their design system website.

I like spending my time away from the screen cooking ambitiously, traveling, watching the Chicago White Sox, hiking, and cycling. Still a Chicagoan at heart after 15 miserable winters years, I live in sunny Oakland, CA with my wife Erin, our daughter, and two crazy Whippets named Devo and Phoebe.

Looking for the place to wire my recently departed uncle’s secret fortune? benjamin.lister[at]