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 got my start 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 score a small banner ad deal with the band's record label. By the time I moved on in 2001, I had mastered the art of the <frameset>, carefully crafted countless obnoxious Flash intros with spinning text and loud music, and I knew I found my passion. After college, I worked in numerous designer and developer roles and had the opportunity to work on projects for clients like Ford Motor Company, City University of New York, The University of Miami, and Hyatt.

In 2010, 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 700 employees and went public. In 2020, I 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 in the San Francisco Bay Area (by way of Michigan and Chicago) with my wife Erin, and our Whippet Devo, who can run faster and sleep longer than any living being should be able to.

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benjamin.lister[at]gmail.com