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 creating Gusto's design system Workbench. I previously established and led a team of product designers working on Sprout Social's design system, Seeds.

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 began my professional career at an agency where I worked as a designer and developer and had the opportunity to work on projects for clients like Ford Motor Company, CUNY, and University of Miami.

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. 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 cycling. 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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