Hi, I’m

Ryan Balla

A developer, team builder, and UX designer.

About Me

Creating great experiences is what I’m passionate about. Streamlined and elegant interfaces make interacting with a Web app pleasing. Effective and happy development teams ensure the possibility of crafting these experiences. Solid development practices ensure code quality and app stability.

I’m most engaged when having a role in the entire lifecycle of an app. Design is important and taking these principles to development and leadership make for truly effective teams. Being in a career that is multifaceted has been one of the best things about this industry and keeps me excited to work on new projects.

Professional Work



  • Figma
  • InVision
  • React.js
  • Node.js
  • PostgreSQL
  • Cypress

Roundhouse is a model railroad inventory and operations tool. It's designed to provide an intuitive and fun experience to what is normally tedious.

Screenshot of Roundhouse

Garfield-Clarendon Mobile App


  • Figma
  • Balsamiq
  • InVision

The Garfield-Clarendon Model Railroad Club Mobile App is designed to provide an enhanced experience for our guests and club members. A robust admin panel allows for fine-grained management of the layout. Fun and educational aspects are a delight for visitors.

Screenshot of Garfield-Clarendon Mobile App

Chicago Free-Mo


  • Figma
  • React.js
  • Gatsby.js
  • Netlify
  • Contentful

Blog and website for Chicago Free-Mo, an HO scale model railroad group. Built on Gatsby.js, this serverless site is deployed to Netlify and used Contentful for blog posts. React is used for components and interactive features.

Screenshot of chicagofreemo.org

Ridge Wayne Light


  • Figma

Designs for a proposal to add a new traffic light. Site to build support and show evidence of need.

Screenshot of a proposed website to build a traffic light at Ridge / Wayne