Danny Balgley


Hello I'm Danny, an Interaction Designer currently working on Local Discovery within Maps at Google. Presently I’m focusing on enhancing the user experience around dining and place data retrieval, recall and discovery within the app. Prior experience within Google included modernizing navigational search in both maps and web results. I was also on the Zagat team at Google where I worked on redesigning the web experience and the iOS mobile app. I've also worked with UX leads on Google Earth, helping to develop and enhance their user creation tools. Before Google I worked as a product designer at digital agencies Funny Garbage and FROM Digital. Some of my past clients included: NFL, Direct Energy, ABG Avis Budget Group, Mattel, Cartoon Network, Sesame Workshop, PBS and Amazon.

Outside of work you can find me up in the Catskills slowly renovating my cabin or obsessing over old hand-painted signs. I'm also a native New Yorker, but currently based in Brooklyn where I live with my husband and dog George. Drop me a line here if you have any questions and I'd be happy to answer. 

Awards, Honors and Mentions


  • Communicator Award, Gold, Thomas & Friends; Sodor's Paint Shop

  • Communicator Award, Silver, Fireman Sam Hero Adventures game

  • Davey Awards, Silver - Best App & Mobile Marketing, Fireman Sam Hero Adventures Game


  • Mom's Choice Award, Gold, Fireman Sam Hero Adventures

  • Mom's Choice Award Gold, Thomas & Friends Site

  • Cynopsis Kids !maginiation Award, Website for TV Series, Thomas & Friends

  • Cynopsis Kids !maginiation Award Honorable Mention, Game for TV Series, Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave

  • W3 Award, Silver, Mobile Games, Fireman Sam Hero Adventures

  • W3 Award, Silver, Web Gaming , Thomas & Friends Games

  • Webby Award Nominee,  Websites Youth, PBS Kids

  • Webby Award Nominee,  Website: Games, Sesame Street Games


  • Webby Award Nominee, CuriousGeorge.com, HMH


  • Davey Awards, Winner; Gold, Websites, Family/Parenting, George's Paintbox

  • W3 Awards, Winner; Gold, General Website Categories, Family/Parenting, George's Paintbox