Hi! I am Daniel Loewus-Deitch, a UX Leader with 22 years of experience in human-centered design, ethnographic research, usability engineering, and interactive digital strategy.

About Me

Daniel in NaviNet UX Lab

Growing up in Portland, Oregon, I have been surrounded by creative energy and aesthetic beauty all my life. For the past decade, I’ve lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts: a vibrant, intellectually stimulating, and eclectic urban community that is full of diverse cultures and exciting new ideas. I am now finally back home in the Pacific Northwest, where I am excited to begin the next chapter in my career.

Throughout my dynamic career, I’ve worked side-by-side with top-level executives, product managers, marketing directors, business analysts, developers, and visual designers, helping them craft transformative, end-to-end user experiences.

I am an empathetic, experienced field researcher who can competently gather user requirements and translate them into personas, user journeys, and successful UI designs. When appropriate, I am able to develop richly interactive prototypes. I am also fairly comfortable with basic HTML, CSS, Javascript, and scripting languages, like PHP.

With all my work, I take a keen interest in bringing business objectives and user objectives inline, with an emphasis on maximizing ROI. I am very passionate about the field of usability and I am constantly striving to further my knowledge and skills in this arena so that I can improve my overall effectiveness as a user experience and media consultant. In a similar spirit, I also spend a lot of time focusing on the interactive enhancement of UI design deliverables and improving the iterative design/validation process as a whole.

Portland, Oregon Old Town Sign

Professional Roles

Passions and Research Interests

Kicking the Fast Food Habit

I’ve always had a great passion for holistic nutrition and fitness, as well as the public policies and politics that impact people’s health. I enjoy creating social applications that encourage civic engagement and collaborative analysis so that people can better inform or empower themselves. In this mission, I am fascinated by the fluid, evolving construction of social representations and the role that emotional intelligence plays in design and communication. How are social representations influenced by various forms of media, and how do they impact the behaviors, beliefs, habits, or decisions of various individuals and groups? Furthermore, in what ways can emotion be leveraged to meaningfully enrich digital interactions and ultimately lead to positive change? These are the sorts of questions I love to think about.

Emotional Intelligence

Academic History

What I Do For Fun

Recreationally, I participate in kettlebell training, yoga, basketball, CrossFit, running, and numerous other fitness- and nutrition-related activities. I like to attend theater productions and I am a devoted New England sports fan. Additionally, I greatly enjoy live music. I love discovering local and independent music bands. My favorite music artists include Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave), The Tea Party, Modest Mouse, Led Zeppelin, Ray LaMontagne, and Tom Waits.

Kettlebells Amongst the Fall Leaves
Chris Cornell playing an acoustic live show