Dave Malouf

Dave Malouf

Designer, Teacher, Manager, Observer, Leader

Austin, Texas (Austin, Texas Area)

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Dave Malouf's Overview

  • Co-Founder at Peer Loft
  • Design Principal at Rackspace
  • Principal at Dave Malouf Design
  • Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design - Summer School
  • UC Berkeley

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Dave Malouf's Summary

I am currently the Manager of Product Design at Rackspace, the open hosting company (RAX). We are responsible for all the administrative control panels for our Infrastructure as a Service, Management as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Networks as a Service systems.

We are also hiring:
UX Designer (Austin TX, San Antonio TX, Blacksburg VA, SFO): http://linkd.in/1kJB36p
FE Web Developer (Austin TX or San San Antonio TX): http://linkd.in/1kJBkX1

I have been working primarily in Internet front-end design for the past 20 years. For the last 6 years of that time I have specialized in interaction and user interface design for complex enterprise level applications for Unisys, Sony, Documentum, and now at Intralinks.

My previous position for Motorola Enterprise Mobility (FKA Symbol Technologies) combines my vast experience in enterprise applications with my desire to work on designing hybrids where screen and device are both designed together.

I am also a speaker and writer. My work has been published at BoxesAndArrows.com, Core77.com, UXMatters.com, UIGarden.net and JohnnyHolland.com as well as in print for Interactions Magazine (the publication for SIGCHI of the ACM). I have spoken at IDSA, Interaction, IA Summit, UI Conf, and have taught workshops for private corporations and local User Experience organizations around the world. (I'm available for doing workshops as my schedule permits.)

I am the Founder of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) as I believe the discipline for IxD is the most important and powerful of the UX disciplines and should be more of a focus within more organizations than it currently is.

Specialties: interaction design, information architecture, user interface design, user experience design, application design, platform design, system design, futurist, experience design, design organization, design strategy, and design research

Dave Malouf's Experience

Sr. Manager, Product Design

Rackspace, the Open Cloud Company

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; RAX; Information Technology and Services industry

December 2013Present (10 months) Austin, Texas Area

In this new role at Rackspace, Dave is responsible for the teams that design the control panels for our Public Cloud, Private Cloud, and Dedicated product lines and the customer facing pattern library that these products use.

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Public Policy industry

September 2003Present (11 years 1 month)

The Interaction Design Association (IxDA) is an organization that is working to build a community of practice for the advancement and advocacy of the discipline of interaction design (IxD). Go to http://www.ixda.org/ for more information.


Peer Loft

June 2011June 2014 (3 years 1 month) Savannah, GA

Peer Loft is a stealth start up initiative that will hopefully disrupt continuing design education and general design studio collaboration.

Design Principal


Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; RAX; Information Technology and Services industry

December 2013December 2013 (1 month) Austin, TX

My position is aligned with the Rackspace Experience Design team's goal of improving the total Rackspace customer and end user experience throughout their entire system. Part of my job will also be to create standards of practice in design within the organization. (So I've been told)


Dave Malouf Design

May 2012May 2013 (1 year 1 month) Savannah, GA

Through Dave Malouf Design, Dave Malouf provides the following services to organizations wide and small:
Mentorship, Training, Team Building, Studio Development ...
Interaction Design, Research, Strategy Development
Clients include Evoca and Savannah College of Art and Design.

Professor (visiting)

Politecnico di Milano

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Research industry

November 2012November 2012 (1 month) Milan, Italy

Was part of the School of Design's first International Visiting Professor Workshop Week, where I taught a class of 40+ students at the masters level a survey studio course in Interaction Design. The course focused on the process and practice of interaction design but included core pieces of theory as related to practice.

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

December 2008June 2012 (3 years 7 months) Savannah, GA

Professor of Interaction Design in the Industrial Design Department at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD).

Sr. User Experience Designer


Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; MMI; Consumer Electronics industry

November 2006December 2008 (2 years 2 months)

As part of the Enterprise Mobility division (formerly Symbol Technologies)
Design user experiences for enterprise mobility devices and software used on those devices and on desktops for managing those devices.



September 2007October 2008 (1 year 2 months)

I teach classes for SmartExperience.org on a semi-regular basis in the New York City area. My course topics include interaction design, RIA design and sketching.

Manager, User Experience & Principal Designer


Public Company; 501-1000 employees; IL; Computer Software industry

September 2003November 2006 (3 years 3 months)

I'm the lead strategist for the product design of this application service provider. My primary responsibility is to work with the product management team to devise strategies for taking our business requirements and make them happen within our technological framework.

In my role, my primary success was leading the re-design of the IntraLinks core application. I also succeeded in redesigning new adjacent applications and spearheading new research and development.



20032006 (3 years)

Chair of the Wired Committee

Brit Tzedek v'Shalom: The Jewish Alliance for Peace and Justice

August 2001January 2004 (2 years 6 months)

In this volunteer role I manage the overall strategy and iimplementation of IT needs within this group dedicated to finding a peaceful solution to the Israel Palestinian conflict by mobilizing that silent voice among American Jews to break through the censorship that has occurred within the Jewish community. Go to http://btvshalom.org/ to find out more info.

Sr. User Interface Designer


Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; DCTM; Computer Software industry

September 2001August 2003 (2 years)

I was the senior designer on the revamped UI for our web applications platform. I also led the design strategy for our collaboration integration into that platform.


Amarati Puris Lintas

19981998 (less than a year)

Evaluated internet technologies. Developed concepts for clients. Information Architecture and Interaction Design. Clients included UPS, Compaq, Ameritech, Nestle.


K2 Design Co.

Self-Employed; 1-10 employees; Architecture & Planning industry

19971998 (1 year)

Managed design, information architecture, for business internet applications. Primary client was American Express.



19931997 (4 years)

As Founding president of the Alliance for Judaism and Social Justice, my main initiatives included programming activities, fundraising, and chairing our first conference for Young Adult Progressive Jews.

UI Designer

Neographics Ideea srl

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Management Consulting industry

19941995 (1 year)

Web Designer and Concept Designer for early corporate websites. Clients included AT&T, Bell Labs, Dow Jones, Walt Mossberg, Mercedes Benz.

Dave Malouf's Projects

  • SCAD.edu Redesign

    • June 2012 to March 2013
    Team Members: Dave Malouf

    My role in this position was to direct the overall design aspects fo the project, coordinate with executive stakeholders and development teams (internal and external).
    The design focused on areas of information architecture especially as it relates to findability and content creation. Research and testing were used to make sure we met the needs of the different audiences that use the site. Visual design direction was based on a strict set of principles co-developed by all stakeholders.

Dave Malouf's Publications

Dave Malouf's Courses

  • Interaction Design

    Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design - Summer School

    • Computational Design
    • Physical Computing
  • Independent Coursework

    • Product Design - Pratt Institute
    • Drawing for Product Design - Pratt Institute

Dave Malouf's Languages

  • Hebrew

  • Spanish

  • Portuguese

Dave Malouf's Organizations

  • IDSA

    • April 2006 to Present
  • Interaction Design Association (IxDA)

    Founder, Former Vice President
    • August 2003 to Present

Dave Malouf's Skills & Expertise

  1. User Experience
  2. User Interface Design
  3. Information Architecture
  4. Experience Design
  5. Interaction Design
  6. Design Research
  7. Workshop Presenter
  8. Design Consulting
  9. Heuristic Analysis
  10. Paper Prototyping
  11. Contextual Inquiry
  12. Participatory Design
  13. Contextual Research
  14. Design Strategy
  15. Design Thinking
  16. Service Design
  17. Ethnography
  18. User Experience Design
  19. User-centered Design
  20. Futurism
  21. Usability Testing
  22. User Research
  23. Heuristic Evaluation
  24. Human Computer Interaction
  25. User Interface
  26. Usability
  27. Wire Framing
  28. Mobile Design
  29. Wireframes
  30. Mobile Devices
  31. Task Analysis
  32. Concept Development
  33. Card Sorting
  34. Adobe Creative Suite
  35. Social Media
  36. Dreamweaver
  37. Digital Strategy
  38. Workshops
  39. Maloufing
  40. Lecturing
  41. Strategy and Insight Development
  42. Think Aloud
  43. Contextual Design
  44. Human-centered Design
  45. Co-design
  46. Storytelling
  47. HTML
  48. Adobe Fireworks
  49. Design Management
  50. Event Management

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Dave Malouf's Education

Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design - Summer School

Interaction Design


This was a 3 week program of which I took 2 weeks.

Activities and Societies: Computational Design - Processing Physical Computing - Arduino

UC Berkeley

BA, Anthropology

August 1987May 1991

89-90 UC Experience Abroad Program to Israel's One Year Program:
Ulpan: Haifa University
School: Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Dorm: Resnik
Activities: Hillel Hiking Club, Late Night Risk Crew
Kibbutz: Ketura

Activities and Societies: Reform Bayit, Chair of the Israel Action Committee, co-Founder of Tzedek (Jewish Voices against the War) [1st Gulf War], Hamagshimim/Young Judaea, Jewish Student Union (Berkeley Hillel), Progressive Zionist Caucaus

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