Dr Rafiq Elmansy

Job Role
Lecturer in Graphic Design


Rafiq Elmansy is an academic lecturer, researcher, and author with more than eight years of academic teaching for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including digital design, interactive design, design thinking, and design process. His research interest involves design for health, design thinking process, design methods, and design management. Elmansy has the status of secondary PhD supervisor and advisor.

His PhD research focuses on the role of design thinking in improving patient adherence to self-administered treatment technology. His Adherence Canvas presents the study's outcome to help companies consider adherence in their product development process. Additionally, he wrote and published several books on design and technology. Elmansy is the founder of Designorate.com, a website for articles related to design and innovation.

Elmansy is a fellow and mentor for the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), an accredited lecturer from the British Charter Institute of IT (BSC), and an Adobe Education Leader. His industry experience involves 15 years working with international clients in interaction design, UX and UI, graphic design, and branding.

He took part of the jury board in several international design competitions, including A' Design Award, Poster for Tomorrow and Adobe Design Achievement Award (ADAA).


2021 PhD in Design (Sign-off stage)
School of Design, Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK
Research topic: Investigating the Role of Creative Design Thinking in Improving Adherence in Patient-Centric Patient-Administered Treatments in Medical Technology Innovation.
2016 Master of Arts in Design Management (with Distinction), Staffordshire University, UK
Dissertation topic: The Barriers to Design and Innovation that Face SMEs working in the Creative Sector in Egypt
1999 Bachelor of Science in Agriculture sciences
Faculty of Agriculture, Tanta University, Egypt


• Graphic design
• Design thinking
• Design for health
• Evidence-based design
• Digital design
• UX research
• Design management
• Design process
• Design methods
• Social design


BA (Hons) Graphic Design


Elmansy, R. and English, S. (2021). Improving Adherence in Self-Administered Treatment Technology Through Design. European Healthcare Design 2021 Congress, Online. http://bit.ly/AdherenceCPoster
English, S. and Elmansy, R. (2021). Designing for patient empowerment in the face of SARS-Covid-19 challenges: Noctura 400 case study. European Healthcare Design 2021 Congress, Online. http://bit.ly/Noctura400
English, S. and Elmansy, R. (2021). [REF 2021] Designing for Patient Empowerment: Noctura 400 Case Study. Available from: https://noctura.com/news/. [Accessed on: 30th June 2021]
Elmansy, R. (expected 2021) The Art of Design Thinking. New York NY: Taylor & Francis.
Elmansy, R. (2015). Barriers Facing Design and Creativity in Middle East SMEs. Design Management Review. 26 (4) p.16.
Elmansy, R. (2015) Designing the 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hand. Design Management Review. 26 (1).
Elmansy, R. (2010) 3D in Photoshop for Animators. New York NY: Taylor & Francis.
Elmansy, R. (2011) 3D in Photoshop for Animators Japanese version. Tokyo: Born Digital.
Elmansy, R. (2011) Quick Guide to Flash Catalyst. New York NY: O’Reilly Media.
Elmansy, R. (2012) Illustrator Foundations: The Art of Vector Graphics. New York NY: Taylor & Francis.
Elmansy, R. (2013) Teach Yourself Visually Search Engine Optimization. Indianapolis: John Wiley.
Updated publication list: https://www.designorate.com/about-the-founder/