Rafiq Elmansy
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My name is Rafiq Elmansy. I’m a design lecturer, author, and researcher. Currently, I’m a lecturer and researcher at Northumbria University in the UK where I teach design thinking, design process, design management (design value and strategy), and brand management. Also, I read design with my PhD research focuses on design as a driver for healthcare and medical innovation in patient-centred healthcare technology. I hold a master degree in design management (with Distinction) from Staffordshire University UK. 

Previously, I taught at the American University in Cairo for four years, where he built, taught, and led three modules as part of the Graphic Design major. Teaching activities included graphic design, digital design (e.g. Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign), digital branding, user experience design, and UI design.  

I’m a fellow for the Higher Education Academy (HEA), a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RS), an accredited lecturer from the British Charter Institute of IT (BSC) to teach Foundations of User Experience, and an Adobe Certified Instructor (all Adobe products). 

My academic leadership profile includes building and leading modules, master degree supervision, and build connections with industry professionals. Additionally, I’m a jury member in design competitions including the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, A'Design Awards and Poster for Tomorrow. My industrial experience includes more than 15 years working digital design, branding, and media. His design profile includes a wide range of international clients such as the UN, World Bank, US AIDs.  

As a published author, I published many books related to design and technology for many publisher including John Wiley, O’Reilly Media, and Taylor and Francis. His books includes but not limited to: Developing Professional iPhone Photography, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Search Engine Optimization, Photoshop 3D for Animators, and Illustrator Foundations. I have several articles published on the Design Management Review and my design website: Designorate. My books and articles have been translated into different languages including Arabic, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, German, French, Turkish, Persian and others. Visit my Amazon page for more details about my books.

I’m the founder of Designorate, a web-based learning website that focuses on design thinking, design management, and innovation. Visit my website for more awesome design tools and resources.

My design creative work is exhibited in many cities around the world including Croatia, South Korea, South Africa, Brazil, and Spain. My design poster to Nelson Mandela Foundation exhibition has helped to raise funding for Nelson Mandela children hospital in South Africa.


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