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Dr. phil. Nicholas Qyll

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Dr. Nicholas Qyll, Graduate Designer, studied communication design at the Nuremberg University of Applied Sciences and completed a postgraduate course in communication design with a focus on brand development, modern aesthetics and cultural studies at the universities of Wuppertal and Essen. This was followed by doctoral studies at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne (KHM) and a doctorate with a design thesis on ›Visual Person Branding‹ at the Saarbrücken University of Fine Arts (HBKsaar). Nicholas Qyll’s teaching, research and publication activities focus on branding, persona studies, storytelling, visual rhetoric and communication design. Recent publications include ›Visual design of person brands: A semio-cognitive approach‹ (2019), ›Persona as Key Component in (Cultural) Person Branding‹ (2020), ›Social Media in Self-marketing‹ (2021) and the book ›Visual Person Branding‹ (2021). He offers practical and theoretical courses on the subject of design at various universities. Since the winter semester 2020/21 he is a lecturer for ›design studies‹ in the design department at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Nicholas Qyll was appointed a member of the ›Fame and Persona Research Consortium› (FPRC) of Australia. He lives and works in Cologne, Germany.

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