Denise Korn

Senior Fellow in Social Innovation

Denise Korn is the Principal/Owner of Korn Design, a nationally recognized brand strategy and design firm with offices in Boston and New York. Korn has worked with a wide range of clients including top-of-class developers, entrepreneurs, chefs, and institutional leaders, providing expert consultation on an equally wide range of assignments in the categories of leading hospitality, restaurants, luxury goods and ground-breaking strategic work. Clients include The Blackstone Group / LXR Luxury Resorts, Daniel Boulud, Sage Restaurant Group, Harvard University, and Ritz Carlton Hotels.

Korn set up shop in Boston’s South End in 1992, after six years working as a designer, creative director and art director in New York City. Since opening her New York office in 2004, Korn splits her time between Boston and New York and runs the company with her business partner of 13 years, Javier Cortés.

Korn Design’s work has be recognized with awards from AIGA’s National Competition, Graphis, Print Magazine, HOW, American Corporate Identity, International Logos & Trademarks, and the Strathmore Graphics Gallery. Korn Design was awarded a prestigious James Beard Foundation medal for design in 2009 and was again nominated in 2010. Her work has been honored by The (B.O.N.E.) Best of New England Design Competition and the C.A.S.E. Association with two Gold Awards. Korn Design was selected as one of the top ten young firms in the U.S. by HOW Magazine (1998) and she was selected as one of Boston’s 40 Under 40 Business Leaders by the Boston Business Journal.

Actively involved in the political and civic life of greater Boston, Korn has served as the American Institute of Graphic Arts / Boston, Board Chair for Business Outreach, creating forums to connect business leaders and innovators to discuss the role of design communications and its value in smart business practices. In 2003, Korn founded YOUTH DESIGN, a summer jobs program connecting talented urban high school students to career opportunities in design through professional mentorships; since its founding, the program has gained national attention and is expanding across the country now active in Denver, Colorado and Rhode Island. Korn recently completed a two-year term as Co-President of the New England Creative Economy Initiative. She currently sits on the Advisory Boards for AIGA/Boston, DIGMA Design Industry Group of Massachusetts and on the board of Kids Can Cook, an inner-city, middle-school outreach program that uses cooking and the food arts to teach life lessons.

Korn lives just blocks from her office in Boston’s South End with her husband and two children.