Denise Korn

Denise Korn, Founder

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.

Korn founded Youth Design in 2003, and is committed to closing the economic achievement gap by working hard to ensure that every creative urban high school student with passion, talent, and drive has the opportunity to transform their untapped creativity into a college education and equitable employment. Korn has introduced a new model of mentoring, helping to shape the next generation of diverse design professionals through robust workforce development and educational initiatives set in the context of design and promoting diversity in the creative economy.

Korn’s leadership nationally in professional design and business communities, as well as her work with Youth Design, has been widely celebrated with awards from AIGA’s National Design Competition, Graphis, Print Magazine, HOW and many more. 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).

Korn was selected as one of Boston’s 40 Under 40 Business Leaders by the Boston Business Journal. In 2012 Korn was honored with the prestigious AIGA Fellow Award recognizing her leadership and significant contributions to raising the standard of excellence in practice and conduct within the local and regional design community.

Korn was the 2013 ROSOFF “Mentor of the Year” by the Ad Club on behalf of Youth Design.

A graduate of Cornell University with a B.F.A. through the School of Architecture, Art and Planning, Korn served as Co-President of the New England Creative Economy Initiative and currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Boston Chapter of AIGA Boston, the Council of Advocates for Boston Arts Academy, and the Artward Bound Advisory Committee for MassArt. Korn lives in Boston’s South End with her husband and two children.