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.
Alisa Aronson is the Design Education Specialist at Youth Design, responsible for developing and carrying out all educational initiatives of the program. Alisa has worked closely with Youth Design leadership, staff, volunteers, and students since the organization was in its infancy, contributing to the development and execution of a variety of program aspects.
Alisa brings a wealth of skills and experience in design education to Youth Design, as well as strong connections to the region's college design community. Since 2000, Alisa has directed the Graphic Design Certificate Program at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and is responsible for all aspects of this prestigious educational program, including curriculum development and faculty oversight. She has taught at MassArt since 1999 and currently holds the title of Assistant Professor of Design. She has been an invited guest critic at junior and senior graphic design portfolio reviews at MassArt, NESAD/Suffolk University, Lesley University Art/Design Department (formerly AIB), and Simmons College, among others.
Alisa has taught graphic design to high school students as an instructor for Summer Studios at MassArt. She served for two years as a Visiting Artist and Industry Advisor for the Graphic Design Vocational Program at Madison Park Technical and Vocational High School.
Alisa is a practicing designer with a focus on design for organizations serving youth and/or education. Her clients have included Boston Children's Chorus, Children's Hospital Boston, the Boston Public Library Foundation, BOSTnet, ERS (Educational Resources Strategies), Head Start, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, Northeastern University, MIT Press, and Cengage Publishing.
Alisa graduated with Honors from the Graphic Design Certificate Program of Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English, Magna Cum Laude, from Brown University.