Denise Korn

Denise 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, Boston Ballet, 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 been 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. 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 sel ected 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 Boston inner high school students to career opportunities in design through professional mentorships; since its founding, the program has gained national attention and is slowly 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 Board for AIGA/Boston 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.


Javier Cortés

Javier has brought his particular variety of talento chilango to Korn since 1996. Cortés has an uncanny ability to realize complex brand strategies with ease, producing meaningful design that both delights and supports business and creative objectives.

Driven by innovation, Cortés is admired for his deep knowledge of emerging lifestyle trends, abundance of bold ideas, and dynamic visual style, serving clients in the hospitality, retail, cultural, non-profit and institutional sectors.

Cortés award-winning work has been published and honored by AIGA’s National Competition, The James Beard Foundation, Graphis, How Magazine and Print Magazine. He has also earned multiple awards from The Best of New England Design Competition (B.O.N.E.).

A native of Mexico City, Cortés received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude, from Boston University. Cortés is a Connector for Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Boston World Partnerships program, is co-curator of the exhibition ‘Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985-2010′ and has served as Vice President of AIGA Boston, where he established innovative sponsorship strategies and oversaw an all-volunteer committee, coordinating over 25 design events and programs per year.