Meet the Pattern Walk Designers

April 25, 2016 | | View Comments

Starting on April 29th, five new free standing columnar structures will be installed at Channel Park, showcasing new patterns created by local designers: David BatesKorn DesignJon Lopkin, Mø Morales,  and Stoltze Design. Each designer was given the tasked with creating work based on the theme of Connecting Boston’s Neighborhoods, and as you’ll see, each piece truly reflects the uniqueness and spirit of the city.

We’re giving you the opportunity to meet the designers, see the patterns, and experience the reveal of the patterns as stickers on our sponsor Viber’s app on May 5th at our opening reception at Troy Boston. In the meantime, learn more about the inspiration behind each designer’s patterns below! Watch our Pattern Walk video here!

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I am a multi-disciplinary designer, drummer, and ex-skateboarder born and raised in Boston. In my 10 years as a designer I have led the creative process from conception to implementation, operating in a range of fields including graphic design, interiors, and interactive installations. After graduating from UMASS in 2006 with a BFA in Graphic Design, I started working in the User Experience Design world at the start of the iPhone craze. After that, I spent years designing album artwork, flyers, and posters for bands in Boston and LA. I switched gears again in 2012 when I started working for a commercial interior design company, which opened my eyes up to a whole new world of design thinking. In 2015 I moved to the fashion industry as a designer for ’47, a Boston based headwear and apparel company. So, I guess you could say I like to try everything. But regardless of the industry I’m working in, I’m always trying to tell a story. My goal is to understand my particular audience through research, and let those insights guide my design solutions.

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What was your inspiration for this pattern?

If i had to sum it up in a word, it would be “exploration.” My inspiration simply came from researching and walking through each neighborhood and learning not only about the landmarks, but the people who live there. Ultimately, when this project is complete, it is going to allow people to more easily traverse the 93 border, and travel from their home to another neighborhood that they may never have visited before. That’s what makes living in cities so exciting: the ability to explore PLACES and meet people who see the world in a different way than you. It’s that intermingling that forms a city’s culture, and encouraging that idea was what helped shape this design.

Korn Design

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Korn Design is an award-winning brand strategy and design firm based in Boston. Headed by Principal Denise Korn and Partner/Creative Director Javier Cortés, we work with clients who are courageous, passionate, and driven to shift the paradigm by valuing their brand as central to their success.

Motivated by our clients’ success, Korn provides expert consultation in hospitality, restaurant, luxury-goods, and culture for top-of-class developers, entrepreneurs, chefs, and institutional leaders. We first understand then articulate the vision; expand, sharpen and polish it through the design lens.The firm has brought groundbreaking strategy and design to clients such as The Blackstone Group/LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotels, The Waldorf-Astoria, Marriott’s Autograph Collection, Boston Ballet, Northeastern University and multiple game-changers in the non-profit/social change arena.

Actively involved in the political and civic life of greater Boston, In 2003, Denise 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. Most recently was presented the Fellow Award from AIGA for her contributions as a design visionary and youth advocate and was named a Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at Babson College’s Lewis Institute and was honored by the Boston Business Journal as a 2015 Leader in Diversity.

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How does your design address the theme of Connecting Boston’s Neighborhoods?

Our design looks at connecting Boston neighborhoods in a abstract way. By pulling out the city blocks you really get a sense of the neighborhoods. When you look at the South Boston neighborhood you really begin to understand that it is a grid. By rearranging and combining all of the neighborhoods into one we create this abstract new city map.

Jon Lopkin

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Jon has over 12 years of experience in the design industry. After working in-house and at consultancies in DC, NYC, & Boston, Jon set up his own graphic design studio from 2010-2012. He then co-founded Find & Form, a digital design & development agency, which was acquired by Raizlabs in June 2015. Jon is now a lead designer at Raizlabs where he builds iOS & Android apps for a range of exciting clients. Jon lives in the South End with his wife, smiley (almost 3 yr. old) daughter, and smelly french bulldog.

twitter & instagram: @jonlopkin

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What is your personal design story?

I’ve always been inspired by design that conceptually has many layers, yet is executed with simplicity.

How does your design address the theme of connecting Boston Neighborhoods?

I focused on 4 distinct areas: Chinatown, South Boston, Dorchester, and South End. I wanted to specifically talk to the area of the installation, the I-93 Overpass in Channel Park. I once heard someone say that “a good city is one you can get lost in.” I love how I can walk through Boston every day and get lost in a different pocket. When I was researching for this project I examined different maps of Boston. I started to strip away the names of the streets and look at the shapes and textures created from the jagged patterns. I’m always amazed at how small Boston actually is and how each segmented area can feel so different. I wanted to unify these disparate areas together so that they could sit side by side and become one active unit. The pattern that emerged had to be vibrant and exhibit movement in order to evoke the unique cultures and kinetic energy in all these districts.

Mø Morales

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Rendering a wide range of creative services to globally influential brands since 1997, Mø has become known internationally as VirtualMø.  He has served as designer and artist to brands such as CBS, Infinity Broadcasting, InFocus, Intel, Jordan, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Warner International in China, and others.

While not new to public installations of his work, Mø is extremely honored to participate in the Design Museum Boston: Pattern Walk Project.  Having relocated from Portland, Oregon in 2014, Mø is eager to contribute to the enhancement of public space in the Boston area where he now calls home.  He resides in a serene, wooded area of Hudson, Mass. with his wife and two cats.

Currently, he holds a position as the Innovation Design Manager at SapientNitro headquartered in Boston’s Back Bay.  At SapientNitro, Mø established and shepards a unique program called SapientNitro Accelerated Prototyping which creates functional physical/digital prototypes that explores practical applications of emerging technology.

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What was your inspiration?

A public facing, pattern-based design project intended to connect ideas (or in this case people) is by its very nature already aligned with the philosophy and aesthetic of my personal artistic work.  My lifelong obsession with linear art evolved to include representations of labyrinths some twenty years ago.  

Labyrinths are linear, as contrasted with mazes which are not.  Mazes have forking paths that do not resolve which create paths that dead-end.  Labyrinths, on the other hand, do not fork – they are a single, non-branching path.  Stemming from the “spiral of life” motif, the labyrinth is the oldest form of human abstract representation.  In the past few millennia, labyrinths have become associated with the spiritual realm and are connected with holy places, such as the labyrinths found in European cathedrals. The labyrinth is not just a design motif, it is an essential element in many contemporary spiritual and mindfulness practices.

My labyrinth style follows the formal constraints of labyrinth designs in that it is a single, uninterrupted, non-intersecting line.  But more importantly, my labyrinth drawings are abstract artifacts of my personal spiritual mindfulness practice.  They are a concrete manifestation of my belief in the interconnectedness of all things.

Stoltze Design

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Founded by Clifford Stoltze in 1984, Stoltze Design is client-focused and results-driven, combining strategic thinking, innovative design, and broad expertise to achieve our clients’ goals. We apply a collaborative process — informed by research and leveraging the diverse skills of the entire firm — to deliver original and effective design solutions that are carefully planned and exceptionally well executed.

Our work delights the eye, engages the mind, and rewards the viewer’s interest. Honored by such prestigious organizations as AIGA, the Type Directors Club, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Graphis, and the Society of Publication Designers, our work succeeds both in terms of aesthetics and in its ability to deliver results. That’s because we bring the full force of our strategic, artistic, and technological knowledge to bear on every project.

For a quarter-century, we have exceeded our clients’ expectations by meeting daunting creative challenges head on. With our proven approach, we are confident that we can elevate your marketing and communications — from branding and identity to websites, print, and packaging — above the visual fray.

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What was your inspiration?

Alexander Girard, Norman Ives, Nama Rococo

What is your personal design story?

I was was studying fine art and playing in a rock band until I decided to marry those interests by studying graphic design with the hope of designing album covers. It turned out design had much more than that in store for me.

How does your design address the theme of Connecting Boston’s Neighborhoods?

We wanted to be inclusive not only of the four intersecting neighborhoods, but of all the Boston interesting and diverse neighborhoods and communities.

Meet the designers on May 5th at our Pattern Walk Opening…RSVP Today!