john-out to lunch

Mati and John
Mati and John

Around the office, we have always had an “inkling” that John marches to the beat of a different drummer. So the fact that this fellow designer has decided to take a 6-month sabbatical to work on a personal project has come as no surprise.

John and his wife, Mati, have a project they have been working on together since Valentine’s Day, 1999, when John did a little treasure hunt for her, stashing clues around the house, ultimately leading to a gift that neither of them remember now. However, they both remember the places the clues were hidden, the hunt itself, and how Mati instantly decided that they needed to figure out a way to turn it into a product and spread the fun. Within the hour, they were holed up a coffee shop sketching ideas and brainstorming. And thus Inklings was born.
Eleven years and two print runs later, the Inklings product is available and ready to share, but they’ve had problems getting it into the right distribution channels. That’s what the 6-month sabbatical is for—a new plan.
Good luck you crazy kids.


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Tom Foerstel : Founder & President

Tom Foerstel

Founder & President

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, Tom developed a strong desire to create positive change for people and planet.


He went on to pursue his passion for art and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for design firms in Southern California before moving to Boise, Idaho in the early 80’s. Foerstel Design opened its doors in 1985. Since its inception, the firm has cultivated a bold, happy, forward-looking team focussed on creating distinct and effective work on behalf of their clients.


An integral part of Tom’s philosophy is giving back to the community in which he lives — a company cornerstone that drives Foerstel’s long history of providing pro-bono services to local non-profit humanitarian and arts programs.


One of Tom’s proudest personal achievements is his ability to say Supercalifragilisticexpyalidocious backwards.