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A designer’s dream and nightmare – create an online portfolio of your work. It is our bella figura, or “best foot forward.”  An opportunity to show the world your creativity, but also creates the arduous task of deciding which of your babies “makes the team.” And, being a creative firm, it is at the very least a “pseudo-democracy” (I prefer benevolent dictatorship), so technically everyone has a vote.
And the real rub? The amount of time and energy it takes to create a portfolio is completely disproportionate to the amount of work that we produce! So, just as we are launching, we are already thinking about the portfolio pieces that are “on deck” and ready for our next iteration.
Therefore, here in the fresh section, without pomp and circumstance, you will see a sampling of our most recent projects as they launch, with the opportunity to engage in a running dialogue about the work we produce and the reaction it incites.
We welcome your thoughts and look forward to sharing our work.

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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.