In 2012, after many years of creating award-winning marketing materials and websites for other firms, graphic designers John Foster and Josh Mateer struck out on their own. Together they started Five Twelve Creative, which is a graphic design firm based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

John Foster
Principal and Graphic Designer

John Foster has nearly 20 years of advertising and design experience, including logo development, branding, illustration, websites, publications and trade show marketing. Before cofounding Five Twelve Creative, John was a Senior Designer for Stamats, a higher education marketing firm, where he specialized in institutional branding and identity, student recruitment materials, advancement and foundation campaigns, admission and institutional web/mobile sites, and other digital marketing assets. He previously owned Avatar Design in Cedar Rapids, where his clients ranged from museums and college theater departments to NASCAR teams.

Josh Mateer
Principal and Graphic Designer

Josh Mateer brings nearly 20 years of advertising and graphic design experience to Five Twelve Creative. He specializes in brochures, publications, logo development, branding, trade show materials, POP displays, websites and direct marketing campaigns. Josh previously worked on his own as a freelance designer for companies such as Rockwell Collins, the Entrepreneurial Development Center and Cedar Graphics. Prior to that, he was a Senior Designer for Stamats, a higher education marketing company, where he created branding, logos, collateral, websites, and direct marketing campaigns. Josh has also worked as a designer for Adfinity Marketing Group and North Forty, where he worked on high-profile clients, including Best Buy and LG Electronics USA.