Amanda Rundquist

Owner & Creative Director

Amanda Rundquist, Creative Director and owner of Pura Vida Creative holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Truman State University with an emphasis in Visual Communications.

Amanda is an award winning designer whose career path has taken her through a myriad of experiences, from the direct mail industry, to the printing industry as well as a stop in the financial world. In 2003, Amanda launched her freelance business. Her current client list includes Henry County Health Center, Iowa Wesleyan University, The City of Mount Pleasant, The Mount Pleasant Chamber Alliance, Iowa State Bank, Momentus Golf, and Seither and Cherry, Co. just to name a few.  Beyond just a Southeast Iowa agency, Pura Vida Creative has served clients in Chicago, Atlanta, Kansas City, and St. Louis, who represent a variety of fields and disciplines, from healthcare, to financial services, and everything in between. 

Amanda believes in giving back to her community and donates many hours of design services to organizations such as Henry County Mentoring, Main Street Mount Pleasant, and The Mount Pleasant Community Schools. She serves on the Board of Directors at the Rec Center in Mount Pleasant, as well as 100+ Women, Blackhawk Chapter. She also serves as a member of the Main Street Promotions committee. Amanda is an active member of the Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce as well.

Amanda knows that high-quality design is essential in creating a professional image for your business, organization, or product; and that it will set you apart from your competition. She is passionate about great design and it shows. Amanda’s passion has been recognized with several design awards over the last several years, including:

  • SIAA Ninth Annual Service Industry Advertising Awards, Award of Merit 

  • Asher Award for Outstanding Healthcare Marketing, Gold Award

  • American Graphic Design Award, Internet Design
    (in collaboration with Ann Bailey Design as City on a Hill Design & Marketing)

  • American Graphic Design Award, Brochures and Collateral

  • Silver Quill Award


“The professionalism and graphic design experience of Amanda Rundquist is superior. Henry County Health Center has worked with Pura Vida Creative for over five years and the experience has been exceptional. We have seen dramatic improvement in the graphic design of our publications and advertising. In fact, Amanda’s design expertise was essential in HCHC receiving two awards in national healthcare advertising contests. I value Amanda’s teamwork approach as she works with us from conceptualization to the finished product, and I appreciate that she is always able to provide valuable insight and deliver high quality design for every project we pursue.”
Shelley Doak, Henry County Health Center

“Even in this age of instant and incessant advertising, style and quality stand out. Amanda Rundquist creates marketing programs and materials with sharp messages, clean lines, and an urban vibe. Amanda is a solutions provider, partnering with top-flight vendors making Pura Vida Creative a true one-stop shop for print and digital marketing. Amanda’s work for the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance has provided the polished look and cohesive message we need to compete with larger, better-funded community development organizations.”
Kiley Miller, Executive Vice President,
Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance

"Amanda takes the time to understand your organization’s vision and what the focus of your project is before determining how she can assist you. When creating our organization’s logo she really tried to fit all the pieces of who we are into the design. The result was a colorful, creative, and solid logo that we now use to brand ourselves.  I have been able to utilize her talent in a training video, logo designs, brochure creation, t-shirt designs, and artwork for our flyers. Our nonprofit organization’s image has gone from ordinary to a recognizable piece of art!" 
Cassie Gerst, Program Coordinator,
Henry County Mentoring Program