If you knew me as a child, you probably know me as Mandy, but professionally my name has always been Amanda, hence the "A" in my company name.  I'm just an Iowa girl who grew up in a rural home where creativity was a must.  Not much around to entertain, so I created my own entertainment. It was called ART. I give credit to my upbringing for my venture into the wonderful world of design. I feel so fortunate to be able to use art and creativity everyday as a career.




Studio A Designs is my company, serving central Iowa, specializing in branding, marketing and creative communications.  After 7 years of experience in publication design, marketing, and printing, I embarked on entrepreneurship. Since its founding in 2007, Studio A Designs has built an impressive reputation for producing fresh and innovative materials for large and small businesses as well as individuals.  The prestigious client list includes: AIB College of Business, Des Moines Arts Festival, Diocese of Des Moines, Easter Seals Iowa, Iowa High School Sports Network, Iowa Hospital Association, Meredith Corporation, On With Life, +39 Restaurant, Market & Cantina, Principal Charity Classic, UnityPoint Health, Woodard Hearing Centers and more.

I collaborate with clients to visually communicate their message in the best way possible through different styles of design to develop a strong brand.


• Branding

• Logos

• Identity Systems

• Marketing

• Print

• Publications

• Posters

• Collateral

• Direct Mail

• Packaging

• Environmental

• Web Design

• Email




I work closely with YOU to gain a clear understanding of the needs of your project.  And I go a step farther to learn the most I can about your business and goals. I understand every client has individual needs.  My job is to simplify those needs into a well-organized piece of communication. When you call, I'm the one who answers the phone. When you want a project done, it's done within the requested time frame. The line of communication is open and I am the one point of contact from the beginning of the project to the end. That's what I call, personal service!



Studio A is located in Ames, Iowa. Call me to talk about your company. I want to listen!  515 - 783 - 5937









My approach is quite simple. I'd like to have a conversation with you; whether it's face-to-face, by email or by phone. I want to learn everything there is to know about your goals as a business and brand.  After I get to know you, I can give a price estimate for you, free of charge and work will begin when you say so.  Once estimates have been approved by you, the process varies depending on your needs.

If you are an established business and already have a cohesive brand this will be as simple as reviewing your existing materials to get an idea for extending that brand further.  If you are a new business I will want to start by developing some visuals and identity guidelines to begin the process, which could include logo design, color palette, typefaces and more.  Knowing that each project has its individual challenges, I like to check out your competitors.  It's necessary to learn the marketplace in order to develop the best branding possible.

Now we are ready to add value to your business through visual communication. Whether it's brochure design, packaging, posters, collateral or web design, I will make sure we are comfortably on the same page with the entire design process from start to finish and the end result will be our vision from STEP/1.

Studio A Designs / Amanda Thompson

Ames, Iowa / 515-783-5937 /