Meet Austin Design Firm: Creative Suitcase

Looking for the best design firm in Austin doing great work with cause-driven organizations? Look no further than Creative Suitcase, the award-winning strategic design firm that is fusing smart strategy and killer creative. Working with some of the best organizations in the country including United Way, the YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, and more, Creative Suitcase doesn’t just build projects, they build relationships. Keep reading below to find out more!

Inside Creative Suitcase

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Location: Austin, TX

In Austin Since: 2005

Core Services: Nonprofit Marketing

# of Employees: 5 full-time

# of Four-Legged Employees: 2 (Buddy and Pearl)

Company Mantra: “We manifest your mission.”

Does your agency have a cool origin story?

Before starting Creative Suitcase, Rachel worked at advertising agencies in Austin and around the world, including England and Australia. She named the company Creative Suitcase because of her two greatest loves at the time: creative curiosity and travel.

buddy in suitcase photo
Buddy – one of Creative Suitcase’s four-legged employees

Most Interesting Physical Thing in Your Office?

Our collection of vintage suitcases.


What does #agencylife mean to you?

#agencylife is being curious about the world around you.

“At Creative Suitcase, there is love in our labor and what we do is a labor of love.”

– Rachel Clemens, Founder


Partners in Crime

In 10 Words or Less, What We Do for Our Clients:

We help nonprofits share their stories and manifest their missions.


3 Characteristics We Look for in Potential Clients:

  • They have a challenge they’re facing.
  • They have a willingness to listen.
  • They have enough budget to answer their challenge.

Our Clients Love Us Because:

We don’t just build projects, we build relationships. We really get to know our clients’ challenges and develop partnerships that last for years.

Clients We’ve Helped:

Habitat for Humanity, Whole Kids Foundation, National Domestic Violence Hotline, Love Is Respect, Project Access, The University of Texas, United Way for Greater Austin, The Long Center, KUT, YMCA, Austin Austin Board of Realtors, ACE: A Community for Education, The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas, and more!



Austin Access

The #1 Thing We Love About Austin:

The number one thing we love about Austin is how there’s something different for everyone to love. Whether it’s your favorite place to grab a breakfast taco, the secret place you take your friends for Happy Hour or the best music venue on a Tuesday night, there is too much good stuff to limit it to one thing.


How does your agency help Keep Austin Weird?

Our rebranding work for United Way Greater Austin resulted in the iconic “You’re My Butter Half” mural (we created the artwork!). We’ve also created an Austin pocket guide called the Austin Sidekick.


What are your most admired local brands?

United Way for Greater Austin, Amy’s Ice Cream, Whole Foods, Alamo Drafthouse, Torchy’s Tacos, KUT, KLRU

What are the top things your team will be doing at SXSW this year?

Listening, learning and interacting with all the great SXSW attendees. Oh, and putting away a few free tacos!

During SXSW, what is the…

  • Hidden Gem: All the day events. There are great panel discussions, networking opportunities and live music shows that are free, you just have to be willing to walk around and find them.
  • Most Overhyped: The big name parties. If you have to be on a list, it’s probably best to skip it.

Which is your favorite Austin food truck?

East Side King: WINNER!



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Keeping Austin Weirder

The marketing and design scenes play a huge part in Austin’s creative culture. But how many agencies and design firms do you really know in the city? From advertising agency, Door Number 3, to branding studio, Creative Tonic, we will give you a detailed looked at the designers, marketers and creatives keeping Bat City super weird.

So sit back, relax, as we take you on a trip through Austin’s creative scene…

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Daniel Kim