Bringing communities and organizations to life using design and storytelling, since 2013.

Meet Rachel, Owner and Founder


Hi there! My name is Rachel Krause. I'm passionate about community-focused graphic design, digital marketing, and copywriting.

I love stories. 

I received my education from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and have worked for a variety of non-profits, community organizations, startups, small businesses and news outlets in design and communications roles. I spent years working for bicycling and pedestrian advocacy organizations in design and communications capacities before launching Banjo Creative.

I have been recognized by Non-Profit Connect for my design work and was named “Best In-House Designer” out of all Kansas City non-profit organizations in 2014.

Why a banjo? To be frank, the banjo brought me back to life. In the summer of 2015, I fell ill with lyme disease after a backpacking trip in North Georgia. For three months, I didn't have the energy to do things I loved, such as spending time outside. On a whim, I purchased a banjo and taught myself how to play while I was recovering. That banjo brought me back to life.

I love bringing communities and organizations to life using design and storytelling. From an initial meeting to presenting the final product, I love seeing people get excited about their work and be reminded of why it is they do what they do.

Sparking change isn't easy, but with the right tools, we can work together to foster a community and future we believe in. 


Rachel is an incredibly talented multi-threat. She does amazing work in graphic design, communications, and event planning. Rachel was a key leader in our Tour de Bier fundraising ride, and in the conceptualization and planning of the first KC Women’s Bike Summit. She is a hard worker with deep talent and a passion for her work.
— Eric Rogers, Executive Director of BikeWalkKC
Rachel is prompt, talented and easy to work with. Her designs are very eye-catching and effective. I’d work with her again in a heartbeat.
— Emily Allen, Owner of Kansas City Walking Tours

Who I've worked with

  • BikeWalkKC

  • Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

  • Healthy Communities Wyandotte

  • Public Health Department of Wyandotte County

  • Vision Zero Network

  • Dotte Agency

  • Community Health Council

  • True/False Film Fest

  • California Bicycle Coalition

  • KC Walking Tours

  • Georgia Bikes

  • Black & Veatch

  • Urban Velo

  • DC Cycling Concierge

  • The Pitch

  • Boise Weekly

  • Vox Magazine