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I’m Annika (she/they/he). I’m an artist, writer, and designer based in Brooklyn, NY on unceded Lenape land. I use art and writing to explore praxis of love, tenderness, friendship, dreaming, and digital gardens.

I’m currently the Head of  Product Design at Somewhere Good, a social playground designed for intimate conversations. I’m also the author of Tenderness: An Honoring of my Queer Black Joy and Rage, Co-Head of Black Feast, a culinary event that celebrates Black artists and writers through food, and Co-Creator of Friendship Experiments, a to be released book and video series exploring QTPOC friendship.

I’ve been featured by The Creative Independent, It’s Nice That, AIGA Eye on Design, Vogue, McNay Art Museum, New Public, Bustle, and others. 

I create across various realms of design, including: brand, product, UI, experiential, editorial, digital and advertising. My past clients include Samsung, MTV, Intel, HP, Jaguar Land Rover, alongside dozens of artists across the country. I’m inspired to explore the intersections of design, culture, art, and technology to create social and artistic ecosystems that explore learning, dreaming and joy.
 

As a poet, my writing centers on healing, liberation, queerness,  Blackness, and joy. As a human, you can find me creating deep house playlists, looking for vegan dumplings, and musing over the best Tribe Called Quest album (currently - I stand by Midnight Marauders).

I’M GLAD YOU’RE HERE. LET’S MAKE SOME MAGIC.

I’M GLAD YOU’RE HERE. LET’S MAKE SOME MAGIC💫 

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