I’m Annika (she/they). I’m a multidisciplinary designer, creative director, and writer based in Brooklyn, NY on unceded Lenape land. The many leaves of my work at primarily rooted in a desire to explore futures rooted in collectivity, play, design, and care-oriented technology.
As of late, I've been exploring the topics of communal dreaming, digital gardens, creative ecosystems, queering friendship, communal care, reimagining social media, and tenderness as a praxis.
You can find me:
Exploring the intersections of creativity, spirituality, and the internet age in my newsletter and workshops.
Reimagining the future of social media and queer community as Lead Product Designer at Lex
Co-Heading Black Feast, a culinary event that celebrates Black artists and writers through food
Leading 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, Well+Good, Vogue, McNay Art Museum, New Public, Bustle, and others. I've had the pleasure of hosting speaking engagements across the disciplines of art, tech, and design at Princeton, MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, Leeds Arts University, Creative Mornings, New Public, Afrotechtopia, the Fashion Institute for Technology, Brooklyn Museum, and other spaces.
As a designer, my primary focus is on product, with brand and web coming in second. My past clients include Samsung, MTV, Intel, HP, Jaguar Land Rover, Somewhere Go alongside artists such as Jamila Woods and Curtis Roach. I've had the pleasure to design and launch apps, establish brands, create websites, and more.
As a poet, my writing centers on care, queerness, Blackness, and joy. As a human, you can find me making playlists, eating 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💫
The creative director on Black internet culture, queer design, and the commodification of self-care.
Once a Google Sheet, Black Creative Ecosystems is now a vibrant digital garden that celebrates Black creative thought
For Annika Hansteen-Izora, practicing community care involves reciprocity, sustainability, and consent.
Annika Hansteen-Izora is a queer, Black designer creating spaces that centre and celebrate people of colour