Annika Hansteen-Izora

The creative director on Black internet culture, queer design, and the commodification of self-care.


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When people ask me where home is, I say Palo Alto, Sacramento, and Portland. All of them have deeply influenced the way that I navigate my life today. 

My dad’s side of the family came from the South with the Great Migration, and my other grandparents are Norwegian and Swedish. Both sides moved to Palo Alto. My family has been there for generations. I think it’s one of the weirdest places ever in that it’s a very chill place, but also has Facebook and Apple in its backyard. It’s been interesting to watch it change and grow over time.


Tumblr was one of the first places that I was able to ... learn about these Black, queer archives of knowledge and art and dreaming.



I think care is what makes pulling new futures into the present possible.