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As a design community, we all can’t be silent in these times. We need to be united in our fight against the war, for democracy, for those dreams that children are entitled to have when they are growing up. It’s our obligation to help as much as we can. We are donating all proceeds of the “Interface Design Checklists PDF” to support Ukraine.

Update: We have donated 3.713,15 EUR (US$ 4,112) to Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V. and will continue to donate to other organizations in the upcoming days. A heartfelt THANK YOU to our wonderful community for all of their help and support!

This is not a regular Smashing article. But these aren’t regular times either.

I was born and grew up in Minsk, Belarus. That’s where I spent nights playing Prince of Persia. That’s where I’d wait in front of a bakery nearby for the smell of freshly basked Narochansky bread. That’s also the place where our family went to peaceful protests on the streets, even then back in the 90s heavily suppressed by an armed regime with a brutal force.

I was surrounded by incredible friends from all over. Nobody cared if it was Belarus, Ukraine or Russia, or any other friendly countries in the world. We didn’t have much, but what we did have, we valued enormously. From the collections of wrapping paper of chocolates to huge snowballs we were building all together when it was freezing outside. I remember us reading dictionaries and encyclopedias together, discussing books in book clubs, playing hockey outside, dreaming about the bright future while looking at the sky, together.

Today, people in Ukraine can’t do that. I’ve been dozens of times in Ukraine, and I have very close friends in this wonderful country — incredibly kind and passionate people who want nothing but a better world for their families and the people around them. Some of us here at Smashing have Ukrainian origins, and we have close connections to our Ukrainian friends and colleagues.

What’s happening right now in Ukraine is deeply personal to all of us. It’s shocking and horrifying to see the streets of Ukraine being shelled, civil homes being bombed, people hiding in shelters, people leaving their homes, families torn apart. It’s unimaginable to realize that it’s happening right here, in the heart of Europe, right now.

I strongly believe that there are wonderful people everywhere in the world, and I truly believe that most people are good and kind and supportive and empathetic. And I won’t believe for a moment that any reasonable, decent and honest person can support the actions happening today.

As a design community, we all can’t be silent in these times. We need to be united in our fight against the war, for democracy, for those dreams that children are entitled to have when they are growing up. It’s our obligation to help as much as we can. This should be personal to all of us. And Ukraine needs our help, now.

How Can You Help?

Everybody can make a huge difference:

We all are Ukraine. And we all can make a difference — however small it might appear to be at first. ?? ❤️

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