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by Guido Baratta
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As I write this, more than 800,000 Ukrainian refugees have already crossed the borders into neighboring European countries, fleeing the chaos and devastation brought on by the Russian invasion. Many more will do so in the coming days and millions of people in and outside of Ukraine will be forced to rebuild their lives because of this conflict. As a global design community, there are many ways we can help.

One way is by connecting displaced designers with new job opportunities. Designers United for Ukraine is still in its early stages but because of the outstanding assistance from the design community, we’ve already gathered dozens of working opportunities, connected many people on the ground in Ukraine with design institutions, and even helped a few of them along their harrowing journeys into safety across the border.

This unjust war is just beginning, and while we need to focus on the immediate needs of people being sucked into this unthinkable humanitarian tragedy, we also need to think about how we can help them reach safe spaces to cope and rebuild. Designers are often called upon to build the future—we are literally obsessed with it—so it makes sense that we should help the Ukrainian design community find sure footing and continue making excellent contributions to our shared future as designers.

For these reasons, we are collecting names of designers and design businesses interested in helping displaced Ukrainian colleagues to reach safety and continue working. If you have any available opportunities and would like to help, please visit our website and connect with us on our Discord channel.

Initiative Website: https://www.designersunitedforukraine.org/

Discord Channel: https://discord.com/invite/CUjw5aMZzh

You can also add any available work opportunities you know of here: https://airtable.com/shraedT6l9LfAFgHl

Companies that have already posted many working opportunities include:

  • Fjord/Accenture Interactive
  • Icon Incar
  • Frontify
  • Curb Food
  • WeTransfer
  • Comeet
  • UX Magazine
  • OneReach.ai
  • Superside
  • Deus.ai
  • Amazon
  • Clay
  • Hatch
  • Laetro
  • Fearless
  • Actum Digital
  • Small World
  • BBC
  • Nect
  • TUdelft
  • Lean IX
  • WeFox
  • Rush
  • Ayden
  • Bunq
  • OneUp
  • Design Narratives
  • Miro
  • Kaiser X Lab
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Claessens Erdmann
  • EYD
  • Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd
  • AdGear
  • Teal Media
  • Mehow Design
  • Fluid
  • Tangible Growth
  • VanMoof
  • Battalion Digital
  • Matter Design & Digital
  • Claessens Erdmann
  • Borda Tech
  • Kontrolka
  • Codemap
  • fastloop
  • zigzag GmbH
  • Future Platforms
  • UX studio
  • Micropsi Industries
  • Lobo Creative
  • Trouva
  • SAF
  • Mashreq Bank
  • Unping
  • Etc. Agency
  • de Bijenkorf
  • EY
  • Qonto
  • Mobiquity

We are looking forward to having you among us, and we are grateful to have you around in our creative community.

post authorGuido Baratta

Guido Baratta, Guido is an award-winning leader in experience design and digital innovation. A tireless optimist and creative evangelist, he specializes in building multidisciplinary design, product, and engineering teams from the ground up. Through mindful mentorship and thought leadership, Guido fosters organizations that deliver game-changing product experiences and transform businesses big and small into market leaders of the future. Guido has recently come back to Europe to become Chief Design Officer at Accenture Interactive in Amsterdam and is now working as Creative Director for icon incar in Berlin, where he leads the design practice across multiple mobility and automotive programs. Before moving to Amsterdam, Guido worked on consumer products in the United States—first at TripAdvisor, where he directed the global creative team, and then at Samsung, where he founded the first in-house experience design practice (Samsung UXD) to support the company’s global e-commerce and other product-based efforts.

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