As designers, humans, parents and children, our empathy and compassion goes to the people of Ukraine and all others afflicted by the ongoing war and crisis. We believe there can be no design without democracy. We were recently contacted by Maksym Iuriichuk, Co-owner and Chief Designer of Sivak+Partners based in Odesa and Kyiv, and we invited him to share his experience as a Ukrainian designer through an emailed conversation with RBW's Director of Growth, Alex Williams.
Alex: We cannot imagine the experience you're going through, how are you, how is your family, do you feel safe right now?
Maksym: It's really hard to imagine in 2022, but it's true, it's a reality. It has already been the third week since Russia started a full-scale war in Ukraine. All this time I’ve been at home in Odessa with my family. In the beginning it was very difficult to accept this reality. It was very scary and it is still scary now, but every day we try to live with it, distract ourselves with something, try to do everyday things, help the army and people in need. For example today I was baking bread at home for the first time in my life. When you do something it helps a lot, while we have such a privilege, cause in our city is not such a difficult situation as in other big cities, where people were left without their homes, food, water, reception and internet. At the moment Odessa is safer than Kharkov or Kherson, but we still hear air-raid warnings every day and go down to the basement in our house with our two cats.
Alex: How is your team doing?
Maksym: My partners Dmitriy and Alexey are also here in Odessa. Some members of our team had left the country at the beginning of the war for Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Germany… Some of them had to leave Kyiv and cross the whole country in search of a safer place. Some people also stayed in Odessa for now.