Our Team

The team here at Collective Experience blends a mixture of diverse talent and skills.

Evelyn Csiszar

Director of UX Design & Strategy
Evelyn Csiszar

Director of UX Design & Strategy

Evelyn is the founder and lead UX/UI designer at Collective Experience. Her lifelong fascination with studying how people think and act has led to a deep passion for user experience design. She believes that you can only create successful products and services if you build it around the needs and wants of the people who will use them. This guiding principle applies to everything she does, regardless of the medium. With over a decade of experience working with non-profit organizations, she has had the pleasure of working with organizations she really believes in. Equipped with a Bachelor’s Degree in Design from the York University/Sheridan College Design Program and UX Design training from Brainstation, Evelyn has working on projects for organizations like the University of Toronto, BMO, HydroOne, CCRM, Futurpreneur, HEQCO, CNIB and the Ontario Science Centre.

Toronto, ON

Jeff Gula

UX Designer & Strategist
Jeff Gula up-close.
Jeff Gula up-close.
Jeff Gula

UX Designer & Strategist

Jeff has been a User Experience (UX) designer and strategist for the last seven years, creating physical and digital experiences that align a client’s needs to their users. He has worked with a number of companies and problems, spanning from start-ups, medium to large companies, to the Ontario Government. Jeff is a strategic thinker that designs sustainable solutions, creating delightful and seamless experiences for any given client and their users. Most recently, he’s been working on projects for Elections Ontario, helping to better inform the public and increase awareness and accessibility to voting information.

Toronto, ON

Victoria Smith

Brand & Illustration Designer
Victoria Smith

Brand & Illustration Designer

Victoria graduated from York University and Sheridan College’s Design Program in 2011, with an Bachelor’s degree in Design. She loves that graphic design requires a unique combination of skills—a happy medium between the techniques, accuracy, and problem-solving of the sciences, and the expressive freedom of the arts. She spent four years working for a prominent Atlantic Canadian creative technology agency, working with both local and international clients such as Google and Jaava Moose Coffee Roasters. She spent another three years as the owner/principal of Polygon Graphics, specializing in branding and illustration, where she’s worked with companies and non-profit organizations such as The University of New Brunswick and The New Brunswick Multicultural Council. Her quick thinking and creative intuition enable her to excel within any brand development and exploration project.

Fredericton, NB

Caitlin Chu

Web Developer & Designer
Caitlin Chu

Web Developer & Designer

Caitlin is a Toronto-based web developer & designer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Design from York University/Sheridan College Design Program. After graduating, she followed her curiosity for the world beyond her hometown to teach and freelance overseas. She returned to Toronto to pursue her passion for digital design by completing Brainstation’s UX Design and HackerYou’s Web Development Immersive programs. She now specializes in web design and front-end development for a variety of projects and clients, primarily within the B2B sector.

Toronto, ON

Justin Zhou

Motion Graphics Designer
Justin Zhou up-close.
Justin Zhou up-close.
Justin Zhou

Motion Graphics Designer

Justin is an explorer of knowledge. After graduating from the York/Sheridan Joint Design program, he realized that class isn’t the only place of discovery and that being a life-long learner is the only way to stay ahead of the game. Often pursuing new ideas and new perspectives by venturing out of his comfort zone, Justin owns years of experience being a Motion Graphic Designer in diverse industries including: finance, automotive, government, IT, payroll solutions, and communications. Combining this tapestry of experience with his considerable design acumen, he’s successfully worked with notable clients such as: BMO, TD, Magna, McCain, Cisco, Ceridian, McDonald’s, and among many others often enhancing his craft along the way.

A user-first philosophy

We get it. Embarking on big projects like websites and mobile applications can be overwhelming and complicated. There are a lot of things to consider: staying within budget, meeting tight deadlines and balancing resources. So it’s no wonder that oftentimes the needs of the end users tend to fall low on the priority list.

We’re here to help. We work with our clients to make sure their digital products and services are designed with their end users in mind. This doesn’t mean that your business goals won’t be a priority. The fact is, all organizations and businesses exist to serve people, and knowing how to speak to and engage the people you serve will build loyalty and trust, resulting in improved user engagement and retention, enhanced awareness and increased revenue. Providing value within a seamless experience is the key to not only happy users but also to achieving your business goals.

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Evelyn looking over files at a desk at the Coex Design studio.

Our story

Collective Experience originally began as Evi Designs in 2009, a freelancing graphic design business created by our founder Evelyn Csiszar. What started out as a one-man operation, ultimately turned into a network of fellow designers working collaboratively on a variety of projects to provide clients with a broader range of services. As the business grew, we knew it was time for a change.

We believe that technology has the potential to drastically enhance and improve our quality of life. We, as a society, collectively experience hundreds of brands, products and services on a daily basis, so why shouldn’t these experiences be seamless, efficient and even enjoyable? With a passion for designing digital solutions and a mission to bring tech innovation to organizations and businesses who are striving to make a difference, Collective Experience was born. Today, we work within a tight-knit core team and collaborate with a large network of suppliers and contractors to provide full-service capabilities to our clients.