Meet the team

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.

Evelyn Csiszar up-close.

Evelyn Csiszar
Founder & Lead UX/UI Designer

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. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Design from the York University/Sheridan College Design Program in 2010 and has studied and practiced user experience design extensively throughout her career. She’s also completed several UX programs at BrainStation Academy. Evelyn has had the pleasure of working on projects for organizations like BMO, HydroOne, CCRM, Futurpreneur, HEQCO, CNIB, and the Ontario Science Centre.

Portrait of Jeff Gula in a grey suit.

Jeff Gula
UX researcher & strategist

Victoria Smith
Identity, illustration & print designer

Caitlin Chu
Web developer & designer

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Marlene De Carvalho
Junior designer

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Justin Zhou
Motion graphics designer

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Please note that some organizations shown here are clients we have worked with through other creative studios.

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Evelyn Csiszar

Director of UX Design & Strategy
Portrait of Evelyn Csiszar in a light grey blazer.
Evelyn Csiszar

Director of UX Design & Strategy

Evelyn is the founder and director of UX design & strategy 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

Toronto, ON
Portrait of Jeff Gula in a grey suit.

Jeff Gula

UX Designer & Strategist
Portrait of Jeff Gula in a grey suit.
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
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Victoria Smith

Brand & Illustration Designer
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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

Fredericton, NB
Portrait of Caitlin Chu in a beige sweater.

Caitlin Chu

Web Developer & Designer
Portrait of Caitlin Chu in a beige sweater.
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
Portrait of Justin Zhou.

Justin Zhou

Motion Graphics Designer
Portrait of Justin Zhou.
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,

Meet theTeam

Evelyn Csiszar

Director of UX Design & Strategy
Portrait of Evelyn Csiszar in a light grey blazer.
Portrait of Evelyn Csiszar in a light grey blazer.
Evelyn Csiszar

Director of UX Design & Strategy

Evelyn is the founder and director of UX design & strategy 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
Portrait of Jeff Gula in a grey suit.
Portrait of Jeff Gula in a grey suit.
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
A portrait of Victoria Smith in a black tank top.
A portrait of Victoria Smith in a black tank top.
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
Portrait of Caitlin Chu in a beige sweater.
Portrait of Caitlin Chu in a beige sweater.
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
Portrait of Justin Zhou.
Portrait of Justin Zhou.
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.

Our services include:

Research

  • Web Design
  • UX/UI Design
  • Mobile App Design

Strategy

  • Web Design
  • UX/UI Design
  • Mobile App Design

Digital design

  • Web Design
  • UX/UI Design
  • Mobile App Design
  • Digital Strategy & Consulting
  • Brand Strategy

Other

  • Web Design
  • UX/UI Design
  • Mobile App Design

Packages we offer

As a studio, we offer three packages for your projects.
However, we also customize solutions beyond the following
based on your needs:

Invent

Create something entirely new. This package focuses on brainstorming, design thinking and strategy to validate ideas and create a minimum viable product before getting too deep into code.

Grow

Expand on something that already exists and works. This package focuses on systems thinking to scale and expand on existing successful solutions, maximizing impact and engagement.

Transform

Fix and optimize. This package focuses on identifying problems through rapid prototyping, usability testing and user feedback to fix flaws in existing user flows and processes.