We have been designing and developing websites for over 20 years. We strictly provide web design solutions that are designed with current best practices in web development considered. Our websites are sustainable and we help clients maintain their sites over time so they are worry-free and don’t need to be rebuilt every 5 years. We are recognized in Toronto as an affordable web design studio with a modern design aesthetic. Let us create your minimal, contemporary website design with our stress-free design process.

Our latest web design projects

The Data Bank

A Universe Design Studio initiative. We created a website that will present Canadian research data in a highly organized and engaging way to make it easy for anyone to find research by their desired subject.

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U of T Centre for the Study of Pain

Branding and website design and development project for The University of Toronto's Centre for the Study of Pain (UTCSP).

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The Social Finance Fund Hub

Brand, logo, and website design for Canada's Social Finance Fund Hub. This project includes a minimal, accessible, bilingual Wordpress website and a modern logo design.

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Canadian Caregiving Summit

Website design for a Canadian Caregiving Summit event. Brand development and all accompanying design assets created for the conference.

Boann Social Impact

Boann is a social impact fund wholesaler, funded by the Government of Canada, to support Canada's new Social Impact Fund. We created the logo, website and complete brand identity package.

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First Policy Response

Website and brand design for a Toronto Metropolitan University COVID-19 policy news website, First Policy Response.

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SAMbot

Website design for the Samara Institute for Democracy and Areto Labs. SAMbot is an AI designed to track toxic tweets on the federal election campaign trail.

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Amanda Clarke, Research Excellence Chair

Brand design and website development for Amanda Clarke, a Public Affairs Research Excellence Chair. Personal portfolio website for Canadian researcher.

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Anthony Moustacalis & Associates

Brand designer for Toronto criminal lawyer Anthony Moustacalis. Logo and website design for law office AMA LAW.

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Erin Tolley, Canada Diversity Research Chair

Brand design and development of research portfolio style website for Canadian gender, race, and inclusive politics researcher.

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University of Toronto

University of Toronto website design. UNIVERSE Creative Director Elaine worked at U of T for several years and had the unique experience of working on the university’s main website redesign project. The redesign took a year to complete and she was involved in every part of the process.

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The Action Group on Access to Justice

Complete graphic and web design services of conference identity design, multilingual Wordpress website design and report designs for The Law Society's Access to Justice initiative, The Action Group.

Web design services + specializations

We standardly implement all of the following aspects into our websites, at no additional charge:

Wordpress platform only

Responsive layout and design. All-platform, all device compatibility

AODA-compliant (level AA) to ensure accessibility requirements are met for Ontario Government + university standards

SEO (search engine optimization) basic level built-in, with opportunity to max this out if desired

Google Analytics installed so your website can be analyzed for its performance and interest areas over time

Website Design FAQs

How much does a website design cost?

This one is challenging to ask without many considerations detailed, but to give you a rough ballpark, our website development costs start at $6000. This would be for a simple informational 1-5 page Wordpress website.

What platform do you use for your websites?

Wordpress all the way. There is no other affordable platform or solution that gives you the flexibility, sustainability and level of design control that Wordpress provides.

From our Design Blog:

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FAQ: How do I get my website to appear on the top of Google search results?

Search Engine Optimization [SEO] is the technical term for the ways in which we can design a website to maximize its potential to appear at the top of Google’s organic search results. Learn how we can help you to get your website to appear on the top of Google search results with tips from Google and UNIVERSE.

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Back again with more love for Wordpress! We find a lot of clients have similar questions about how Wordpress works and why it's the best platform for their website so here is a quick rundown of what we love about the Wordpress platform and why we only use it for our web design and development projects.

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