We have been designing and developing websites for over 15 years. We strictly provide web design solutions that 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.

Web design services + specializations

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

  • Wordpress platform only
  • current best practices in web development
  • responsive all-platform, all device compatibility
  • designed with maximum sustainability, adaptability over time in mind
  • AODA-compliant (level AA) to ensure accessibility requirements are met for Ontario Government + University standards
  • SEO (search engine optimization) basic level built-in so your website will be found [this is likely how you found us today]
  • Google Analytics installed so your website can be analyzed for its performance and interest areas over time

Website styles and areas we commonly work in:

Professional services and marketing style websites

Product website

Websites showcasing products for sale. E-commerce integrations available such as Stripe or WooCommerce.

News website

News style website with many blog entries and high level of content management

Academic & researcher portfolio website

Websites for researchers and academics to showcase their work

Latest web design projects

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Aardvark Book Club

Branding and logo design and website development for Aardvark Book Club, a book subscription service. The colourful illustrated identity is very versatile and creates a distinct personality for the brand.

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Cadre Artist Management

Website and brand design for Cadre Artist Management, a leading Toronto-based agency representing makeup, hair & wardrobe artists in the fashion and beauty industries.

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First Policy Response

Website and identity design for a Ryerson University and Brookfield Institute COVID-19 policy news website First Policy Response.

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Foundations Dog Training

Website, brand design and SEO strategy for Foundations Dog Training, a Toronto premium dog training service.

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Point Blank Hair

Branding and website design for barbershop and hair salon in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood. Full design suite covered, from logo to social images to website and signage.

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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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Strategic Workplace

Brand design for Strategic Workplace, who offer workplace conflict and equity solutions. The icon design is an abstracted flower which represents collaboration and inclusiveness.

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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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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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Erin Tolley, Canada Diversity Research Chair

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

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.

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Accessibility Considered Designs


Our Creative Director and Web Developer Elaine has studied AODA compliance (the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) through her experience working in Universities, the Ontario Law Society, and her Government clients. When you have accessibility best practices in mind it is not difficult to build them into your design. It is now an ethical best practice that UNIVERSE is proud to instill into every project we work on.

AODA compliance (at least a minimum level) should always be applied to web design and development [learn more about this here]. We also have studied how to create accessible PDFs and, generally, even our social media images that we design for clients are accessible. Educating our clients about the importance of accessibility is important to us and a core value.

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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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