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SciDev.Net is the world’s leading source of reliable and authoritative news, views, and analysis about science and technology for global development.

Their mission is to use independent journalism to help individuals and organisations apply science to decision-making to drive equitable, sustainable development and poverty reduction. SciDev.Net is part of CAB International (CABI) - a not-for-profit organisation that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.

The Challenge

SciDev.Net’s website was very dated in its look and feel.  They needed a design that was going to encourage viewers to read the articles and share with their networks.

The major challenge was ensuring that the image rich desktop site was responsive.  They wanted users to benefit from the consistent style and imagery but not sacrifice the speed.  Also, their mobile site, which was optimized and fast, didn’t offer the same user experience with regards to imagery and design.  

Using a mobile first design approach to simplify the elements and structure of the site, focusing on what was most important, helped create a design that worked responsively across all devices.  

“There was also a strict deadline but SciDev.Net have worked with us for many years, the last project being the rollout of a CMS for the 21st century to support their website for years to come, so they knew that all the challenges would be overcome” Alex Skinner, Managing Director, Pixl8


The Outcome

The project aim was to improve the user experience of the website by providing a responsive version of the current desktop site.  The new image rich global website, running on Presides, is now fast, responsive and optimised for all devices.  


  • Scaled images are now served to limit resizing and to keep the page weight as light as possible on the mobile version of the site. 
  • Increased prominence of social media integration.  Now users can share articles from their device with ease
  • Users who have a slower connection now have an easy way of navigating to the low bandwidth site
  • Templates were simplified and content widgets redesigned for optimum response display and performance
  • Improved readability with updated typography, reducing the occurrence of text placement over imagery
  • By leveraging the browser caching, page load times are now reduced for repeat visitors

Key Features

  • Image rich global website
  • Fully multi-lingual
  • Tagging framework allowing articles to be displayed across multiple areas
  • Social media integration and web feeds allow articles to be shared with ease
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM Integration


Take a look at the new SciDev website design at and see for yourself.

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