Discovering the Arctic website redesign


A major overhaul for the Royal Geographical Society's educational website.


“Discovering the Arctic” is an award-winning interactive educational teaching and learning online resource for schools, developed by the Royal Geographical Society with IBG, in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Scottish Association for Marine Science.

Wave originally designed and built Discovering the Arctic back in 2009, when iPhones were still a new thing and the phrase ‘responsive design’ did not even exist! By 2017, the website was overdue for a significant refresh.


Bringing everything up to date

The brief was to update Discovering the Arctic in much the same way as we had recently updated its sister site, Discovering Antarctica, rebuilding everything from the ground up as a fully responsive, device agnostic website with fresh content and a WordPress CMS, and recreating all the interactive activities (originally built in the now obsolete Flash format) in HTML canvas.


A wide ranging resource

Discovering the Arctic needs be both educational and appealing to young people, and makes full use of rich media. As well as the wide range of interactive HTML canvas activities, the site has a custom-built resource library featuring video (hosted on its own Vimeo channel) and many downloadable files, including fully accessible alternatives for the online interactives.


We have been working with wave since 2006, producing our most successful and interactive online education resources. Together we have been awarded national and international recognition for our websites and interactives including nominations from the BAFTA and Webby awards.

Steve Brace ,  Head of Education - Royal Geographical Society (IBG)