Preparation for Year 2

It might be the end of Year 1, but that doesn’t mean that I’m resting on my laurels and just enjoying the sunshine.

As part of Creative Futures for next year, I will be making the Immersive Web Experience all about Richie Benaud, so I have bought the book Richie published in 2011, to learn more about my subject, ready to create a product worthy of the man.

My Life So Far

It’s a fascinating read, and even though I’m only 3 chapters in, I have discovered things that I never knew, and I thought I knew my subject well.

I’m looking forward to getting through the book, and using this knowledge in my product in Year 2.

Immersive Web Experience – Richie Benaud – Self Appraisal

During the process to create the Immersive Web Experience (IWE), I have gained lots of experience in creating content that is outside the usual boundaries of telling a story.

Using software that I have been unwilling to explore was a revelation to me, and I am very pleased that I took the leap of faith and used these, because without them, I’m not sure that the final product would have been as satisfactory for me.

Using Mindomo and Pearltrees has been a real eye opener for me, and I’m only sorry that I didn’t use them sooner.  To keep all of the relevant information in one place to refer back to on Pearltrees is a whole lot easier than keeping scraps of paper on my desk, or in my inbox.

Pearltrees Information

Using that information, and then adding that content to Mindomo to visualise the finalised product is certainly going to be my approach going forward into the next year of the course.

Mindomo - Richie Benaud

Mindomo – Richie Benaud

The initial mockup of the IWE using Powerpoint, was not a complete disaster, but it didn’t give the level of interactivity that I wanted to show, and I was very thankful that my lecturer was able to give me some time during the lesson, and also via email to get me on the right track with it.  The final version using InVision is 100% better than the product I would have shown using Powerpoint.

Using a combination of Photoshop to create the screens, and InVision to show the interactivity gives the final product form and function, and shows what is possible with dedicated IWE software, and I look forward to using my skills in the second year to create an IWE with full functionality.

The final piece of software I have explored during this assignment is Prezi.  I have to be honest, I thought it was a little gimmicky in the first semester, but I realise the power of it, and the fact that I can present something on the computer screen, but control it with my Ipad sold the idea to me.  So, I persevered with it, and created my final presentation using it, and I’m very happy with the outcome.

In summary, I’m fairly satisfied with the overall assignment, in terms of management of time, use of technology, and the final outcome.  The only downside is that I was unable to create the printed version, after this was dropped from the assignment, but I am sure that one of those will appear on the blog in the future, in my own time.

I am looking forward to using these skills going forward into the next year.

Immersive Web Experience – Richie Benaud – Final Version

Having made small adjustments to the Immersive Web Experience (IWE), I believe that I have managed to get to grips with InVision, and Photoshop to make a product that is in keeping with the assignment brief.

It is a product that benefits from the immersive approach, and with the blend of text, audio, video and photos, it showcases Richie Benaud perfectly.

There are 28 different elements to the presentation, which is fully interactive, and will be a great stepping stone to making it for real in Year 2.

IWE Mockup Screens

By using InVision in this way, I have been able to cross check with the Mindomo map I created earlier in the semester, and make slight adjustments where things needed to be added, changed, or removed.

The IWE is available to view from the InVision website link.

Immersive Web Experience – Richie Benaud – Presentation

This is my presentation for my Richie Benaud Immersive Web Experience (IWE).

It has been a very enjoyable journey for me, to learn more about one of the great commentary legends who has now sadly passed away.

The IWE was at times frustrating, but my skills in Photoshop, InVision and Mindomo have been greatly enhanced by this assignment.

Prezi Presentation Front Screen


My presentation is available to view on Prezi, via this link





Immersive Web Experience – Richie Benaud – Print Promotional Spread Thoughts

As the hand in deadline draws close, I’m fairly confident with where I am in terms of progress ready for the presentation on 11 May.  With that in mind, I am toying with the idea of creating the print promotional spread, which was within the original assignment brief.

This will not get me any extra marks, but I feel that the spread will add to the overall feel, and will give me extra time to hone my skills using InDesign.

My initial thoughts are that it will be a 2 page spread, suitable for a cricket magazine, and will be a perfect tribute to Richie Benaud, since he sadly passed away last month.  I need to consider which images to use, and also write around 750 words that sum up Richie’s contribution to the cricketing world.

Richie Benaud - Print Spread

Richie Benaud – Print Spread

Immersive Web Experience – Richie Benaud – URL’s for Photos and Articles

All URL’s for Photos and Articles accessed 2 May 2015


World Series Cricket Images

In Memory Images





General and Playing











Immersive Web Experience – Richie Benaud – Bibliography

Richie Benaud has written two excellent books on his life and experiences within cricket, and I have read through them and used that together with my knowledge of him and his work.

I have read both books previously, but it was great to re-read them as part of this assignment.

I have also watched DVD’s of commentary from Richie Benaud which are from his time commentating in the United Kingdom.

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Immersive Web Experience – Richie Benaud – Version 2

After consultation with Sally on Monday, we decided that I hadn’t quite got enough content within the Immersive Web Experience presentation.

So as I’ve been off today with a visit to the Doctors, I set to using Photoshop, and InVision to create a presentation using the technology, and the feedback that I received on Monday.

Getting to grips with what was required, and how to do it using InVision was rough to start with, but once I’d got going, things seemed to fall into place.  Using the Mindomo visualisation, it was a case of ticking off what was required, and ploughing on to get to the end, and hopefully come up with something more appropriate.

I feel relatively happy with the end result, and just hope that it’s been worth the 11 hours I’ve worked on it through today.


Richie Benaud Start Screen

Richie Benaud Start Screen


Immersive Web Experience – Richie Benaud – Version 2 New Screen Ideas

This is an initial idea for an Immersive Web Experience (IWE) for Richie Benaud.  After the discussion in class earlier today, I need to think outside the box, and any idea is a possibility.

Richie Benaud Idea 1

Using the Australian map, this idea is to keep Richie’s strong roots to his homeland at the forefront of the IWE, but is one of the ideas I have.  By getting these ideas mocked up, at least it allows me to see what does and does not work.

MCG Boxing Day

This idea reflects Australia’s affection for two cricket icons, Richie Benaud, and the Boxing Day Test Match.  It is very similar to the 1st idea, but allows the user to choose their own path through the story.




Immersive Web Experience – Richie Benaud – Powerpoint Mockup

When selecting my influential journalist, it was before the sad passing of Richie Benaud, that I had selected the great man to focus on.

With his death, it made the task of representing the man, all the more important and poignant.

I have created a mockup of the immersive web experience that I will be creating at a later stage of the course, so that I can work on further content in preparation for the finished article.


Richie Benaud - Immersive Web Experience Cover

Richie Benaud – Immersive Web Experience Cover

The content has been mapped out using Mindomo, which has been a revelation to me, in terms of thrashing out the content, separating the wheat from the chaff, and is something that I highly recommend people to use who are trying to create a product such as this.

This is the link to my Immersive Web Experience – Mockup on Richie Benaud.  I have created screenshots, using Photoshop and InDesign, and referred to external content in the presentation, which will be linked within the finished version of the IWE.


Richie Benaud IWE