Who I Am


Following the maxim ‘a painter’s house is last to be painted’ – I adopt a somewhat relaxed attitude to my own site (I also hate promoting myself). Rest assured, when it comes to my customers I am your greatest champion and I work like a hamster on speed!

Welcome to the Million Monkeys website. It’s far from perfect but it is a solid foundation from which I can showcase my work, I plan to move away from WordPress in the next few months and migrate to Webflow; when this site becomes more developed I will provide a link here to encourage visitors to try it and report back any suggestions they have.

My name is Ady Rasburn and I own Million Monkeys Limited, a primarily creative company with over 19 years of experience in some cutting edge agencies, and defining creative experiences and innovative e-learning content for several large international corporations. I also delight in working with small companies and individuals to help them achieve a creative and engaging presence whatever the budget.

I also no longer look like this! 4-5 years of hard work on the largest private training contract the Ministry of Defence have ever engaged in has left me a lot greyer! New photo to follow as soon as I can find a camera lens I can smear vaseline on.

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What I can offer…


I bring this to the mix…

  • Ideas / conceptualisation
  • Creative leadership / direction
  • Management and mentoring
  • Web & mobile design
  • UXD. Wireframe / prototyping
  • Illustration
  • Infographics
  • 3D Visualisation & animation
  • E-learning / Instructional Design

This is some of what I use…

  • Adobe CC:
  • 3D Studio
  • Blender
  • ZBrush
  • MS Office Suite
  • Sharepoint
  • Kenexa
  • Unity

I don’t really go in for titles, I believe creativity and professionalism should speak for themselves. I have been called a Creative Director, a Senior Designer, a ‘Graphic Subject Matter Expert’ (that one still amuses and baffles me), Interactive Lead, Illustrator, Web Designer… I even had someone call me Ducky but that was waiting tables (my first job aged 12; I loved it, and I haven’t forgotten where I came from).

The point is this: titles might give a hint at what someone can do but they can also imprison you. Why can’t an illustrator also have a passion for coding? Why can’t a 3D modeller also obsess about CSS or generate a cohesive UX wireframe model for a responsive website?

Should a Creative Director be too high up in the creative stratosphere to muck in and help chop up GIF images for a banner campaign?

I believe people should be encouraged to pursue as many different interests as they want. The best work comes out of people who are passionate about what they do.

I am captivated by the world I live in… everything interests me. I am someone who is passionate about what I do, and I am always learning. Am I the best at what I do? Absolutely not! However I continue to learn and always push to improve myself. I consider myself a great generalist, multi-disciplined and able to utilise my extensive knowledge, experience and creativity to produce good work and solve problems.

A good creative takes inspiration from leading lights in the industry, and a good leader is not threatened by talent in a team but rather should recognise, embrace and nurture it. In four years of degree education and nineteen years of industry experience I have been truly blessed to work with some exceptionally talented people, many of which I am honoured to call friends.

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Explore my work history and read my recommendations, see how I can help your business.

Where did you go to my lovely?

Short answer?

Cornwall!

From 2010 to 2015 I worked on a contract under Lockheed Martin to provide creative support for a massive Computer Based Training programme with the Royal Navy.

Based down at RNAS Culdrose Navy base in Helston I worked solidly with an excellent team to update the training material for the Merlin Mk II helicopter. The work was split into two phases, the creation of 3D support material (models of the Merlin aircraft), and then the creation of the instructional graphics with collaboration from Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).

In order to work on this contract I had to get security clearance, and whilst the majority of my work was unclassified it is not designed for the general public, as such I have a 5 year gap in my portfolio. This is frustrating as I am very proud of the work I did on this contract, but I am unable to show it.

If you have work you feel I could be suitable for I would happily discuss the possibility of working on a trial run or taking any tests you may have to assure you of my capabilities.

Where did you go to my lovely?… again!!!

Short answer?

Bristol (and RAF Valley in Anglesey)

For the past three years I have been working at Lockheed Martin on the UKMFTS contract, the largest private training contract the Ministry of Defence have awarded to date.

During this employment I joined as a senior multimedia specialist, working with Adobe CC and 3DS Max to create visual support material for the e-learning courseware, collaborating closely with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from Ascent and MoD.

I got promoted to Technical Analyst, which in real terms meant I was put in charge of leading the Rotary Wing graphic design team, overseeing their work, mentoring them, ensuring we met deadlines and signing off on their working hours.

I then got promoted to senior management and became an integrated product team leader with full management responsibility for a larger and wider group of employees.

As a UKMFTS Training Team lead, I was given responsibility to deliver the Basic Flight Training pipeline, this I did successfully to time and budget.

In order to work on this contract I had to get security clearance, and whilst the majority of my design work was unclassified it is not designed for the general public, as such I have another  few years gap in my portfolio! This is frustrating as I am very proud of the work I did on this contract, but I am unable to show it.

If you have work you feel I could be suitable for I would happily discuss the possibility of working on a trial run or taking any tests you may have to assure you of my capabilities.

Simple and transparent processes…


  • Idea

    Want something but not sure what? Looking for something a little different? Whatever you are looking for, I'm confident I can either shape your idea into something workable or I can provide you with fresh ideas to help you get what you want.

  • Plan

    Before touching a computer, the kettle goes on... Cup of tea, sketch pad and propelling pencil and we are ready to go! Notes are captured, sketches are made, doodles created (inevitably) and a plan of your project takes shape.

  • Design

    Mocking up web pages in photoshop, designing infographics in Illustrator or modelling complex 3D models, I work on your project as if it was my own. This often means that I work longer than I charge for.

  • Delivery

    I strive to work with you to deliver your project on time and in budget. All source files are made available to you and can either be kept on my system or purged in line with your own data management policies.