Who is behind Red Bilby?

Red Bilby is a boutique design studio that opened for business in 2009.

So it’s a new company, you say! Kind of – but not really. The “Red Bilby” name is new but it’s people are experienced and specialists in pretty much everything graphic-related.

Red Bilby Creative Director - Michael Chanter

Red Bilby’s Creative Director – Michael Chanter graduated from Chisholm Institute of Technology (now Monash University) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Design in 1984. After graduating he ran his own design studio, exhibiting his 3 dimensional artwork and drawings in galleries in Australia and overseas.

From 1994 to 1998 Michael worked as a lecturer in the design department at Monash University where he specialised in computer aided design.

In 1999 he was employed by Carsales.com.au as Senior Graphic Designer. As well as developing the Carsales online brand he managed the in-house web design department producing websites for some of Australia’s most successful automotive dealerships.

After 10 years with Carsales.com.au Michael left in April 2009 to take up the position of Creative Director with an online “startup” company – Uniquemail. Uniquemail began as a provider of personalised domain names and quickly grew to offer a full range of web design and developement services.

In November 2009 Michael decided to return to running his own design studio – Chanter Design. This decision prompted a redesign of the Chanter Design brand, starting with a new name – Red Bilby.  Why Red Bilby? For a few reasons:

  1. (Long reason) The studio is located in Silvan, a rural area in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges. Bilbies are native animals in the area.  Michael believes his wife, in a rat poisoning campaign accidentally killed a Bilby*. Given that Bilbies are an endangered species, Michael felt it appropriate to name his design studio after this interesting little creature. Why the ‘Red’ in the name? Simple, the colour of the soil in Silvan is red. In winter keeping the red soil from staining the studio carpets has been a major concern.

  2. Growing up as a child of the 1960’s, Michael spent many hours watching and drawing his favorite cartoon characters – The Impossibles, Funky Phantom,  The Banana Splits, Scooby Doo, Magilla Gorilla, etc. Creating the Red Bilby character gave him the opportunity to develop a character that would capture the personality of the studio and pay homage to the characters he enjoyed as a child. If you are interested in how the design was created step by step you can read the post on the Red Bilby Design Blog.

So, that’s it. Red Bilby is open for business and would love the opportunity to work with you.

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