Branch Digital and Cheaptonight.com co-creators Shannon Scully and Angus Russell. Photo Contributed
Branch Digital and Cheaptonight.com co-creators Shannon Scully and Angus Russell. Photo Contributed Photo Contributed

Angus branches out into the digital design world

FORMER Stanthorpe United player turned web designer and business owner Angus Russell said Saturday afternoons spent playing soccer was what he missed the most about his home town.

"I would probably be best remembered for my years with United and skateboarding, even though I was never very good at it," he joked.

The son of Chris and Dougal Russell was born and raised in Stanthorpe from "age zero to about 17" when he graduated high school in 2006.

These days Angus is kept busy running his own small web design company, Branch Digital, with friend Shannon Scully, and keeping up with their newly-launched website www.cheaptonight.com.

The website, which kicked off in December last year helps people find food, drink and entertainment deals closest to their homes on certain nights.

"It's a pretty old idea - when we were in university we were always searching for two for one deals and cheap eats," Angus said.

"But we had to go through their websites individually, so we thought it would be handy if it was all in one place."

When asked if he had always dreamed of being a web designer Angus' response was clear "no".

"I honestly didn't know what I wanted to do when a friend of mine mentioned that he was doing a Bachelor of Multimedia so I thought why not?," he said.

Angus Russell (on the left) at his graduation from Stanthorpe State High School in 2006. Photo Contributed
Angus Russell (on the left) at his graduation from Stanthorpe State High School in 2006. Photo Contributed Photo Contributed

After graduating Year 12 Angus went on to study at Griffith University Nathan campus, before starting his own web design company, Shamooly, in 2009.

"It didn't last very long though, we were fresh out of uni with no experience and no contacts," he said.

So he landed a job with Bluewire Media where he worked for three years learning the tools of the trade.

When he felt he'd learnt all he could from Bluewire, Angus went out on his own again.

This time as a freelance web designer before partnering with friend and fellow web designer Shannon Scully to kick-start Branch Digital.

"It's an industry with lots of competition but there's also lots of people who need websites," he said.

"What I enjoy the most about my job is the creativity and freedom."

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