When you have an hour to spare at the Fringe, how do you decide what show to see?
Whether you read the review boards, flick through the programme or take a look at the hundreds of leaflets gathering at the bottom of your bag, there’s a new quick way to find a show at the Fringe.
Better yet, all the ones listed are free so the only thing you’ll be sparing is an hour of your time.
The new app Fringeo has been launched by Edinburgh company Lennon Design who set out to offer punters the chance to grab a quick show on-the-go, cutting down the choice from thousands to just three picks.
Creative director at Lennon Design, Allan Lennon, said: “We’re a small agency with only three members and recently relocated to Haddington Place.
“We focus on web design, print and branding interlinking the services for clients. We work a lot with third sector businesses to produce designs which make a difference.
“We decided to create a free app for the Fringe as we felt there was a need to put it out there.”
The app works based on your current location and lets you know the next three shows coming up in venues near you with a countdown to the show time, a map and a small synopsis of the show.
Allan explained: “It was a creative challenge and was very different from our normal work, but we thought people needed a way to get their head around the festival shows.
“It can feel swamped with the amount happening and all the information you’re given so it’s hard to make a decision so the app should help you out.
“At the moment the show range is limited, but it will grow over time and become all encompassing.”
Instead of launching via the Appstore, the team created a webapp - a mobile friendly site which can be downloaded as an icon on your phone.
Allan said: “It would take quite a lot of time and development costs to make the mobile application.
“The webapp works the same style and it’s very efficient.”
With the experience of developing a web based app, the team hopes to launch the format for a series of further events.
If you want to download the app, simply visit the Fringeo website on your mobile and save the icon to your homescreen to access the nearest free Fringe shows.