Indagare at its heart is an online community and magazine focused around luxury travel. Really, it’s much more. Not only does Indagare publish a monthly newsletter (trust me – this is not a double sided sheet of paper its really more of a mini-magazine) for its members, but it provides a constantly growing wealth of information and tips provided by experienced travel writers and members alike.
I worked as the Lead Developer with Intersect, Inc. to build Indagare from the ground up. Working closely with the Indagare team and Intersect’s designers, we were able to launch (on a very tight deadline) an amazing and truly unique online experience.
Indagare was built with Ruby on Rails and includes a lot of cool features that I implemented for the first time. Not only is the entire content of the site controlled with a very simple custom management tool, but the members have a number of features and tools at their disposal. Depending on your membership level you can comment on articles, bookmark them, organize your bookmarks into itineraries, talk to other members and the staff in a number of different forums/discussion boards, and a lot more.
This project was one of the most challenging I’ve ever completed, not just because of its size, but also because of its specificity and customization. It was also one of the most fun. I learned more and wrote more neat code then I ever have before, and its not over.
One of the most fun things about this project was being able to brainstorm and bring new ideas to the client and work out a plan to implement a lot of them in the near future. Melissa Bradley and the team at Indagare are all very very intelligent. They really know what they want but are still very open to new ideas. Some of the coolest features that we’ve developed together haven’t even launched yet, but are coming in a big update very soon.
If you’re interested in becoming a member, you can apply here. It does cost a bit, but I can tell you its worth it now, and the site is only getting better.