The Inspirational Bits Portal (Ins Bits Portal) is a Library of case studies that investigates properties of digital technology. It also explores how to investigate digital materials in a new ways.
By treating digital materials as physical materials we can gain a greater understanding of their properties. The Ins Bit Portal aims to provide designers and engineers with the tools to communicate the experiences that are enabled by different digital technologies. This should not be a random process, but a process equally structured as the exploration of materials such as wood or steel in designing furniture for example.
These exploration methods should include exposure to the dynamic qualities of the digital materials as they unfold over space and time. And, perhaps most critically, they must make sense to designers, HCI-experts and other members of multidisciplinary design teams, helping the whole team to exploit the digital materials to their fullest.