Simple Joys

Any individual who enjoy organization, detail, or explaining things to others loves making a good visual tutorial. It answers repetitive questions without stress and is always easy to share.

Below is a visual I made to help clients acclimate to a new UI.



Orin Lophi Handbag Pricing App.

I was getting tired of calculating the price by hand for my handbags, given there were so many variations that could effect the ultimate total and desiring accuracy over laziness.

There are a few screen shot of the app. You can enter the dimensions, exterior material, interior material, hardware, and stitch technique. Bases on various cost and construction factors, the price in calculated and presented.

Simple, but what a time saver.





Inspiration and Discovery

We at Orin Lophi are constantly asking ourselves, “What does it mean to be human?”.  We often find ourselves referencing our latest discoveries or inspirations to shed light on this concept. Today we would like to share with our readers two things that are currently driving us to be the best humans we can.



Our workroom is a space of creativity and imagination and we do everything we can to make sure it feels like a utopia.  One way is to fill the space with sounds that make our souls soar. We love the work of Jonna Lee (iamamiwhoami) and her newly released sing/music video is making us scream. This collaboration with Comme des Garçons is visually appealing and the music is simply wonderful. Click this here to view the video. We hope you enjoy this find as much as we do.



We love Primatology at Orin Lophi and welcome any new insight into the lives of our distant relatives. When asking what it is to be human, expanding the view to all primates helps paint a fuller picture. Primates share more characteristics than most people know and common knowledge often seems to be regurgitated concepts that are extremely outdated. We find more and more that monkeys/apes express emotions like compassion, empathy, acceptance, and grief; characteristics normally only associated with humans. Our next inspiration is no exception. These monkeys lives are fascinating and touching.

Above is a juvenile snub-nosed monkeys of Shangri La; they live in a remote area and little is known about their lives. In 2015, PBS published a documentary of these breath-taking monkeys.

“Representing the meticulous and ambitious work of an all-Chinese film company led by award-winning filmmaker, Xi Zhinong, this spectacular film is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. Only recently discovered, snub-nosed monkeys are hauntingly beautiful primates, different and gentler than others of their kind. Elfin-like, they seem both childlike and wise beyond their years. The family is led by a formidable fighter and his fighting force who guard a troop of 8-10 families. This is a unique monkey society, formed in response to the hardships of the Himalayas. But their survival depends not just upon strong defensive strategies; it also relies upon the cooperation and interdependence of them all.”

This documentary opened our eyes to something new and warmed our hearts. These monkeys inspired us to be kinder and more caring about others. Furthermore, the resilience of the abandoned juvenile inspires us to continue on. In part, his curiosity and exploration saved his life and our exploration/curiosity will save ours. To view the documentary click here, we hope you do, it is worth the every second.

Thank you Jonna Lee and Xi Zhinong, your work breaths life into ours. Feel free to share what inspires you in the comments or tag us on instagram.

-Live a life of impeccable taste-




Where in pi are you?


To see your world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower. Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, an eternity in an hour. Is it possible? Lets for a moment assume William Blake was speaking literally and a grain of sand is spherical; we can infer that all the examples have a common thread, pi. Pi is a mathematic constant representing the value obtained from dividing the circumference of a circle by it’s diameter; the result being an irrational number. As with all irrational numbers, they continue on infinitely without repeating after the decimal (as far as we know).

If you are a reddit user or general meme consumer, you have possibly come across the concept of pi and the infinite world of digital information. If not lets take a look at the claim.

“Pi is an infinite, nonrepeating decimal – meaning that every possible number combination exists somewhere in pi. Converted into ASCII text, somewhere in that infinite string of digits is the name of every person you will ever love, the date, time, and manner of your death, and the answers to all the great questions of the universe. Converted into a bitmap, somewhere in that infinite string of digits is a pixel-perfect representation of the first thing you saw on this earth, the last thing you will see before your life leaves you, and all the moments, momentous and mundane, that will occur between those two points.

All information that has ever existed or will ever exist, the DNA of every being in the universe, EVERYTHING: all contained in the ratio of a circumference and a diameter.”

Mine blowing concept for sure, but is it plausible, can this help us understand Blake, and why is pi preferred over other irrational numbers.

Unlike many irrational numbers, pi contains a normalized distribution of each number from 1 to 9. This means that 1/10 are 1’s, 1/10 are 2’s and so on. Mathematicians have calculated this fact up to the trillionth decimal place. Furthermore, if pi is a “normal number,” then every finite string of numbers occurs with exactly the frequency you’d expect if the digits were random. With this information, it then becomes possible to translate sequences of ASII or bitmap from pi.

For simplicity, lets only concern ourselves with ASII characters for now. ASCII uses either seven or eight binary digits that combine to form letters, numbers, space, or punctuation marks. Ignoring some technical details about how ASCII is really implemented and assuming 00 to 99 covers the full range of characters; we can go through the digits of pi two at a time and extract some string of symbols. If pi is normal, your life story is in there somewhere.

If that doesn’t convince you, let’s look at a more mathematical analysis of finding ASII encodings. Let’s say you want to find your life story in pi. We’ll assume your life story isn’t going to take up more room than the Bible, around 3.5 million characters. Now we need to make a list of all possible words that are no more than 3.5 million characters long. This will give you some huge, but still finite list of possible words.

Let’s say K is the number of possible words you can find. We then look at the digits of pi in chunks of length K. To the first chunk, assign the first word on our list. To the second distinct chunk (which may overlap with the first; that’s OK), assign the second word, and so on. We “only” have K words on our list, and we have at least K+1 distinct blocks of length K (any irrational number has at least K+1 distinct strings that are K digits long), so we’ll run out of words before we run out of blocks. If we have more distinct blocks than we have words on our list (we will), we can just start over at the beginning of our list of words. There’s nothing wrong with encoding the same word twice. That will happen anyway because some K-digit blocks will show up multiple (and even infinitely many) times. This gives us all possible strings up to some finite length. And there is no upper limit to how long the strings on your list can be. Therefore, your life story and the entirety of existence can be found within the decimals of pi.

Furthermore, maybe William Blake was on to something momentous. Perhaps we can find all that is, was, and will be in a the ratio between a circle’s circumference and it’s diameter; within every circle or sphere. To see your world in a grain of sand, heaven in a wild flower, or eternity in an hour.