Cognitive Surplus is owned and run by Kristen and Geoff Zephyrus in Portland, OR. (Kristen is the science-nerd, Geoff does the designing).
We are fascinated by and curious about the science in the world around us. We love everything from physics jokes to the exquisite beauty of early scientific etchings and illustrations. We're inspired by a sense of wonder for our universe and a desire to look closer. Everything from gazing up at the night sky to the way magnets work is both intriguing and a little magical, and we hope that we're able to share some of our excitement through our designs.
We got started making science products in a little apartment in NYC because we got a periodic table shower curtain one day that had terrible mistakes on it (it listed Carbon as a noble gas! The horror!!), and thought we could do better. We do our very best to source the most sustainable materials, and to make things locally wherever possible.