About Us


Cognitive Surplus was started by Kristen and Geoff Zephyrus. (Kristen is the science-nerd, photographer and business lady, Geoff does the designing and the making).


Geoff and Kristen Zephyrus, Cognitive Surplus

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. We think gazing up at the night sky, watching leaves turn color in the fall, and the way magnets work is intriguing and kinda 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 picked up a periodic table shower curtain one day that had some very unfortunate mistakes (it listed Carbon as a noble gas! The horror!!), and thought we could do better. We do our very best to source sustainable materials both for our products and the packaging we use to ship them.

Whether you’re looking for a birthday gift for your lab partner, or a sweet new graphic t-shirt for yourself, we’ve got your smarty-pants covered.


We've long since outgrown our little NYC apartment, and have happily relocated all our operations to the Pacific Northwest where it smells like trees instead of trash outside and we can grow things in the ground instead of sad plastic boxes on our deck. You can now find Kristen and Geoff working in the studio in Portland, and Jenn and Karl at the warehouse in Medford, OR. 


Karl Stevens - Cognitive Surplus #WarehouseKarl

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