I'm Tiffany Ard, and I design adorable things based on serious science concepts. My company Nerdy Baby started out in 2005 as an Etsy shop and quickly became a top seller in the children's category.
Look for my flash cards, books and blocks in museum gift shops and the UncommonGoods catalog.
Frequently Asked Questions
What age are your products for?
Kids of different ages get something different out of science art. Babies like bright colors. Toddlers like to point out details on the pictures. Preschoolers in the WHY? stage will often pick a favorite card and want to know all about that one. They're also interested in learning their letters, shapes and colors, so this is a fun stage to introduce a love of science in a low-pressure, fun way.
School-age kids can sound out the words and will start asking for more detail about the science shown. Older kids can use the material as a jumping-off point for doing more research. They also get a kick out of challenging adults to define and explain things!
A lot of my products are also fun for adults! If you know someone who loves science, my work is terrific for decorating office and classroom walls, giving as a stand-out baby shower gift, or putting up in the lab. The coloring and activity book has a lot of science humor that adults may appreciate.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes! International shipping has become quite expensive, and I do my very best to get you the lowest price possible. My shipping robot will calculate the cost automatically, but after it ships I will refund any overpayment.
Hey! I ordered from you and where's my stuff? Or you sent me the wrong thing! Or you sent me the right thing but my post man has anger issues and he shoved everything into the mail box and now it's all bent up and damaged and this is making me sad.
Oh no, don't be sad! Write to me. I will fix everything. firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm buying this as a gift. Can you include a card letting the recipient know who this package is from?
Yep. Just let me know what it should say in the "Notes" box when you check out.
Are your products safe for kids?
I am a mother myself, and I would not hesitate to feed any of my products to my own babies. Everything is lead free, but most of it is paper so please take care not to cut yourself.
The Schrödinger's Kitty books do contain 3" squares of felt that could in theory be ripped out of the book and eaten, and nobody wants to change those diapers. I hand-assemble every book and really the books are intended to be mini works of art more than toys. Please supervise your children and if any of the pieces in the book become loose, please send it back to me for a replacement or refund.
When you make your stuff, do you even THINK about the environment? Are you nice to trees and rivers and animals?
I start to panic if I think too much about climate change, so goodness knows I don't want to add to the problem if I can help it. But the fact is that I'm printing things on paper, then I'm shipping that paper to people. Here's what I do to make it all somewhat okay:
- Use recycled papers whenever possible
- Hire local vendors as often as possible to avoid unnecessary shipping
- Choose vendors who recycle their scrap paper and take steps to reduce waste
- Donate or re-use damaged or unsellable prints and posters for other art projects.
- In the interest of animal welfare, I stop working frequently to pet my dog
Things printed in China are bad. Where are your things printed?
Most of my goods are printed in the U.S.A. -- usually by local small business printing companies who will put up with me being complicated and needy. This year I did begin working with a small family company in China that could make the boxes I needed for my flashcards. I was pleasantly surprised by the experience, but importing stuff is complicated so I'm still planning on using local guys for the majority of our printing.
Will you ever make a print about advanced cryogeologic forensics? Or thermal optics engineering? Or lunar satelite orbit trajectories?
I'm working on new pieces and ideas all the time. If there's a particular field you'd like to see covered, send me an email. I can't promise I'll do it but you never know, you know?
Hey! I found a mistake in your artwork!
Dang it. I try to double-check everything before going to print but once in a very long while something gets through. If you think you've caught something, please let me know.
Does the binary code on the B card spell something out?
Yes it does. :-) There's a guide to decoding it in the coloring book.
Can I commission a piece?
Yes! Contact me for details on custom illustrations.
Can my organization license one of your images for use in a book, presentation, report, etc.?
Yep yep! Contact me for details.
Are you secretly a big slick company with corporate backing?
Yes! Wait. NO. My kids and I address every package by hand and then lug it all in those giant blue IKEA bags to the post office. Why? Do you know of a big slick company who is interested in corporately backing us?
About the designer (third person)
Everything you see on this web site is all Tiffany Ard's fault. She is a big nerd who was tragically born with a creative brain. It's a combination that works well in corporate America; for fourteen years she specialized in organizing technical information for persuasive corporate communication. This meant spending a lot of days in windowless conference rooms arguing passionately about the precise wording of buttons in software that was going to be used to train people on how to sell other, fancier software, even though she knew that even the fancy software was only ever going to be used internally by people working for a company that made hugely complicated software that was used by another company that made mainframe computers which were used by banks to keep track of money that was used by other banks.
In 2003, she noticed that this was a stupid use of her one and only life on Earth. Everything is better now. When she isn't working on drawings of microscopes and laws of planetary motion for Nerdy Baby, she is running around home/carschooling an assortment of kids and pets. Instead of arguing about software interfaces, she argues over whether the tooth fairy can reasonably be expected to deliver money to sharks even though they lose dozens of teeth per day.