About Artiphany


At Artiphany, we create in a spirit of visual delight and playful surprise. Our intention: To supply you with a variety of optic confections with which you can allow your heart or hand to have their say.

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Artiphany is a boutique gift company founded in 2006 in Palo Alto, California by our founder and artist-in-chief John Littleboy with the idea of turning his artistic abilities into products that would bring a smile to the face of anyone who saw them. The result of this ambition is what we like to call Artiphany’s ‘Creative Kitchen’: A trove of everyday artifacts that provide visual delight and optic nutrition to all who enjoy them. These consist of fanciful playing cards, cheerful mugs and plates, cute tea towels, witty greeting cards, exquisite animations and other works on paper and textiles. All of John's creations come with a guarantee of humor, anthropomorphized animals, vivid colors and a general joie de vivre.

Of the first few products John designed, the Pack of Dogs Playing Cards emerged as a favorite. Transformed by John’s insatiable imagination, these ordinary playing cards are a small box of treasures: They portray dogs as we imagine them to be—coy, heroic, aloof, comical and always lovable. A dramatic ballerina, a heroic soldier, a love-struck troubadour are each presented with great wit and humor. Last year, these playing cards rocketed our small business into the public eye when bloggers on Reddit, Bored Panda and Art Fido (among others) shared John's illustrations for the pack with their followers and readers. The stories caught fire on Reddit and Twitter and soon, John was sending thousands of packs of playing cards to dozens of countries across the world. 

Learn more about the colorful history behind Artiphany, below, via our four part series on our blog, Pupdates and Mewsings.

Chapter 1: Portrait of the Artist as a California Kiddo

Chapter 2: Hand to Mouth, Brush to Wall

Chapter 3: Midnight in Morocco, Sunrise over Shanghai

Chapter 4: Artiphany Rising