Oakland Puzzle Company is a mission-driven jigsaw puzzle manufacturer crafting puzzles in a small factory in the Eastlake neighborhood of Oakland. We partner with local artists and organizations to raise funds and promote their work. We focus on high-quality puzzles, a local supply chain, and supporting other small, ethical businesses.
We launched in May of 2023 and in our first six months, we raised over $10,000 for artists and organizations. Our most popular puzzle is the Long Lost Oakland map created in partnership with the local history podcast East Bay Yesterday.
We are operating on unceded Ohlone land and encourage all to learn about Shuumi Land Tax and the rematriation of land in the East Bay.
Dave and DeAnna Tibbs are multi-generational Bay Area residents who love Oakland. They worked for several years researching and planning the production of jigsaw puzzles in an effort to create the highest quality puzzles and an ethical and sustainable business.
Our puzzles are made with ESKA Blue .069 Caliper puzzle board, a premier quality chipboard.
Puzzle cutting, packing, and distribution is all done right in our Oakland warehouse.
Our packaging and image printing is done by Community Printers, a Santa Cruz-based Union shop and Worker Cooperative,
How We Work
Our standard artist licensing pays our artists 10% of total funds received for their puzzle.
Many of our puzzles benefit a “Community Partner,” which can be an individual, group, or non-profit doing good in our community. Our goal is to raise funds and awareness about the group's efforts.
- Each of our puzzles will launch with a Pre-order period. During this phase, we work with the Community Partner to promote the puzzle and they will receive 20-30% of all funds received for the associated puzzle, depending on the artist agreement.
- When the puzzle goes into general sale, selected puzzles will be available through the Community Partner and other retailers. Each associated puzzle sold will continue to benefit the Community Partner and/or artist based on a percentage of the funds received for that puzzle design.