Danny Joe Gibson

Artist / Illustrator / Designer

Kansas City, MO, USA
Born to Missouri farmers in a late ‘70s blizzard, Danny Joe Gibson (DJG) is an artist, illustrator, photographer, writer and sometimes designer in the Kansas City area (USA). Retiring a solo design practice in 2011, he made a decade’s footnote as graphic artisan DJG Design concocting a pile of award-winning posters, logos and album covers.

Work Experience

DJG Design

Owner-Operator / Designer / Illustrator / Graphic Artisan

Artisan for independent musicians and businesses. (i.e. - posters, packaging, logos, art, etc.) Retired the business in 2011 to focus on personal art and special projects.

Featured in over 15 books on illustration and design, with creative writing published as well, sharing pages with design legends such as: Milton Glaser, Paula Scher, Hatch Show Print, Art Chantry and Stefan Sagmeister. Publications include: New Typography, Sound & Design, Type Image, Creative Grab Bag, 1,000 Music Graphics, 1,000 Supreme CD Designs, The Anatomy of Design and The Little Book of Creativity

Interviews and profiles with: Print Magazine, HOW Magazine, Step Inside Design, Review Magazine, Felt & Wire, NPR, CNN, Grafik Tasarim (Turkey), DPI Magazine (Taiwan), as well as university students and lecturers

Exhibited solo and in groups at: Baton Rouge Art Gallery, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, University of California at Davis Design Museum (work in permanent collection), Frankfurt Germany Book Fair, Type Director's Club Traveling Show (US, Canada, Europe and Japan), Missouri State Capitol, Missouri State Fair, University of Texas and Art Basil Miami
January 2001 - February 2011 United States


Artist / Illustrator / Graphic Artisan / Video-Animation

February 2011 - United States


Missouri State University

Graphic Design / Illustration / Art / Art History
August 1997 - December 2001 United States


English (Fluent),


Print Design Magazine

Regional Design Annual (2003-thru-2008)

Type Directors Club

Certificate of Excellence & Exhibition (2004 & 2007)

AIGA - The Professional Association For Design

Certificate of Excellence & Juror's Choice Award (2006)

AIGA - The Professional Association For Design

Certificate of Excellence (2007 & 2010)

Step Inside Design

Annual Design Review (2003-2004-2005 & 2007)

Pitch Weekly

Best of Kansas City (Posters, 2003 / Exhibition, 2011)


Collage, Cut Paper, Design, Illustration, Lettering, Motivated, Passionate, Reliable, Typography, Writing,

- Tom Biederbeck / Felt & Wire

Danny J. Gibson has more or less flown under the national radar for the past decade or so, but in Kansas City he’s been a presence with memorable, utterly original posters for music gigs, arts events and community happenings... Gibson’s imagery is always surprising, even if — or maybe because — it’s almost impossible to describe. Freely ranging across folk styles, punk/zine influences, found-art collage and way more, his vision often appears to be about freeing the imagination to forage widely in the subconscious (yes, his art is surreal, too)...combination of conceptual spark with a whiff of spontaneous combustion (not to mention a slightly dazed quality) that I find sophisticated, slapdash, wry, earnest and charming all at once.

- The Pitch / Best of Kansas City

As DJG Design, artist Danny Gibson spent the past decade making vibrant concert posters for local bands and national acts that came through town. Earlier this year, Gibson retired the business in the interest of focusing more on visual art. In September, 1819 Central Gallery marked the milestone by inviting Gibson to display the contents of his studio: some 400 posters, plus process work. At the First Friday opening, the view was stunning: rows and rows of original art, stretching from floor to ceiling, bearing the names of Kansas City and Lawrence bands past and present. Musicians mingled and searched for their old bands on the wall. Quietly Contributing was a giant, overwhelming, colorful shrine to our music community, and a reminder of the staggering talent of one of our city's finest artists.

- David E. Carter / Art Publisher

I first discovered Danny’s work in 2004, when I was producing The Little Book of Creativity. It was a freshness, and a high degree of creativity in his work then, and he had 10 full pages in that book. Now, in my new venture of producing the very first eBooks for the graphic design works, I chose to include nearly 200 (check this number —) of his posters in Posters 1 and Posters 2. To put this into perspective, our first 8 eBooks include work from about 750 creative firms from nearly 40 countries. Danny’s work represents nearly 10% of the total work in these books. I see his as a budding superstar of the art world. I am watching his career with a great deal of interest, and anticipation. I can’t wait to see what’s next for him.