Darrius Jerome Gourdine is a 1992 graduate of Howard University and co-owner of the Washington, D.C. based graphic design firm, Artisan Blue / LSG. Darrius founded Artisan Blue in 1997 with partner Paul Woodruff under the name Designs Dot Com. The name Artisan Blue was selected in 2005. The company formed a joint venture, Artisan Blue/LSG, with Lighthouse Strategic Group (LSG) in 2010.
Darrius began a career in writing with the inception of an online soap opera based on Black college life called As the Sands Burn. The soap opera debuted in 1997 and in 2000 was bought by BET for their website www.bet.com. As the Sands Burn and its spinoff, Beyond the Burning Sands amassed thousands of fans in its 8 year run on the internet.
Darrius is a published author serving as ghost writer of the book From the Hood to the Hill: The Next Generation, and lead writer of the Gospel situation comedy, “So How Ya Livin’ Now?” Darrius was approached by ChristianHangSuite.com to create and write “The Saved and The Restless”, an online Christian based soap opera which ran on the internet for 2 seasons encompassing 2 years. His first novel, Jewels: The Story of the Founding of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity is sold in bookstores across the country and on several college campuses. Darrius has done book signings and speaking engagements in Washington, DC, Silver Spring Maryland, Chattanooga Tennessee, Savannah Georgia, Columbus Ohio, Houston Texas, Mobile Alabama, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and Orlando Florida.
Darrius co-owns Artisan House, the publishing company that has distributed his book. He also co-owns Tourism Blue, a tourism company hosting tours to Johannesburg and Cape Town South Africa.