The Consortium

Celebrating thinkers, idealists, inventors, artists, writers and wise guys…

…who make up the loosely coalesced community of Futurist Juice Consortium.

Our corporate face is far less important than the individuals who commit random acts of creative intent inside the company and out in the world. Since all organizations—including this one—are made up of those chaotic components known as human beings, they are far too complex and changeable to be captured accurately at one any moment in time.

So this portrait offers a pretty good sense of what was happening when we took this core sample.

But it doesn’t show you what has happened since then or what might happen in the unpredictable future.

 From the Manifesto 

The Team

Michael Hilliard

Creative Director, Photographer

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Henry Burden

Data Architect, Futurist

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The Consortium

Writers, Designers, Filmmakers, Artists, Programmers and Co‑conspirators

Integrating Tradition with Future

Futurist Juice plates on a century-old letterpress printer

Our design and narrative sensibilities (and our name) owe a sharp nod to some of the great art and writing of the 20th century. The Italian Futurists were a noisy collective of painters/writers/sculptors caught up in the dynamism of emerging technology and industry. They recognized the rapid change of society and how we communicated; concepts were expressed through depictions of motion, ideas through manifestos and graphic poetry, and their traveling multimedia shows laid the foundation for Cubists and Dadaists to follow.

Of course our similarities stop with their love of inciting riots and hanging out with the likes of Mussolini.

Our modern clients have business collateral printed on century-old letterpress printing machines while telling their stories using bleeding-edge web applications. Fusing old and new technologies, creating clever ways to make messages seen, heard and understood, and depicting complex ideas through capturing dynamic moments… it all squares with the mission of Futurist Juice Consortium.

Decades of Creative

Our finest work comes from a time-honored process of developing concepts against strategy; we put pencils before pixels. We work closely with designers, writers, illustrators, photographers and filmmakers to shape powerful messaging to expand audience expectations.

We’ve maintained many of the same creative partnerships since the 90s and seamlessly plug into their projects the same as they do ours. Here’s a brief overview of our origins to the present.

  • 1992

    MI Blue Studios

    Started as an industrial design studio and almost immediately shifted to paving the Information Superhighway. We picked up great 3-D and interactive projects along the way: Building rockets for Boeing Space & Defense; designing the interface for the CD and website for Bill Gates’ book The Road Ahead; even animated a squid chasing two young clams down a beach for Ivars.

  • 1999

    mHilliard Associates

    Company scaled up to help Microsoft properly commemorate their 25th anniversary. 15 months interviewing, photographing hundreds of current and past employees, telling their story through the 328-page coffee table book: InsideOut. During this period we also wrapped busses for KOMO and the UW Huskies, built websites, CDs, presentations and branded non-profits.

  • 2004

    MHHM Creative/Futurist Juice

    Our next phase directs the spotlight to education, biotech, professional services, and a much greater emphasis on helping non-profits to grow and expand their message. We focus on being small, nimble and highly scalable extensions of our clients, helping them refine their brands and interpret difficult concepts into easy-to-digest communications.

    FuJuCo enjoys developing web applications and online tools, branding and positioning for clients, and creating visual narratives that extend to paper, websites, public relations and motion. Our best work combines a full complement of design, writing, photography and motion. We’ve been lucky to work with GreenStone Media (America’s first female talk radio network); SCCA and Seattle Childrens’ Research to describe complex ideas in palliative care and big data in medicine; working with law firms to clarify their practices and better express the talents of their attorneys.

Decades of Creative

Our finest work comes from a time-honored process of developing concepts against strategy; putting pencils before pixels. We work closely with designers, writers, illustrators, photographers and filmmakers to shape powerful messaging to expand audience expectations.

We’ve worked mostly with our same creative partners since the 90s and frequently plug into their projects the same as they do ours. Here’s a brief overview of our origins to the present.

  • 1992

    MI Blue Studios

    Started as an industrial design studio and almost immediately shifted to paving the Information Superhighway. We picked up great 3-D and interactive projects along the way: Building rockets for Boeing Space & Defense; designing the interface for the CD and website for Bill Gates’ book The Road Ahead; even animated a squid chasing two young clams down a beach for Ivars.

  • 1999

    mHilliard Associates

    Company scaled up to help Microsoft properly celebrate their 25th anniversary. 15 months interviewing, photographing hundreds of current and past employees, telling their story through the 328-page coffee table book: InsideOut. We also wrapped busses for KOMO and the UW Huskies, built websites, CDs, presentations and branded non-profits.

  • 2004

    MHHM Creative/Futurist Juice

    Our next phase points the spotlight to education, biotech, professional/legal services, and a much greater emphasis on helping non-profits to grow and expand their message. We focus on being small, nimble and highly scalable extensions of our clients, helping them refine their brands and interpret difficult concepts into easy-to-digest communications.

    FuJuCo enjoys developing web applications and online tools, branding and positioning for clients, and creating visual narratives that extend to paper, websites, public relations and motion. Our best work combines the full complement of design, writing and photography, and motion. We’ve been lucky to work with GreenStone Media (America’s first female talk radio network); SCCA and Seattle Childrens’ Research to describe complex ideas in palliative care and big data in medicine; working with law firms to clarify their practices and better express the talents of their attorneys.

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