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[IC] GMK Kanbara
« on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 14:37:13 »
GMK Kanbara

Hello, this is a keycap set that I designed. I hope you like how it looks.



This is Kanbara, based off of 2 Ukiyo-e prints by Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige. These prints, namely, are titled “Evening Snow at Kanbara,” (the namesake of the set) and “Kameyama, Yuki Hare.”
The yellowed beige aims to capture the aesthetic of yellowed kozo paper, paired with a blue that attempts to match a yellowed variant of a particular oft-used shade of Prussian Blue by Hiroshige.
I even obtained a fairly-old reproduction of a Kanbara print to help me reproduce the color of the yellowed kozo paper.

Denizens of my discord (thank you, guys!) will know that this has been in the works for at least a couple of months now.
The very first kitting revisions were done alongside them.
Hopefully, this set will be running in mid-May, but timelines are noodley and flexible.

Vendors
Obviously, Switchmod Keyboards
Otherwise, none yet. I want to finish kitting before I reach out to regional vendors.

Details
2 Custom Colors (The gray is GMK CC, and the red on the novelty is GMK P3!)
Designed by Krelbit (that's me!)
Produced by GMK GmbH
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Row Layout: 1-1-2-3-4-4 (5 optional)

Pricing
Pricing will be posted here when we've submitted finalized kits for approval, I'll need your help to decide on what to put in the kits.
Since I don't have to pay a designer cut this time, I'll just deduct that cut from the price, which is pretty cool!

Kits

Base Kit
The base kit is pretty much a standard kit from Switchmod Keyboards at this time.
New inclusions are of a single novelty, and an F13 key.
Some extra numpad keys have been added as well.
At this time I only seek to offer physical ISO support.
Extra B for alice.



Row 5 Kit
I like row 5, but it dregs the price of a base kit and so we'll separate that.
I will personally buy this to MOQ if it doesn't make it, so don't worry about that.



Spacebar Kit
"Yup, those are spacebars."

These are preliminary kits, and will be updated during the interest check process with the help of community members. If you spot anything off, please make note of it, and make sure to comment on the interest check. Thank you!
Up to 2 more kitting revisions will be made during this formal interest check phase on Geekhack, and neither of them will include mod tilde and mod pipe.

Renders (by Oblotzky)
Nami by Zekk.works (This will also be a Switchmod buy in the future. If you're interested, keep your eyes peeled! :D)





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Timeline
April 17(That's today!): Post IC
April 24: Kitting revision 1 based on community feedback
May 1: Kitting revision 2 based on community feedback
May 2: Submit finalized kits to GMK for quoting
We'll figure out the rest from there.



This is my personal copy of the print. It was super handy in figuring out which gray to use!

shoutout to the homies, thanks guys.

« Last Edit: Sat, 17 April 2021, 17:05:20 by Krelbit »

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 14:38:55 »
Wow, love the colors! GL with this Krelbit!

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #2 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 14:39:56 »
oh cool, pre-yellowed caps

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #3 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 14:43:00 »
nice! thanks for adding the 1u =  :thumb:
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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #4 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 14:44:20 »
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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #5 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 14:45:11 »
oh cool, pre-yellowed caps

No sun needed :^)

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 15:09:05 »
I don't think the 1.75u spacebar or the second 1u spacebar are necessary if you don't have 40s/ortho support

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 15:13:43 »

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #8 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 15:23:09 »
One of my favourite ukiyo-e prints by one of my favourite artists. Insta buy for me!

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #9 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 15:55:47 »
This is a new take on a neutral set I didn't know I needed. Love the aged look it gives off too

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #10 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 16:06:08 »
Love the alphas color.
Really clean set.

-If you gonna have extra B in base kit, might as well provide full Alice support in that base kit.
I really don't think spacebar kits are necessary when they don't also include some accent color, as they feel very expensive for a small kit where most people only going to use 1 or 2 keys (and not sure how popular 6u and 6u off centered are).

-I feel there is room for some interesting novelties and rama/thok with that theme.
Base set is really clean, but personally would like some flair from some novelties.
   

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #11 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 16:59:11 »
I think your spacebar and r5 kit descriptions swapped places. Nice IC, interesting splitting up the r5 into a separate kit to lower base kit price.
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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #12 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 17:07:01 »
Any thoughts on including ISO-UK or JIS compat?

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #13 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 17:22:30 »
guys shhhh nobody mention mod colored pipe, it's not gonna happen just like last time okay just be quiet

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #14 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 18:17:28 »
Any thoughts on including ISO-UK or JIS compat?

ISO-UK, unfortunately not at this time. I've not seen sufficient demand for it, well, ever.
JIS is basically down to a handful of molds that I'm not comfortable raising the price on the set to accomodate, and any other GBs that have them have yet to start, so those molds, as far as I'm concerned, haven't been paid for. Otherwise, yes, I'd probably support JIS. It's a hiragana-based set and it would feel kind of weird to not support JIS if I could.

I think your spacebar and r5 kit descriptions swapped places. Nice IC, interesting splitting up the r5 into a separate kit to lower base kit price.

Whoops fixed thanks

Love the alphas color.
Really clean set.

-If you gonna have extra B in base kit, might as well provide full Alice support in that base kit.
I really don't think spacebar kits are necessary when they don't also include some accent color, as they feel very expensive for a small kit where most people only going to use 1 or 2 keys (and not sure how popular 6u and 6u off centered are).

-I feel there is room for some interesting novelties and rama/thok with that theme.
Base set is really clean, but personally would like some flair from some novelties.

The thing is, the second b is pretty harmless in providing full physical alice support, while freeing up any numpad keys people might want to use for standalone numpads. Since there are so many alice layout boards (and the list just keeps growing), it'd be nice to offer at least that.

As for novelties, there's just nothing that really inspires novelty-wise. Trying to shoehorn in a full set of novelties is really just not my style, and if I genuinely have no fitting ideas it's not the place to put anything in. It's not like the set would stand out  more because I added novelties, by it's color choices it's not really meant to stand out at all, really.
« Last Edit: Sat, 17 April 2021, 18:19:40 by Krelbit »

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #15 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 18:58:44 »
I don't think the set needs to stand out.
But I just think novelties really tie together a set and helps to identify the inspiration.

I will agree that just based on these 2 prints it's a bit hard to find enough novelties.
But I still think there is the theme of the snow that could be interesting to look into (snowy mountains, snowy trees, snowy houses, the Hats, the occasional red and blue pops of colors, some related Kanjis? like "yuki/snow, Kanbara", etc).
Or to go slighly beyond those 2 particular prints and explore what you often see in Ukiyo-e.
« Last Edit: Sat, 17 April 2021, 19:03:19 by CookieFlow »
   

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #16 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 18:59:53 »
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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #17 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 19:24:16 »
this is nice. pls more pale yellow sets

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #18 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 20:42:19 »
maybe black instead of grey on the yellow?

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #19 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 21:30:33 »
maybe black instead of grey on the yellow?

Black doesn't really provide the same yellowed-on-paper effect that I'm looking for.

I don't think the set needs to stand out.
But I just think novelties really tie together a set and helps to identify the inspiration.

I will agree that just based on these 2 prints it's a bit hard to find enough novelties.
But I still think there is the theme of the snow that could be interesting to look into (snowy mountains, snowy trees, snowy houses, the Hats, the occasional red and blue pops of colors, some related Kanjis? like "yuki/snow, Kanbara", etc).
Or to go slighly beyond those 2 particular prints and explore what you often see in Ukiyo-e.


It's not that there aren't ideas, there just aren't ideas that I like, and would fit well while being easy to convey, so I just won't have anything. I'll keep it simple. Not every set needs to wear its inspiriation on its sleeve.

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[IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #20 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 21:39:37 »
any reason why the red symbol is tilted instead of upright like the original print?

I would also put it on the yellow color and not the gray, the print mainly has it on the yellower hue and I think it looks a bit better.,
I think the red markings would be where to look for potential novelties but i agree, i wouldn’t add more than one more than the number there are now.


i also think the blue color of the escape is maybe a little too desaturated and gray. the clothing in “Evening Snow at Kanbara” is quite saturated and pops really beautifully against the yellow. If you’re open to adjusting that blue more, I think “Evening Snow at Uchikawa”’s lake color would also work well.
« Last Edit: Sat, 17 April 2021, 21:52:37 by dimo »

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #21 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 21:43:46 »
Mr. Krelbit, you're too good at colors. GLWIC!

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #22 on: Sat, 17 April 2021, 21:50:00 »
maybe black instead of grey on the yellow?

Black doesn't really provide the same yellowed-on-paper effect that I'm looking for.

I don't think the set needs to stand out.
But I just think novelties really tie together a set and helps to identify the inspiration.

I will agree that just based on these 2 prints it's a bit hard to find enough novelties.
But I still think there is the theme of the snow that could be interesting to look into (snowy mountains, snowy trees, snowy houses, the Hats, the occasional red and blue pops of colors, some related Kanjis? like "yuki/snow, Kanbara", etc).
Or to go slighly beyond those 2 particular prints and explore what you often see in Ukiyo-e.


It's not that there aren't ideas, there just aren't ideas that I like, and would fit well while being easy to convey, so I just won't have anything. I'll keep it simple. Not every set needs to wear its inspiriation on its sleeve.

makes sense. you want the focus to be the paper not directly the writing/painting.
looking forward to the gb

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #24 on: Sun, 18 April 2021, 00:36:53 »
i like it

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #25 on: Sun, 18 April 2021, 03:11:06 »
noice

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #26 on: Sun, 18 April 2021, 06:08:08 »
Is there a version with more contrasting blue like the one in painting?

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #27 on: Sun, 18 April 2021, 13:36:09 »
Is there a version with more contrasting blue like the one in painting?

any reason why the red symbol is tilted instead of upright like the original print?

I would also put it on the yellow color and not the gray, the print mainly has it on the yellower hue and I think it looks a bit better.,
I think the red markings would be where to look for potential novelties but i agree, i wouldn’t add more than one more than the number there are now.


i also think the blue color of the escape is maybe a little too desaturated and gray. the clothing in “Evening Snow at Kanbara” is quite saturated and pops really beautifully against the yellow. If you’re open to adjusting that blue more, I think “Evening Snow at Uchikawa”’s lake color would also work well.

The kanbara print's blue, while saturated, isn't really that bright. It's also pretty much a gradient, which means no matter what color I end up choosing, moving slightly down or slightly right makes it the wrong color.

What I've got right now is a decent average of the colors on the smock/coat. I'm not sure there are many ral colors that would be better.



I'll consider moving the novelty to the yellow, seems like a decent idea, and it's sideways because having it stand upright was just a little too anal-beady.

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #28 on: Sun, 18 April 2021, 13:42:54 »
Big fan of the colors, hope it happens soon.

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #29 on: Sun, 18 April 2021, 13:53:55 »
What is that red thing novelty, is that the healing gourd from Sekiro.

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #30 on: Sun, 18 April 2021, 14:28:05 »
kinda looks like cheese

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« Reply #31 on: Sun, 18 April 2021, 14:32:13 »
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neither of them will include mod tilde and mod pipe.

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #32 on: Sun, 18 April 2021, 15:57:16 »
1.5U supers please

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #33 on: Sun, 18 April 2021, 17:44:34 »
1.5U supers please

If added, would only be a single 1.5u super. I'm not sure many people actually use it, though.

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #34 on: Mon, 26 April 2021, 16:37:28 »
Revision 1 kitting decisions, please let me know if you have any other kitting suggestions.

- 1.75u & 1 of the 1u spacebars has been removed from the spacebars kit.
- Novelty will be changed from red on grey to red on yellow.

That's all i've got this week, I'll give it another week and then progress with the IC process a little more. Thank you for your interest!

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« Reply #35 on: Mon, 26 April 2021, 20:33:23 »
1.5U supers please

If added, would only be a single 1.5u super. I'm not sure many people actually use it, though.

as a mac user i am tired of using alt keys and no longer support sets that force me into a windows bottom row. i can live without command, but I appreciate super. you do you, i love the colors. but i will watch and wish you well. (also makes me wish i bought a moon thermal just for this set.)

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« Reply #36 on: Mon, 26 April 2021, 22:45:23 »
Oblotzky is weird ...

Also Mr Krelbit is weird ...

And I am weird....


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« Reply #37 on: Tue, 27 April 2021, 10:27:29 »
I really love these colors! I would be in for this set. Only thing I would like to see is more novelties in a separate kit but that's not a deal breaker for me by any means! GLWIC  ;D

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« Reply #38 on: Thu, 29 April 2021, 18:15:29 »
are more renders on the pipeline?

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« Reply #39 on: Fri, 30 April 2021, 01:17:56 »
I see a krelbit set. I am intrigued.

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Re: [IC] GMK Kanbara
« Reply #40 on: Fri, 30 April 2021, 03:38:59 »
All i can think of is Weezer