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Offline Xerpocalypse

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Hello all,

Today I'd like to introduce you to a project that I've been gradually working on for the past year or so:

GMK Darling

Inspired by the character Zero Two from Darling in the Franxx, GMK Darling aims to bring her aesthetics straight to your keyboard
It's taken a long while to get the colors dialed in, but they are quite close to -- if not in -- their final iteration now as far as I can take them with renders.
Hiragana sublegends may not be everyone's cup of tea, but the use of icon mods hopefully prevents the set from becoming overcrowded.




Updated 9/23/19:
It's been a long road to get to this point but I'm happy to announce that GMK Darling will be running on Novelkeys, Mykeyboard.eu, ZFrontier, and Daily Clack!


January 27th 2020 to Febuary 27th, 2020!
Pricing information is available further down the thread.

Also, there's a new IC form which reflects the new changes!


Colorway

Updated 4/29/19: 7422C is now the alpha color as opposed to 691C, which was too grey.

GMK Darling utilizes three custom colors:

RAL 3020 as the alpha text color; a vivid red reminiscent of Zero Two's horns

Pantone 7422C; a pastel-pale pink which reflects Zero Two's hair color, used for the alpha cap color and the legend color on the mods.

RAL 3003 as the mod cap color; a darker red similar to Zero Two's dress uniform and darker parts of her flight suit

GMK WS1 for the white accents


Color pallete based on the colors' hex values


Hey the sun finally came out! Here's 7422C. Color balance/temperature for this picture is considerably better than the last one.

I do have some concern as to color matching and am unsure how GMK would handle dealing with both RAL and Pantone colors.
However, the RAL light pink (3015) was simply not light enough for this project.



KITS:

Base - "Darling"



Spacebars - "Clacksaur"



Extension Kit - "Parasite"



Novelties - "Partner"



Alphas kit - "Remnants"



GB Dates, Vendors, and Pricing

The groubuy for GMK Darling will commence January 27th, 2020 and conclude Febuary 27th, 2020!

Novelkeys
Kit      Price
Darling        $120
Clacksaur        $28
Parasite        $48
Partner        $50
Remnants        $64

Mykeyboard.eu
Pricing for Mykeyboard.eu includes VAT.
Kit      Price
Darling        134
Clacksaur        30
Parasite        52
Partner        53
Remnants        69

Daily Clack
Kit      Price
Darling        A$199
Clacksaur        A$47
Parasite        A$100
Partner        A$80
Remnants        A$106

ZFrontier
Kit      Price (CN) | Price (EN)
Darling 250        898   $148.00
Clacksaur 100        200   $29
Parasite 100        434   $63
Partner 250        350   $52
Remnants 100        466   $70


More Renders

M60A by RAMA





Satisfaction 75 by Upas





Thermal by Wilbatech





HB-CP by Hineybush





If you're interested, please consider filling out this Google Form! It will help me tune kits and figure out how best to go forward with this set.
(Same as the one linked at the start of the post)

A Discord server is now available for feedback and further discussion: https://discord.gg/b5ccgDA

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Rensuya - massive help with design and feedback
Hisui Hyena - novelty artwork
Janglad - renders
Garret of Dixiemech - color picking/Pantone advice
All those who provided design feedback and encouragement:
Jae-3soteric, Pluto, Manofinterests, Quakemz, Soft, Tesletron, and many others.



If you'd like to show support for GMK Darling, feel free to use the forum signature banner below!

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Update History:
4/16/19 - IC First Posted
4/16/19 - 2.5u spacebar delet (as far as I know GMK doesn't make those, oops)
4/29/19 - Changed main alpha color to 7422C, updated KLE for main kit, added novelty art preview to original post, added enter key to novelties
4/29/19 - Discord added
5/06/19 - New reference photo for 7422C
5/22/19 - RENDERS! Novelties forthcoming, added thanks section.
6/15/19 - Minor modifications to the planned base kit
8/15/19 - Added forum banner, extension, novelties, and spacebar renders, new feedback form
9/23/19 - Updated renders for all boards to reflect proper icons and arrows, cut mod color F-keys from extension, added base kit render, added alphas kit with render
10/15/19 - GB Dates announced! Pricing and vendor information posted.
« Last Edit: Thu, 17 October 2019, 17:27:20 by Xerpocalypse »

Offline dimo

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[IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 16 April 2019, 21:49:44 »
yesss more red sets :))

reminds me of red velvet.. yum
« Last Edit: Tue, 16 April 2019, 23:01:04 by dimo »

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 16 April 2019, 21:51:56 »
Will this have corrected hiragana sublegends?

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 16 April 2019, 21:58:25 »
Didn't even need to read the description to understand the theme. Looks nice!

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 16 April 2019, 22:01:24 »
yes
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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #5 on: Tue, 16 April 2019, 22:07:38 »
Nice! I vote for removing the sublegends on the numpad. It creates a cleaner look especially with icon mods imo.

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #6 on: Tue, 16 April 2019, 22:11:12 »
It truly is zero tuesday.

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #7 on: Tue, 16 April 2019, 22:12:45 »
Definitely interested. A 2.25 R3 novelty for enter would be nice.
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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #8 on: Tue, 16 April 2019, 22:18:36 »
Please consider using the usual text mods for the bottom row.
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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #9 on: Tue, 16 April 2019, 22:25:59 »
Set definitely looks lovely.  :thumb:

I have a few suggestions:
  • Same icon for the 1.5u backspace
  • Regular R3 Control key (not stepped)

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 16 April 2019, 22:33:28 »
u gotta add some of that eye color as an accent
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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #11 on: Tue, 16 April 2019, 22:35:12 »
Please consider using the usual text mods for the bottom row.
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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #12 on: Tue, 16 April 2019, 22:37:49 »
Either have full text mods or full icon mods. Having half text and half icon is just so jarring on the eyes.

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #13 on: Tue, 16 April 2019, 22:55:20 »
Please consider using the usual text mods for the bottom row.

I have tried this in previous renders and it didn't look quite as clean, but depending on feedback that may change.

Definitely interested. A 2.25 R3 novelty for enter would be nice.

Already have an idea for this one! Currently talking with an artist for novelties.

Set definitely looks lovely.  :thumb:

I have a few suggestions:
  • Same icon for the 1.5u backspace
  • Regular R3 Control key (not stepped)

I'll definitely consider icon arrow 1.5u backspace. I think that legend might be an artifact from when I was trying to get KBRenders to get certain arrows to show up, but I do also like the box backspace.
The R3 control will be normal, just a hiccup in the render on that one, I've updated the OP to reflect that.

Another suggestion via the form was pink arrow keys, which is a neat idea.

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #14 on: Tue, 16 April 2019, 23:01:05 »
all icon is ++

colors are nice
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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #15 on: Tue, 16 April 2019, 23:26:30 »
yes yes YES YES YES

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #16 on: Tue, 16 April 2019, 23:30:59 »
i'm in brother

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #17 on: Tue, 16 April 2019, 23:44:52 »

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #18 on: Wed, 17 April 2019, 00:01:03 »
I'm really liking it.

A few quips though ~
Full icon modifiers except Escape, nav cluster (caveat below), and Num Lock?
- Nav cluster icons is fine with me if the entire set is icons (not a fan of them, but I like consistency).
- If it's a mix of the text Escape and Num Lock -or- we get a text bottom row, staying text Nav is totally okay with me.
And will the set have the following missing furigana: 3, 4, 5, E, Z, and /
Would you consider not having the nav on numpad? Even front printing would be nice if you have to have it on there.

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #19 on: Wed, 17 April 2019, 00:15:51 »
I knew it! That someone someday will create a ZeroTwo theme set.   :p

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #20 on: Wed, 17 April 2019, 00:46:29 »
I don't watch this anime but those are some nice colors. Reminds me of strawberry ice cream.

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #21 on: Wed, 17 April 2019, 02:12:09 »

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #22 on: Wed, 17 April 2019, 04:19:31 »
Looking good. I'd love to see more red sets.

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #23 on: Wed, 17 April 2019, 05:56:06 »
I love the alpha color but, I don't feel the same about the mods. I don't know why though.

Maybe its the shade of red?

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #24 on: Wed, 17 April 2019, 08:48:45 »
look cool will it have mod kit? :p :p

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #25 on: Wed, 17 April 2019, 09:21:35 »
please do not split num and iso.
I really like the set all in one, which is more GMK!
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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #26 on: Wed, 17 April 2019, 11:57:08 »
I absolutely want this to happen. Count me in.

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #27 on: Wed, 17 April 2019, 12:39:13 »
I want this happen!
Simply great!

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #28 on: Wed, 17 April 2019, 13:22:53 »
This set looks great! I really like how the kits are happening. Only feedback I would give is some type of blue novelty(?) To match the eyes

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #29 on: Wed, 17 April 2019, 16:26:07 »
This set looks fantastic. Said I wanted it on keebtalk and I still want it here!
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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #30 on: Wed, 17 April 2019, 19:50:03 »
Hey everyone,

There's been a lot of discussion about mod legends so I figured it might be a good idea to share some of that process.


The original plan was text mods, but hopefully this 'old' render helps demonstrate why icon mods were chosen. All text mods feels a bit cramped and complicated.


However, for the sake of consistency icon nav seems to go better with all icon mods. I think this will be the approach going forward, but please let me know what you think!
Unfortunately KLE-renderer and therefore KB-renders fails to show the PgDn legend properly and a couple others, so more detailed renders will have to wait until I can talk to someone to get them done professionally.


Additionally, if there is going to be a mix of icon mods and text nav, this is another option: text bottom row, as some have asked for.

Kits-wise:
So far on the google form, 72% of people said they would prefer a set with a separate kit for ISO or numpad. That's pretty compelling, but there have only been 37 responses to the form itself thus far.
Novelties - going to be adding an R3 enter key novelty in all likelihood, still brainstorming a design for that one.
Spacebars - 6u centered and off-center stems will be covered once I get a chance to edit it.

Also, just wanted to say thank you for all the positive and constructive criticism so far. I was definitely not expecting this level of positive feedback, but it's extremely motivating.
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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #31 on: Wed, 17 April 2019, 21:36:15 »
This looks great! I am a sucker for Hiragana sub-legends so I am in. Hope this gets made with icon mods.

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #32 on: Wed, 17 April 2019, 22:10:41 »
In my opinion, I think icon-only modifiers look best with hiragana sublegends.

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #33 on: Wed, 17 April 2019, 23:30:55 »
In my opinion, I think icon-only modifiers look best with hiragana sublegends.

This is my opinion as well.

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #34 on: Thu, 18 April 2019, 00:17:54 »
In my opinion, I think icon-only modifiers look best with hiragana sublegends.

This is my opinion as well.
Also my opinion

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #35 on: Thu, 18 April 2019, 02:21:47 »
In my opinion, I think icon-only modifiers look best with hiragana sublegends.
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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #36 on: Thu, 18 April 2019, 14:31:24 »
In my opinion, I think icon-only modifiers look best with hiragana sublegends.
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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #37 on: Thu, 18 April 2019, 14:44:42 »
I have a pink keyboard with a Darling sticker on the bottom and this gets a huge yikes from me dawg. Icon only is not the way to go. The pink also seems terribly muted.

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #38 on: Thu, 18 April 2019, 14:45:40 »
Text bottom row always the way to go ;)

Delet bottom row icons

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #39 on: Thu, 18 April 2019, 17:26:10 »
I have a pink keyboard with a Darling sticker on the bottom and this gets a huge yikes from me dawg. Icon only is not the way to go. The pink also seems terribly muted.

i agree that the pink could be less pale

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #40 on: Thu, 18 April 2019, 18:01:47 »
Can always go for pink and red. Tentative in

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #41 on: Thu, 18 April 2019, 21:07:03 »
I have a pink keyboard with a Darling sticker on the bottom and this gets a huge yikes from me dawg. Icon only is not the way to go. The pink also seems terribly muted.

i agree that the pink could be less pale

The pink also seems terribly muted.

There is obviously some variation between the colors under different lighting in the anime; however:
https://gyazo.com/492628c4a711729f8472b3538dfe3fea

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #42 on: Thu, 18 April 2019, 21:29:08 »
There is obviously some variation between the colors under different lighting in the anime; however:
https://gyazo.com/492628c4a711729f8472b3538dfe3fea

Shows how your pantone is more muted than her hair  :)) :thumb:

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #43 on: Thu, 18 April 2019, 22:22:19 »
There is obviously some variation between the colors under different lighting in the anime; however:
https://gyazo.com/492628c4a711729f8472b3538dfe3fea

Shows how your pantone is more muted than her hair  :)) :thumb:

If it makes you feel any less concerned about this, I have multiple color chips on the way from Pantone. 691 C and 7422 C, the latter of which is more saturated. I went for 691C for the IC because it seems a safer option, but I will be comparing them directly once the chips arrive.

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #44 on: Thu, 18 April 2019, 23:15:05 »
There is obviously some variation between the colors under different lighting in the anime; however:
https://gyazo.com/492628c4a711729f8472b3538dfe3fea

Shows how your pantone is more muted than her hair  :)) :thumb:

If it makes you feel any less concerned about this, I have multiple color chips on the way from Pantone. 691 C and 7422 C, the latter of which is more saturated. I went for 691C for the IC because it seems a safer option, but I will be comparing them directly once the chips arrive.

they better be the plastic ones

using the paper ones is how you get GMK necro and GMK plum all over again
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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #45 on: Thu, 18 April 2019, 23:33:42 »

they better be the plastic ones

using the paper ones is how you get GMK necro and GMK plum all over again



Yep, absolutely!

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #46 on: Thu, 18 April 2019, 23:57:57 »
There is obviously some variation between the colors under different lighting in the anime; however:
https://gyazo.com/492628c4a711729f8472b3538dfe3fea

Shows how your pantone is more muted than her hair  :)) :thumb:

If it makes you feel any less concerned about this, I have multiple color chips on the way from Pantone. 691 C and 7422 C, the latter of which is more saturated. I went for 691C for the IC because it seems a safer option, but I will be comparing them directly once the chips arrive.

they better be the plastic ones

using the paper ones is how you get GMK necro and GMK plum all over again

wtf you talking about? plum v2 and plum were 100% colour matched
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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #47 on: Fri, 19 April 2019, 00:00:34 »

they better be the plastic ones

using the paper ones is how you get GMK necro and GMK plum all over again

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Yep, absolutely!

if this does well in GB that will be the best $40 you've ever spent
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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #48 on: Fri, 19 April 2019, 01:33:26 »
Plastic is getting more expensive  :))

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Re: [IC] GMK Darling
« Reply #49 on: Fri, 19 April 2019, 01:42:34 »
love this red.