Author Topic: [IC] GMK Ursa | Month of Artisans - Deskmats | Dropping November 19th  (Read 15092 times)

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Offline NathanAlphaMan

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I'm pleased to announce that the Group Buy for GMK Ursa will begin on November 19th, 2019! Stay tuned over the coming weeks for exciting Artisan collaborations, desk mats, and more!

Inspiration

My home away from home, this keyset is inspired by Lake Tahoe, California.

I started working on this project in early May when I went up to Tahoe.
Everything from the air, to the sound of the birds, and the colors of the forest allow me to breathe and unwind. This keyset is designed to convey those feelings.
The name of the set, Ursa, comes from the black bears who make the forests their home in the summer.

Design

I wanted to keep this set relatively low cost. As such, it uses two stock GMK colors and one RAL color for accurate color matching.



Proposed Kits

Major
Base


Cub
40 + Ortho + Split


O Horizon
Spacebars


Honey
Novelties


Paddington
ISO, featuring an exclusive novelty!



Renders

Iron 165 FE | Smith + Rune




U80A | RAMA




KBD19X | KBDFans




ATS-45 | Abec13 <3




Deskmats





Artisans

AmBEARssador | C.Y.O Artisans



Resin + Walnut | Object.Garage



Vendors

US: Kono
EU: CandyKeys
Asia: ZFrontier
Oceania: SwitchKeys

Next Steps

Find vendors
Color correct renders
Deskmats
Gather community feedback
Artisan Collaborations - In Progress!

Acknowledgements

One huge thank you for the beautiful Abec13, he was an invaluable resource in the creation of this kit, from doing the renders to consulting on naming and novelties.
Thank you to r/keycapdesigners, you guys provided a lot of great feedback on both name and colors.
The photographers at Unsplash for the backgrounds in my images.

Update History

9/8/19 - IC Launch
9/10/19 - Announcing SwitchKeys as the Oceanic proxy.
9/13/19 - Announcing Kono, CandyKeys, and ZFrontier as the US, EU, and Asian proxies.
9/22/19 - Changed white from WS1 to CP. Moved ISO out of the base kit and into a separate it.
9/26/19 - GB Date Announced!


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Offline //gainsborough

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Re: [IC] GMK URSA
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 16:49:16 »
This looks awesome!  Very well done!  I'd be in for a set for sure!

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Re: [IC] GMK URSA
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 16:52:41 »
Nice . This looks like a mix of gmk minimal and gmk botanical. Guess there’s another set I’m going have to get


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Re: [IC] GMK URSA
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 16:52:46 »
Love it, bring it on! We all need some more brown in our lives!

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Re: [IC] GMK URSA
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 16:57:22 »
I haven't gone through it all the way, but are you sure you'll be going with WS1? The renders don't really reflect it to me.

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Re: [IC] GMK URSA
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 17:01:39 »
I haven't gone through it all the way, but are you sure you'll be going with WS1? The renders don't really reflect it to me.
The base color looks closer to L9 in the images.

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Re: [IC] GMK URSA
« Reply #6 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 17:02:14 »
the renders don't look like ws1 which isnt a bad thing because I'm not sure if ws1 is more befitting here than a whitish grey with that mod color, also 1.25 enter in 40s kit for dimple compatibility please
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Re: [IC] GMK URSA
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 17:18:43 »
I haven't gone through it all the way, but are you sure you'll be going with WS1? The renders don't really reflect it to me.
The base color looks closer to L9 in the images.


the renders don't look like ws1 which isnt a bad thing because I'm not sure if ws1 is more befitting here than a whitish grey with that mod color, also 1.25 enter in 40s kit for dimple compatibility please


I haven't gone through it all the way, but are you sure you'll be going with WS1? The renders don't really reflect it to me.

Just spoke with Abec. I didn't make it clear to him that I had used WS1, so the renders aren't color corrected to use it, and therefore appear a bit warm. However, the color is WS1, or at least, the color in the renders has the correct hex value. Based on pictures of the GMK color ring, I'd say the alphas appear to be somewhat close to CP, so if there's support for it, I'll change the colors of the alphas. Hope that clears everything up!
« Last Edit: Sun, 08 September 2019, 18:07:55 by Nathanalphaman »

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Re: [IC] GMK URSA
« Reply #8 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 17:27:11 »
Okay. We need to stop all these beautiful sets! At this rate I'll need a part time job to pay for this hobby.

I'm in. Hands down this is my favorite set now.

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Re: [IC] GMK URSA
« Reply #9 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 17:46:26 »
GMK camping reverse?

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa
« Reply #10 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 19:59:11 »
Yes! More green sets! Give me more!
 

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa
« Reply #11 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 20:07:37 »
2020 is going to be the year of the Muted sets, which I'm down for

Like this more than botanical as I find that was too close to grey (although their kit renders were green which made it seem more green than blue).

Looking forward to this set :thumb:

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa
« Reply #12 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 20:19:59 »
go with the warmer white

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa
« Reply #13 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 20:40:57 »
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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa
« Reply #14 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 20:41:05 »
Camping meets Botanical? Two of my favorite sets, so that's hardly a problem.

Is it me, or has this month been an outpouring of good sets?

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa
« Reply #15 on: Mon, 09 September 2019, 10:41:58 »
I love the set, I'd definitly be in for one!

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa
« Reply #16 on: Mon, 09 September 2019, 10:43:10 »
Proposal for two more novelties!

Due to popular demand in the feedback form I've created two new novelties. Consider this reply a mini interest check on whether or not to add them to the Honey kit.

First, there's the bee! The novelties kit is named after a bear's favorite food, yet it doesn't feature its creator.


Next, there's the salmon. There were some requests for a 2u novelty, so here it is!


Thank you for all the amazing feedback thus far, I'm working hard to make this keyset a reality!

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa
« Reply #17 on: Mon, 09 September 2019, 15:18:53 »
I love this set! I'd like to see a warmer more creamy white for the alphas, but I'd definitely buy it as is.

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa
« Reply #18 on: Mon, 09 September 2019, 15:27:48 »
Proposal for two more novelties!

Due to popular demand in the feedback form I've created two new novelties. Consider this reply a mini interest check on whether or not to add them to the Honey kit.

First, there's the bee! The novelties kit is named after a bear's favorite food, yet it doesn't feature its creator.
Show Image


Next, there's the salmon. There were some requests for a 2u novelty, so here it is!
Show Image


Thank you for all the amazing feedback thus far, I'm working hard to make this keyset a reality!

I want the novelties kit just for this bee bless your soul please include

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa
« Reply #19 on: Mon, 09 September 2019, 16:47:33 »
Like this a lot, love the novelties.

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa
« Reply #20 on: Tue, 10 September 2019, 02:33:55 »
Looks like if botanical and camping had a baby.

Looks amazing, I'm in.

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | Announcing the first vendor!
« Reply #21 on: Tue, 10 September 2019, 17:56:55 »
Hey GeekHack!

I'm pleased to announce GMK Ursa as the launch set for SwitchKeys, a new vendor in the Oceanic market. This partnership will feature exciting collaborations and perks. Stay tuned for details!

- Nathanalphaman

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | Announcing the first vendor!
« Reply #22 on: Tue, 10 September 2019, 19:12:09 »
SwitchKeys nice,

I've seen some of the work they've planned for GBs, and they have some new features not seen from current vendors that I'm sure the community would love.

Glad to see them onboard for Ursa, love the colours and might have to get one. ^-^
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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | Announcing the first vendor!
« Reply #23 on: Tue, 10 September 2019, 19:50:21 »
Maaaan i thought it was Ursa from Dota  :))

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | Announcing the first vendor!
« Reply #24 on: Tue, 10 September 2019, 19:52:09 »
Maaaan i thought it was Ursa from Dota  :))

If you buy this set, you're 100% guaranteed early Roshan :p

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | Announcing the first vendor!
« Reply #25 on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 08:28:54 »
Lookin' good  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | Announcing the first vendor!
« Reply #26 on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 15:47:10 »
I really like the salmon novelty, not huge on the bee. Would rather a pine tree and a mountain :)

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | Announcing the first vendor!
« Reply #27 on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 21:52:34 »
nice design. I am sure I will get it as long as the GB launches before I forgot!

How about green for a tree and brown for a bear and a yellow for honey? like a jar of honey that poo bear carries instead of a bee  :))

just throwing ideas

When will the GB start?

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | Announcing two more vendors!
« Reply #28 on: Fri, 13 September 2019, 17:16:37 »
Hey GeekHack!

I'm pleased two more vendors for Ursa: CandyKeys in the EU, and ZFrontier in Asia. More details to come late about an exciting collaboration between CandyKeys and myself that will be available in all regions!

- Nathanalphaman

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | All Vendors Announced!
« Reply #29 on: Fri, 13 September 2019, 20:52:56 »
Hi everyone!

I'm happy to announce Kono as the North American vendor for GMK Ursa! A GB date will be announced soon, so stay tuned for updates!

Thank you to everyone for supporting my first set,

- Nathan

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | All Vendors Announced!
« Reply #30 on: Mon, 16 September 2019, 23:27:54 »
Hi guys,
To coincide with our new site launch, we will be giving away a RAMA WORKS SWITCHPULLER XO to the first 20 people to order a base kit via Switchkeys. :thumb:

Thanks!

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | All Vendors Announced!
« Reply #31 on: Tue, 17 September 2019, 00:17:59 »
Hi guys,
To coincide with our new site launch, we will be giving away a RAMA WORKS SWITCHPULLER XO to the first 20 people to order a base kit via Switchkeys. :thumb:

Thanks!

Welcome SwitchKeys, good to have another vendor here in Australia. I'll be grabbing a set off of you!

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | All Vendors Announced!
« Reply #32 on: Tue, 17 September 2019, 01:27:00 »
Hi guys,
To coincide with our new site launch, we will be giving away a RAMA WORKS SWITCHPULLER XO to the first 20 people to order a base kit via Switchkeys. :thumb:

Thanks!

Welcome SwitchKeys, good to have another vendor here in Australia. I'll be grabbing a set off of you!

Thanks mate! Look forward to working together

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | All Vendors Announced!
« Reply #33 on: Tue, 17 September 2019, 02:45:27 »
Do we have a tentative timeline for GB? Seems like a lot of GMK at the same time. I'm holding out for this one .

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | All Vendors Announced!
« Reply #34 on: Fri, 20 September 2019, 03:37:01 »
Really love the muted and calm colours.  I would go in on this set if you would consider adding UK ISO to the base kit.  I would love to use it on a Grey Top/PC Bottom Clueboard. I think it would look really clean.
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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | CP is the New White + ISO Kit + More Novelties!
« Reply #35 on: Sun, 22 September 2019, 22:45:59 »
Hi Everyone!

It's been a while since my last update, but I'm pleased to announce some exciting kit changes! Firstly, with your feedback, I changed the white from WS1 to CP, this provides a calmer feeling that better synergizes with the mood of the set. Next, I added three new novelties to the base kit, say hello to the bee, deer, and salmon! Finally, I moved ISO out of the base kit to properly support UK National Layout and introduced and brand new novelty, based on a famous British bear! ISO users, I'd love to hear your feedback on Paddington, I want to make sure Ursa is fit for everyone.

Till next time,

- Nathanalphaman

Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | CP is the New White + ISO Kit + More Novelties!
« Reply #36 on: Sun, 22 September 2019, 23:02:59 »
Love the additions to the Honey kit.

What’s the moq gonna be for paddington/ISO kit? 50 as low as they go?

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | CP is the New White + ISO Kit + More Novelties!
« Reply #37 on: Sun, 22 September 2019, 23:12:00 »
The current plan will be to get MOQ as low as GMK will go. Will have an exact number sometime next week!

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | CP is the New White + ISO Kit + More Novelties!
« Reply #38 on: Sun, 22 September 2019, 23:17:22 »
Wasn't really into this until some of the recent renders. Really love how its shaping up, especially with the novelties. Well done.

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | CP is the New White + ISO Kit + More Novelties!
« Reply #39 on: Sun, 22 September 2019, 23:55:08 »
This is one of the sets I'm hyped for the most!  Very nice changes!

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | CP is the New White + ISO Kit + More Novelties!
« Reply #40 on: Mon, 23 September 2019, 00:46:20 »
Does your set use the new (center-left) or old (top-left) icon placement? It's a bit inconsistent in the renders.

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | CP is the New White + ISO Kit + More Novelties!
« Reply #41 on: Mon, 23 September 2019, 03:12:55 »
wow. with the new changes i think i have to get in

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | CP is the New White + ISO Kit + More Novelties!
« Reply #42 on: Mon, 23 September 2019, 04:52:36 »
> Ursa on WS1
I sleep
> Ursa updated to CP
I'll take your entire stock

Can't wait for GB :thumb:

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | CP is the New White + ISO Kit + More Novelties!
« Reply #43 on: Mon, 23 September 2019, 05:26:54 »
You made me cry when you created a Novelty for an ISO return key.  So much ISO love.  I am in.
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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | CP is the New White + ISO Kit + More Novelties!
« Reply #44 on: Mon, 23 September 2019, 08:25:36 »
You made me cry when you created a Novelty for an ISO return key.  So much ISO love.  I am in.

Thank you! Even though I don't use ISO, I want to make sure this set is fit for everyone.

> Ursa on WS1
I sleep
> Ursa updated to CP
I'll take your entire stock

Can't wait for GB :thumb:

CP was such a necessary change. Thank you to the whole community for suggesting it!

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | CP is the New White + ISO Kit + More Novelties!
« Reply #45 on: Mon, 23 September 2019, 09:52:18 »
I'm a user of Numpad, and I sweat when I see MOQ Numbers so I get the ISO users out there.

I'd be willing to pay the additional price to have ISO in base. Worst case, I'll pick up ISO to bolster the numbers of it doesn't hit organically.

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | CP is the New White + ISO Kit + More Novelties!
« Reply #46 on: Mon, 23 September 2019, 09:58:50 »
I'm a user of Numpad, and I sweat when I see MOQ Numbers so I get the ISO users out there.

I'd be willing to pay the additional price to have ISO in base. Worst case, I'll pick up ISO to bolster the numbers of it doesn't hit organically.

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | All Vendors Announced!
« Reply #47 on: Mon, 23 September 2019, 13:36:00 »
Do we have a tentative timeline for GB? Seems like a lot of GMK at the same time. I'm holding out for this one .

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Very soon, before the end of the year soon.

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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | CP is the New White + ISO Kit + More Novelties!
« Reply #48 on: Tue, 24 September 2019, 12:15:38 »
Finally, I moved ISO out of the base kit to properly support UK National Layout and introduced and brand new novelty, based on a famous British bear! ISO users, I'd love to hear your feedback on Paddington, I want to make sure Ursa is fit for everyone.

ISO support is in its own kit (okay so far), but the 1.25U left Shift is still in the base kit. Is there a physical form factor that requires an 1.25U Shift key, that is being supported by the base kit? (if so, it should remain there; if not, perhaps the key should be moved to the Paddington kit.)


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Re: [IC] GMK Ursa | CP is the New White + ISO Kit + More Novelties!
« Reply #49 on: Thu, 26 September 2019, 04:53:29 »
this could be my 1st GMK set  :cool: