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Offline Croktopus

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[IC] GMK Think
« on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 12:45:49 »
GMK Think is dead, long live GMK Thinkcaps!

Basically, the project in its original proposed state was...not doomed per se, but the more I learned about the GMK pipeline the less confident I was that I'd be able to deliver the originally proposed product at a sane price. Thinkcaps is Voodoo's project that he's been working on for a while, which is already sick on its own, and we're working together to try to make something like GMK Think happen within it. so head over there and check out what he's been brewin'

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GMK Think is an add-on kit with blue Thinkpad-inspired accents, meant to accent a white-on-black colorway.

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The enter key is the most distinctive element of the Thinkpad's keyboard to be sure, but I also love the look of the blue sub-legends. To translate them into a keycap set, I went for accent legends on some of the keys that make the most sense for me to have blue legends.

Both the enter key and legends were color matched with RAL colors - they're very close to each other, but using the same color for the legends as for the enter key results in pretty poor legibility.

Apologies that my renders aren't top tier, but I hope the potential of the kit comes across.

So, any interest?
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Offline Croktopus

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 12:46:23 »
reserved

Offline falzm

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 12:48:23 »
Interested.

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 12:51:14 »
Interested

Offline ab042896

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 12:53:28 »
Looks good, this will pair nice with a number of colourways I think.

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 12:56:39 »
Interested.

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #6 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 13:00:29 »
Always interested in some accents :thumb:
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Offline exzone

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 13:15:40 »
Looks great. Definitely interested.

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #8 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 13:22:29 »
Nice little kit that will match with a bunch of colorways not just WoB, I'll probably bite on one if it makes it to GB!

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #9 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 13:23:13 »
That red/pink on the L/R buttons is also characteristic of T series Thinkpads.

We had some T42s going on years after they should have died given how some of us carried/treated them around the hospital. Definitely beasts  :thumb:

Offline saesh

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #10 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 13:28:21 »
Nice idea. Watching this.

Offline Myoth

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #11 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 13:31:23 »
**** yes.

I'm so down.

Offline Fnzzy

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #12 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 13:32:43 »
Now that's an idea!
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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #13 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 13:52:36 »
Interested!

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #14 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 14:39:55 »
As a thinkpad user, I'm in.

Offline mutthunt

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #15 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 15:13:12 »
So perfect i'm surprised we haven't seen it before, very interested. Would a red esc or b button be a possibility?

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #16 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 15:15:08 »
Looks nice, are we attached to the diamond icons? Maybe some super or code keys instead?

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #17 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 15:18:43 »
Very interested. I would love to see the Windows 10 GUI cap as well, but I would buy this as-is.
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Offline lhotse408

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #18 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 16:03:33 »
Interested would love somehow to have a red trackpoint accent.

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #19 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 16:15:37 »
Interested would love somehow to have a red trackpoint accent.
Red B key would be rad

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #20 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 20:54:32 »
Oh yes I’m in

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #21 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 21:09:19 »
What's the 4th board in the OP?!

:thinking:

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #22 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 21:10:55 »
Very nice, big potential here. Any plans for additional kits (e.g. spacebars)?

Offline Croktopus

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #23 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 21:16:41 »
So perfect i'm surprised we haven't seen it before, very interested. Would a red esc or b button be a possibility?

Same, it was one of my the first things I wanted when I got into the hobby.

and..

Interested would love somehow to have a red trackpoint accent.

Interested would love somehow to have a red trackpoint accent.
Red B key would be rad

I want to keep the kit small to keep the cost down (as I think a lot of people will be buying it for just a few of the keycaps), but I am getting tempted for a "GMK Dots"-style red trackpoint novelty, and a green B, to represent the RGB IBM logo. It's something to think about.

Looks nice, are we attached to the diamond icons? Maybe some super or code keys instead?

Very interested. I would love to see the Windows 10 GUI cap as well, but I would buy this as-is.

The diamonds are the part of the kit as it stands now that I am least attached to, but the decision i'm wavering between is removing them or changing them to another symbol. The reason they're there in the first place is to give something for GMK Hiragana's bottom row to match with for a blue-legend Fn key, so changing it out to a text mod or a windows key wouldn't make sense to me.

What's the 4th board in the OP?!

:thinking:

That would be my next IC

Very nice, big potential here. Any plans for additional kits (e.g. spacebars)?

spacebars were originally part of the kit, but the more time I spent with it the less I liked it - it ended up distracting too much from the enter key, and while the spacebar does usually have a blue sublegend of its own, the key itself is never blue. And I mean, you can say that for the escape key as well, but that's much less distracting imo, and more in line with modern sensibilities.

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #24 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 21:38:55 »
Yes

Offline Sunhwan Jeong

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #25 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 21:42:57 »
How about expressing the red knob by adding the red color Imprinted g, h keys or something?

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #26 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 23:09:29 »
>thinkpad inspired
>no nipple

for real?

Offline Croktopus

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #27 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 23:52:38 »
>thinkpad inspired
>no nipple

for real?

the nipple should be included in keyboard designs that use a trackpoint, but im not making a kit to add trackpoint support to existing keebs. ive considered adding g h and b keys with cutouts, but are there enough tex owners to justify that? I hope so cuz I'm kind of a fan of some of their boards (that 7 row is real tempting for obvious reasons) , but idk. itll be in the poll
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Offline VXQN

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #28 on: Mon, 27 January 2020, 04:08:34 »
This is so classy. I don't have WoB so would love this!

Offline Zylkan

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #29 on: Mon, 27 January 2020, 04:35:01 »
Why two enters though? Isn't it better/cheaper to just go with legs or no legs?
I'd prefer icons only tbh

Nice job

Offline Croktopus

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #30 on: Mon, 27 January 2020, 06:33:21 »
Why two enters though? Isn't it better/cheaper to just go with legs or no legs?
I'd prefer icons only tbh

Nice job

You have sets like Drop's WoB that have legends and icons, and then you have stuff like WoB Hiragana and a few other kits and sets that use icon only, I wanted the accents to be a seamless fit with any of those sets

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #31 on: Mon, 27 January 2020, 06:40:43 »
Why two enters though? Isn't it better/cheaper to just go with legs or no legs?
I'd prefer icons only tbh

Nice job

You have sets like Drop's WoB that have legends and icons, and then you have stuff like WoB Hiragana and a few other kits and sets that use icon only, I wanted the accents to be a seamless fit with any of those sets
Fair enough, thanks for the reply!

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #32 on: Mon, 27 January 2020, 07:06:50 »
Neat. I am assuming the base for the black caps will be CR?
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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #33 on: Mon, 27 January 2020, 07:17:34 »
Interested, very interested indeed, BUT I have to be that guy and ask whether this will catch the ire of Lenovo, who I'd assume to have trademark over their distinctive shade of blue for the Enter key. PLEASE make sure you won't get into legal trouble for this set before going any further with this IC.

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #34 on: Mon, 27 January 2020, 07:20:08 »
Also:

CR or N9?

The kit, as is, has no problems (and I dig that you include both versions of each Enter key). A possible addition I would consider is white-on-blue arrows keycaps.

Offline gfreeman11898

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #35 on: Mon, 27 January 2020, 09:08:22 »
I like the idea but I prefer color matching the OG IBM logo on Thinkpads? RGB accents for WOB will be  :thumb:


Offline Croktopus

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #36 on: Mon, 27 January 2020, 09:21:40 »
Also:

CR or N9?

The kit, as is, has no problems (and I dig that you include both versions of each Enter key). A possible addition I would consider is white-on-blue arrows keycaps.

Neat. I am assuming the base for the black caps will be CR?

Yup CR and WS1

Interested, very interested indeed, BUT I have to be that guy and ask whether this will catch the ire of Lenovo, who I'd assume to have trademark over their distinctive shade of blue for the Enter key. PLEASE make sure you won't get into legal trouble for this set before going any further with this IC.

I don't believe they have a color trademark, though I will be consulting a lawyer

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #37 on: Mon, 27 January 2020, 09:29:48 »
pls take my money.

we need more add on sets..

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #38 on: Mon, 27 January 2020, 10:58:30 »
Yes

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #39 on: Mon, 27 January 2020, 12:44:55 »
I really like this set as is, it's very clever. Blue arrow keys and F keys, which are nice accents, but presumably also chosen because the Thinkpad arrows and F keys have blue icons on them even though the arrows are white there. It calls to mind the Thinkpad keys in a subtle way.

Adding RGB keys seems a bit too crazy for this set IMO. It's really nice the way it is. Although it'd be fun with a red Esc key instead of blue – I feel like a splash of red is needed somehow.

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #40 on: Mon, 27 January 2020, 12:54:56 »
Dank af

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #41 on: Mon, 27 January 2020, 13:30:50 »
Not a splash, just a tiny dash of RGB  ;D. At least add a RO2 and N7 enter key with WS1 legend. 

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #42 on: Mon, 27 January 2020, 14:06:57 »
oooooooooo I love this XD
never looked at accent kits before but gosh XD
not flashy but dope AF!! hope this works out!!
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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #43 on: Mon, 27 January 2020, 14:44:09 »
Very much interested.

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #44 on: Mon, 27 January 2020, 17:38:18 »
interested

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #45 on: Mon, 27 January 2020, 17:56:08 »
I like this!
I would rather have Windows logos instead of the diamonds however.
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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #46 on: Thu, 30 January 2020, 21:53:08 »
Red legends on G and H could be a way to capture the trackpoint look.

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #47 on: Fri, 31 January 2020, 09:32:27 »
The word Think and dropping $200 on keys are not synonymous  ;D

...so clearly I'm in for one

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Re: [IC] GMK Think
« Reply #48 on: Fri, 31 January 2020, 10:44:56 »
+1 for Windows logos, normally I don't like them but this is the one time they seem really appropriate.
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