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[IC] GMK Birch - quoting kits now, GB February 2021
« on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 23:09:19 »



Inspiration

My wife and I are expanding our home for our first child, and that means some interior design! The E N D G A M E for my home office would come from Knoll - particularly the classic work produced by Finnish designer Eero Saarinen for Knoll during the 1940s and 1950s.


The Lasurite blue used in this set reflects my favorite colorway for Saarinenís womb chair. Keyboard collectors will undoubtedly see inspiration from other classic sources: original Cherry keysets and their descendents, like GMK 9009, as well as inviting modern sets like GMK Cafe, Solarized and GMK Firefly.


Enjoy the creamy alphas and woody modifiers legended with blue-green for a warm, clean interpretation of OG Cherry sets. Add the Lasurite blue accents for some subtle character, similar to GMK Blue Alert. These RAL reference pictures may help visualize the setís colors in full daylight.

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Kits

GMK Birch has four kits for now: a base kit with numpad and basic ISO coverage, novelties inspired by Saarinen's work, a spacebar kit, and basic coverage for 40% layouts.



Base Kit


Spacebars


Novelties

These novelties reference some classic interior pieces from the 1940s and 1950s, like the womb chair, the tulip chair and table, the Eames lounge chair, and a healthy amount of cocktail glassware.


Forties

This is an extremely light 40s kit, offered to help a few friends use Birch on their 40s.


RAMA

This is Rama Works's collaborative aluminum artisan for GMK Birch. It has two infill layers and two tiers. You can see those tiers in the isometric view. The birch-colored drink tier is the lowest tier, while the rocks glass outline sits above it. Both are engraved into the keycap, which is anodized to lazurite blue.
Thank you to Sour for the inspiration, through the incredible Rama for GMK Pono.




Renders

Iron180 by Smith + Rune

With warm interior lighting.



Dawn, by crykn / Finite Design




Fjell by Mechanisk


KFE CE by bisoromi + beamingrobot




Anubis, by nerdy

Join Nerdy's server for more details.





J-02, by Jae













Collaborations

Artisans

Some of you have heard me claim that I ďquitĒ artisans. You never really quit artisans, though, am I right? So Iím excited that some of my favorite artisans have agreed to collaborate on this set:

Prime Caps
Sodie Caps
Destroyer Caps
TRMK Caps
Latrialum
deagcaps
Bad and Booj Keys
Mastonon Designs
Phage Caps



Deskmat and Banderole

Iíll also announce some other nice collaborations soon.

Interested?

If youíd like to see this set on your desk, please fill out this Interest Check Survey.

For dad jokes and some behind-the-scenes news, join my Discord server.

You can also find me on Discord (break#8888) or Reddit (u/breakbeatzors).



Vendors and GB Date

GMK Birch will open for group buy at these vendors during February 2021.

US: CannonKeys.com
SEA: Monokei.co
EU: MyKeyboard.eu
UK: Prototypist.net
CA: DeskHero.ca
AU: DailyClack.com
CN: zFrontier.com

Special Thanks

My endless gratitude to
  • Walker for renders, kitting discussion and guiding me through my first IC
  • Manzel for additional amazing renders
  • various amazing designers for thoughts and answers to random questions: tom, pwade, crykn, Emir
  • the Florida (Mech)Keys and Keycap Designer communities for all of their support and suggestions
  • my brother, redtens, for graphic design mentorship (endless chair revisions!) and very constructive feedback
  • last but not least: to my wife for endless discussions about furniture, colors, and keycaps, and her constant support for my interest in this kitschy little hobby
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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 23:09:40 »
Updates



2020-12-02

- Finalize second deskmat and share more renders.
- Submit new aluminum artisan for rendering.
- Marketing all day.
- Review IC feedback and finalize kitting.

2020-11-04

Nearly three months later. Apologies everyone!

All updates promised for August are in: new novelties, new spacebar kit, changes to base kit.

All vendors and group buy date have been announced.

2020-08-03

The August update will be delayed by a few weeks. In it, you can expect:

  • a reworked Novelty kit, as well as render updates
  • updates to Spacebar kit: offering 1u and 1.25u spacebar, offering split alpha-colored bars.
  • updates to Base kit: physical ISO support, "Break" instead of "Pause".

Still waiting on more survey feedback for 40s support and NorDe-UK. I'd love to offer both, but pricing needs to make sense. I don't want to ask vendors to buy out kits that fail to meet MOQ.

In the meantime, I've also secured vendors for US, SEA, UK and EU. I'll announce them soon. GB will likely run early 2021, but I don't have an exact date yet.

2020-07-10
  • Reworking Novelties kit.
  • Changing Base and Spacebars kits to better support ISO and 40s.

2020-07-03
  • Changing Base and Spacebars kits to better support ISO and 40s.
  • Exploring options for Novelties kit.
  • Considering R5 sculpted row. Not for this set, sorry folks.

Common Questions



Will you offer a deskmat?

Iíve heard you all on this - we will offer a deskmat. Maybe several! I also personally want a ďminiĒ-mat (500x250mm) to fit my personal keyboard tray, so you can expect that too. More news on the deskmat soon.

Color matching is tough, and youíre new at this. Can we trust you?

I have reached out to several people about color matching, and plan to employ the communityís state-of-the-art techniques to match color.

Rest assured: Iíll use the largest magnifying glass and candle I can find. /s

What about a 40s kit?

I am not personally a 40s user, but this kit is on my radar. If you are interested and require 40s support, please let me know in the IC Survey.

What about expanded ISO coverage?

Iím considering a few tweaks to the base kit to improve support, like R3 \| and R4 >< (thanks Konstantin). Depending on interest I am also open to adding UK-ISO into base.

A Scandinavian-inspired set without a NorDe kit?

I would love to support NorDe users, but itíll be challenging. Consider two of the biggest sets to date: GMK 9009 sold 1500 base kits and 55 NorDe kits, while GMK MoDo Light sold 3000 base kits and 100 NorDe kits. At a 3% attachment rate and a standard 250 MOQ, I would sell 7.5 kits.

That said, if youíre interested in NorDe, chime in on the IC Survey and I will definitely consider it.

Love the base kit, but...chair novelties? (And other comments about Corbusier / Mies and Saarinenís architectural work.)

I hear you! Iím not the biggest fan of novelties myself. If youíd like to express yourself outside of interior decor, I promise youíll love the work coming from the artisans collaborating on this set. Hopefully youíre also interested in the base kit as is.
« Last Edit: Wed, 02 December 2020, 00:55:25 by break »

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 23:15:28 »
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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 23:18:32 »
Wow, this set is gorgeous.

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 23:38:43 »
interested. consider text+icon pls

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 23:46:30 »
As a lover of mid modern furniture and style generally, I love this set. Great work with the colors. The novelties are killer too.

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 01 July 2020, 23:49:30 »
I'm a fan of the colors, they remind me of some Prostoria furniture I own (not quite Knoll, but close enough). Nicely done.

You can remove the 1.75u spacekey since there is no 40% support in the set, and that size is only used on a few 40% boards.
1.25u and 1u spacekeys would be a better inclusion, since they are also used on Alice-style boards, ≥60% splits and for standard split 6.25u space.

Please consider using R3 \|, R4 <> instead of R3 #~, R4 \| for the ISO keys. You can read why here and here.

P.S. Whoever did your render made the Scroll key the wrong row ;)
« Last Edit: Thu, 02 July 2020, 06:42:34 by konstantin »

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 00:01:39 »
great job dude!

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 00:02:12 »
All accents in base kit, now we're talking :cool:

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #9 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 00:23:08 »
so clean. i really like the colorway.

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #10 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 01:55:31 »
Oh I like this a lot. Having just bought a few Artek items I understand the birch love  :). Iíd be in for this.

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #11 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 02:16:26 »
i really do enjoy the colors, though i wish there were more varied designs for the novelties outside of just chairs personally.

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« Reply #12 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 02:17:52 »
I waited so long for these.

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« Reply #13 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 02:48:17 »
Gorgeous colors, Iím in! I second konstantin about R3 |\


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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #14 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 03:28:46 »
Much better than the first draft, good job and good luck!  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #15 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 03:31:38 »
Lovely colours, interested. Novelties not so sure...

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« Reply #16 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 04:04:36 »
Completely in on this. Great work!!

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« Reply #17 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 05:22:31 »
A render without the accent keys? Might look interesting

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« Reply #18 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 06:19:56 »
Nice.

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #19 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 06:40:19 »
Looking good, GLWIC mate!

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #20 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 07:55:35 »
I really like those colors! Looks very clean!

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« Reply #21 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 08:01:42 »
This is nice. Would have loved to see the Le Corbusier or an Eames in the Novelty set but this looks very nice!

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« Reply #22 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 08:09:59 »
This set looks so good! It's like calming almost, great choice of colors. The novelties I'm not a huge fan of.

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #23 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 08:11:18 »
nice set but the modifiers should be a little darker. Something closer to spiced honey.

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« Reply #24 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 08:14:42 »
Looks great break. Cool to see this up!

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« Reply #25 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 08:15:29 »
Very excited for this one, great work break!! :thumb:

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« Reply #26 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 08:30:59 »
More of a PBT Oak person tbh, gl with ic. :thumb:

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #27 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 08:43:07 »
Nice inspiration, really dig the novelties. I like the idea of a bunch of chairs on a keyboard.

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #28 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 09:18:43 »
Nice work, looks nice  :thumb:

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« Reply #29 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 10:34:08 »
ooooh all those accents on the base! Dope!! GLWIC!!
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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #30 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 10:59:27 »
i like how it adds a luxurious and premium look to those keyboards without being over the top flashy. when GB?

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« Reply #31 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 14:25:50 »
Yes!!

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« Reply #32 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 14:41:29 »
This is beautiful, I would join!

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« Reply #33 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 15:29:47 »
Looks reallyyyyyy good, very interested

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #34 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 17:03:11 »
Warning: this message powered by a combination of New Dad Feels (my son is turning six months old next week), afternoon cortados and garden-variety appreciation.

I set out to design something that fit into both my new home office and my (hypothetical for now, am I right?) desk at work, and thought of this as an excuse to learn some graphic design (a personal life-long goal). Thank you all for the kind words and feedback during the first day of the GMK Birch Interest Check. (Iím sending this message a bit earlier than 24 hours, because frankly I need to celebrate putting this out into the world.)

Iíve added a Common Questions post with some thoughts after reading every piece of feedback. Thank you all for taking the time.

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #35 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 17:12:08 »
Very classy.

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #36 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 17:47:25 »
I'll take it

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« Reply #37 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 19:57:47 »
Cool

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #38 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 21:36:07 »
Lookin good son!


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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #39 on: Fri, 03 July 2020, 00:01:21 »
The blue looks quite a bit darker in the renders than the RAL swatch.  Interested to see some samples in plastic.

I think this would look amazing on the LeandreN's (Mekanisk) ultramarine color boards.

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« Reply #40 on: Fri, 03 July 2020, 00:43:32 »
Am interested in this! Refined :thumb:

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #41 on: Fri, 03 July 2020, 03:12:24 »
I think this would look amazing on the LeandreN's (Mekanisk) ultramarine color boards.

I think so too!

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #42 on: Fri, 03 July 2020, 08:47:47 »
This set rendered on the gold Hiney TKL One just sold me. Count me in!

Maybe the novelties can get a slight upgrade? Possibly add some interior design alternatives like a vintage record player/jukebox, vase with flowers, ottoman, a cigar (less on theme but think it would fit), framed painting or other nice touches to a home office. Just some things that came to mind. Either way, love the set and will be picking one up once GB comes around.

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
« Reply #43 on: Fri, 03 July 2020, 22:22:13 »
Lovely colours, interested. Novelties not so sure...

This set looks so good! It's like calming almost, great choice of colors. The novelties I'm not a huge fan of.

This set rendered on the gold Hiney TKL One just sold me. Count me in!

Maybe the novelties can get a slight upgrade? Possibly add some interior design alternatives like a vintage record player/jukebox, vase with flowers, ottoman, a cigar (less on theme but think it would fit), framed painting or other nice touches to a home office. Just some things that came to mind. Either way, love the set and will be picking one up once GB comes around.

As a lover of mid modern furniture and style generally, I love this set. Great work with the colors. The novelties are killer too.

Nice inspiration, really dig the novelties. I like the idea of a bunch of chairs on a keyboard.

i really do enjoy the colors, though i wish there were more varied designs for the novelties outside of just chairs personally.

This is nice. Would have loved to see the Le Corbusier or an Eames in the Novelty set but this looks very nice!

Thanks everyone for the feedback. The novelties have provided a fun excuse to learn graphic design, but thereís clearly a mixed response to them. Iím weighing out a few options:

  • Since folks can simply skip the kit if they like, replace some of the more esoteric designs with other interior design hallmarks.
  • Same as above, but go with a slightly broader theme than ďMidMod hits.Ē
  • Scrap them in favor of 1-2 aluminum artisans, if this gets all the way to GB.

If I keep them, they definitely need to be polished, specifically errors in proportion while setting up my artboards. Some folks also identified two which may fall outside of GMK standards (thanks crykn and 159) - I forgot to double check this before running the IC.

Iíll keep you all posted on what I decide, and would love to hear more from you all about this in the meantime.

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
« Reply #44 on: Fri, 03 July 2020, 22:28:57 »
Meanwhile, some thoughts on ISO and 40s.

Gorgeous colors, Iím in! I second konstantin about R3 |

You can remove the 1.75u spacekey since there is no 40% support in the set, and that size is only used on a few 40% boards.
1.25u and 1u spacekeys would be a better inclusion, since they are also used on Alice-style boards, ≥60% splits and for standard split 6.25u space.

Please consider using R3 \|, R4 <> instead of R3 #~, R4 \| for the ISO keys. You can read why here and here.

P.S. Whoever did your render made the Scroll key the wrong row ;)


Iím absolutely considering those changes to base ISO support, thanks for suggesting them and sharing links to the reasoning for the keys. The improvement in coverage is phenomenal.

As for 40s support, Iím considering adding support in the form of R2 & R3 1u Esc, R3 Enters in 1u and 1.75u along with Tab in 1.25u, and R4 1u Shift and Enter. These may go into the Spacebars kit, alongside split alpha-colored white bars, as a single Extension kit for non-base layouts.

As always, let me know what you think!
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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
« Reply #45 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 09:07:03 »
I am loving the look of this set. My only suggestion would be to please please include white alice bars in the spacebar kit.

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
« Reply #46 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 18:31:14 »
Love the colors.
Would it be possible to see additional renders on e-white and grey colored boards?

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
« Reply #47 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 21:20:41 »
Love the colors.
Would it be possible to see additional renders on e-white and grey colored boards?

Thank you!

More renders coming soon alongside kitting updates.

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
« Reply #48 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 22:51:46 »
love the colors but not the novelties. i understand its a tribute to inspiration but not my cup of tea.

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« Reply #49 on: Sat, 04 July 2020, 23:26:16 »
I think my only issue with the novelties is that some of the chairs on the bigger keys look like smaller keys but just stretched.

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
« Reply #50 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 11:29:22 »
I think this would look amazing on the LeandreN's (Mekanisk) ultramarine color boards.

I think so too!

The blue looks quite a bit darker in the renders than the RAL swatch.  Interested to see some samples in plastic.

I think this would look amazing on the LeandreN's (Mekanisk) ultramarine color boards.

Something like this ultramarine Fjell?


« Last Edit: Sun, 05 July 2020, 17:48:27 by breakbeatzors »

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
« Reply #51 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 18:46:40 »
Might be a good addition to the set.

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
« Reply #52 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 19:32:09 »
I think this would look amazing on the LeandreN's (Mekanisk) ultramarine color boards.

I think so too!

The blue looks quite a bit darker in the renders than the RAL swatch.  Interested to see some samples in plastic.

I think this would look amazing on the LeandreN's (Mekanisk) ultramarine color boards.

Something like this ultramarine Fjell?

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Yep!  I just got a spot for an ultramarine Tind, too!  We gotta get this set in the queue asap :)

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
« Reply #53 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 21:10:47 »
I think this would look amazing on the LeandreN's (Mekanisk) ultramarine color boards.

I think so too!

The blue looks quite a bit darker in the renders than the RAL swatch.  Interested to see some samples in plastic.

I think this would look amazing on the LeandreN's (Mekanisk) ultramarine color boards.

Something like this ultramarine Fjell?

Show Image


Yep!  I just got a spot for an ultramarine Tind, too!  We gotta get this set in the queue asap :)

Iíll try as hard as I can to hook you up. :) Hope to share more good news with you all soon.

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« Reply #54 on: Mon, 06 July 2020, 10:44:31 »
Hell yea! Loving this set. Ilumkb for Asia vendor please!

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
« Reply #55 on: Tue, 07 July 2020, 18:43:54 »
An instant buy for me.

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
« Reply #56 on: Tue, 07 July 2020, 19:55:35 »
This is really lovely. How about adding some white and / or cream split space bars to that spacebars kit?

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« Reply #57 on: Wed, 08 July 2020, 06:57:24 »
This is really lovely. How about adding some white and / or cream split space bars to that spacebars kit?

Thank you! You can count on that change.

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« Reply #58 on: Fri, 10 July 2020, 02:35:26 »
FYI, most of your novelty designs are too detailed and wonít be possible to get made.

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« Reply #59 on: Fri, 10 July 2020, 09:45:32 »
FYI, most of your novelty designs are too detailed and wonít be possible to get made.

Thanks for calling this out. I agree! I think the tulip chair's bottom lip, the womb chair's cushion seam, and the grasshopper chair armrest are all thinner than GMK tolerance allows.

I will share a revamped novelty set early next month. As part of that, I'll make sure the designs conform to Uniqey's novelty guidelines. In the meantime, I've hidden the current novelty kit design.
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« Reply #60 on: Fri, 10 July 2020, 14:01:41 »
Iím 100% in on the theme and aesthetics of this set, yet the novelties are not of interest to me.  But I will buy this set in a heartbeat if it comes to Group Buy. I would be more interested in novelties that convey subtle curves and clean lines in a more abstract way.  I donít know what that would be, however.

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« Reply #61 on: Fri, 10 July 2020, 21:35:22 »
I almost feel like there's a lack of blue here. Like, the set looks slick right now, but I feel like the modifiers should all be blue and the alphas birch, or the other way around. Or something, I don't know. You've probably gone through a million colorways beforehand so you might've tried those.

I also, as a lover of mid-century modern, usually associate darker woods with it, like walnut and rosewood, maybe a little teak. It'd be cool to see the blue with that rich brown. Maybe alt-alphas? I don't know, just throwing spitballs at the board here.

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« Reply #62 on: Fri, 10 July 2020, 23:14:30 »
An instant buy for me.

Hell yea! Loving this set. Ilumkb for Asia vendor please!

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Thank you both!!

I almost feel like there's a lack of blue here. Like, the set looks slick right now, but I feel like the modifiers should all be blue and the alphas birch, or the other way around. Or something, I don't know. You've probably gone through a million colorways beforehand so you might've tried those.

I also, as a lover of mid-century modern, usually associate darker woods with it, like walnut and rosewood, maybe a little teak. It'd be cool to see the blue with that rich brown. Maybe alt-alphas? I don't know, just throwing spitballs at the board here.

Thanks for the thoughts. :)

I primarily wanted a clean, creamy set that could look good with or without accents. So I did not spend much time exploring blue mods (too close to Solarized) or birch alphas (not as subtle as I would like).  Thereís also a future/reality where this set becomes some kind of smash hit and I re-run it with a manufacturer (KAT?) which offers flexible kitting, allowing all of these combinations without worrying about GMK MOQs. Hopefully that is this reality.

All that said, youíre not the first to mention it and Iím considering a few things!

As for the darker woods, I agree. Classic mid-century furniture in birch is a stretch! The chairs inspiring the set are actually predominantly fiberglass! But this is where I landed, inspired in part by the modernization of mid-century chairs in brightly lit homes with whites and light woods like birch. Hope you all can forgive the slightly inauthentic color palette.

Iím 100% in on the theme and aesthetics of this set, yet the novelties are not of interest to me.  But I will buy this set in a heartbeat if it comes to Group Buy. I would be more interested in novelties that convey subtle curves and clean lines in a more abstract way.  I donít know what that would be, however.

Thanks for the support and feedback. 🙏🏼 Hopefully youíll enjoy the newer kit when it is unveiled.

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« Reply #63 on: Sat, 11 July 2020, 01:17:25 »
I think i'd like it a lot more if the accent color and mod color were swapped. The colors themselves are really pretty though, GL :)

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« Reply #64 on: Sat, 11 July 2020, 13:50:20 »
I almost feel like there's a lack of blue here. Like, the set looks slick right now, but I feel like the modifiers should all be blue and the alphas birch, or the other way around. Or something, I don't know. You've probably gone through a million colorways beforehand so you might've tried those.

I also, as a lover of mid-century modern, usually associate darker woods with it, like walnut and rosewood, maybe a little teak. It'd be cool to see the blue with that rich brown. Maybe alt-alphas? I don't know, just throwing spitballs at the board here.

Thanks for the thoughts. :)

I primarily wanted a clean, creamy set that could look good with or without accents. So I did not spend much time exploring blue mods (too close to Solarized) or birch alphas (not as subtle as I would like).  Thereís also a future/reality where this set becomes some kind of smash hit and I re-run it with a manufacturer (KAT?) which offers flexible kitting, allowing all of these combinations without worrying about GMK MOQs. Hopefully that is this reality.

All that said, youíre not the first to mention it and Iím considering a few things!

As for the darker woods, I agree. Classic mid-century furniture in birch is a stretch! The chairs inspiring the set are actually predominantly fiberglass! But this is where I landed, inspired in part by the modernization of mid-century chairs in brightly lit homes with whites and light woods like birch. Hope you all can forgive the slightly inauthentic color palette.


No problem, it's great to read some of that. I would love KAT even more than GMK for that reason. Also I'm still kind of grasping at whether IC threads are places to give large feedback like that or not, so thank's for responding.

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« Reply #65 on: Sat, 11 July 2020, 14:11:15 »
I almost feel like there's a lack of blue here. Like, the set looks slick right now, but I feel like the modifiers should all be blue and the alphas birch, or the other way around. Or something, I don't know. You've probably gone through a million colorways beforehand so you might've tried those.

I also, as a lover of mid-century modern, usually associate darker woods with it, like walnut and rosewood, maybe a little teak. It'd be cool to see the blue with that rich brown. Maybe alt-alphas? I don't know, just throwing spitballs at the board here.

Thanks for the thoughts. :)

I primarily wanted a clean, creamy set that could look good with or without accents. So I did not spend much time exploring blue mods (too close to Solarized) or birch alphas (not as subtle as I would like).  Thereís also a future/reality where this set becomes some kind of smash hit and I re-run it with a manufacturer (KAT?) which offers flexible kitting, allowing all of these combinations without worrying about GMK MOQs. Hopefully that is this reality.

All that said, youíre not the first to mention it and Iím considering a few things!

As for the darker woods, I agree. Classic mid-century furniture in birch is a stretch! The chairs inspiring the set are actually predominantly fiberglass! But this is where I landed, inspired in part by the modernization of mid-century chairs in brightly lit homes with whites and light woods like birch. Hope you all can forgive the slightly inauthentic color palette.


No problem, it's great to read some of that. I would love KAT even more than GMK for that reason. Also I'm still kind of grasping at whether IC threads are places to give large feedback like that or not, so thank's for responding.
This is a great place to share feedback. If you offer thoughtful feedback in any of my ICs, Iíll do my best to reply thoughtfully.


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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
« Reply #66 on: Sat, 11 July 2020, 14:17:08 »
The R1 "Scroll" from GMK is a little messed up right now. The ll is tilted to the right. It looks like Scro//. I would recommend switch to "Lock" if GMK doesnt fix their molds. GL
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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
« Reply #67 on: Tue, 14 July 2020, 09:43:45 »
I've been sharing some ongoing work into both novelties and deskmats on my Instagram. Here's a low-res, super-rough cut of a deskmat idea.

Houndstooth has been around for centuries, but became especially popular as a men's suiting pattern during the 1930s. After finding this Knoll ad from 1965,


I felt inspired.


The R1 "Scroll" from GMK is a little messed up right now. The ll is tilted to the right. It looks like Scro//. I would recommend switch to "Lock" if GMK doesnt fix their molds. GL

Thanks for this suggestion! I'll consider it.

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« Reply #68 on: Tue, 14 July 2020, 16:32:28 »
Amazing set, this is going to be a snap buy for me. Would it be possible to do a render with an e-white case? I am just wondering how it would look in terms of the accents.

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« Reply #69 on: Tue, 14 July 2020, 16:36:30 »
Amazing set, this is going to be a snap buy for me. Would it be possible to do a render with an e-white case? I am just wondering how it would look in terms of the accents.

Thank you!

You can expect an e-white render along with the next major update next month.

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« Reply #70 on: Sun, 19 July 2020, 03:53:51 »
the only problem i see with this set is that it's not on my keyboard right now. not particularly interested in novelties, i rarely am, but i love the base set.
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« Reply #71 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 08:40:16 »
the only problem i see with this set is that it's not on my keyboard right now. not particularly interested in novelties, i rarely am, but i love the base set.

Hey, thank you! I see that as a problem too. ;D

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« Reply #72 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 10:25:42 »
I've been sharing some ongoing work into both novelties and deskmats on my Instagram. Here's a low-res, super-rough cut of a deskmat idea.

Houndstooth has been around for centuries, but became especially popular as a men's suiting pattern during the 1930s. After finding this Knoll ad from 1965,

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I felt inspired.

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Been a geekhack guest for the last few months.. Made an account just for this! The set is an instant buy for me, and the pattern for a deskmat is perfect!! Love the set, great work

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« Reply #73 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 11:54:34 »
I've been sharing some ongoing work into both novelties and deskmats on my Instagram. Here's a low-res, super-rough cut of a deskmat idea.

Houndstooth has been around for centuries, but became especially popular as a men's suiting pattern during the 1930s. After finding this Knoll ad from 1965,

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I felt inspired.

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Been a geekhack guest for the last few months.. Made an account just for this! The set is an instant buy for me, and the pattern for a deskmat is perfect!! Love the set, great work

Hey, thank you so much! I've added a variant of this deskmat design which matches more traditional high-contrast houndstooth patterns. What do you think?


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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
« Reply #74 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 14:04:02 »
Hey, thank you so much! I've added a variant of this deskmat design which matches more traditional high-contrast houndstooth patterns. What do you think?

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Love it. Also, TIL what that pattern is called, thanks!

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« Reply #75 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 11:25:46 »
Love the color scheme. I'm in!

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« Reply #76 on: Thu, 23 July 2020, 20:17:49 »
Iíve started working on deskmats to take a break from a particularly challenging chair novelty. Vintage Knoll ads have provided lots of inspiration for these. I came across this ad and thought it was lovely - captures the curves of their landmark furniture really well.


So itís serving as my inspiration for a second mat.


What do you think?

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« Reply #77 on: Sun, 26 July 2020, 14:46:16 »
I'm in! This is beautiful..

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« Reply #78 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 16:27:16 »
Gorgeous! I'm definitely in if there's a Canadian proxy. Pretty please!

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« Reply #79 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 17:25:44 »
Gorgeous! I'm definitely in if there's a Canadian proxy. Pretty please!

Thank you! Let me look into it. :)

I'm in! This is beautiful..

Thank you so much!

Barring any issues in rendering, the novelty update is done. Damn, that was tiring. Here's a sneak peak:


I'll be quiet for the next week or so - need a break between this and GMK Red Alert. Catch you all soon!
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« Reply #80 on: Sun, 02 August 2020, 09:25:09 »
^ Picture isn't working for me

By the way is there a tentative GB date?

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« Reply #81 on: Sun, 02 August 2020, 11:10:08 »
^ Picture isn't working for me

By the way is there a tentative GB date?

Should be updated, sorry about that.

Itís looking like early 2021 right now. Iíll have more concrete info to share with you all in the coming months.

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
« Reply #82 on: Mon, 03 August 2020, 12:02:21 »
All right gang, the August update will be delayed by a few weeks now that I'm also working on GMK Red Alert for the end of 2020.

In the larger August update, you can expect:

  • a reworked Novelty kit, as well as render updates
  • updates to the Spacebar kit: offering 1u and 1.25u spacebar, offering split alpha-colored bars.
  • updates to the Base kit: physical ISO support, "Break" instead of "Pause".

Hopefully this news tides you over for now:

Still waiting on more survey feedback for 40s support and NorDe-UK. I'd love to offer both, but pricing needs to make sense. I don't want to ask vendors to buy out kits that fail to meet MOQ.

I've also secured vendors for US, SEA, UK and EU. I'll announce them soon. GB will likely run early 2021, but I don't have an exact date yet.

Lastly, here's another sneak peak at a new novelty.


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« Reply #83 on: Wed, 26 August 2020, 15:28:43 »
interested! beautiful colors

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design 🪑🪑
« Reply #84 on: Thu, 03 September 2020, 10:27:30 »
Tiny update here:

Between life and GMK Red Alert, I unfortunately don't have more specific timing than "September" for the Big August GMK Birch Update right now. But I promise you that we are on track for GB in Q1 2021, including having secured most vendors (I'm just missing AU). I hope you all like what I'll have to show.

One more piece of news: Meika has confirmed that Latrialum will collaborate on artisans for GMK Birch. :D
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« Reply #85 on: Thu, 03 September 2020, 10:29:15 »
Tiny update here:

Between life and GMK Red Alert, I unfortunately don't have more specific timing than "September" for the Big August GMK Birch Update right now.

But I promise you that we are on track for GB, including having secured most vendors (I'm just missing AU). I hope you all like what I'll have to show.

One more piece of news: Meika has confirmed that Latrialum will collaborate on artisans for GMK Birch. :D
DailyClack for AU please!

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« Reply #86 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 17:44:07 »
I will be on vacation starting Sunday for two weeks, and not around too often to answer Qs. Birch will continue moving along in the background. Hope you all are doing well and keeping safe!

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« Reply #87 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 18:02:30 »
An Eames lounge chair on a keycap set? Yes please! This calls for a rosewood novelty :)

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« Reply #88 on: Tue, 13 October 2020, 11:59:06 »
Hi folks! Have been swamped with work and fatherhood. That vacation was incredibly necessary.

Some progress to report: the novelty kit is now finalized.


I have also updated the base and spacebars kit in the initial post.

I promise a much larger announcement with lots of news coming by mid November. Things have been moving along very very well, despite the lack of chatter on this thread. :)

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« Reply #89 on: Tue, 13 October 2020, 12:31:13 »
Can't stress this enough, but super hyped for this set!

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« Reply #90 on: Wed, 14 October 2020, 14:10:02 »
Thanks for the update. Love the colors on this set. Will be looking forward to more details next month!

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« Reply #91 on: Wed, 14 October 2020, 17:49:14 »
Lovely

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« Reply #92 on: Sat, 17 October 2020, 12:39:58 »
So stoked for this one.  I hope this releases in time to put on my Blue J-01

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #93 on: Mon, 19 October 2020, 21:57:50 »
Thank you all for the love!

One caveat on the novelties I've shared: after some feedback from a supplier, my US vendor and I are exploring any potential IP issues with legal counsel. Until we have a clear answer from counsel, I am calling that kit PROPOSED instead of finalized.

I would love nothing more than to see these novelties run as a kit, but I do not want to get anyone's hopes up.
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« Reply #94 on: Mon, 19 October 2020, 22:05:23 »

Hey, thank you so much! I've added a variant of this deskmat design which matches more traditional high-contrast houndstooth patterns. What do you think?

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WOW. You know I love houndstooth and this is going to be a fire deskmat


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« Reply #95 on: Mon, 19 October 2020, 22:09:55 »
Have you considered enlarging the light fixture to better fit the cap? I'm not sure that much negative space works in this instance.

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« Reply #96 on: Mon, 19 October 2020, 23:15:17 »
This is aesthetic AF. I'm def in on this!

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« Reply #97 on: Tue, 20 October 2020, 10:49:33 »
This is aesthetic AF. I'm def in on this!


Hey, thank you so much! I've added a variant of this deskmat design which matches more traditional high-contrast houndstooth patterns. What do you think?

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WOW. You know I love houndstooth and this is going to be a fire deskmat

Thank you both!!

Have you considered enlarging the light fixture to better fit the cap? I'm not sure that much negative space works in this instance.

Thanks for the feedback Fredington. Love your sets. There's a reason for the seemingly-weird spacing on that lamp:


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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #98 on: Wed, 04 November 2020, 11:28:29 »
Tiny update:

GMK Birch will open for group buy at these vendors during February 2021.

US: CannonKeys.com
SEA: Monokei.co
EU: MyKeyboard.eu
UK: Prototypist.net
CA: DeskHero.ca
AU: DailyClack.com
CN: zFrontier.com

Check out OP for more renders. Thanks to Manzel and walker for the amazing work!

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« Reply #99 on: Wed, 04 November 2020, 11:51:35 »
Oh man, that's so far away :(

But I'll be joining day 1  ^-^

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« Reply #100 on: Wed, 04 November 2020, 12:03:20 »
very refined looking set @break, great work.

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« Reply #101 on: Wed, 04 November 2020, 16:08:52 »
Included this input in IC but it would be nice to see a few common 40s keys make it into the base kit (R3 1.25 tab being the big one). Hope some other 40s users could give some input as well, but that one key would be a help in fitting some popular 40s layouts and wouldn't likely be cost prohibitive

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« Reply #102 on: Wed, 04 November 2020, 17:06:03 »
Is there going to be a international/northern layout addon?

Seems like a shame it's missing since the whole set is heavily influenced by Eero Saarinen, a Finnish American designer.

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« Reply #103 on: Thu, 05 November 2020, 09:12:03 »
Is there going to be a international/northern layout addon?

Seems like a shame it's missing since the whole set is heavily influenced by Eero Saarinen, a Finnish American designer.

Nothing has changed here from my original answer in the Common Questions section:

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I would love to support NorDe users, but itíll be challenging. Consider two of the biggest sets to date: GMK 9009 sold 1500 base kits and 55 NorDe kits, while GMK MoDo Light sold 3000 base kits and 100 NorDe kits. At a 3% attachment rate and a standard 250 MOQ, I would sell 7.5 kits.

That said, if youíre interested in NorDe, chime in on the IC Survey and I will definitely consider it.

Please respond to the IC survey if you'd like to see support!

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« Reply #104 on: Thu, 05 November 2020, 12:47:42 »
I checked in on this IC after a while, and was happy to find that you've added DH as a Canadian vendor. Thank you! I'm very excited. I'm thinking this is going to be the most perfect set for the Soya U80A.

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« Reply #105 on: Thu, 05 November 2020, 15:57:38 »
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so excited to try this on u80 soya!

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« Reply #106 on: Thu, 12 November 2020, 09:18:17 »
Really like the look, but would love to see more renders on a dark board to get a better impression on how it looks

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« Reply #107 on: Tue, 17 November 2020, 02:21:06 »
Would it be possible to get a render of this with the Gentleman65?

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« Reply #108 on: Mon, 23 November 2020, 09:26:22 »
I checked in on this IC after a while, and was happy to find that you've added DH as a Canadian vendor. Thank you! I'm very excited. I'm thinking this is going to be the most perfect set for the Soya U80A.

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so excited to try this on u80 soya!

I agree - I'd love to see more SOYA or e-beige options out there, and think Birch would pair perfectly with them.

Really like the look, but would love to see more renders on a dark board to get a better impression on how it looks

I hear you, you're not the first to request something like this. Stay tuned!

Would it be possible to get a render of this with the Gentleman65?

I don't think I will request a render on that board, but do you have a specific color you'd like to see it paired with? I could ask for a render on a similar color, to give you an idea.

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #109 on: Mon, 23 November 2020, 09:28:55 »
Mini-update for Birch:

Aluminum artisan design plans have changed, so I am working on updated designs. As a bonus, I will now include a reversed Eames chair (birch-on-blue) in the novelty kit.

Deskmats are nearly complete, and after that it's time for samples. I'm tweaking one render with the updated deskmat design, and will share that here when it's ready.

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« Reply #110 on: Mon, 23 November 2020, 11:46:31 »
Three colors I never thought would go well together. Well done  :thumb:

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« Reply #111 on: Tue, 01 December 2020, 21:58:27 »
Base Kit looks great.  Love the blue accent / woody mod combo.  Definitely on my radar for February.
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« Reply #112 on: Wed, 02 December 2020, 00:53:34 »
Base Kit looks great.  Love the blue accent / woody mod combo.  Definitely on my radar for February.

Three colors I never thought would go well together. Well done  :thumb:

Thank you both!!

I don't think I've explicitly pointed this out, but one of the new renders shows a Dawn FE (by crykn of Finite Designs) in white. That Dawn is sitting atop the first confirmed deskmat design. :)


More deskmat and aluminum artisan news soon.

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #113 on: Wed, 02 December 2020, 02:18:41 »
I love the mods ! Really sleek looking set. GLWIC !

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« Reply #114 on: Fri, 04 December 2020, 17:12:53 »
I love the mods ! Really sleek looking set. GLWIC !

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Thank you!!

I have some bad news for international users - after chatting with vendors, I can't get to a place where set feedback and current GMK MOQs justify offering an International Kit. This will be my first GB for a wholly-original keyset, and I prefer to make conservative kitting decisions. Put another way, I do not want to obligate others (or myself!) to buy out a kit for which there may not be sufficient demand.

If the set proves to be successful, and folks demand either a second round or a run in another profile, I would be ecstatic to offer NorDE-UK options. Additionally, the base kit does offer physical ISO support. But as it stands now, I will not offer this next February.

My sincere apologies to all of you.

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« Reply #115 on: Fri, 04 December 2020, 17:44:52 »
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« Reply #116 on: Tue, 22 December 2020, 12:06:38 »
I cannot wait to see this on the Iron 165 FE and the J-02 LE in for sure!!

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« Reply #117 on: Tue, 22 December 2020, 12:21:58 »
I just realized there's a real missed opportunity to have a floor lamp ISO enter.

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« Reply #118 on: Sun, 27 December 2020, 11:12:54 »
I just realized there's a real missed opportunity to have a floor lamp ISO enter.
Indeed, ISO enter novelty should not be ignored.

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« Reply #119 on: Sun, 27 December 2020, 11:51:39 »
I just realized there's a real missed opportunity to have a floor lamp ISO enter.
Indeed, ISO enter novelty should not be ignored.

I just realized there's a real missed opportunity to have a floor lamp ISO enter.

I caught this too while finalizing the kits. I promise it will not be ignored. More news in the new year!

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« Reply #120 on: Mon, 28 December 2020, 23:47:32 »
I see keyboard renders with a beige version of the `~ key, but I only see a white version of the key in the base kit image. Will that key be available in both white and beige?

Love the set! :thumb:

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« Reply #121 on: Tue, 29 December 2020, 00:55:18 »
I love the colors but not a big fan of the novelties. It would be better to design some iconic symbols or things other than the furnitures. You should understand that not everyone has the same love to the chairs.

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« Reply #122 on: Tue, 29 December 2020, 04:27:13 »
This is clean, V E R Y clean and I canít wait!

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« Reply #123 on: Tue, 29 December 2020, 11:47:25 »
I love the colors but not a big fan of the novelties. It would be better to design some iconic symbols or things other than the furnitures. You should understand that not everyone has the same love to the chairs.

Totally understood! For those folks, the set can be purchased without the novelty kit

I see keyboard renders with a beige version of the `~ key, but I only see a white version of the key in the base kit image. Will that key be available in both white and beige?

Love the set! :thumb:

Thank you!! Yes, mod tilde and pipe will be included!

This is clean, V E R Y clean and I canít wait!

Me either, thank you!

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« Reply #124 on: Tue, 29 December 2020, 15:39:58 »
Ne 40s compat avail :(

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #125 on: Tue, 29 December 2020, 15:54:53 »
Ikeya

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #126 on: Tue, 29 December 2020, 20:11:49 »
Hi folks. We now have a Rama artisan for GMK Birch. It is dual infilled and two-tiered, inspired by Sourís amazing Rama artisan for GMK Pono.



Kitting updates will be wrapped up early in the new year.

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« Reply #127 on: Tue, 29 December 2020, 22:22:17 »
This will be my first Rama artisan. Looks so nice.


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« Reply #128 on: Tue, 29 December 2020, 23:30:29 »
That RAMA cap is fantastic!! Great work break!

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« Reply #129 on: Wed, 30 December 2020, 08:45:55 »
This will be my first Rama artisan. Looks so nice.

Thanks for the kind words. :)

That RAMA cap is fantastic!! Great work break!

Thank you Carney!!

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« Reply #130 on: Thu, 31 December 2020, 15:08:54 »
Gorgeous set, great work break.

I enjoy the inspiration for the set and how you've translated it into the keycaps.

The colors jive well together, it's all very cleanly designed. The coup de gr‚ce is definitely that RAMA cap, bravo. I mean, this set is simply wonderful. As someone who prefers and enjoys in your face gonzo colors and themes, I am ironically a fan of GMK Birch.

There was a comment about an ISO novelty enter with a floor lamp and I absolutely agree with it. You've already mentioned that you'll be designing and adding it to the novelty kit, good choice. Speaking of kits, the kitting is great. It will satisfy most people. Unfortunately, it's difficult to please everyone with all the niche layouts out there that would like to be supported, but I think most will be satisfied.


Cheers, good luck with the GB my friend.
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« Reply #131 on: Thu, 31 December 2020, 17:53:34 »
Gorgeous set, great work break.

I enjoy the inspiration for the set and how you've translated it into the keycaps.

The colors jive well together, it's all very cleanly designed. The coup de gr‚ce is definitely that RAMA cap, bravo. I mean, this set is simply wonderful. As someone who prefers and enjoys in your face gonzo colors and themes, I am ironically a fan of GMK Birch.

There was a comment about an ISO novelty enter with a floor lamp and I absolutely agree with it. You've already mentioned that you'll be designing and adding it to the novelty kit, good choice. Speaking of kits, the kitting is great. It will satisfy most people. Unfortunately, it's difficult to please everyone with all the niche layouts out there that would like to be supported, but I think most will be satisfied.


Cheers, good luck with the GB my friend.

Thanks for the kind words, bud. Hoping people agree with you in about a month! :D

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #132 on: Fri, 01 January 2021, 14:54:03 »
Hey - it looks like mod tilde is gone?

Consider adding that back in.

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« Reply #133 on: Fri, 01 January 2021, 21:02:02 »
Hey - it looks like mod tilde is gone?

Consider adding that back in.

It actually wasnít in the set to begin with. In the next kitting update it will be added.

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« Reply #134 on: Sun, 03 January 2021, 08:38:38 »
I hope this goes to GB because I'm ALL about it.

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« Reply #135 on: Sun, 03 January 2021, 10:31:40 »
I've never bothered to post before, but I'll continue to shill for this set. A+ design

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« Reply #136 on: Sun, 03 January 2021, 15:40:37 »
I think this will be THE set of 2021

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« Reply #137 on: Sun, 03 January 2021, 15:59:50 »
thats a great Rama. Nice work as always.

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« Reply #138 on: Sun, 03 January 2021, 17:10:04 »
thats a great Rama. Nice work as always.

Thank you!!!

I think this will be THE set of 2021

Awwww Iím blushing. Thanks for the kind words, hope you all enjoy in person.

I've never bothered to post before, but I'll continue to shill for this set. A+ design

You rock.

I hope this goes to GB because I'm ALL about it.

It will be in GB starting in less than a month!

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch, a keyset inspired by mid-century modern design
« Reply #139 on: Sun, 03 January 2021, 20:11:19 »
Modern set. will look good on ewhite keyboard. Reminds me of  the inside of a small living space with lots of windows
It is just a bit off putting for me to see it on things that are not white or blue

but it is a good design and a good concept and I am glad to see that it is going to GB.
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« Reply #140 on: Mon, 04 January 2021, 04:55:20 »
That is just a gorgeous RAMA. I want that in my basket ASAP.

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« Reply #141 on: Mon, 04 January 2021, 05:47:29 »
These are really calming colors for those though wfh days! Nice work!

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« Reply #142 on: Mon, 04 January 2021, 06:03:30 »
The inclusion of mod pipe and mod tilde make this an instant buy for me.  One of the better sets Iíve seen as of late.  Great work break!

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« Reply #143 on: Tue, 12 January 2021, 08:37:54 »

I need this set with violence  :)

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch - quoting kits now, GB February 2020
« Reply #144 on: Tue, 12 January 2021, 11:01:31 »
Hi everyone! I have finished updating kitting for GMK Birch. These updates have been submitted to GMK for quoting, and you can see them below.

The most notable change is the inclusion of an extremely light 40s kit (accents are even excluded, to bring the price down as much as possible), which is tentatively offered pending GMK quoting. I am concerned about not hitting 100 MOQ with this kit, but a lot of friends would like to use Birch with their 40% boards.

Anyway, this is the home stretch! Once GMK replies with quotes and kitting is confirmed, I will share pricing.





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« Reply #145 on: Tue, 12 January 2021, 14:57:15 »
Great job, I'll buy it  :cool:

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« Reply #146 on: Tue, 12 January 2021, 16:00:27 »
colors look nice!

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« Reply #147 on: Tue, 12 January 2021, 16:01:49 »
I'm glad to see some 40's support so thank you for that.
My only gripe (considering that it's supposed to be a light kit) is that if your 40's kit has fewer keys than your spacebars kit, you should probably just go ahead and just roll them into the same kit. Or include 40's in some other kit instead of having it hang out there by itself. Making a separate kit just increases the cost of the whole set. Sticking that 40's and spacebars together means that you wind up with a $40-$45 all inclusive kit instead of a $28 spacebar and $25 40's kit, and then you don't even need to worry so much about MOQ of either.

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« Reply #148 on: Tue, 12 January 2021, 16:45:21 »
I'm glad to see some 40's support so thank you for that.
My only gripe (considering that it's supposed to be a light kit) is that if your 40's kit has fewer keys than your spacebars kit, you should probably just go ahead and just roll them into the same kit. Or include 40's in some other kit instead of having it hang out there by itself. Making a separate kit just increases the cost of the whole set. Sticking that 40's and spacebars together means that you wind up with a $40-$45 all inclusive kit instead of a $28 spacebar and $25 40's kit, and then you don't even need to worry so much about MOQ of either.

Thanks for this thoughtful comment. Usually folks hate the "kitchen sink" / omnibus style of extension kit! Also, Spacebars has 10 keys, Forties has 13 keys.

Usually designers don't discuss their data and reasoning at length, but (as my poor friends can tell you) I'm a transparent and chatty guy. So you're getting a wall of text. Apologies in advance. ;)

I designed this updated kitting with the average user's expected out-the-door cost and price-sensitivity in mind. I've been asked to drop less common keys and even numpad in some instances. So folks are very concerned about this set's GB price. That said, 22% of respondents wanted Forties or Spacebars, but not both. Both Spacebars and Forties? 7%. So an Omnibus kit saves money for 7% of customers, while driving up prices for three times as many customers.

Note that 22% is understated, because I moved accent spacebars out of base kit. Users who want lazurite blue aesthetics must now buy Spacebars. With an Omnibus kit those users would pay a lot just to get the bars I pulled out. That felt unfair, because I launched Birch's IC with accent spacebars in Base.

So, I'm adding a second B into base and offering two minimally-kitted child kits. Split users who don't care for blue aesthetics but bought an Adťlie can get Forties; users who need that sweet lazurite blue bar or use Alice can pick up Spacebars. I hope and think there's enough support to hit MOQ on those child kits, so I believe both kits will be made, but the GB will ultimately show me what's up.

Thanks for getting this far - cheers.
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« Reply #149 on: Wed, 13 January 2021, 00:58:59 »
I'm glad to see some 40's support so thank you for that.
My only gripe (considering that it's supposed to be a light kit) is that if your 40's kit has fewer keys than your spacebars kit, you should probably just go ahead and just roll them into the same kit. Or include 40's in some other kit instead of having it hang out there by itself. Making a separate kit just increases the cost of the whole set. Sticking that 40's and spacebars together means that you wind up with a $40-$45 all inclusive kit instead of a $28 spacebar and $25 40's kit, and then you don't even need to worry so much about MOQ of either.

Thanks for this thoughtful comment. Usually folks hate the "kitchen sink" / omnibus style of extension kit! Also, Spacebars has 10 keys, Forties has 13 keys.

Usually designers don't discuss their data and reasoning at length, but (as my poor friends can tell you) I'm a transparent and chatty guy. So you're getting a wall of text. Apologies in advance. ;)

I designed this updated kitting with the average user's expected out-the-door cost and price-sensitivity in mind. I've been asked to drop less common keys and even numpad in some instances. So folks are very concerned about this set's GB price. That said, 22% of respondents wanted Forties or Spacebars, but not both. Both Spacebars and Forties? 7%. So an Omnibus kit saves money for 7% of customers, while driving up prices for three times as many customers.

Note that 22% is understated, because I moved accent spacebars out of base kit. Users who want lazurite blue aesthetics must now buy Spacebars. With an Omnibus kit those users would pay a lot just to get the bars I pulled out. That felt unfair, because I launched Birch's IC with accent spacebars in Base.

So, I'm adding a second B into base and offering two minimally-kitted child kits. Split users who don't care for blue aesthetics but bought an Adťlie can get Forties; users who need that sweet lazurite blue bar or use Alice can pick up Spacebars. I hope and think there's enough support to hit MOQ on those child kits, so I believe both kits will be made, but the GB will ultimately show me what's up.

Thanks for getting this far - cheers.
Well I hate that you moved accent space bars out of base kit, I think keeping that one 6.25 accent space bar in base is better since it's that standard and most pupolar size. Since you already sent to Gmk for quote, it's probably late for a change. Still, nice set.

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« Reply #150 on: Wed, 13 January 2021, 12:46:58 »
Well I hate that you moved accent space bars out of base kit, I think keeping that one 6.25 accent space bar in base is better since it's that standard and most pupolar size. Since you already sent to Gmk for quote, it's probably late for a change. Still, nice set.

Yeah kinda bummed about that too especially when most of the old renders showed the set with the accent spacebar. Though tbf most other sets have the accent spacebar in a separate spacebar or novelties kit anyways so not a huge deal; will probably still get the set regardless since I'm really into the colors and the Rama. Though I think it might be helpful to show a few more renders without the accent spacebar to help people decide if the extra kit is worth it.

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Re: [IC] GMK Birch - quoting kits now, GB February 2020
« Reply #151 on: Wed, 13 January 2021, 14:28:35 »
Well I hate that you moved accent space bars out of base kit, I think keeping that one 6.25 accent space bar in base is better since it's that standard and most pupolar size. Since you already sent to Gmk for quote, it's probably late for a change. Still, nice set.

Yeah kinda bummed about that too especially when most of the old renders showed the set with the accent spacebar. Though tbf most other sets have the accent spacebar in a separate spacebar or novelties kit anyways so not a huge deal; will probably still get the set regardless since I'm really into the colors and the Rama. Though I think it might be helpful to show a few more renders without the accent spacebar to help people decide if the extra kit is worth it.

Sorry about that, you two. That said, almost every single board render I've shared doesn't include an accent spacebar. They should give you a good idea of the look. (I personally found the 1-2 renders with accent bars overwhelming after a while, and realized accent bars in my personal sets have gone unused.)

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« Reply #152 on: Thu, 21 January 2021, 11:19:24 »
We are a little over one week away from the opening of GMK Birch for group buy! GMK continues to review kitting, and I will have a pricing update for you before February 1st.

One additional note: Forties Kit will run regardless of GMK quoting. Have received lots of positive feedback on it, and want to see it through for my 40% friends.

To reward your patience with pricing, I've asked Motohiro to render GMK Birch on a suave blue KFE CE by Biso and beamingrobot. The KFE CE GB is open on Monokei for a few more days. Hope this gives you an idea of how the keyset looks on navy blue. :)




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« Reply #153 on: Thu, 21 January 2021, 11:36:39 »
 Feb 2021 will destroy my wallet, too many good sets  :eek:

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« Reply #154 on: Fri, 22 January 2021, 23:22:30 »
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Re: [IC] GMK Birch - quoting kits now, GB February 2021
« Reply #155 on: Mon, 25 January 2021, 15:45:44 »
Small update that I'm really excited to announce:

Mastonon Designs will collaborate with me on a GMK Birch raffle! You can find Mastonon on IG. Thumper Bumper is one of my favorite new artisan designs:



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« Reply #156 on: Mon, 25 January 2021, 20:22:22 »
Oh hells yes! I took an L on the Wacky Arracky Tobacky  so this is very welcome news.

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« Reply #157 on: Mon, 25 January 2021, 20:56:04 »
Oh hells yes! I took an L on the Wacky Arracky Tobacky  so this is very welcome news.

Awesome to hear! Love their work, such a detailed unique sculpt.

One more for my fellow artisan fans: Phage Caps has also confirmed he will offer a GMK Birch collab! I haven't had any luck with Damnations or Hexes, but I am an enormous fan of encapsulated artisans and am really excited by his work.