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[IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - Deskmats up
« on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 12:53:10 »
GMK Shanshui 山水

The long path home.

Coming New Years Day 2021 from vendors everywhere.



Jagged peaks rise like the teeth of some long-fallen colossus from the horizon, worn to harmlessness by water, foliage, and time. A placid thread of water weaves among them. For ages, the water has borne rafts carrying silent, wizened men and their gently chattering companions: great, fearsome waterfowl perched on long bamboo canes. They are ancient cormorants, eyes smoldering like lanterns. Part duck, part eagle, part feathered hunting dog, they slip beneath the currents with hush and speed and return with throats full of wriggling fish, dutifully disgorging their catch for a treat and a gentle stroke.

In few places does man live in such harmony with nature; in few places is man so noble an animal. For those who have been to the Li River (Lijiang in Chinese), it’s unforgettable. For those who have not, they have surely seen the ghosts of the mountains and water conjured from memory and ink. Perhaps no other subject is depicted so often in shanshuihua, the Chinese style of ink painting perfectly suited to capture the layered depth of the South China Karst and the reflections off the tranquil waters of the Lijiang. Literally “mountain-water-painting” in the Chinese, these words are immortalized in the local slogan of this stretch of the Lijiang between Guilin and Yangshuo: 山水甲天下, “the best landscapes under heaven.”


About the set

GMK Shanshui is a white-on-black Cherry profile keycap set designed to capture both the enduring shanshui images of the Lijiang and the essence of the uniquely Chinese artform of shanshuihua, practiced by artists in China and around the world. Designed by Grundlemere of Fort Stevens Mercantile, conceived and rendered by NathanAlphaMan of Alpha Design.

Base keys are molded in GMK stock CR black, with legends rendered in crisp stock WS1, matching existing WoB sets and kits, and compatible with other monochrome Cherry profile keys. The base kit offers sublegends in Cangjie, while modifiers are rendered in Simplified Chinese + icons—the first GMK legends in true Chinese characters.

Complete the Interest Check form to make this set a reality

See a full gallery of board and scene renders

Follow me on IG @grundlemere for photos and project updates, and feel free to reach out on Discord at grundlemere#1126 with questions or to say hello. New: join my Discord server for updates!


Updates

  • September 12: IC posted
  • September 14: GB Date set and new collab partners added
  • September 17: Minor updates on process and more collabs
  • September 19: GMK Shanshui x RAMA artisans posted
  • September 25: Deskmat renders posted


Vendors

Available from these vendors for group buy January 1, 2021.

US: Cannonkeys
China: Zfrontier
SE Asia: iLumkb
Europe: CandyKeys
Australia: Daily Clack
Canada: Deskhero.ca
UK (non-EU): Prototypist.net


Collaborations

Digital Carpentry for custom branded rare wood wrist rests
Luxe Cables for a set-matched aviator cable
RAMA WORKS for metal artisan keycaps
Latrialum for collab artisan keycaps in resin
DE∆Gcaps for a collab artisan keycap in resin
Fraktal Kaps for collab artisan keycaps in resin
Sodie Caps for collab artisan keycaps in resin
Froue Loop for a collab multimedia artisan keycap

More to come!

If you’re a maker or artisan, I’d love to work with you to develop an exclusive collaboration for GMK Shanshui. Please get in touch!


Pricing

TBD


About the Kits


Inkstone 砚台: the base kit


The base kit offers sublegends in the Cangjie Chinese typing system, while modifiers are rendered in Simplified Chinese + icons—the first GMK legends in true Chinese characters. Designed to cover a wide range of layouts. Included numpad is rendered in Chinese financial numerals as monolegends. Alphas include basic special Chinese punctuation sublegends.

Old Path 旧路: the Traditional Chinese mods kit


A full modifier kit in Traditional Chinese designed for total compatibility with Shanshui or any other keyset. Recommended for compatibility with GMK WoB, Minimal, and other monochrome sets. Includes alpha supplements for Traditional Chinese character variants, plus duplicate modifiers to ensure standalone coverage of a variety of layouts with or without the base kit.

Clear Water 清水: the Cangjie monolegend alphas kit


A complete alphanumeric kit with Cangjie Chinese character monolegends, and duplicate modifiers and spacebars to assist base kit buyers in covering a second board if desired. Includes both Traditional Chinese character supplements and two variants of Chinese character arrow keys: up/down/left/right and east/south/west/north.

Lijiang 漓江: the novelties kit


Novelties feature images, real and imagined, of the Li River between Guilin and Yangshuo, China, in Guangxi Province amid the world-famous South China Karst geologic formations. Novelty icons include:
  • Nighttime scenes of the local mountain and river landscape (shanshui),
  • the famous Moon Hill (a karst mountain with an enormous hole through the base, famed for rock climbing),
  • the fishing cormorant,
  • the ubiquitous “phoenix tail” bamboo that lines the banks of the Lijiang,
  • the traditional lantern hung on the eaves of the winding streets of Yangshuo,
  • a vignette of local South China architecture.

Negative Space  留白: the spacebars kit


Includes non-traditional spacebars and spacekeys, as well as variant WS1 bars for a distinctive touch.


Keyboard renders











See a full gallery of keyboard renders


RAMA WORKS artisan keycaps


All three GMK Shanshui x RAMA artisans


The Shan cap, in anodized black aluminum and white enamel fill, with the character 山 (“mountain”) in ancient Liushutong script


The Shui cap, in e-white aluminum and black enamel fill, with the character 水 (“water”) in Liushutong script


The Chop cap, rendered in deep red enamel on black PVD brass, displaying my adopted Chinese surname 魏 in a yin seal script imprint with a slight off-axis tilt.


Deskmats


Rafts 钓鱼筏 deskmat: An ink painting of traditional fishing rafts afloat on the Li River beneath the leaning phoenix tail bamboo, emblazoned with the Shanshui logo chop at bottom left. Based on artwork by Baoyan.


Karst 岩溶 deskmat: an ink painting of the South China Karst seen through the mist with the inscription, "best scenery under heaven" (山水甲天下), an unofficial local slogan of the Li River area. No seal for users who prefer a completely monochrome look. Based on artwork by Elina Li.


More desk accessories

Cables, wrist rest, artisan keycaps, and other collabs are planned with makers and will be posted as prototypes and renders become available.


Relationship to GMK Houhai

GMK Shanshui is the predecessor set to GMK Houhai, enabling the molds for Houhai, a far more complicated and prohibitively expensive set, to be produced using stock colors at an attractive price point. In the wise words of one vendor with far better business sense than most designers, “you can have 80+ new molds, or you can have seven custom RAL colors, but you can’t have both.” Hence, the long path home.

If you are a Houhai supporter, the best way you can help make that set possible is to support this set, and to let our existing vendors know that you want GMK Houhai to follow shortly on the heels of GMK Shanshui.


Sharing the Cangjie legends

Designers interested in using the Chinese-language legends we’ve created are welcome and encouraged to reach out for design files to use in their renders, free of charge.

This is likely my last set design to use Chinese character legends—I don’t want to get typecast as the Chinese keycap guy! But I hope that other designers will take up the mantle and use these legends to produce beautiful work, as others have with Hiragana and Hangul legend designs.


Acknowledgements

This design goes to the great people of China, the Chinese-speaking world, and the Chinese diaspora, who contribute so much to our community through their creativity, passion, knowledge, and work. You changed my life and I’ll never be the same. Also,

NathanAlphaMan for the incredible collaborative partnership, the initial idea to do Houhai as a WoB set, the gorgeous renders, and the critical feedback
Michael at Digital Carpentry, for being my first partner, my biggest sounding board, and my unrelenting critic
Exclusive, for the cultural translation help and his friendship
Alex, for the kernel of the idea of what Shanshui would become
Upas, for taking a chance on this set, and his important advice
Louis, for his kindness, his passion for my work, and his partnership
Jae, for his honesty and sense, and for the use of his beautiful J-01 and J-02 models
LBaron and the S+R team, for making their gorgeous Iron165 and Iron180 models available


Thanks for reading this far and thank you for your feedback.

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Offline grundlemere

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 12:53:39 »
Reserved

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« Reply #2 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 12:53:57 »
I've been waiting for this. Hype!

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #3 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 12:55:38 »
Lovely. Looking forward to this one.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #4 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 12:56:15 »
I've been waiting for this. Hype!

You really were quick on the trigger. Thanks for your support!

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #5 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 12:56:50 »
Damn, there goes my chance to say first.

Loved working on this with you man <3

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 12:57:08 »
Digging the base and the novelties.

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« Reply #7 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 12:58:16 »
Damn, there goes my chance to say first.

Loved working on this with you man <3

I know you would have done a combo breaker on my reserved reply! Loved working with you. Thanks for the wonderful idea!

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #8 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 13:07:49 »
uWu I am liking this one!

Another wallet drainer for me

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #9 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 13:08:06 »
Finally a set with chinese sublegends of some kind. I'm in.
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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #10 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 13:08:57 »
Traditional Chinese should be the base.

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« Reply #11 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 13:24:51 »
Traditional Chinese should be the base.

I second this. Great set though!

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« Reply #12 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 13:32:07 »
Traditional Chinese should be the base.

I second this. Great set though!

Please tell us in the interest check form! We are polling worldwide on the demand for SC vs. TC, and we need your data to make any kitting changes.

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« Reply #13 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 13:33:24 »
Lovely set!

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« Reply #14 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 13:41:41 »
Traditional Chinese should be the base.

I second this. Great set though!

I'm interested (in-laws from Guilin) but also ^

Will be clicking on the IC form!

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #15 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 14:07:40 »
While this has no practical use in typing Chinese...

It's gorgeous, and I need it!

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« Reply #16 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 14:26:24 »
Love! Thank you for doing this.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #17 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 14:32:32 »
Looks so nice and quite refreshing because of the new sublegends.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #18 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 14:54:02 »
While this has no practical use in typing Chinese...

It's gorgeous, and I need it!

That’s mostly the goal! But, you can use this to type in pinyin or Cangjie.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #19 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 15:37:16 »
Traditional Chinese should be the base.

I second this. Great set though!

I'm interested (in-laws from Guilin) but also ^

Will be clicking on the IC form!

I fourth this! WoB is a great colorway for minimal legends.

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« Reply #20 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 15:41:20 »
Given how many Japanese kanji are derived from Chinese characters, this totally does it for me. I'm in.

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« Reply #21 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 15:59:52 »
im so glad this finally has an IC, ive been hyped for this ever since i saw this in houhai, (still hyped for that too). really nice looking set, i'll definitely pick up every kit

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #22 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 16:39:45 »
Gotta have both this and Houhai!

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« Reply #23 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 16:55:33 »
very nice

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #24 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 16:59:49 »
Yesssssss, it's here at last!  Looks great, very excited.  I've filled in the form; my main request is either to break the numpad out into a separate kit or include the full numpad in the traditional mods kit.  I'd like to be able to build a fully monolegend kit, with monolegend cangjie and monolegend financial numerals on the numpad, using traditional Chinese characters, and it's a shame to have to buy the full base kit with its simplified Chinese mods and sublegend alphas just to get at the seven or so number keys I'd be missing.

EDIT: Is there a reason why there are so many 火 keys in the cangjie monolegend kit?  I count four...
EDIT EDIT: Oh, I see!  I didn't realise the simplified form of 火 is different from traditional.  For anyone else puzzled, the angle of the two little dashes either side of the 人 is different (and 火 is located where the F key goes so you need homing and non-homing for each of simplified and traditional variants, so four in total).
« Last Edit: Sat, 12 September 2020, 17:11:07 by kidviddy »

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #25 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 17:11:12 »
EDIT: Is there a reason why there are so many 火 keys in the cangjie monolegend kit?  I count four...


I can answer this!

火 goes where F would go on a Latin layout, so you already have two versions of the key: one scooped and one barred.

Then there's a slight stroke difference between the SC and TC versions of 火, hence the need for two more keys, one scooped traditional and one barred traditional.

EDIT: I see you figured it out before I finished typing this comment  :p
« Last Edit: Sat, 12 September 2020, 17:13:26 by NathanAlphaMan »

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« Reply #26 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 17:18:16 »
Amazing set, filled the form too. Looking forward to this!

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #27 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 17:18:33 »
Yesssssss, it's here at last!  Looks great, very excited.  I've filled in the form; my main request is either to break the numpad out into a separate kit or include the full numpad in the traditional mods kit.  I'd like to be able to build a fully monolegend kit, with monolegend cangjie and monolegend financial numerals on the numpad, using traditional Chinese characters, and it's a shame to have to buy the full base kit with its simplified Chinese mods and sublegend alphas just to get at the seven or so number keys I'd be missing.

EDIT: Is there a reason why there are so many 火 keys in the cangjie monolegend kit?  I count four...

Thanks! And we will be thinking on a way to satisfy your kitting needs. It might be tough considering that only some users will want full mono, but we'll see what we can do.

By way of explanation on the 火 character, and why there are a few stray numpad keys in the trad mods kit: There are a few characters used in the legends that are aaaaalmost the same in Traditional as they are in Simplified...but they're not the same. 火 is a good example. If you look closely, the left "flame" stroke is oriented differently depending on the character style: northeast to southwest in the Simplified; northwest to southeast in the Traditional. It's a small but important difference. All of the supplemental Traditional keys to the right are the same: an additional jag before a downward stroke, a missing flick at the end, or an angled stroke instead of a flat one. There are four 火 keys because 火 happens to be a homing key. There are two Traditional and two Simplified: one each barred and scooped as preference dictates.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #28 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 17:19:46 »
Looks like we all rushed in like a bunch of nerds to answer this critical question.  ;D

We both put a lot of care into these legends, as you can see!

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« Reply #29 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 18:00:29 »
Looks like we all rushed in like a bunch of nerds to answer this critical question.  ;D

We both put a lot of care into these legends, as you can see!

Haha, thanks for your answers!  After I noticed the difference in the 火 character I started looking at the others and realised just how much effort you guys put in!  I knew about some of the obvious differences between traditional and simplified characters, like the line vs dashes at the bottom of 級 (which is different again in Japanese!), but details like the fact that the downward stroke in 女 extends above the horizontal line in traditional and only meeting it in simplified... wow. I can see why this took a while to pull together -- you guys definitely took the time to dot the 'i's and cross the 't's (as it were)! Excellent work.

EDIT: Grammar

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #30 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 18:43:26 »
This is so gorgeous. Can't wait for the GB next year! :cool:

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« Reply #31 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 20:15:49 »
Definitely in. This is so nice

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« Reply #32 on: Sat, 12 September 2020, 20:21:40 »
Really is looking good, will keep an eye on it.

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« Reply #33 on: Sun, 13 September 2020, 03:35:43 »
great, now i have to prep my wallet for BOTH shanshui and houhai. collect them all, amirite.

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« Reply #34 on: Sun, 13 September 2020, 05:04:28 »
in,
GLWGB on 2021!

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #35 on: Sun, 13 September 2020, 11:20:11 »
Nice, definitely in! Been waiting for this since Houhai.
I would like to suggest some white keycaps for esc and enter, since there is white spacebar, I think having some accent colors that pop would be nice.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #36 on: Sun, 13 September 2020, 14:22:01 »
Nice, definitely in! Been waiting for this since Houhai.
I would like to suggest some white keycaps for esc and enter, since there is white spacebar, I think having some accent colors that pop would be nice.

We'll think on how to do it! The name of the game at the moment is to try to get the cost of the kits down, but perhaps we can see what a quote on adding more caps would be.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #37 on: Sun, 13 September 2020, 17:03:05 »
Great set.  I applaud how much time you spent to perfectly represent both traditional and simplified Chinese characters.

One niggling comment about the OP: could you revise the large-font "Coming in winter 2021" at the top?  This technically could be Q1 or Q4.  I found "Available from these vendors for group buy in Q1 2021, aiming for February" lower down, but was initially confused.

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« Reply #38 on: Sun, 13 September 2020, 17:48:34 »
Great set.  I applaud how much time you spent to perfectly represent both traditional and simplified Chinese characters.

One niggling comment about the OP: could you revise the large-font "Coming in winter 2021" at the top?  This technically could be Q1 or Q4.  I found "Available from these vendors for group buy in Q1 2021, aiming for February" lower down, but was initially confused.

A compromise: "early 2021." Glad you like the set, and look forward to getting it to market to you!

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« Reply #39 on: Sun, 13 September 2020, 20:16:16 »
I'm in!

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« Reply #40 on: Sun, 13 September 2020, 20:43:42 »
ngl this is dope.
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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #41 on: Sun, 13 September 2020, 22:03:38 »
I am definitely interested... but would be better with accent colours

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #42 on: Mon, 14 September 2020, 07:47:57 »
Good news this morning: RAMA WORKS is on board for artisan keycaps! Perhaps that will help some folks add some accent color to their boards. Looking forward to seeing what they can do.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - GB Date set, New Collabs
« Reply #43 on: Mon, 14 September 2020, 15:36:15 »
More updates:

We are all set for a New Years Day launch. GMK Shanshui will be available for group buy January 1, 2021 from vendors around the world.

We have also added Latrialum as a partner for collab keycaps. Her style is one of our absolute favorites and should express beautifully alongside GMK Shanshui.

More updates always on the way...

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - GB Date set, New Collabs
« Reply #44 on: Mon, 14 September 2020, 16:20:15 »
老铁 666 Nice to see Chinese keycaps set as an option!

Having white accent keys like GMK WoB would definitely my recommendation, so it won't look like those cheap OEM keyboards with Chinese print on them.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - GB Date set, New Collabs
« Reply #45 on: Mon, 14 September 2020, 16:55:58 »
Love this keyset! More money out of the wallet for me.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #46 on: Mon, 14 September 2020, 19:31:09 »
Always a fan of different alphas, hope this isn't too expensive given the amount of new moulds, looking forward to it!

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水
« Reply #47 on: Tue, 15 September 2020, 21:46:51 »
Great set.  I applaud how much time you spent to perfectly represent both traditional and simplified Chinese characters.

One niggling comment about the OP: could you revise the large-font "Coming in winter 2021" at the top?  This technically could be Q1 or Q4.  I found "Available from these vendors for group buy in Q1 2021, aiming for February" lower down, but was initially confused.

Awesome!

Looking forward to the artisans as well!

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - GB Date set, New Collabs
« Reply #48 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 11:44:14 »
Looks great! Love the traditional Chinese characters instead of simplified. I’m in.


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« Reply #49 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 12:32:50 »
Great set, definitely interested

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - GB Date set, New Collabs
« Reply #50 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 12:37:23 »
Another banger collaboration by Nathan. I didn’t think I would be joining any GMK set until Polybius, yet here we are! Amazing set, props to both of you for this. I will definitely be in on this!
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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - GB Date set, New Collabs
« Reply #51 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 16:28:48 »
Finally <3 This set couldnt be more perfect.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - GB Date set, New Collabs
« Reply #52 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 17:29:57 »
The set itself looks great, I'd join the GB just for the Chinese legends.

However when making the connection to Chinese watercolour art, it feels slightly forced to me I'm afraid. The art is characterised by the gradient of colours and impressionism (especially landscape), solid dark doesn't say that for me.

I'd say it could be more associated with Chinese calligraphy if anything

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - GB Date set, New Collabs
« Reply #53 on: Thu, 17 September 2020, 13:29:56 »
Couple of minor updates:

  • Artwork submitted to Rama. They're checking the detail on one imprint to make sure their system can handle the detail and then we're ready to rock. I think you'll love them.
  • We're pleased to add Sodiecaps, Fraktal Kaps, and newcomer Froue Loop to the mix as artisan collabs. (Check out @froueloop on IG when it's not down :()
  • Luxe and I are working on a really unique cable concept. I'm mailing him some stuff for a prototype. Can't wait to show you.
  • I want to post deskmats, but I'd also like to wait to do so until we can use them in some scene renders. Trying to decide but it will be next week at the earliest. I think you'll dig them.
  • Nathan is hard at work on scene renders, including those with deskmats. However, I think he deserves a break and a little time to bask in the glory of GMK Ursa, his own debut keyset, shipping. It's an absolutely gorgeous set. Even better than the renders. I'll see you on the battlefield as we all hunt extras from Kono and Candykeys.
  • I miiiiiiight be working on a Discord server (?)

That's it love Grundle

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - GB Date set, New Collabs
« Reply #54 on: Thu, 17 September 2020, 13:30:54 »
Finally <3 This set couldnt be more perfect.

That means a lot coming from you, brother. Blacklight is NUTS! I love the deskmats Sour did too.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - GB Date set, New Collabs
« Reply #55 on: Fri, 18 September 2020, 17:27:55 »
Hey bro.
You already know I love these awesome pieces of plastic.
Post the Mats here, they are literally perfect.
Cheers

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - GB Date set, New Collabs
« Reply #56 on: Sat, 19 September 2020, 07:14:16 »
Hey bro.
You already know I love these awesome pieces of plastic.
Post the Mats here, they are literally perfect.
Cheers

I wanna! But I want to finish board renders with the mats first. Hey, how about Ramas? Y’all wanna see those?

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - GB Date set, New Collabs
« Reply #57 on: Sat, 19 September 2020, 09:54:09 »
very nice. i'm in.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - RAMA Artisans Posted!
« Reply #58 on: Sat, 19 September 2020, 14:56:51 »
Just got the RAMAs in, everyone. Took a little while to do a simple scene render on parchment and brand them and here they are. Go check the start of the thread for details on all three caps.


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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - RAMA Artisans Posted!
« Reply #59 on: Sat, 19 September 2020, 16:52:40 »
If/When this is up I'm at minimum in for 2/3 Ramas (山, 水) and novelties. looking good!

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - RAMA Artisans Posted!
« Reply #60 on: Sun, 20 September 2020, 18:15:00 »
Soooo good. Those monolegends are very clean.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - RAMA Artisans Posted!
« Reply #61 on: Mon, 21 September 2020, 09:12:18 »
Wow the chop artisan looks great, and perfect for a Chinese theme. I love the idea but I wish you would have adopted a different Chinese last name, such as mine: 曹 lol so I can have my own last name on an artisan. I can only imagine how cool that would be.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - RAMA Artisans Posted!
« Reply #62 on: Mon, 21 September 2020, 09:28:50 »
Something I have noticed is that the traditional mod still uses 《》, but if I'm not mistaken, I think traditional users (mostly Taiwan HK and Macau) do not use these signs? They are specifically for book or article titles, and in traditional Chinese I think they all use 『』instead. I don't know where these two go on a board (for Japanese they are the same keys as the bracket keys), and it is probably better to check with a traditional Chinese typist, but just thought that might be something to be considered in order to be more functional with the traditional set.
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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - RAMA Artisans Posted!
« Reply #63 on: Mon, 21 September 2020, 19:53:31 »
Something I have noticed is that the traditional mod still uses 《》, but if I'm not mistaken, I think traditional users (mostly Taiwan HK and Macau) do not use these signs? They are specifically for book or article titles, and in traditional Chinese I think they all use 『』instead. I don't know where these two go on a board (for Japanese they are the same keys as the bracket keys), and it is probably better to check with a traditional Chinese typist, but just thought that might be something to be considered in order to be more functional with the traditional set.

Thanks for pointing that out, and someone in the IC form also told us so. It's only because I'm ignorant of Traditional Chinese punctuation as I learned in the mainland. It's fortunate because these legends are actually set on different keys, so we will plan to update the legends to include them appropriately, among other kit changes we plan to make after collecting feedback. You're the first person to bring it up on the forum, though, so here's a note to anyone wondering! Yes, we will add 「 」TC quotation marks to the [] keys.

And as far as a RAMA for your surname...if you can get MOQ together for a RAMA order, go for it!

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - RAMA Artisans Posted!
« Reply #64 on: Mon, 21 September 2020, 21:49:28 »
Something I have noticed is that the traditional mod still uses 《》, but if I'm not mistaken, I think traditional users (mostly Taiwan HK and Macau) do not use these signs? They are specifically for book or article titles, and in traditional Chinese I think they all use 『』instead. I don't know where these two go on a board (for Japanese they are the same keys as the bracket keys), and it is probably better to check with a traditional Chinese typist, but just thought that might be something to be considered in order to be more functional with the traditional set.

Thanks for pointing that out, and someone in the IC form also told us so. It's only because I'm ignorant of Traditional Chinese punctuation as I learned in the mainland. It's fortunate because these legends are actually set on different keys, so we will plan to update the legends to include them appropriately, among other kit changes we plan to make after collecting feedback. You're the first person to bring it up on the forum, though, so here's a note to anyone wondering! Yes, we will add 「 」TC quotation marks to the [] keys.

And as far as a RAMA for your surname...if you can get MOQ together for a RAMA order, go for it!

Haha, that probably means I'll have to buy all the MOQ myself  :-X

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - RAMA Artisans Posted!
« Reply #65 on: Tue, 22 September 2020, 21:35:08 »
Love the Rama cap designs

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - Deskmats up
« Reply #66 on: Fri, 25 September 2020, 11:42:38 »
Thanks for the thoughs on the RAMA caps, everyone. Looking forward to getting those in hand.

Up today we're sharing the deskmats. Nathanalphaman is hard at work getting the mat under some board renders so you can envision your Shanshui setup, but for now, here are the deskmat renders.


Rafts 钓鱼筏 deskmat: An ink painting of traditional fishing rafts afloat on the Li River beneath the leaning phoenix tail bamboo, emblazoned with the Shanshui logo chop at bottom left. Based on artwork by Baoyan.


Karst 岩溶 deskmat: an ink painting of the South China Karst seen through the mist with the inscription, "best scenery under heaven" (山水甲天下), an unofficial local slogan of the Li River area. No seal for users who prefer a completely monochrome look. Based on artwork by Elina Li.


Also, we met this week to talk through your feedback from the IC form and make some changes to kits. I will walk you through those once they're finalized and re-rendered.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - Deskmats up
« Reply #67 on: Fri, 25 September 2020, 11:45:59 »
One last thing: There's news on GMK Houhai.

Look to that thread later today.  :eek:

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - Deskmats up
« Reply #68 on: Fri, 25 September 2020, 12:23:23 »
I didn't even know I needed more deskmats..

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - Deskmats up
« Reply #69 on: Fri, 25 September 2020, 12:35:11 »
I didn't even know I needed more deskmats..

Are there ever really enough?

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - Deskmats up
« Reply #70 on: Fri, 25 September 2020, 18:08:12 »
The deskmat renders look dope! Will the deskmat be available for purchase separately from the keyset?

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - Deskmats up
« Reply #71 on: Fri, 25 September 2020, 19:03:36 »
Just realized: no 40s/ortho kit? I get it may be tough to make MOQ, just wondering if that's the reason.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - Deskmats up
« Reply #72 on: Fri, 25 September 2020, 21:27:55 »
The deskmat renders look dope! Will the deskmat be available for purchase separately from the keyset?

Absolutely, as always!

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - Deskmats up
« Reply #73 on: Fri, 25 September 2020, 21:30:22 »
The deskmat renders look dope! Will the deskmat be available for purchase separately from the keyset?

Absolutely, as always!
That's great. I'll def join for the novelties kit & the mat.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - Deskmats up
« Reply #74 on: Fri, 25 September 2020, 21:32:04 »
Just realized: no 40s/ortho kit? I get it may be tough to make MOQ, just wondering if that's the reason.

Lot of 40s compatibility in the base, and ortho with a little creativity and willingness to use wrong legends. Given that this set had to focus on availability of both Traditional and Simplified Chinese legends, we opted not to doubly replicate kits for uncommon layouts.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - Deskmats up
« Reply #75 on: Fri, 25 September 2020, 21:43:21 »
Okay, I NEEED one of these mats. Yes please.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - Deskmats up
« Reply #76 on: Sat, 26 September 2020, 00:22:34 »
deskmat pls

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - Deskmats up
« Reply #77 on: Sat, 26 September 2020, 01:26:52 »
Finally a GMK changje input keycap...Hope the base kit include TC instead of SC

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Edit for second inpression(?) of the TC kit

It's a little weird to see SC words straightly convert to TC imo since TC's translation words may be different from SC (e.g. Print Screen is better translate into 截圖/擷圖). It would be better to let TC & SC have its own translated words. AFAIK the translation of ins/del/PgUP/Pgdown/Home/End is both correct in TC or SC, and menu may be better translate into 功能 in TC

btw the 「柳」 problem in numpad happened again lol. 6 should be 「陸」.
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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - Deskmats up
« Reply #78 on: Sat, 26 September 2020, 09:20:04 »

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Rafts 钓鱼筏 deskmat: An ink painting of traditional fishing rafts afloat on the Li River beneath the leaning phoenix tail bamboo, emblazoned with the Shanshui logo chop at bottom left. Based on artwork by Baoyan.


Set or no set, I am totally getting this deskmat.


Also, take a wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiild guess as to which one keycap bothers me. ;-)

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - Deskmats up
« Reply #79 on: Sat, 26 September 2020, 10:02:18 »
I have one deskmat and never thought about getting more but these are really nice...Going to have to get one.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - Deskmats up
« Reply #80 on: Sat, 26 September 2020, 11:58:04 »
Great set! Great Novelties and great deskmats!

Ticks all the box.. totally in!
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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - Deskmats up
« Reply #81 on: Sat, 26 September 2020, 18:21:39 »
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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - Deskmats up
« Reply #82 on: Sat, 26 September 2020, 21:55:56 »
Finally a GMK changje input keycap...Hope the base kit include TC instead of SC

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Edit for second inpression(?) of the TC kit

It's a little weird to see SC words straightly convert to TC imo since TC's translation words may be different from SC (e.g. Print Screen is better translate into 截圖/擷圖). It would be better to let TC & SC have its own translated words. AFAIK the translation of ins/del/PgUP/Pgdown/Home/End is both correct in TC or SC, and menu may be better translate into 功能 in TC

btw the 「柳」 problem in numpad happened again lol. 6 should be 「陸」.

Thanks friend, we’ll get these legends fixed. If you have any other translation fixes for TC, please share them with me at grundlemere#1126 on Discord and we will run them through a couple of our partners. Want to make sure they are right.

Ugh sorry about the numpad, not sure how that one slipped by us again but you’re the first person to notice it. I even know that character means “willow.” We’ll add both these points to the kit changes for next round.

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Re: [IC] GMK Shanshui 山水 - Deskmats up
« Reply #83 on: Sat, 26 September 2020, 22:00:36 »
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