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HUGE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 2020

Hello again everyone!
Well, I must say that since we posted our IC the work has definitely not stopped on this set! We took some time to look over responses and take into account what the community thought of and wanted from this set. It is at that point that we started to run into issues… We found that DSA, due to our preferred manufacturer's limitations, did not allow us the creative freedom we were going for with this set. After some discussion, we decided to move away from DSA and instead run this set as KAM!

Here is a “small” list of changes we have made:
  • Added a mono legend Hiragana alphas kit.
  • Added a Colevrak kit to support Colemak and Dvorak users
  • Added a Norde+++ kit which will allow compatibility to our Danish, Estonian, Faroese, German, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish & Finnish friends.
  • Added custom icon mods and text mods across all layouts.
  • Split our offer to 40s users into a 40s kits and ortho kit.
  • Re-worked our Ergo kit to offer more than just blank keys.
  • Created a separate novelty "extras" kit that will include 3 new Kan-moji's, and new Heart and Bunny Head designs
  • Added a Blank Mods & Alphas Kit
  • Removed "Clear Sky" deskmat design

Due to the level of change, we have overhauled our IC form. If you have already submitted a response we ask that you do this again as your level of interest may have changed.
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Please also consider joining our discord or following us on instagram!


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This is the first set designed by Inverse Design Collective, a group of individuals with their own skills coming together to create quality sets for this community.
Our project team for this set has been Buburoo, EURA, FreshFromTheGrave, and Anonymous-S.

What originally started off as a meme quickly became a passion project; DSA Li’l Dragon takes inspiration from the exiled dragon-child of anime series Miss Koboyashi’s Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon).

We wanted to create a set that is as faithful to the character, as it could be, in a mechanical keyboard keycap set. DSA Li’l Dragon is a set inspired by the physical characteristics of this small prankster. Her hair color inspired the top-down off-lilac to purple gradient; her dress, the pink accent color; and her hair beads, the dark blue-grey legends. In order to emulate her character in a typeface, we decided to go with all lowercase legends and a rounded sans serif, Proxima Nova Soft for the Latin Alphas, and Chihaya Jun for the Katakana Alphas. This set features novelty mods all inspired by elements of her character and the show itself.

We hope you enjoy our set on the widely-loved character and that you share your thoughts and feedback using the form below!



Renders:
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Board: M60A by Rama



Board: Evolv by NathanAlphaMan



Board: Okayu




More renders coming soon!
If you have a keyboard you’d like to see this set on, let us know!



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Kits:
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Deskmats:
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The below are close ups shots to show the texture/stylised illustration that has gone into these designs:





Vendors & Pricing:

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Pricing TBA



To do list:

Post the IC
Announce Deskmats
Undertake a complete redesign due to profile change
More Renders
Identify/Announce collabs
Appoint and announce vendors
Announce Pricing
Announce Group Buy date

Special thanks to all of our friends and family for their constant love and support throughout this entire process!

Once again please consider letting us know your feelings about this set by filling in the Interest Check Form

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« Last Edit: Mon, 09 November 2020, 14:29:27 by InverseDC »

Offline InverseDC

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 17:39:20 »
Change Log:

09th November 2020
Moved non-accent coloured space bars to Alpha kits to accommodate 40s users with such a preference.
Added an extra 1.5u Tab to 60s Mods kits.
Added R4 1u Ctrl & Alt to cover NK65, BM60, DZ60 type layouts.
Added Additional keys to support various 65% boards.
Updated Colverak kit to include coverage for Colemak's DH and DHm variants, as well as solve some issues with the original kit.

01st November 2020:
Profile changed from DSA to KAM.
Added a mono legend Hiragana alphas kit.
Added a Colevrak kit to support Colemak and Dvorak users
Added a Norde+++ kit which will allow compatibility to our Danish, Estonian, Faroese, German, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish & Finnish friends.
Added custom icon mods and text mods across all layouts.
Split our offer to 40s users into a 40s kits and ortho kit.
Re-worked our Ergo kit to offer more than just blank keys.
Created a separate novelty "extras" kit that will include 3 new Kan-moji's, and new Heart and Bunny Head designs.
Added a Blank Mods & Alphas Kit.
Removed "Clear Sky" deskmat design.

09th October 2020:
Added colour/Pantone graphic, Added F13 keys to Mods kit, Identified changes to be made to Katakana kit.

07th October 2020:
IC Launched!
« Last Edit: Mon, 09 November 2020, 14:35:34 by InverseDC »

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 17:39:27 »
In


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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 17:40:22 »
here we go boys

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 17:41:19 »
Poggers

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 17:42:11 »
Yuh, count me in!

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 17:42:58 »
DRAGON GORL YAS SO NAIS

EBERYBAWDY BUY IT

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 17:43:00 »
eura you're too good

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 17:43:46 »
too cute!

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 17:44:12 »
Might be dumb question but are these custom or stock colors?
(credits to Kokaloo)

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #10 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 17:44:41 »
EURAAAAAAAAAAA

SO CUUUUUUUUTE

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 17:46:23 »
Super cute set :)

Also any chance for non-novelty mods?
« Last Edit: Wed, 07 October 2020, 18:06:48 by dandruff »

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #12 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 17:47:16 »
Might be dumb question but are these custom or stock colors?
I think they are pantones (as stated in colors section)


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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #13 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 17:48:00 »
IM EXCITED

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #14 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 17:48:34 »
so good!!!!

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #15 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 17:48:43 »
cjute

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #16 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 17:50:09 »
Might be dumb question but are these custom or stock colors?
I think they are pantones (as stated in colors section)

Oh woops, reading hard!!
(credits to Kokaloo)

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 17:53:16 »
This is too cute! GLWIC :)

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #18 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 17:53:56 »
Really lovely set~

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #19 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 17:54:18 »
is cute!

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #20 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 17:54:22 »
very epic

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #21 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 17:59:37 »
The gradient on the keycaps is so lovely!

And I'm definitely in for a pink dragon deskmat, maybe a purple one too? They're GORGEOUS. Can't wait!

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #22 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 18:14:30 »
looks POG AF

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #23 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 18:14:55 »
its finally here

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #24 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 18:20:23 »
very nice, love the gradient

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #25 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 18:39:42 »
in if i had money

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #26 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 19:26:05 »
love it

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #27 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 19:35:31 »
Vertical gradient and the typeface choice, so good

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #28 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 20:01:34 »
Super cute set :)

Also any chance for non-novelty mods?

We're thinking about adding a non-novelty mods kit! Go ahead and make sure you express that you would like them in the IC form! :)

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #29 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 20:45:05 »
DSA, Kobayashi-san, and a good gradient with a great aesthetic overall? Love it to bits!
« Last Edit: Wed, 07 October 2020, 20:55:23 by Ashardalon »

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #30 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 22:20:38 »
I want to eat the renders.

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #31 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 22:39:48 »
THAT FINAL ROW. that shade of purple. is just so JUICY?!?!!??

ok but will there be normal text/icon mods for noobs like me who don't get the reference but love the colourway?

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #32 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 22:41:03 »
Cute kit!  Thank you for including the extra ー、ム、and ロ keys that should make the katakana version usable on JIS-layout keyboards (and potentially others, too).

I have two suggestions:

  • Have you considered hiragana, rather than katakana?  I don't feel strongly about it, but hiragana feels "cuter" than katakana to me, especially in that font. Maybe it's too much, though, idk.
  • Please consider including ゛and ゜ keys in the kana monolegend set, either as separate keys, or replacing the 「 and 」 keys.  On an ANSI keyboard, these are the same keys -- ゛ is on the same key as 「 and ゜ is on the same key as 」.  But on a JIS keyboard, that isn't the case -- ゛ is on the same key as @, and ゜ is on the same key as 「.  」, for its part, is on the same key as む.  Because of this, the kit as it currently stands would not be suitable for a JIS keyboard.  I realise this may not be top priority for you as most people buying the set will not be using JIS, but the ゛ and ゜ legends would be compatible with both layouts, and feel more appropriate to boot, being essential keys for typing kana, so it feels like you could solve the JIS problem without breaking anything for ANSI -- a win-win result. The vast majority of kana monolegend sets take this route, with the unfortunate exception of DSA 2049, whose regrettable decision to include both 「 and ゜ legends on the same key renders it unusable for JIS-layout keyboards.

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #33 on: Wed, 07 October 2020, 23:35:06 »
nice to see a dsa set

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #34 on: Thu, 08 October 2020, 01:21:36 »
THAT FINAL ROW. that shade of purple. is just so JUICY?!?!!??

ok but will there be normal text/icon mods for noobs like me who don't get the reference but love the colourway?

Go ahead and express that you would like to see a normal mods version in the IC form! So glad you like the colors :)

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #35 on: Thu, 08 October 2020, 02:58:29 »
That first render in the apartment... brilliant! GLWIC!
« Last Edit: Thu, 08 October 2020, 03:09:19 by guill3m »

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #36 on: Thu, 08 October 2020, 03:28:23 »
Love the theme lol, very cute

As someone who would use all the novelty mods, I wouldn't mind paying extra to get it separately (or having 2 separate kits) so those who want normal mods can be satisfied.

I'm not too familiar with DSA are there multiple manus that do it? If so which one are you planning to use?
Also I'm guessing you have considered it, but any reason why you didn't go for KAT, I know there are issues, but I'd like to think it will get resolved with time.
Not that I'm against DSA, if you're only reason is "We like DSA" then that's good enough for me.
« Last Edit: Thu, 08 October 2020, 04:14:56 by Ireojimayo »

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #37 on: Thu, 08 October 2020, 04:07:13 »
I watched Kobayashi-san a week ago. Kanna is just too precious <3

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #38 on: Thu, 08 October 2020, 04:07:41 »
Everytime she opens her mouth my dang heart melts aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #39 on: Thu, 08 October 2020, 04:17:43 »
Love the theme lol, very cute

As someone who would use all the novelty mods, I wouldnt mind paying extra to get it seperately (or having 2 seperate kits) so those who want normal mods can also have it.

I'm not too familiar with DSA are there multiple manus that do it? If so which one are you planning to use?

Also I'm guessing you have considered it, but any reason why you didn't go for KAT, I know there are issues, but I'd like to think it will get resolved with time.

We've been thinking about adding in non-novelty mods, just go ahead and express that in the IC Form!

We also have not yet decided on a manufacturer yet. DSA was chosen for a number of reasons. The group as a whole felt that there aren't enough DSA sets in the market as of now; when the set was just a meme, the name included DSA; and also the designer felt that DSA was the most faithful to the character inspiration in its properties most successfully out of all the other profiles.
« Last Edit: Thu, 08 October 2020, 04:31:26 by InverseDC »

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #40 on: Thu, 08 October 2020, 05:31:27 »
Didnt know i needed this until i saw it haha. :thumb:

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #41 on: Thu, 08 October 2020, 05:41:31 »
Nice

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #42 on: Thu, 08 October 2020, 09:20:43 »
I like it & will be following the set!


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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #43 on: Thu, 08 October 2020, 12:29:35 »
Really cute set. GLWIC

Offline InverseDC

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #44 on: Thu, 08 October 2020, 14:20:02 »
Cute kit!  Thank you for including the extra ー、ム、and ロ keys that should make the katakana version usable on JIS-layout keyboards (and potentially others, too).

I have two suggestions:

  • Have you considered hiragana, rather than katakana?  I don't feel strongly about it, but hiragana feels "cuter" than katakana to me, especially in that font. Maybe it's too much, though, idk.
  • Please consider including ゛and ゜ keys in the kana monolegend set, either as separate keys, or replacing the 「 and 」 keys.  On an ANSI keyboard, these are the same keys -- ゛ is on the same key as 「 and ゜ is on the same key as 」.  But on a JIS keyboard, that isn't the case -- ゛ is on the same key as @, and ゜ is on the same key as 「.  」, for its part, is on the same key as む.  Because of this, the kit as it currently stands would not be suitable for a JIS keyboard.  I realise this may not be top priority for you as most people buying the set will not be using JIS, but the ゛ and ゜ legends would be compatible with both layouts, and feel more appropriate to boot, being essential keys for typing kana, so it feels like you could solve the JIS problem without breaking anything for ANSI -- a win-win result. The vast majority of kana monolegend sets take this route, with the unfortunate exception of DSA 2049, whose regrettable decision to include both 「 and ゜ legends on the same key renders it unusable for JIS-layout keyboards.
Very appreciative of your suggestions!
Re: Hiragana vs Katakana you've hit the nail on the head. We felt that Hiragana, whilst rounder and aesthetically "cuter", would be the sensible way to go however we felt that this made the board look too busy. We ultimately opted for Katakana because of the cleaner, simpler, and less busy look it gave the board (and also we're suckers for a good pun - KataKANNA).

Re: dakuten and handakuten you are correct! After having a look over our kitting we can satisfy ANSI-JP, ISO-JP and JIS by simply swapping the brackets for these keys/symbols.

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #45 on: Fri, 09 October 2020, 00:14:52 »
I am very excited for this set to kick off :) Thank you to everyone who has shown their support, and please remember to fill out the IC form! We want to hear everyone's concerns and requests~
« Last Edit: Fri, 09 October 2020, 00:20:26 by EURA »

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #46 on: Sun, 11 October 2020, 05:16:12 »
Very cute keyset!

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #47 on: Mon, 12 October 2020, 13:00:18 »
Really like the deskmats!  :p

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #48 on: Tue, 13 October 2020, 21:30:00 »
 Hello, my name is TheInverseKey, CEO of Copy Pasta Industries. I'd like to let you know that we've just gained copyrights on a lot of copy pastas seen in this thread. If you are using them right now, please refrain from doing so, or risk being fined under copyright infringement. Thank you, and don't be funny and copy and paste this. This is business, kid.

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Re: [IC] DSA Li'l Dragon
« Reply #49 on: Wed, 14 October 2020, 19:32:10 »
This is a super cute keyset! I will be following this and good luck with the IC.