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Offline vladimir108

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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave.
« Reply #150 on: Mon, 11 January 2021, 14:32:54 »
Miami Vice kit :-)

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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave.
« Reply #151 on: Mon, 11 January 2021, 22:05:04 »
Hi all,
Excited to share my latest designs for our new deskmat for discussion.

I would like your feedback, which of these two would you choose!






Also, would you like to see edge to edge printing or black border?

(Please ignore the low resolution on these, they are just working drafts as I finalise everything)

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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave. New Deskmats!
« Reply #152 on: Mon, 11 January 2021, 22:20:19 »
Between the two, I prefer the top one.

I appreciate this new take on the mat, but personally I would prefer the design without the car.
   

Offline Havattack

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« Reply #153 on: Tue, 12 January 2021, 01:02:09 »
I can barely tell he difference honestly, but my eyes are tired right now. Bottom.


I agree, I'd prefer one without the car.


I would want an "outrun" style desk mat that is just a 2 tone of the purple and pink used in the set.
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Offline vernSL

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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave. New Deskmats!
« Reply #154 on: Tue, 12 January 2021, 13:08:14 »
I prefer the top.

But I definitely agree, there should be a more minimalistic deskmat without the car. This is too busy for me on my desk, but I'm sure there are people who love it.

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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave. New Deskmats! All Vendors announced.
« Reply #155 on: Tue, 12 January 2021, 23:28:19 »
Yep the plan is to keep one loud deskmat and one more minimalistic deskmat which we are working on right now (Likely the purple mat with a silhouette repeating pattern, possibly the palm trees or the flamingos).

I'm hesitant to remove the car as it is literally the focal point of the entire deskmat. Removing it just puts us back at the original design (If you are really into the sunset deskmat you'll be able to buy it shortly from Space Cables, SwitchKeys, KeyGem, Ashkeebs and ProtoTypist)

Thanks for the continued interest guys. We're also pleased to confirm Project Keyboard who will be running this for North America.

Offline Whiplash_XXIII

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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave. New Deskmats!
« Reply #156 on: Tue, 12 January 2021, 23:34:49 »
Really dig the car desk mat! I'm honestly torn between the two with a slight change in colors. If I had to pick one I think I would go with the top, something about the orange in the sun just makes it a tad better. I'm going to vote for the edge to edge printing

Offline Havattack

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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave. New Deskmats! All Vendors announced.
« Reply #157 on: Wed, 13 January 2021, 11:44:41 »
Miami Vice kit :-)

I think of pink and blue/teal more when it comes to Miami Vice,
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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave. New Deskmats! All Vendors announced.
« Reply #158 on: Wed, 13 January 2021, 12:42:05 »
Yep the plan is to keep one loud deskmat and one more minimalistic deskmat which we are working on right now (Likely the purple mat with a silhouette repeating pattern, possibly the palm trees or the flamingos).

I'm hesitant to remove the car as it is literally the focal point of the entire deskmat. Removing it just puts us back at the original design (If you are really into the sunset deskmat you'll be able to buy it shortly from Space Cables, SwitchKeys, KeyGem, Ashkeebs and ProtoTypist)

Thanks for the continued interest guys. We're also pleased to confirm Project Keyboard who will be running this for North America.

I fully understand.
I would still think that without the car it would be different enough from your "classic", I don't often see the palm trees inside the sun which I find awesome.
It's just that the keyboard would sit mostly on top of the car, so in my head that woudn't look that good, since you would only see some random parts of the car like the wheels or spoiler.

But if there is a more minimalistic one, that's awesome. I really like the sun with the palm trees on the right, feels like a perfect place to have your mouse.
And I agree, the slight orange tone of the top one is really nice.
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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave. New Deskmats!
« Reply #159 on: Wed, 13 January 2021, 15:45:22 »
Thanks for your comments CookieFlow!

Nathan actually mocked up a render of a (Now outdated design) with the keyboard on it for scale.



I will be back here soon with some kitting updates and hopefully another deskmat addition :)

Cheers

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« Reply #160 on: Wed, 13 January 2021, 19:14:56 »
That looks a lot better than I imagined in my head ! Probably better suited for a small keyboard so it doesn't get mostly covered.
I like the "retrowave" in Katakana on the plate, that's a cool idea that hopefully would make it into the final design

Looking forward to see the more minimalistic one, but I will say the more I look at the car design the more I like it.
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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave. New Deskmats!
« Reply #161 on: Sat, 16 January 2021, 11:59:30 »
Might have to buy this set just for the F-40... Seriously though, great work on the mats!

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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave. New Deskmats!
« Reply #162 on: Thu, 21 January 2021, 14:33:50 »
The car looks hella nice. I think it will sell well, but you probably should offer an extra, more minimalistic one too.
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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave. New Deskmats!
« Reply #163 on: Fri, 05 February 2021, 17:18:01 »
Another small update.
Added Candy Keys as EU Vendor. All vendors now finalised. Awaiting mockups from Space for the cable tie-in and I should have all kits revised next week as Nathan has been busy wrapping up his other amazing projects.

Thanks for everyone's patience so far!

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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave. All Vendors secured!
« Reply #164 on: Fri, 05 February 2021, 17:43:09 »
The render of ISO keyboard shows a R3 pipe key and R4 <> key non sublegend which are used for basic ISO. These keys don't exist in any kit. Will these appear in the final kitting?

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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave. Kitting finalised.
« Reply #165 on: Fri, 12 February 2021, 17:38:55 »
Have done another round of kitting (Will be locking this in as we head into the final stretch of the IC). See OP for the latest kits.

Keeping a compact base was something we had tried really hard (Indeed the IC responses were basically spit for this). Ultimately, I couldn't bring myself to cut due to the punishment it would cause ISO / Numpad users as an example. To counter this, we will push ahead with an enormous MOQ to shoot for competitive pricing with a pretty complete base kit.

I've hopefully catered for the majority of 40s users, so if this is you, given we know 40s account for less than 10% on average of base kit sales please show some support during GB. Have trimmed down the bars to save some $ also.

Lastly massive thanks to Nathanalphaman for all his hard work with kitting among all the other stuff he is dealing with on a daily basis. Imagine trying to run your Polybius project among other things, and having me on your doorstep every morning with requests.

Next update will contain pricing and a date schedule. As we move closer, I am working with Rama on some additional collabs for this project and I am still drafting for the second deskmat.

Thanks to everyone for sticking around and most importantly for the feedback in the IC.

Peace <3

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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave. Kitting finalised.
« Reply #166 on: Sun, 14 February 2021, 12:00:53 »
I love the aesthetic, and will probably buy it, but my long crusade remains...WHY GMK? :'(

Offline Havattack

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« Reply #167 on: Sun, 14 February 2021, 12:37:51 »
I imagine the runner likes the cherry profile, ABS, and GMK are second to none as far as quality goes. I'd prefer SA or MG myself, but whatevs, there are a lot of things I would change, but it aint my set. If I really wanted that "perfect" set of mine (and this is close), i would design it and run it myself, but I don't want it that bad, and I'm too lazy.
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« Reply #168 on: Fri, 19 February 2021, 04:45:57 »
Thank GOD I joined this forum while this is in progress. 100% in!
Even better if the Katakana alphas were in the base set, leaving the simple alpha in an additional kit.

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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave. Kitting finalised.
« Reply #169 on: Fri, 19 February 2021, 04:56:20 »
I am here for the Rama glwic and glws  :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave. Kitting finalised.
« Reply #170 on: Sat, 20 February 2021, 18:55:06 »
Deskmat prototype has arrived. Qualiy and vibrancy blew me away, really excited to share these.

In terms of set progress. We've sent the kits off to GMK for quotation. Just waiting to hear back








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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave. Kitting finalised.
« Reply #171 on: Sat, 20 February 2021, 19:00:38 »
Deskmat prototype has arrived. Qualiy and vibrancy blew me away, really excited to share these.

In terms of set progress. We've sent the kits off to GMK for quotation. Just waiting to hear back


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Offline CookieFlow

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« Reply #172 on: Sat, 20 February 2021, 19:44:04 »
The deskmat looks incredible.
I wasn't fully on board with the car at first, but it works really well  :thumb:

I was hoping that the "レトロウェーブ" stayed on the plate as I thought that was an awesome "easter egg".
But that's the only part that is blocked, so I guess I will not know for now haha.
   

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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave. Kitting finalised.
« Reply #173 on: Sat, 20 February 2021, 20:15:52 »

Even better if the Katakana alphas were in the base set, leaving the simple alpha in an additional kit.
Yeah, we both wish. But doesn't look like that's in the cards unfortunately.

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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave. Kitting finalised.
« Reply #174 on: Sat, 20 February 2021, 23:22:32 »

Even better if the Katakana alphas were in the base set, leaving the simple alpha in an additional kit.
Yeah, we both wish. But doesn't look like that's in the cards unfortunately.

Was the hardest decision of the whole set. Ultimately I chose latin purely because it slightly edged out Katakana as an option (Talking literally single digit percentages).


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« Reply #175 on: Sun, 21 February 2021, 15:17:26 »

Even better if the Katakana alphas were in the base set, leaving the simple alpha in an additional kit.
Yeah, we both wish. But doesn't look like that's in the cards unfortunately.

Was the hardest decision of the whole set. Ultimately I chose latin purely because it slightly edged out Katakana as an option (Talking literally single digit percentages).


I think it's a tough decision.
Awaken with Katakana outsold the Latin Alphas by almost 3 to 1.

   

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« Reply #176 on: Sun, 21 February 2021, 22:03:40 »

Even better if the Katakana alphas were in the base set, leaving the simple alpha in an additional kit.
Yeah, we both wish. But doesn't look like that's in the cards unfortunately.

Was the hardest decision of the whole set. Ultimately I chose latin purely because it slightly edged out Katakana as an option (Talking literally single digit percentages).


I think it's a tough decision.
Awaken with Katakana outsold the Latin Alphas by almost 3 to 1.
It'll probably be the same with this one. I don't think all that many people end up filling out the IC form. I know i forget half the time..

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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave. Kitting finalised.
« Reply #177 on: Mon, 22 February 2021, 04:36:28 »

Even better if the Katakana alphas were in the base set, leaving the simple alpha in an additional kit.
Yeah, we both wish. But doesn't look like that's in the cards unfortunately.

Was the hardest decision of the whole set. Ultimately I chose latin purely because it slightly edged out Katakana as an option (Talking literally single digit percentages).


I think it's a tough decision.
Awaken with Katakana outsold the Latin Alphas by almost 3 to 1.
It'll probably be the same with this one. I don't think all that many people end up filling out the IC form. I know i forget half the time..
Gmk agent 01 had sublegends at first but removed later due to interest. It depends on theme and time.

Offline Adqam64

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« Reply #178 on: Mon, 22 February 2021, 05:51:37 »
I would definitely like to buy the katakana set - but it doesn't have ISO-UK support, so I won't.  I'd be happy if that was the only kit if it had ISO-UK support.

Offline CookieFlow

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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave. Kitting finalised.
« Reply #179 on: Mon, 22 February 2021, 10:03:35 »

Even better if the Katakana alphas were in the base set, leaving the simple alpha in an additional kit.
Yeah, we both wish. But doesn't look like that's in the cards unfortunately.

Was the hardest decision of the whole set. Ultimately I chose latin purely because it slightly edged out Katakana as an option (Talking literally single digit percentages).


I think it's a tough decision.
Awaken with Katakana outsold the Latin Alphas by almost 3 to 1.
It'll probably be the same with this one. I don't think all that many people end up filling out the IC form. I know i forget half the time..
Gmk agent 01 had sublegends at first but removed later due to interest. It depends on theme and time.


Of course it depends on the theme. I don't always advocate for Japanese sub-legends, on some sets I prefer regular Latin Alphas.
But I just think Retrowave is one of those where I feel fairly confident that a Katakana sublegend base would do better as its theme feels perfectly suited for it.

And that I think making the call for Base Latin Alphas just based on a form that was close to 50% is a tough call to make (also depending on how many answers that form got).
   

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Re: [IC] GMK Retrowave. Kitting finalised.
« Reply #180 on: Mon, 22 February 2021, 19:46:04 »
This set really does make a bold color choice look good. Great work!

Offline Havattack

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« Reply #181 on: Mon, 22 February 2021, 20:26:02 »

Even better if the Katakana alphas were in the base set, leaving the simple alpha in an additional kit.
Yeah, we both wish. But doesn't look like that's in the cards unfortunately.

Was the hardest decision of the whole set. Ultimately I chose latin purely because it slightly edged out Katakana as an option (Talking literally single digit percentages).


I think it's a tough decision.
Awaken with Katakana outsold the Latin Alphas by almost 3 to 1.
It'll probably be the same with this one. I don't think all that many people end up filling out the IC form. I know i forget half the time..
Gmk agent 01 had sublegends at first but removed later due to interest. It depends on theme and time.
Probably. I guess well see what the finale sale numbers are (in regards to both gmk agent and this) If i'm correct about people not filling out the IC forms, that lack of interest may not be reflected in final sale numbers.