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[IC] GMK Alexandria
« on: Mon, 09 November 2020, 14:55:48 »



GMK Alexandria

Intro

“There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.” Ali ibn Abi Talib

From us here at KeyLabs, an IC for a set we’ve been working on for some time now - GMK Alexandria.
This keyset takes its namesake from the Great Library of Alexandria - a tribute to the preservation of guiding principles like truth, knowledge, and wisdom.
The color palette evokes imagery of texts from a bygone era, with yellowed pages and worn leather bindings - yet standing the test of time.

Alexandria is an homage to great GMK sets of yore - and by that I mean actually fairly recently in the grand scheme of things, but let’s go with it.
What we determine to be “true” evolves over time, and the human pursuit of knowledge is ongoing.
Alexandria will mirror that concept. Nothing you see here is final, this is an interest check after all.

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Colors



Pantone 7499 C: Alphas, Mod Legends, Accent Legends
Pantone 1815 C: Mods
Pantone 4975 C: Accents, Alpha Legends

Kits

Base Kit - “Truth” (WIP)




Novelties - “Knowledge” (WIP)
Note: This is strictly a teaser for the novelties, and not representative of the final collection of icons, nor kit layout.

Additional Novelty ideas:
- Flame icon
- Lighthouse of Alexandria
- Additional representation of Owl for Enter key
- Greek letter Omega



Additional child kits currently in development. Currently considering the following:

- Greek Sublegend Alphas
- Spacebars
- 40s/Ortho

Renders

Big thank you to Oggi for these renders!












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Thanks for reading, we would love to hear your feedback. GMK Alexandria is our love letter to the keyboard community, let’s make it great together!

Dedicated to Alex ❤️
« Last Edit: Thu, 26 November 2020, 22:11:52 by keylabskeycaps »

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 09 November 2020, 14:58:19 »
Reserved
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« Reply #2 on: Mon, 09 November 2020, 15:02:56 »
DAAAAHHH ReSeRvEd duuurrrhhh huurrhh reserved!!!!11! reeeeeeserve teehee xDDD reserseerve!!! rEEEEEEEEEEEEESERVEDDD!!!!!11!!

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #3 on: Mon, 09 November 2020, 15:10:03 »
Greek sublegends please

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #4 on: Mon, 09 November 2020, 15:12:48 »
I’m in

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #5 on: Mon, 09 November 2020, 15:13:47 »
Check your pipe my man.

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #6 on: Mon, 09 November 2020, 15:24:44 »
Check your pipe my man.

D'oh! My eyes aren't what they used to be. Will be fixed shortly, thanks!

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #7 on: Mon, 09 November 2020, 15:25:41 »
It's finally here!!!

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #8 on: Mon, 09 November 2020, 15:51:41 »
Check your pipe my man.

D'oh! My eyes aren't what they used to be. Will be fixed shortly, thanks!

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #9 on: Mon, 09 November 2020, 17:26:19 »
Fixes have been applied to the base kit render. A more finalized version with row labeling will be coming at some point, with the next batch of kit / on keeb renders  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #10 on: Mon, 09 November 2020, 19:21:10 »
Greek sublegends please

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #11 on: Mon, 09 November 2020, 19:40:55 »
Nice colors, I think they mesh really well together.

But why is the enter text-icon but the rest of the mods text-only?

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #12 on: Mon, 09 November 2020, 20:40:25 »
Nice colors, I think they mesh really well together.

But why is the enter text-icon but the rest of the mods text-only?

Thanks! Tab is also text & icon, but you're largely right. Given the theming of the set, I didn't feel that a fully minimal approach to mod text would be suitable (even though that's my personal preference), the current iteration is an attempt to meet somewhere in the middle of the minimal look & full text / icons. Happy to hear out other opinions and refine it as necessary though!

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #13 on: Mon, 09 November 2020, 21:27:16 »
Interesting idea, but I would recommend swapping the mods to brown and the accepts to be the burnt orange colour. It will be easier to pair with more boards.

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #14 on: Mon, 09 November 2020, 22:23:49 »
Nice, it is good to see that ideas have not run out in the keycap scene

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #15 on: Tue, 10 November 2020, 03:13:41 »
I like it, reminds me GMK - Plum. Nice novelties. Couple comments

- Addition of  greek legend kit?
- Inconsistency in mods, icon + text is kind of odd.
- Some mods are one liner and some others aren't. eg: Pg Dn / Pause Break
- Not sure about the real benefit of 2 x 1u R4 Ctrl/Alt. 1 of each is enough.
- If you're going of minimal kitting i'd add spacebars : 2.75U 2.25U 2U too.

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #16 on: Tue, 10 November 2020, 04:06:31 »
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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #17 on: Tue, 10 November 2020, 10:49:53 »
ne arabic avail?
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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #18 on: Tue, 10 November 2020, 10:55:04 »
Where's the lighthouse?

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #19 on: Tue, 10 November 2020, 10:55:51 »
ne arabic avail?
Do hope for arabic sublegend instead of greek, if they offer any.

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #20 on: Tue, 10 November 2020, 12:03:52 »
Where's the lighthouse?

Planned, just working on the art to make it look nice on a small scale!

I like it, reminds me GMK - Plum. Nice novelties. Couple comments

- Addition of  greek legend kit?
- Inconsistency in mods, icon + text is kind of odd.
- Some mods are one liner and some others aren't. eg: Pg Dn / Pause Break
- Not sure about the real benefit of 2 x 1u R4 Ctrl/Alt. 1 of each is enough.
- If you're going of minimal kitting i'd add spacebars : 2.75U 2.25U 2U too.

Thanks for writing this up! To reply to a couple points, Greek alphas (either mono or sublegends) is planned as long as there is enough interest. Will be doing a sweep through the mod text to refine these, I like the verbosity of some of the mod texts for the theme (like Pause Break), but I agree that it's visually jarring.

Extra 1u Ctrl/Alt will likely come off the base kit when/if we add a 40s kit. Extra spacebars will likely be in their own kit!

ne arabic avail?
Do hope for arabic sublegend instead of greek, if they offer any.

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Greek legends are planned first as we felt they match the theming of the set the best, but happy to consider Arabic sublegends as well pending interest, I do love the look of those too!

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #21 on: Tue, 10 November 2020, 12:10:33 »
I normally would never go with these colors but this is giving me Harry Potter vibes and I love it

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #22 on: Wed, 11 November 2020, 07:58:44 »
Arabic Subs would be very much appreciated!

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #23 on: Wed, 11 November 2020, 15:30:15 »
Oh, interesting! It's definitely a colourway I can "smell". Very nice.

Though mild disappointment when I clicked in this wasn't a reference to The Walking Dead.

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #24 on: Wed, 11 November 2020, 21:46:14 »
Oh, interesting! It's definitely a colourway I can "smell". Very nice.

Though mild disappointment when I clicked in this wasn't a reference to The Walking Dead.

Hehe, antique book smell I assume?


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« Reply #25 on: Sat, 14 November 2020, 18:29:27 »
I love this, the colour choices and the overall theme really appeal to me.  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #26 on: Sat, 14 November 2020, 19:23:40 »
I like novelties because it seems so innovative. gooood~~ :-*

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Re: [IC] GMK Alexandria
« Reply #27 on: Thu, 26 November 2020, 20:54:35 »
Happy Thanksgiving folks! Thread updated with a new base kit render that fixes a lot of issues, as well as some more keyboard renders. Currently working on developing the child kits and hoping to update again with additional renders soon. Thank you for all the feedback so far!