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Offline Aekue

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GMK Keycaps and eventual exhaustion of designs
« on: Wed, 07 April 2021, 16:15:17 »
Keycaps and their inherent lack of options
Keycap sets have a near enough standardised design, modifiers one colour, everything else another, with alternating colours for the Function sections and occasion splashes of colour on two or three modifiers. This accepted design philosophy is extremely limiting and we are now seeing virtually identical reruns of old sets (not a bad thing) with varying shades off by one or two hex values. Also, due to GMKs lack of versatility, many sets are duo chrome on a per key basis, what I mean is that there are only ever two colours on one key, this is a by-product of doubleshot plastics and is quite limiting. I have heard that GMK will do UV printing but I have yet to see a UV printed set with multiple colours on one key. This whole process of designing a keycap set and producing it in such a restrictive manner inhibits the innovation of designs of keycaps and further limits the ability to create more unique sets.

Recently, after delving even further into the rabbit hole of mechanical keyboards I also found out that GMK keycaps tend to shine after a short period of time because of their material. I think more material science needs to be applied into mechanical keyboards and since a large portion of people are willing to spend abhorrent amounts of money on keycaps i think this could be a worthy development; PEEK is a material used in medical science that is lightweight, strong and very resistant to things like acid and it is used in the body meaning it wont shine. things like this would be nice to see in the keycap scene but many people are transfixed on ABS carbon copy colourways that are near identical to five other sets.

GMK sets are known for their cherry profile because they own the original cast but this stagnation (personally) gets a bit boring.

Thats my take on GMK sets anyway.

How I would solve it:
Use more materials, change the colour scheme up a bit, instead of having the standard modifiers have to be this colour, one example was the 1976* GMK set. a bit of vibrancy and variation was nice to see. More unique profiles or at least acceptance of other profiles than Cherry or OEM and the occasional SA which people seem to hate.

i am new so i may sound dumb but thats me being me
*i think it was called 1976 but i am not fully sure
 
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Re: GMK Keycaps and eventual exhaustion of designs
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 08 April 2021, 07:42:59 »
the whole group buy and designs being limited runs is BS also.

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Re: GMK Keycaps and eventual exhaustion of designs
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 11 April 2021, 22:52:15 »
I think this could be a worthy development; PEEK is a material used in medical science that is lightweight, strong and very resistant to things like acid and it is used in the body meaning it wont shine. things like this would be nice to see in the keycap scene but many people are transfixed on ABS carbon copy colourways that are near identical to five other sets.

This already exists and its called PBT. Also about the copy colourways you can't do much about that since people are pumping 2000 GMK IC every week and at one point good color combinations are prone to run out. So people just take existing themes and tweak them  :-\. The people you can blame is the people voting with there wallets.



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