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Offline krugerlive

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[IC] GMK November Fog
« on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 15:42:43 »

Introducing GMK November Fog
a set designed to evoke those cooler and foggier days of the late fall




Feedback: IC Form



Inspiration


November is a time of change. 

It's those late autumn days where we get ready to welcome the winter.  The days are cooler and the mood gets calmer.
Nature is preparing for its winter slumber and there is a softness and stillness in the air. 
The weather shift brings on cloudier days and foggy skies. 
The scents of the surroundings color the experience - pine and mountain air in the forests, the gentle coastal breeze, and aroma of coffee shops in the city. 

The inspiration is that time and feeling, either spent immersing oneself in nature or staying in the city enjoying to enjoy all the creature comforts it has to offer.  It's about cool days, overcast skies, and a fog that permeates throughout bringing a freshness and calm to all.



Colors
The colors are selected from the above photo that I took while on a hike in the Cascade Mountains about an hour outside of Seattle, WA. 
On this foggy November day, the temps were in the 40s, it was cool and breezy, and low clouds and layers of fog were rolling through the hills. 
These colors are chosen because they have a naturalness to them, but as the same time, a cooler feel. 

Note: The physical colors on the right were taken on a neutral gray card and the photo is color corrected (may look different across monitors).  Pantone was out of the physical plastic chips for two of the colors, so I'll order them when they are in stock again.


This set was first posted to r/keycapdesigners here
Changes: Initially the alpha color was planned to be Pantone 621c, but in person it was too vibrant and spring-like.  The other candidate, 7541C, ended up fitting the theme perfectly.



Kitting

Base Kit:
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This has a large amount of support for various layouts that most people use.  It will cost a bit more than other base kits, but the trade off is favorable imo. 

This ensures that the kit can maintain relevancy if people buy new keyboards (as tends to happen in this hobby....) or want to swap it around across different boards. 

Given the longer lead times of GMK these days, it's even harder to predict which board layouts you'll be using when the set delivers, so for this reason I felt that a larger kitting is better tuned to the moment, especially given that this is meant to be a more versatile set across different board colors. 

However, I too enjoy impulse buying cheaper base kits, so am open to changing it to a smaller base kit if that's what everyone would prefer. The interest check form has specific questions about this, so please provide feedback if you're interested in the set.




Bars:
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These are some more space bars so you can hone that aesthetic, or support your more obscure layouts.  They match the alpha and accent colors.



Extensions:
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This kit provides additional ISO support, support for 40s layouts, and other support for more esoteric layouts. 
I'm sure I missed some keys for some uncommon layouts, so please provide feedback in the IC form if you have ideas how it can be improved.



Novelties (forest):
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These novelties are meant to evoke cooler days of late fall hikes and excursions into nature. 

Note: These likely will be updated during the IC phase as I am working with local PNW tattoo artists to create additional and/or replacement designs.



Novelties (city):
S O O N (tm)



Versatility:
The tones are specifically chosen to be largely neutral and also balance each other to the point where they work in a harmony, and no color is overbalancing another.  This gives the set more flexibility across board designs, colors, and desk environments.  It also allows someone to choose if they want a more nature feeling by pairing it with earth tones like greens and browns, or if they want a more cosmopolitan look by pairing it with an e-white, silver, or black. For those boards that are very hard to match, this set should at least be adequate or better on most.

Here are renders on multiple board colors including some that are very hard to match:

Color Versatility Gallery



Additional Renders





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4K Render Gallery



Next Steps towards the Group Buy:


Step                                                                    Status
Complete physical color verificationDone
Post ICDone
Run Survey In Progress
Schedule with Vendors Done
Finalize Novelty Designs Designs in Production
DeskmatsDesigns in Production
Finalize Kitting Gathering Survey Feedback
Create collaborations In Progress - reach out if you're interested!

Thank you to everyone on discord and r/keycapdesigners who helped with feedback and encouragement to get to this point, especially the CK discord crew.


Get involved!


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Contact me on discord: krugerlive#6903

Expect updates to continue to flow in as we approach GB.
There are many exciting things in the works that will be announced soon.



Thanks and please let me know your feedback and thoughts!


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« Last Edit: Wed, 11 August 2021, 19:35:37 by krugerlive »

Offline krugerlive

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 15:43:16 »
reserved

Updates:

-8/11 - Updated vendor status.  Will announce vendors and timing after labor day.  I bet you might be able to guess the planned month.
« Last Edit: Wed, 11 August 2021, 19:34:39 by krugerlive »

Offline Chippy

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 15:43:25 »
This and the swiss cheese keyboard is the next generation of keyboards

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 15:44:33 »
Happy to see this finally come to life! Hope this set does great Kruger

Offline suyashr99

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 15:45:25 »
So glad to finally see something you’ve been working so hard on come to fruition. GLWIC

Offline supbeez

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 15:46:09 »
Sign me up. Love November fog

Offline kriegar

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #6 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 15:46:34 »
I love fog and fog related accessories.

Offline heptose

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 15:48:11 »
Another step closer to reality! Happy to see this in IC!

Offline saam

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #8 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 15:49:23 »
Amazing!
I love the colors. So happy you finally made it here after such hard work and effor.
I hope you have the greatest luck with IC and count me in for a set!  :thumb:


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Offline jollyrogerxx

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #9 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 15:49:39 »
I was born in November and I love fog so I'm in.

Offline Yuinth

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #10 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 15:51:46 »
It feels fresh & relaxing, love it.
Will get it for sure.


GLWIC & GB

Offline minmkim

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #11 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 15:54:22 »
Set is bussin bussin ong respectfully

Offline gypsyunit

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #12 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 15:57:59 »
need this expeditiously

Offline not tj

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #13 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 16:04:19 »
nice this set looks fire GLWIC

Offline HappyB0T

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #14 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 16:18:32 »
Hey Krugerslive - this IC will need some refinement. Here are some items that stood out to me.

Base Kit
Some of the non alphas keys with 2 characters on them have alignment / character weight issues. I don't render myself but something is amiss.

Extension Kit
Backspace key is off in the render

Base Kit
2 Alternative Spacebars colors in the base will really drive up the cost of the base kit. Consider moving them out of base. The would make your set more accessible to the masses.

Color choices
3 pantone colors might drag out this IC quite a bit. Considering using stock colors would certainly speed up the turn around time. If not consider using RAL before Pantone since this is preferred from GMK

4191 c is pretty close to CC.
4230 c looks really really close to N9

Novelties
Pretty sure the owl would not pass GMK tolerances. Consider making sure they are within spec.

Hope this feedback finds you well.


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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #15 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 16:19:18 »
I think the backspace legend on the extension kit looks a little bit too high. Similarly to the IOP in the base kit.
I would also like to see a R1 owl novelty.
Other than that its a solid set. Good work.

Offline aerospice

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #16 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 16:45:03 »
Saw your feedback post a while back, so really glad this project finally came into fruition! Only thing I'm a little worried about are the novelties since the lines might be a bit thin for GMK standards. All in all, the minimalist look to the design is great!

Offline kure_

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #17 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 17:04:16 »
Looks pretty cool man!

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #18 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 17:04:54 »
Nu bad


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Offline Kebob

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #19 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 17:17:59 »
great to see this make it to IC after all the work, definitely will join in and looking forward to when it lands

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #20 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 17:24:05 »
This looks fantastic.  Looking forward to it!

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #21 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 18:36:46 »
i like the colors and the theme, overall very nice IC.
Would you consider shinothrough caps?

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #22 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 18:45:48 »
daaaang this set is nice, colour selection is on point.

Offline krugerlive

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #23 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 19:17:58 »
Thanks everyone for the comments and feedback so far!

Regarding the novelties, yes they are a bit thin in some spots and I will be adjusting them.  I'm also expecting a set of new icons that should follow the same theme and be better, so that should be exciting.  The city ones will likely be by the same artist.

Also HappyBOT and hkf, thanks for catching the misaligned legend in the extensions, it's fixed now.

And yes! Shinethrough caps would be cool and i'll look to add them
« Last Edit: Mon, 19 July 2021, 18:39:31 by krugerlive »

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #24 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 19:45:15 »
really clean

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #25 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 20:31:43 »
Shipping in November 2023

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #26 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 21:51:16 »
Looks great! I'm digging the color versatility gallery a ton!

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #27 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 22:02:49 »
I hate November I hate the cold weather I hate the cloudy   I hate and I hate it
May display immature behavior
May talk in third person
Does not understand simple things (Treeleaf moment)

Offline Skok

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #28 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 23:18:22 »
I hate November I hate the cold weather I hate the cloudy   I hate and I hate it

but its green?


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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #29 on: Sun, 18 July 2021, 23:53:35 »
Oh this looks lovely...

Offline doggo1dance

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #30 on: Mon, 19 July 2021, 01:28:04 »
well done with the really fleshed out IC! glwic, really excited to see the development of this set

Offline Marichu

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #31 on: Mon, 19 July 2021, 09:22:21 »
This is awersome, the colors are very pleasing to the eye

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #32 on: Mon, 19 July 2021, 10:03:18 »
The owls are not what they seem

Offline Bushhawk

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #33 on: Mon, 19 July 2021, 10:08:36 »
Greyish and depressing, just like all my birthdays... thanks November.

Jokes aside, it looks nice and the base kit is good.
Guess i'll cop.

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #34 on: Mon, 19 July 2021, 10:19:06 »
I like this and am glad to see it finally make it to IC!

My recommendations for improvements:
-change the orthographic scale to zoom in more on the renders, especially the novelties.
-while you're at it, please use kitting kit tilted
-kitting across the board needs to be cleaned up. 3 key 40s support in base would be nice

Note: I do not think you should use stock colors at this point.

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #35 on: Mon, 19 July 2021, 10:32:58 »
looking good man!

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #36 on: Mon, 19 July 2021, 11:08:17 »
 Interesting set. Extension/40s kit looks odd. Shouldn’t it be icon only mods like the base? Also, good if there are some accent esc and enters.

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #37 on: Mon, 19 July 2021, 12:26:17 »
:aldochefskiss:

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #38 on: Mon, 19 July 2021, 12:33:29 »
hey!!! nice to see this set come to life.

i think my only recommendation for you would be to commission some solid renders for your set. not that the ones in IC are bad... they show the product well, but i think really high quality renders will show off your color choices. the colors are really nice.

Offline krugerlive

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #39 on: Mon, 19 July 2021, 12:42:43 »
@Bub, thanks for the feedback!  Yep, I will be commissioning better renders for the next steps.  I learned blender and did the renders myself for the IC, so while it was super fun to do and learn, they definitely aren't done by a professional.  (Also I will 100% be in on GMK Panels)

@sup3r170va  thanks for the kitting suggestions.  I'll do another pass at the 40s kit and better standardize the legends.  As for accent color keys in the kit, do you have recommendations about which keys would work best as the accents?  I'm very basic with my own keyboard choice and generally use standard or Alice layouts, so this is not an area I know extremely well.

@cylentshadows Thanks for the suggestions, I'll work on those improvements.  And yes, I agree, stock colors would not work with this unfortunately.  That was the first thing I checked when planning colors.  RAL didn't match as well as Pantone either.

@hkhawk ☕  :)  you picked up on a small theme within the theme

@treeleaf64  November is a very bad month for tree leafs, so I completely understand.

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #40 on: Mon, 19 July 2021, 17:41:23 »
Amazing set by an amazing person, so much effort put in I love it, great job  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #41 on: Mon, 19 July 2021, 18:22:15 »
Small note Krueger, you should use the quote function in geekhack rather than @ since geekhack doesn't do pings.

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #42 on: Mon, 19 July 2021, 18:32:16 »
great job on this, GLWIC!

GB in november or bust

Offline krugerlive

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #43 on: Mon, 19 July 2021, 18:37:23 »
Small note Krueger, you should use the quote function in geekhack rather than @ since geekhack doesn't do pings.

Thanks!  Will do from now on.

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #44 on: Mon, 19 July 2021, 21:44:18 »
I’d mentioned in discord that I wanted a piece of pie nov. just so long as my switch stems are ‘wrapped in plastic’ I’ll be good.

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #45 on: Wed, 21 July 2021, 04:06:53 »
Very tasteful and beautiful set. GL!
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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #46 on: Wed, 21 July 2021, 08:02:29 »
Spacebar kit should be called Logs imo.

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #47 on: Wed, 21 July 2021, 11:50:23 »
This pleases me. It very much does. Though it's a shame it'll be running with GMK given their problematic lead times.

Still though, I love this set. Will be keeping a close look at it in the future.

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #48 on: Wed, 21 July 2021, 12:05:20 »
I see the potential. I just dont think your first two 'Inspiration' pics match the set at all. The set feels much more muted and pale compared to those deep woodsy colors.

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Re: [IC] GMK November Fog
« Reply #49 on: Wed, 21 July 2021, 12:24:04 »
The extensions kit is missing all the necessary keys for UK ISO support, it also requires R3 [#~] and R4 [\|]