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Offline Kaptain Mike

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[IC] GMK Cosmos
« on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 20:19:42 »



Hello Everyone and welcome to the Interest Check for GMK Cosmos!
In the dark realms of infinite space lie vibrant bursts of color.


Black sets are timeless classics and essential for all collections. I aim to bring something new and distinctive for black on black enthusiasts. The colors are black and a multicolor liquid black that has subtle pops of color that become visible when viewed under specific lighting conditions. This is possible leveraging GMK’s new, custom special effects plastics.

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Please READ everything. If you don't like dark and low contrast sets, then this is not for you :)
 




July 1st, 2024 IC Update

Time for an update!
I am going to collapse most of the content from the initial IC post to focus on what is new and relevant. I want to ensure people do not rely on renders when I have pictures of real samples instead. Setting proper expectations for everyone by having approved samples is a must! You can still take a look at the initial post by clicking on the MORE button further below. Thank you all so much for the feedback and tremendous support thus far!


  • Lead US vendor is CannonKeys. Love working with a longtime vendor that has consistently delivered on their GBs.
    –Regional Vendors are being vetted and will be announced at a later date. We aim to work with plenty of reputable vendors.
  • GB Timeline is estimated for Q3 2024. This is an estimate and can change if plans do not align.
  • GMK has provided me with samples of one of the two proposed color combinations, specifically what I had chosen as the accent keys like Esc and Enter.
    –This is CR (black) legends on the MLB (multicolor liquid black aka cosmos black) base. I am waiting to receive the opposite, MLB legends on CR base.
  • I really, really like how the current samples look, to the point where I am debating whether I want to run with an MLB base with CR legends as the main theme instead of what I initially presented. Share your thoughts…
    –I don’t really want to make this decision without seeing the other samples but man, the current samples look amazing and really leans into the Cosmos theme while still being subtle.
  • Kitting: IC was overly positive but kitting is being reworked and will make more people happy, but obviously not everyone as we must make compromises.
  • Pricing: TBD.
  • Artisan collab announcements coming soon. Some great makers are on board!

I think that is most of the important stuff. Let me know if you have any questions or have any comments. I sincerely appreciate all the support and I am excited to keep this project moving forward. Please enjoy the images below.




Pics by @jans_keebs




Pics by @captain.sterling
Compare Cosmos with GMK WoB (Blanc Sur Noir). They are all blanks except the Esc and the Uniqey logo. Those two are doubleshot CR legends on MLB base.









Cosmos Deskmat by @roksow


Working on confirming that this artwork is possible on a rough deskmat. I am usually a fan of a minimalist aesthetic but after seeing this art, I fell in love. The Cosmos is literally everything so it made sense to encompass a wide breadth of imagery. Roksow did an amazing job representing the cosmos from a micro to a macro level and incorporating the colors of the set into the textures. Open the image and see what all you can recognize!

Initial IC Post
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KITS


Nebulae (Base Kit)


Cosmic Dust (Add-On Kit)


Meteoroids (Macros Kit)


Darkness (Hangul Subs) Kit
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Kitting Diagram




Close Up


*Disclaimer: Please note that these are renders and it is very, very difficult to convey this texture/sparkle unless you hit it with direct light, but then it makes the render look strange. Black and anything with a multifaceted "glitter" or iridescence is always going to be tricky. I understand that in some of these it may look similar to GMK Dark with CR on N9, this is due to the lighting. We tried to provide renders in a couple different lighting conditions. Please scroll down to the GMK SAMPLES section to read more.





FEATURES

  • Cherry profile, ABS plastic, thick doubleshot keycaps manufactured by GMK using one of GMK's new custom plastics.
  • Colors: CR base. Multicolor "liquid black" for the legends (referred to as M-LB going forward).
  • Legends won't be super visible. That is by design. I like black sets and it's about the details here. Less is more.
    Get good (coming from someone who is looking down as I type this).
    If this isn’t for you, that is ok.
  • OG Cherry-style Icon-Text modifiers, not Omni mods.
  • Legends on LED keycaps are pad printed.
  • Accent keys will be inverse meaning CR legends on M-LB.
  • Add-on kit has 4-key 40's support, extra B and alice bars and the very elite '95 Windows keys.
  • Any missing spacebars are available elsewhere if you don’t already own them since we are using CR/black.
    EX: GMK Mictlan, Wasabi, Stealth, WoB variants etc.
  • Pricing/Vendors: TBD
  • GB timeline: TBD but ASAP
  • Artisan collabs: TBD. Feel free to reach out if you are interested in a collab.






RENDERS


OC2XL by @dajikeyboards



500C by @merisi.works



Sonnet by @modekeyboards



TKL by @whysoda








GMK SAMPLES

GMK sent me samples of some of their new plastics. The two seen here are “liquid black” a and b. One has red specks and the other has blue specks, both have iridescent qualities. Under certain lighting conditions, you can clearly see the blue and red colors while in different lighting it looks mostly like a glossy black. The other cap is a new GMK WoB for comparison. My goal is to have a “liquid black” variant with multicolor specks and iridescence, much like nebulas in space! The renders are trying to convey a multicolor version of these blue and red “liquid blacks” so try to imagine that. I would greatly appreciate your imaginative flexibility.










FEATURES

  • CYL - Cherry profile, ABS plastic, thick doubleshot keycaps manufactured by GMK using one of GMK's new, custom special effects plastics.
  • Colors: CR (black) and Multicolor "liquid black" (MLB).
  • Legends won't be super visible. That is by design. I like black sets and it's about the details here. Less is more.
    Get good (coming from someone who can’t touch type lol). If this isn’t for you, that is ok.
  • OG Cherry-style Icon-Text modifiers, not Omni mods, not Icon only.
  • Legends on LED keycaps and the Win95 caps are pad printed.
  • Accent keys will be inverse colors.
  • Kitting being worked on.
  • Pricing/Vendors: Lead US Vendor: CannonKeys. Regional Vendors TBD
  • GB timeline estimate: Q3 2024
  • Artisan collabs: Announcements soon, lots of makers are on board. Feel free to reach out if you are interested in a collab.






THANKS TO:
  • Special thanks to whysoda for being the crucial piece in bringing my idea to virtual life with her renders and guidance!
  • Jan and Captain Sterling for their amazing photos.
  • BlindAssassin111, Vheissu, Matt, OCM, Ankit, PogurtWogurt for guidance and feedback - even if minimal I really appreciate it.
  • GMK for working with me and sending me samples of their new plastics.


QUESTIONS/COMMENTS/CONCERNS

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop me a DM over on Discord @kaptainmike

PLEASE NOTE: Future collabs TBD based on IC performance




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« Last Edit: Tue, 02 July 2024, 09:19:48 by Kaptain Mike »

Offline Kaptain Mike

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 20:20:46 »
Reserved

Offline ankit

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 20:32:34 »
hell yes ily mike
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Offline packman86

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 20:32:41 »
Those GMK samples are looking super exciting!
In for 2 sets!
« Last Edit: Wed, 06 March 2024, 20:34:44 by packman86 »
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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 20:34:26 »
mike bought every wob set and is yearning for more. i like :thumb:

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 20:34:32 »
Can't wait, tis a very nice set.

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 20:34:54 »
 :cool:

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 20:38:58 »
Those GMK samples are looking super exciting!
In for 2 sets!


+1 for Carl Sagan ref

also in for one

Offline Trackpoint

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 20:40:16 »
Really neat set! I'm curious though, why choose insert as one of the three accent keys?

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 20:41:27 »
can't wait, going to go in on this...  :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #10 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 20:42:23 »
naise

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 20:47:13 »
Nebulae? More like Nebu-bae, amirite

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #12 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 20:52:04 »
Hello I would purchase this product :)

Offline deepspacerailgun

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #13 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 20:52:29 »
Samples look even better in person! GLWIC!!!

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #14 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 21:04:42 »
10/10 WTB  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #15 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 21:08:30 »
very nice mike ;D
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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #16 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 21:17:05 »
Really neat set! I'm curious though, why choose insert as one of the three accent keys?

Some people prefer having an accent on that key, especially on TKL setups. These folks may choose to put an artisan on Insert instead of Esc or the top-right cluster, and so on... It's a key that's not used (often, if at all) in practice, so it makes it practical to put an accent there.

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 21:27:20 »
Wished you could have a render that didn't look like CR on N9 but I'll buy this nonetheless.

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #18 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 21:43:35 »
very seggsy yum yum in my tum tum

Offline Sissy

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #19 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 21:45:29 »
GMK Dark is one of my favourite sets so this really appeals to me.

Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #20 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 21:48:26 »
Very interested, GLWIC! Any chance of adding support for single macros column to macros kit?

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #21 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 21:51:41 »
man such a sick set - sign me up.  Also I would kill for that Sonnet accent.

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #22 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 21:55:02 »
oooh i love this!
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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #23 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 21:55:28 »
i cannot resist sparkly sets

im in

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #24 on: Wed, 06 March 2024, 22:39:25 »
man, just when i thought I could stop joining group buys, you come and make this set.

looks great mike! will be here to support when it runs :thumb:

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #25 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 00:01:22 »
finally a gmk blanks set :thumb:

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #26 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 00:09:20 »
we are one step closer to gmk blanks
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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #27 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 01:01:17 »
such a nice set, can’t wait to have it in hands!

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #28 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 01:24:23 »
nice now we have GMK Nebula, GMK Universe and GMK Cosmos, what's next?

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #29 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 01:47:04 »
nice now we have GMK Nebula, GMK Universe and GMK Cosmos, what's next?
Good question, I've heard of a few things

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #30 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 01:52:48 »
Wicked, would be very down

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #31 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 02:09:22 »
Really nice use of the effects plastics.

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #32 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 02:27:46 »
You about to make me buy a black board, Mike…

Count me in :D
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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #33 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 03:57:10 »
Really really good

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #34 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 04:46:57 »
Pls add an international kit.

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #35 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 06:19:26 »
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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #36 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 08:10:02 »
black

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #37 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 09:07:48 »
Yes. Great theme and lovely execution so far

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #38 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 10:23:04 »
Great work with this Mike! Those sample keycaps from GMK showing the effect are very cool.

Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #39 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 10:34:07 »
Love the details here

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #40 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 10:54:29 »
Dude!! This is awesome - love the inclusion of a macro kit. No complaints on the kitting. +1 for windowed keys.

You are also incredibly handsome.

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #41 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 11:07:37 »
This looks so fun!
Can we get r0 and r5?

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #42 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 11:41:32 »
Wow! Insane work!
Definitely bus this one

International would be awesome!

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #43 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 13:14:27 »
nice now we have GMK Nebula, GMK Universe and GMK Cosmos, what's next?

GMK NGC 1232.

In the meantime, I'd be down for Cosmos.

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #44 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 16:21:06 »
 :thumb:

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #45 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 22:39:57 »
Great design idea! Any chance of entertaining the idea of making a kit where all the alphas sparkly and the mods aren't? I think if it's on alphas instead of mods, then it'll look like you're peaking into space and your keyboard is the telescope :)

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #46 on: Thu, 07 March 2024, 22:55:35 »
can we also get a blank 1u spacebars too

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #47 on: Fri, 08 March 2024, 07:42:18 »
That's really cool! Good use of that new plastics material!

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #48 on: Sat, 09 March 2024, 05:21:48 »
some novelties would be dope, maybe even in accent-style with the liquid black as primary color  :thumb:
regardless of that i think i'll be grabbing a set!

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Re: [IC] GMK Cosmos
« Reply #49 on: Sun, 10 March 2024, 19:09:57 »
This looks so fun!
Can we get r0 and r5?

+1 for R5 :)
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