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« on: Tue, 03 January 2012, 15:42:31 »
I thought it might be nice to have a thread where people can post their ideas for custom keycaps as opposed to everyone making their own interest check threads. Plus its always nice to see the development of an idea into a final product and this will hopefully serve as springboard for new ideas and future groupbuys.

I guess I will start it off.

I had posted an interest check awhile back about a fingerprint key and there was moderate interest so here it is again.
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Anyways I look forward to seeing what everybody comes up with :bounce:
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« Reply #1 on: Tue, 03 January 2012, 15:50:10 »
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Whatever happened to pedo bear key?  He seems to have reached clipart status.
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Holy Crap! Thats hilarious.
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« Reply #2 on: Tue, 03 January 2012, 15:59:50 »
I have a few dream ones, but I am pretty sure nowhere near enough people would want them to make them feasible cost wise.
1. doubleshots 37 set with Russian Cyrillic legend ONLY, no Latin, aligned bottom right, bright orange on cream. Instead of arrow, the extra 4 would be cream on orange for the цфыв keys.
2. 104 US ANSI doubleshot set done up typing tutor style, with CMYK colorway, cyan on black for vowels, magenta on black for consonants, yellow on black for punctuation and numbers, black on c,m,y for different keys for rest. All in some custom font, maybe kravitz rounded.

Of course there is a lot of random 'novelty' type ones I think would be amusing, but pretty much always in passing. Hammer and Sickle modifier yellow on red is still one I have been wanting for a while though as winkey replacement.
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« Reply #3 on: Tue, 03 January 2012, 20:26:51 »
I think that #2 would look especially good on Dvorak, where all the vowels are in a row.

Also, I have no use for it (I never type in anything cyrillic) but would look awesome.

Whiskerbox: I thought the fingerprint one was too detailed to do with SP's equipment as a doubleshot? It'd be a great keycap, nontheless.

Me, My "idea" was to make a glider keycap, but I got that in round4. I sholud still tell 7bit that he should change all my 30+ to spherical ones, 'cause spherical glider would be better, in my opinion.

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« Reply #4 on: Tue, 03 January 2012, 21:44:35 »
Star wars, memes, women and brands :3

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« Reply #6 on: Tue, 03 January 2012, 23:22:51 »
still want a yellow on black wu tang W

or hiero's logo


which looks pretty easy to make
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« Reply #7 on: Wed, 04 January 2012, 00:43:10 »
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I'd probably be in for a "blue sun" keycap :p
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still want a yellow on black wu tang W

or hiero's logo

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which looks pretty easy to make


And yes I want both!
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« Reply #8 on: Wed, 04 January 2012, 09:02:01 »
Yeah on blue sun, I probably buy almost anything Firefly related though if it was made.

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« Reply #9 on: Wed, 04 January 2012, 11:28:43 »
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1. doubleshots 37 set with Russian Cyrillic legend ONLY, no Latin, aligned bottom right, bright orange on cream. Instead of arrow, the extra 4 would be cream on orange for the цфыв keys.

Screw йцукенг, real men use яверты.

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« Reply #10 on: Wed, 04 January 2012, 11:39:28 »
I don't know anyone that use phonetic layout. Having the Latin a phonetic jcuken is used more than the opposite with Russians I know who don't speak English. It makes it easier for them to type for web addresses etc.
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« Reply #11 on: Wed, 04 January 2012, 11:54:15 »
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I don't know anyone that use phonetic layout. Having the Latin a phonetic jcuken is used more than the opposite with Russians I know who don't speak English. It makes it easier for them to type for web addresses etc.

This makes me think you don't know any native Russian speakers who learned to touch type in English first. Various phonetic layouts are pretty popular outside the former USSR.

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« Reply #12 on: Wed, 04 January 2012, 12:06:33 »
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Screw йцукенг, real men use яверты.
Or явертъ instead of ,уеишщ.

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« Reply #13 on: Wed, 04 January 2012, 12:28:01 »
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Or явертъ instead of ,уеишщ.

Good point, let's not forget the Bulgarians. Добър ден!

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« Reply #14 on: Wed, 04 January 2012, 14:13:54 »
Well, hello there, товарищ!

I had to use both BDS and GOST Cyrillic layouts for some small durations of time, and because I learned to touch type on QWERTY it's absolutely true that phonetic is the way to go.


Just checked Mongolian Cyrillic layout:
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« Reply #15 on: Wed, 04 January 2012, 20:40:20 »
While there are a lot of custom keycaps that I would love to have, the first things that came to my mind were:

A set of 104 keycaps in PURE silver.

AND

A set of 104 white PBT keycaps with black dye-subbed letters (which would be customized to my liking).

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« Reply #16 on: Wed, 04 January 2012, 20:42:04 »
I think it cloud be awesome to have keycap with half life logo:D


And btw is there any max size/resolution for attached images?

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« Reply #17 on: Wed, 04 January 2012, 21:45:01 »
I have this image in my head of a spider with its legs wrap over the keycap.  Sort of like CC's skull key but instead of a skull, you have this spider.  I don't know.. just an idea floating around. lol

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« Reply #18 on: Wed, 04 January 2012, 21:52:01 »
I can picture that. like a Spider sitting on top gripping the sides of the keycap with it's legs. That would be pretty awesome, for those that aren't arachnophobes.

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« Reply #19 on: Wed, 04 January 2012, 21:56:49 »
Yeah and it has to be a scarry looking but at the same time, colorful spider...  sort of like this one:


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« Reply #20 on: Wed, 04 January 2012, 22:01:27 »
I think that would be too difficult to reproduce in plastic. Might as well just catch a neat looking one and resin it to a keycap. Hmn, makes me remember the scorpion I have in a chunk of resin shaped like Arizona. Maybe just make clear resin keys with spiders and maggots and stuff in them.

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« Reply #21 on: Thu, 05 January 2012, 16:42:30 »
Isn't the halflife one copyrighted? Otherwise it'd be awesome.

I'm with others: We need more firefly-related keycaps. Any other browncoats?

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« Reply #22 on: Thu, 05 January 2012, 17:02:12 »
Well it's just a greek letter λ and the traditional symbol of radioactivity decay constant or half-life, so in my opinion they had no right to trademark it at all. Especially since they weren't even original about it.
I guess I should go trademark the letter A in a circle. It seems pretty popular with the kids.

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« Reply #24 on: Thu, 05 January 2012, 21:48:44 »
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http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=registration&entry=2329244

Standard Character claim: No
But I'm sure that without the circle, a lambda would be just fine.
Wonder if anyone would want it, because it's not the same.

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« Reply #25 on: Fri, 06 January 2012, 01:38:28 »
Standard character only applies to Latin letters "The mark consists of standard characters, without claim to any particular font, style, size, or color.". So that does tell us that it has to be the whole logo, in exact proportion and probably only in orange since they did not use the standard character claim.
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« Reply #26 on: Fri, 06 January 2012, 10:33:02 »
I'd like to see Diablo III keycaps in the same vein as Portal and Starcraft :D
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« Reply #27 on: Fri, 06 January 2012, 23:50:51 »
Love the fingerprint and Hiero logo,

hopefully we see these in a group buy at some point :P
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« Reply #28 on: Sat, 07 January 2012, 02:01:40 »
I have kind of been kicking around the idea of something like this for the |\ key

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« Reply #29 on: Sat, 07 January 2012, 04:15:45 »
I would like a Quake keycap set and an League of Legends keycap set.
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« Reply #30 on: Sat, 07 January 2012, 16:31:19 »
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I would like a Quake keycap set and an League of Legends keycap set.

I'd also be interested in both of these.

Any particular designs in mind for the League of Legends Keycap set?
would be very cool to get specific character skill images on their respective keycaps (Q,W,E,R)
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« Reply #31 on: Sun, 08 January 2012, 10:02:00 »
I think a keycap of Berry, the overweight yellow alien-bear holding a soda cup - that looks like a stick of dynamite- would be cool.
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« Reply #32 on: Sun, 08 January 2012, 10:23:47 »
How about Diablo III keycap ? :D

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« Reply #33 on: Sun, 08 January 2012, 16:07:24 »
space bar


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« Reply #34 on: Sun, 08 January 2012, 16:49:49 »
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haha that would be cool to have it done like that over the v,b,n, & spacebar
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« Reply #35 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 00:34:54 »
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I'd also be interested in both of these.

Any particular designs in mind for the League of Legends Keycap set?
would be very cool to get specific character skill images on their respective keycaps (Q,W,E,R)

Quake just wasd and all weps.

LoL QWER just colored.
Could be like 1 2 3 ULTI

DF colored.

G C P With icon?
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« Reply #36 on: Wed, 11 January 2012, 01:16:42 »
Donno if flight sims are popular here, but a classic emergency key is E (usually due to control E eject). Maybe a black key with yellow diagonal stripes and white E lettering would be nice. Now don't get me started on a complete IL2 keyboard :p.
edit: on the other hand, there would be something a bit more straightforward (just a rough sketch):
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« Reply #37 on: Thu, 12 January 2012, 22:07:43 »
Wyse supplement kit for all of the common non fitting / missing modern keys, but instead of the beige color I don't like, just flip the blue / light grey colors from the alpha keys.

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« Reply #38 on: Thu, 12 January 2012, 23:41:18 »
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Wyse supplement kit for all of the common non fitting / missing modern keys, but instead of the beige color I don't like, just flip the blue / light grey colors from the alpha keys.
I'd buy. I love WYSE (currently using capslock as backspace on my WASDkeyboard)

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« Reply #39 on: Thu, 12 January 2012, 23:59:21 »
Lets see what would be needed? Some boards have more fitting modern boards keys than others, so I will use one of the worse choices of the WY60... which is what I happened to have keys from. Need 8 1.25 modifiers (extra one for caps if use ctrl in caps location), both shift, enter, \, backspace, `, caps lock if not want to use ctrl, all 6 keys for nav cluster, numpad +, numlock, /, *, -. Does that cover it, or is something missing?

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« Reply #40 on: Fri, 13 January 2012, 01:43:44 »
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I would like a Quake keycap set

This^

I want dark burgundy on beige and a whole 101 key set in quake font and an extra set of quake weapon keycaps. ;)
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« Reply #41 on: Fri, 13 January 2012, 10:50:10 »
I would love to see the TF2 icons as keycaps. Like these: http://store.valvesoftware.com/index.php?t=2&g=7
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« Reply #42 on: Fri, 13 January 2012, 12:37:35 »
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I would love to see the TF2 icons as keycaps. Like these: http://store.valvesoftware.com/index.php?t=2&g=7

Not too bad of an idea. = P

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« Reply #43 on: Fri, 13 January 2012, 14:56:32 »
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as suggested by a friend of mine:
Mario 1-up mushroom for PageUP
Mario poison mushroom for PageDN
Pacman for Backspace
i've thrown these together really quick, the purple/black is kinda tough to see, not sure how this one would work.

done in a pixle style: (Attachment Link) 37400[/ATTACH] (Attachment Link) 37401[/ATTACH]

I don't think 2 colors does these keys much justice = / Tho the design is pretty cool. WTB TRIPLE-SHOTS

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« Reply #44 on: Fri, 13 January 2012, 17:03:58 »
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Portal?

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« Reply #45 on: Fri, 13 January 2012, 17:04:57 »
I want some starwars keys!!!
Still want the caps from the meme IC.

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« Reply #46 on: Fri, 13 January 2012, 18:22:12 »
i know one person here with star wars keys.

but he said he paid a pretty penny to lucasarts for the rights to get it done.

all i want is one imperial logo :(
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« Reply #47 on: Fri, 13 January 2012, 19:49:10 »
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i know one person here with star wars keys.

but he said he paid a pretty penny to lucasarts for the rights to get it done.

all i want is one imperial logo :(

I want ALL the keycaps

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« Reply #48 on: Fri, 13 January 2012, 22:01:48 »
Could probably get away with a Star Wars set in aurebesh. I'm not sure but I don't think it was copyright.

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« Reply #49 on: Fri, 13 January 2012, 23:00:00 »
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i know one person here with star wars keys.

but he said he paid a pretty penny to lucasarts for the rights to get it done.

all i want is one imperial logo :(

Empire >> rebellion

I imagine the "new" six-point empire one is copyrighted, but is the "older" eight point republic one as well?